Best Airsoft SMG
When close-quarters combat is the game of choice, there’s nothing better than adding an SMG as the primary weapon in your loadout. These maneuverable guns excel in tight spaces and are incredibly effective against many enemies. They’re also incredibly fun to shoot. If you’re looking for the SMG cream of the crop, look no further than our compilation below.
Here’s Our Picks for the Best Airsoft SMGs (Updated List)
- ASG CZ Scorpion EVO 3A1
- KWA H&K Rapid Deployment MP7 GBB
- KWA KMP9 GBB
- Matrix MP007 MP40
- Krytac KRISS-USA Licensed Vector
ASG CZ Scorpion EVO 3A1
Built true to spec, the ASG CZ Scorpion EVO 3A1 is an aggressive, modern firearm with striking styling. Glass-fiber reinforced polymer accompanies a CNC-machined outer barrel, flash hider, and barrel nut for superb durability. These materials elevate the EVO’s feel, resembling the real deal from CZ. Internally, gearbox components are also CNC-machined metal. Initially, the ASG Scorpion may resemble an assault rifle in length. However, its stock folds completely flat against the weapon’s side, facilitating single-handed operation. This flexibility is quite beneficial during CQB. It’s also removable, transforming the EVO into a true short-range brawler.
External controls are ambidextrous, making it easy to swap shoulders. A long top rail and bottom rail allow players to mount accessories. Finally, a functional bolt lock and a four-position fire selector round out one genuine Scorpion package. ASG offers a black finish, which looks stunning. It has a nice heft, weighing 5.3 pounds fully assembled. The Evo is only 16.7 inches long with the stock collapsed, or 24.5 inches extended. Included in the box is the Scorpion EVO 3A1 and a 75-round magazine. Batteries aren’t included, though ASG recommends either 7.4V or 11.1V LiPo small tri-cell batteries.
The EVO is traditionally a short-range weapon, though it can outperform a large majority of assault rifles. It fires at approximately 394 FPS with stock components. However, this velocity isn’t locked in. Players can utilize the EVO’s quick change system, allowing spring changes without gearbox disassembly. Smaller fields and especially CQB fields commonly have FPS or joule limits. Easy changes allow players to dial things back accordingly, or pop in an upgrade. An adjustable hop up makes tweaks easier, boosting accuracy – a trait which owners highly praise. We previously mentioned a four-position switch. That switch allows semiautomatic, automatically, and three-round burst fire. This last setting is unique and provides another dimension of usability.
ASG built the EVO’s gearbox with an ECU, monitoring water ingress, battery response, and motor efficiency. If your EVO is submerged, the ECU will disable key electrical components until internal conditions are favorable. Additionally, the gearbox will sense when magazines run empty, preventing dry firing. Complete with a reinforced short motor, the EVO 3A1 offers outstanding longevity and performance. Trigger response is nearly instantaneous, and rate of fire is impressive.
The Bottom Line
The ASG EVO 3A1 is an outstanding weapon which requires few – if any – upgrades to perform at peak efficiency. Built-in electrical smart features and outstanding external build quality make it a great weapon for all players. It will lighten your wallet, however, as this is a premium gun on all fronts.
KWA H&K Rapid Deployment MP7 GBB
First thing’s first: the KWA Rapid Deployment MP7 is a mean-looking SMG with licensed H&K trademarks. Though not physically imposing, it packs the punch and appearance to strike fear in opponents. The MP7 is designed for shooting comfort, with a two-position telescoping stock and a long foregrip. Though the gun’s externals are primarily polymer, top and side rails are metal. The same is true of its flash hider, magazine, fire selector, slide release, iron sight, and stock. These reinforced external components are resilient against bumps and extended use. Sights are flip up and adjustable, and rails are both Picatinny and Weaver compatible.
As you’d expect, the MP7 is compact. It measures only 15 inches retracted and 23 inches with the stock extended. This is slightly smaller than 1:1 scale. It’s easy to maneuver and is feather light, weighing only 3.5 pounds unloaded. It handles like a pistol, yet can be shouldered with ease and comfort thanks to a large, rubber butt pad. Included in the box is the KWA Rapid Deployment MP7 and a 40-round magazine. KWA offers the MP7 in either Black or Tan.
Thanks to its compact size and short, 160mm inner barrel, the MP7 is best suited for CQB. That does come with a caveat, however. At 380-430 FPS, it shoots quite hot for many fields. Owners recommend installing a CQB bolt or changing springs to solve this problem. Accuracy is very good at shorter ranges, though it tends to taper off around 75-100 feet. Thankfully, the gun includes an adjustable hop up to help tailor your gun to your environment. It does accept a suppressor, though some owners report the attachment can cause BBs to curve at longer ranges.
This GBB is hard kicking and accepts both propane and green gas, though the former requires an adapter. The gun fires in both semiautomatic and automatic modes. Rate of fire is excellent, which is no surprise for an SMG. The gun is loud when it fires, which players may or may not like depending on their preferences and playing style.
The Bottom Line
The KWA H&K Rapid Deployment MP7 is perfect for those seeking an SMG without the AEG. Its gas blowback action offers superbly-realistic feel in a compact package, one that feels great in hand and fires reliably with pace. Just remember that field-specific modifications will add some extra ownership expenses.
KWA KMP9 GBB
Similar to its MP7 cousin but more compact, the KWA KMP9 is perfect for those running from cover to cover and checking corners. Popular within the CQB community, the KMP9 features MIL-SPEC Picatinny side and top rails for accessories. It also includes a low-profile folding stock and a functional cocking handle. This gun emulates the real MP9 very accurately and is a joy to wield. A foregrip makes this even easier. The KWA KMP9 is small yet durable, with a steel outer barrel and fiber-reinforced polymer throughout the frame. This cuts weight while providing ample strength for all conditions.
