Choosing Your First Airsoft Weapon

There are many theories and much advice on choosing your first Airsoft weapon. I’m going to try and keep this as simple as possible. I’m going to touch several aspects that you should consider when choosing your first Airsoft weapon.


If you are new to Airsofting the money aspect of getting started could be your main factor. I know when I first started out money was a big factor. My first Airsoft weapon was an Umarex M4 that I purchased at a Big 5 sporting goods store. That M4 cost me less than $100 and I used that weapon for nearly 8 months. When first starting out you do not ‘need’ a $300-$400 weapon, try a weapon in the $100-$150 range. You can find a decent M4 or AK platform in this range.

m4   ak


I recommend the M4 or AK platforms for your first venture into owning a Airsoft weapon. The simple fact is that parts and accessories are plentiful in the Airsoft marketplace and among other Airsoft Operators. Parts – Part of the Versatility for your first weapon is part availability. Most M4 & AK platforms by manufacturer parts are interchangeable. Before you purchase your first Airsoft weapon check out parts availability from your local Airsoft shop and on the internet. If you are not sure talk to an Airsoft Operator that has some experience in the sport.


Is the weapon system you are considering upgradeable? This goes with parts but there is more than just parts that goes into upgrading your Airsoft weapon. Again check with your local Airsoft shop, on the internet or an experienced Airsoft Operator.


What role do you want to play in Airsoft? Do you want to be a regular rifleman, Sniper, DMR, CQB, Squad Support, etc.? Each one of these roles can carry different weapons in the field. When I first started out I owned a standard size M4 platform, so I took on the role of rifleman. Now I own four different rifles and two different side arms, I have taken on the role of being a Sniper and DMR(Designated Marksman Rifle). So I own a Sniper rifle, a M4 built for long range and accuracy, a MP5a3 as a support SMG (Sub Machine Gun) for my sniper rifle and I always carry a side arm (M1911).

The choice of your first Airsoft weapon is ultimately up to you but please consider some of the points that I have mentioned above.

Happy Airsofting,

Written by Ghost

Choosing Your First Airsoft Weapon by

I'm a United States Air Force Veteran, Desert Shield & Desert Storm Veteran. I'm a long time WWII reenactor turned into an Airsoft Operator. I mostly reenacted 1st Infantry Division 'Big Red 1' and 101st Airborne. During my years as a WWII reenactor I learned and used many military tactics both urban and woodland. These lessons have helped me adapt to the Sport of Airsoft very easily. I love the sport of Airsoft for many reasons. Some of those reasons are no real uniform restrictions, many weapons to choose from, it's less expensive to get into and the use of modern technology.

Posted in Airsoft, Buying advice Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,