Airsoft doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact a lot of new starters are fooled into thinking that the more they spend the better the gun, experience has shown this is not always the case and its actually more than possible to hook yourself up with a great airsoft gun for under 50 dollars.
Soft Air Taurus 24/7 Airsoft Pistol
This highly durable spring powered airsoft pistol from Taurus is probably the one I would recommend for someone looking to get a start in airsoft.
At around 315 feet per second this bad boy is a more than capable airsoft pistol.
And coming in at way under the 50 dollar mark represents excellent value for money.
One of the first things I noticed about this pistol is just how comfortable it feels in the hand.
It’s a solid polymer construction, has a comfortable rubberised grip and offers good trigger attack for someone with a medium to large hand, and weighing in at 1lb 4oz doesn’t suffer from feeling lightweight as do other more affordable airsoft guns.
Most of the gun weight is biased towards the back which is due to the magazine containing a solid metal mechanism used to house and load the bb’s.
It features a lower tactical rail which is great for attaching a laser sight or night light.
I didn’t find many negatives with this pistol, but it wouldn’t be a fair review if I didn’t list what I felt they were.
With this being spring powered airsoft pistol it requires you cocking the slide on every shot, making it neither an auto or semi automatic gun.
The second downside is that the magazine requires being reloaded one bb at a time, which is a little tedious. When timed it took me just under a minute to reload all 24 shots ( this was sat at a table and not out in the field )
The obvious way around this is to either use a speed loader or simply to attend your local skirmish with a couple of spare mags all ready to go.
All in all I think this is a great pistol if you are just starting out. With a solid feel and surprising accuracy for the price point, this is a sidearm that you will not be disappointed with.
H&K USP CO2 Airsoft Pistol
This is another all polymer gun (as you would expect given it still comes in under $50)
Having said that a good amount of internal components are of metal construction giving the gun a more realistic feel in the hand.
It comes with both front and rear sights that would have been nice if they were adjustable but, hey ho, beggars cant be choosers.
It has a non ambidextrous stock with the safety on the left side making it biased to a right hand shooter (sorry Lefties)
A single 12g CO2 cartridge screws neatly into the base of the magazine.
On testing I found that it would comfortably shoot 15 magazines or 240 shots before starting to loose power.
Accuracy for this was gun was pretty good.
When fired from a distance of around 35 feet I managed to achieve a decent grouping with a spread of around 3 inches.
The advertised power for this gun is between 350 and 380 fps.
My results were somewhat different.
When we put a full magazine of 16 shots through a chrony we it returned around an average of 253 feet per second.
Now obviously this is a lot less than the advertised power, having said that I still think its more than enough for anyone looking for a good quality sidearm and given that most milsims will require you to be under the 300 fps threshold should not put you off buying this gun.
There aren’t too many negatives to this pistol but if I was being picky I would have to say that the fact that the slide doesn’t lock back when the magazine is empty can be a little annoying, especially when in a high pressure situation and your desperately trying to count shots.
Apart from that this is an excellent weapon, great for the beginner airsofter.