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Best Gas Blowback Airsoft Pistols
Summary: Tokyo Marui is a highly-regarded manufacturer of gas powered, blow-back airsoft pistols. Accordingly, the Hi-Capa 5.1 is one of the most popular airsoft pistols currently available.
Performance is quite good – the Hi-Capa shoots at 280-300 FPS. Accuracy has always been Tokyo Marui’s strength, and owners report exception sharpshooting without upgrades. It accepts both duster gas and green gas, yet can be adapted for propane. Its magazine holds 31 rounds.
Summary: With stock components, the CZ P-09 really shines. Using CO2, the pistol shoots in excess of 370 FPS. These numbers drop to about 350 FPS when using green gas. We recommend using heavyweight BBs.
Accuracy is a strong point of the P-09. Without touching the hop up, heavier rounds tend to fly straight and long. Depending how you dial it in, the pistol becomes a respectable mid-range weapon despite its form factor.
Perfect for all players, the KWA HK45 is a solid weapon that will perform day in and day out. Fully licensed by Heckler & Koch, it’s a modern pistol with tactical features that will appeal to many. Using KWA’s patented NS2 gas system, this pistol will shoot reliably and efficiently for countless matches to come.
Summary: The KWA HK45 shines in most every area, receiving positive marks for velocity, accuracy, and efficiency. It fires BBs at 340-350 FPS, sufficient for close quarters combat and shorter ranges. The pistol uses green gas but can also be tapped for propane.
The pistol’s orange tip is threaded with 16mm threads and accepts silencers. This makes the HK45 a great sidearm for sniping loadouts. Reliable and unique, its blend of power and sharp accuracy will outshoot opponents with relative ease.
Best Non-Gas Blowback Airsoft Pistols
The Tokyo Marui MK23 is a top SOCOM replica that deserves serious recognition. Built for snipers and run-and-gunners alike, this quiet pistol is engineered with gas efficiency in mind. Complete with a silencer and detachable, bottom-mounted flashlight, this is an exceptional package.
Summary: In short, the Tokyo Marui MK23 is a field sniper’s dream. It’s well-suited to stealthy engagements but offers respectable power. The pistol shoots 300-320 FPS using green gas and is whisper quiet. You also enjoy this performance in a handsome sidearm.
The MK23 does have a rather large footprint though, thanks to a silencer that nearly doubles the length of the gun. Finding a proper holster may be a challenge. However, a 28-round magazine ensures continuous shooting, allowing you to keep your MK23 handy for extended periods.
A budget-friendly option, the KJW MK-I is a surprising top performer for lovers of competition pistols. Its unique, elongated form factor turns heads, and its hard-shooting nature will keep enemies at bay with ease.
Summary: A highly-competent sidearm that defies its price tag, the MK-I shoots a whopping 350-450 FPS. Its gas system is relatively efficient, allowing for repeated shooting. Despite its long frame, it retains its portability and will surprise many opponents during battle.
A metal hop up ensures accurate flight from one shot to the next. The MK-I includes a 17-round magazine, perfectly serviceable but not high capacity.
Best Electric Airsoft Pistols
Capitalizing on the Glock-replica trend, the CYMA G18C is a high-quality sidearm that deserves high praise. Ditching gas due to its AEP designation, the G18C is perfect for players wanting to spray a large volume of rounds downfield in short order.
Summary: Rate of fire is the CYMA G18C’s bread and butter. Though paired with relatively-low power at 220 FPS, the sheer volume of BBs fired make up for it. This gun is not meant for long-range exchanges, but really shines in CQB. When up against multiple opponents in tight spaces, it becomes a formidable sidekick.
If you’re feeling restrained, semi-automatic fire is available. Owners may find the 30-round magazine depletes quite rapidly, though extra magazines aren’t overly expensive. The pistol is a good performer for beginner and casual players.