The gun comes in three finishes: Black, Dark Earth, and Ranger Grey. Each looks great, though the black looks the most imposing. It measures approximately 21 inches with the stock extended, and only 12 inches retracted. It weighs 4 pounds. The gun is powered by green gas, though players may want to adapt it for HPA. Included in the box is the KWA KMP9 and a 48-round magazine.
The KMP9 is meant for close quarters environments, though it does pack a wallop. Propelling BBs at 350-400 FPS, it may shoot too hot for some fields. For those without joule limits, stepping up in BB weight may keep players within regulation. While this power opens things up for larger fields, accuracy will dwindle at about 100 feet. Thankfully, the KMP9 includes an adjustable hop up. Barrel threads allow players to attach silencers, useful and necessary for maintaining any degree of stealth. GBB guns do tend to be louder than their AEG counterparts. In fact, the KMP9 is rumored to be one of the louder GBBs available, great for intimidation if nothing else. It also fires 28 rounds per minute, which is exceptional.
Since this is a GBB, it will require some maintenance. Periodic lubrication of internal components will keep the KMP9 shooting its best. Luckily, the silicone components in green gas will naturally help with this. Those who fail to treat their KMP9 with care might see durability issues occur within a few months.
The Bottom Line
Priced cheaper than our other options thus far, the KMP9 offers exceptional value for all players. If maintained, owners will enjoy a gun with good longevity and impressive performance. This is a great platform for those seeking ultimate maneuverability with punch.
Matrix MP007 MP40 Full Metal AEG
A 1:1 replica harkening back to World War II, the Matrix MP007 MP40 deserves a spot on our list. Character rich and highly rated, the MP007 is a great item for enthusiasts and collectors. It features a metal frame with plenty of durability. The barrel assembly, receiver, magazine, folding stock, sights, and pins are also metal. Matrix has made this gun tough and capable regardless of what’s thrown at it. The MP007 weighs a whopping 7 pounds, which may be cumbersome for some players. However, fans of this gun will likely praise it for its realistic weighting.
Internally, all crucial components are fully metal – including the gearbox. The gun comes in an attractive greyish-black finish. With the stock collapsed, the Mp007 is roughly 24 inches long. It measures 33 inches. Though an SMG, this is one of the longer guns in its class. Regardless, it should handle well in tighter quarters. The package includes the Matrix MP007 MP40 and a 50-round magazine. Matrix recommends either a 7.4V LiPo battery or an 8.4V small butterfly type.
Luckily, the MP007 should fit right in at most fields. It fires at 300-350 FPS, perfectly adequate for CQB. We recommend using it there or in smaller fields – Matrix rates its effective range at 60-100 feet. This is fairly typical of mid to high-powered SMGs. It includes an adjustable hop up to help players squeeze more accuracy and range out of their shots.
Matrix brags about the MP007’s gearbox due to its metal design and upgradeability. Players should have little trouble finding replacement parts or aftermarket alternatives. The motor is a high-torque model, one which provides a high rate of fire. This is an extremely-capable gun worthy of turning and targeting heads. Finally, players should be mindful of the safety placement on this gun. Located under the pistol grip, it may be easier to accidentally knock than on-frame variants.
The Bottom Line
For those looking to stand out, look no further than the Matrix MP007 MP40. The gun is a beautiful replica with solid performance to boot. It’s also fairly cheap. With superb internal and external construction, it’s tough to top at its price point.
Krytac KRISS-USA Licensed Vector AEG
This is one of the most attractive SMGs available thanks to its sharp lines and ported muzzle break. The Krytac Vector is a compact gun fashioned from thick polymer and metal. Like other SMGs, it has a folding stock and flip-up iron sights. Integrated top and bottom rails provide a home for attachments, and textured grips ensure confident handling. Both rails are MIL-STD Picatinny style. Despite its construction, the Krytac Vector is quite weighty at 5.73 pounds. Externally it’s highly durable and players won’t feel like they’re toting a cheap weapon – because they certainly aren’t. #KrytacThings (just kidding on this last part)
Internals are also up to snuff, thanks to reinforcements. An 8mm gearbox features metal components throughout, plus the bucking is temperature and wear resistant. The cylinder window provides a relief cut and the cylinder head is padded to prevent premature degradation. This gun is built to last both inside and out. It measures 17.5 inches with the stock collapsed and 26 inches with it extended. Included in the box is the Krytac-KRISS Vector and a 95-round magazine.
Krytac is known for excellent performance, and the Vector is no different. Out of the box it shoots at 350-380 FPS, suitable for most fields. That performance isn’t set in stone, however, thanks to a quick-change spring system. This allows players to swap springs without gearbox disassembly, great for fine tuning power. That gearbox is 8mm and includes a integrated MOSFET system – great for reducing electrical wear while aiding performance. Accordingly, the trigger is electronic for exceptional response. Krytac accompanies all of this by a 30K high torque, short-type motor. This provides a high rate of fire on automatic mode. The Vector also fires in semiautomatic and two-round burst modes. The trigger is also a pivoting type.
Krytac recommends a 11.1V, 1400mAh or lower LiPo battery for this gun. This battery cannot exceed 116mm in length. In addition, output shouldn’t exceed 30 amps unless players want to risk blowing a fuse. This isn’t a problem, however, just a point of caution.
The Bottom Line
The Krytac Vector AEG is an awesome gun for those who sweat the details both externally and internally. Krytac’s products are typically aspirational, though they come with many quality of life and longevity perks. The Vector is no different, and will serve you exceptionally well at close range for a long time.