Best Airsoft P90s
Featuring a built-to-scale frame and authentic FN markings, the Herstal-licensed P90 is a beautiful submachine gun. It comes in two versions – one with a standard 7.4V battery, and another with a 9.6V battery. That 9.6V option includes an additional LiPo battery for easy upgrading. While the upgraded version only comes in Black, Cybergun also offers a Dark Earth finish. With over 120 reviews on Evike alone, the FN Herstal P90 is a huge hit within the airsoft community.
This gun was built to be lightweight. Like its real-world counterpart, the P90 AEG is constructed of reinforced, injection-molded polymer. The gun is ergonomic and its external switches are ambidextrous. It features a metal top rail for accessories. Internal build quality is also impressive – the gun features a full-metal Version 6 gearbox, which is Tokyo Marui compatible. It’s just under 20 inches long, and weighs in at 5.6 pounds. Owners report the gun feels very solid, and the wide finger holes are thick-glove friendly.
In the box is the FN Herstal P90 AEG, a 68-round magazine, and one or two batteries, depending on the package chosen. The LiPo option includes a smart charger. Cybergun’s P90 is also compatible with King Arms 100-round magazines.
The P90 was conceived as a stellar CQB weapon, and this gun excels there. However, it’s also highly capable from range. Firing rounds at 400-410 FPS, the rifle sports an adjustable hop up. With ample power and adjustable trajectory, owners have accurately hit targets at 200 feet. Though it has a bullpup design, an elongated inner barrel boosts accuracy. The metal gearbox provides great durability and reliability, especially during sustained automatic fire. Players can also dial things back to semiauto if required.
Cybergun recommends using a 7.4V, 1000mAh battery for optimal performance. The battery actually sits at the center of the P90’s biggest weakness, which is trigger response. Especially using the included 9.6V battery, the trigger isn’t very sensitive. Coupled with a longer trigger pull, this feedback can be troubling for some. Upgrading to the LiPo battery will help boost this responsiveness, especially in a 9.6V capacity. Since the magazine is top mounted, some feeding issues do occur from time to time. A simple shake or slap to the magazine typically solves these annoyances.
The Bottom Line
Without breaking the bank, the Cybergun FN Herstal Licensed P90 AEG offers superb performance for all players. Internal upgrades are simple thanks to Tokyo Marui compatibility, and the battery pack is easy to access. This is a user-friendly gun that players can comfortably turn to in all situations.
Tokyo Marui FNH-Licensed P90 AEG
Typical of most TM options, the FNH-Licensed P90 is built solidly with a strengthened polymer frame. The gun features a built in red-dot sight, which requires two AAA batteries to operate. Players can also adjust this sight, a nice added touch not found on other P90 models. While this takes the place of a traditional top rail, Tokyo Marui’s version includes a side-mounted rail for accessories. The rifle has a metal barrel assembly, a nice touch for a CQB weapon that gets jostled around quite frequently. The barrel is also negatively threaded at 14mm, and thus accepts silencers. The P90 is also ambidextrous.
Tokyo Marui only offers a black finish, although its durable and feels great in the hand. While most P90s claim to be lightweight, Tokyo Marui takes this to another level. Weighing a mere 3.66 pounds and measuring about 20 inches long, this gun is supremely maneuverable. Owners find it comfortable to shoot. In the box is the Tokyo Marui P90 AEG, a 330-round magazine, and a vertical grip.
Though it comes with a slight caveat, performance is synonymous with Tokyo Marui. However, the P90 is made to be upgraded. The gun fires at 265 FPS with standard components. This will mesh with most every CQB field requirement, though competitors do shoot faster. Thankfully, there is an abundance of upgrade and replacement parts available for the FNH-Licensed P90. Because most manufacturers have adopted a TM-style gearbox, components are easy to find. Changing springs, torque motors, and gears will go a long way in boosting performance – both from velocity and rate-of-fire standpoints. Matrix’s CNC-milled steel gears are popular, with a 13:1 ratio.
That being said, all internal components are top quality. Durability and reliability will very rarely be an issue thanks to an abundance of metal. Tokyo Marui recommends a 9.6V small-type battery, though players can opt for LiPo upgrades. While the gun does have a long trigger pull, minor upgrades will boost responsiveness. Despite having a high-capacity magazine, the gun feeds incredibly well. Of course, owners also benefit from Tokyo Marui’s well-regarded hop up.
The Bottom Line
For those who value the build quality Tokyo Marui offers, this purchase is a no brainer. However, this gun is expensive. This will push beginners with tight budgets away, though the P90 is great for all. If you want to tinker with your gun and invest in some upgrades, you’ll feel right at home.
King Arms K90 Tactical AEG
Featuring a highly-modular package, the King Arms K90 Tactical is an aggressive-looking P90. Most P90s are built using ABS or injection-molded polymer, but King Arms takes things a step further. The frame is composed predominantly of nylon fiber and zinc alloy. This gives the K90 a premium feel that isn’t found elsewhere. It also makes the King Arms K90 more durable. The cocking handle, magazine release, and fire selector are ambidextrous. Customization is easy, thanks to the inclusion of two side rails and a top rail. Uniquely, this top rail features an adjustable front iron sight with two adjustable backup sights. These backups are side mounted on the optical base.
King Arms’ K90 is a middle-weight option at 4.9 pounds unloaded. Like most P90 models, it measures nearly 20 inches long. King Arms only offers the gun in black, but the finish is fantastic. Similar to its Tokyo Marui counterpart, the K90 is a high-capacity AEG. The package includes the King Arms K90 Tactical and a 300-round magazine. A 9.6V mini-type battery is recommended, though it isn’t included.
The K90 performs quite well, firing BBs at 340-390 FPS. It uses a Version 6 gearbox, and is thus compatible with many Tokyo Marui upgrade parts. Speaking of which, the King Arms P90 has a trick up its sleeve – the quick-change spring system. Removing only the butt plate grants owners access to the spring assembly, making component swaps easy. Whereas other manufacturers require you to dissemble their gun completely, King Arms puts user friendliness first.
Like most AEGs, trigger response is a minor weak point. Upgraded gearbox components and battery packs rectify this issue. Owners report the gun feeds extremely well despite its high-capacity magazine. While this issue is somewhat notorious, it’s nice to see it isn’t a problem with the K90. However, the semi-automatic mode can occasionally cycle twice per trigger pull. Despite this, the internals of the K90 are extremely strong and will stand the test of time.
The Bottom Line
The King Arms K90 offers superb durability and build quality that cannot be equaled anywhere else. They’re the first company to use nylon fiber in a P90. Performance is high without breaking regulations for most fields. This is a great gun for all players, though price may be an obstacle. However, it may offer better value than Tokyo Marui’s P90.
Honorable Mention: G&G PDW99 P90 AEG
Though availability may be more limited, the G&G PDW99 is a solidly-built gun that will appeal to many. Made from textured polymer, the P90 emulates the real deal. It feels sturdy, weighty, and is slightly rear balanced. At approximately 6.2 pounds, G&G’s offering is one of the heavier P90s available. It’s also quite lengthy at 28 inches. It does handle well, though this may be a consideration for some players. G&G makes the PDW99 in black. It has a 14mm threaded barrel which accepts silencers.
Like the King Arms variant, the gun has a quick-change spring system. Adding to this user friendliness is its ambidextrous setup. It includes two tactical rails and comes equipped with a reflex sight for easy target acquisition. Some owners do question the sight’s quality, however. Unique to the G&G PDW99 is its tight-bore, 6.03mm barrel. Overall, there are some nice upgrades and quality-of-life touches included. The package includes the G&G PDW99, a 50-round magazine, a loader, and a cleaning rod. The PDW99 also uses an 8.4V, 1600mAh mini battery.
The G&G is praised for its solid performance and reliability. The gun fires at 330 FPS, suitable for most environments, and includes an adjustable hop up. The tight-bore barrel also boosts accuracy and range. The gearbox is fully metal, meaning players won’t be scrambling for replacement parts anytime soon. This also aids reliability and longevity, akin to Tokyo Marui and King Arms. The gearbox is Version 6. Without upgrades, owners can expect good accuracy beyond 100 feet.
With a LiPo upgrade, trigger response is quite swift, as is rate of fire. The battery is stored in the butt of the gun, like most, making it easily accessible.
The Bottom Line
Though players in the States may find it challenging to get ahold of, the G&G is great for all players. Airsoft does have a robust secondhand market, which means buyers might get lucky. There are some great features on the G&G PDW99 not found on other guns, which elevates it above many competitors.