The Best Electric Airsoft Pistols
While AEPs often receive mixed reviews within the airsoft community, a trusty electric pistol may be exactly what’s needed to compete in certain environments. Many gas pistols struggle in colder environments and are too powerful for close-quarters combat. AEPs are reasonable solutions to these problems, and they don’t break the bank. In addition, they require little maintenance apart from recharging or replacing batteries.
We’ve compiled our short list of the best electric pistols available below, based on value, overall performance, and reliability. If you’re considering adding a quality AEP to your loadout, you should certainly consider these solid picks:
Note: We’re aware that Glock replicas like the G18c from CYMA and Tokyo Marui are quite popular. However, many retailers have sold out or discontinued these items, due to difficulties with shipping them to the United States. They may be most available on the secondary market.
CYMA Advanced Hi-Capa
One of the higher-end AEPs available, the CYMA Hi-Capa’s build quality is worthy of its price tag. While the pistol’s frame is polymer, it’s both ergonomic and textured around the grip. Critical components such as the slide, magazine, magazine well, selectors, and inner barrel are fully metal. Together, these materials account for a solid, weighty feel in hand. This pistol is built to last both internally and externally. It’s non-blowback with a fixed slide and is roughly 9.8 inches long.
CYMA offers the pistol in a black finish. It’s designed like other Hi-Capa models, with a slightly-modernized 1911 form factor. You can easily access all switches and selectors. The CYMA Hi-Capa AEP does not include a tactical bottom rail for accessories. However, it does use a 7.2-volt AEP battery. Included in the box is the Hi-Capa pistol, a 29-round magazine, a battery, and a charger. Some owners have also received a speed loader and a small pack of BBs.
As with all AEPs, muzzle velocity numbers are not jaw-dropping with the Hi-Capa. The pistol fires at 190-210 FPS, which is right about average for its class. We recommend using .20g BBs or just a tad heavier for optimal performance. The included hop up is adjustable, so you won’t have to worry about lighter rounds sailing off target. A precision bore also boosts accuracy. While range shouldn’t be your primary concern with the CYMA Hi-Capa, we’d recommend it for engagements within 60 feet. This is perfect for closer combat.
Based on the Tokyo Marui’s AEP system, this pistol is made to be reliable. This comes with another added bonus: easy upgradeability. CYMA’s gearbox is compatible with all Tokyo Marui AEP internal components. Thankfully, these are fairly accessible and relatively inexpensive. A select fire option allows you to choose between semi and full-auto modes. Lastly, a detachable magazine and on-frame release are great quality-of-life features which will aid you in the field.
The Bottom Line
The CYMA Hi-Capa, though not the cheapest option available, does offer superb build quality that other manufacturers don’t match. It’s a great option for CQB or players seeking to get out of tight jams. It does offer wiggle room for upgrades, making the Hi-Capa a flexible platform that will stand the test of time. Beginners will love this pistol and it may also appeal to some intermediate players.
Tokyo Marui Full-Size M92F Military
Though its name precedes it, the Tokyo Marui M92F is a solid weapon that deserves additional recognition. Built to the M92’s exact specifications, Tokyo Marui’s offering is a perfect 1:1 replica of the U.S. Army’s standard sidearm. It’s has an ABS plastic frame, though the pistol does have a solid feel. The grip panels are textured for confident handling. Built within that grip is the safety switch, which is easily accessible. However, some players may find this a little too easy to bump accidentally.
The M92F comes in a black finish. It’s relatively-lightweight, weighing in at 0.66 pounds. The pistol is 8.5 inches long. Tokyo Marui includes the M92F pistol and a 15-round magazine in the box. Batteries aren’t included. In contrast to the traditional 7.2-volt AEP battery used in many pistols, the gun instead requires four AAA batteries. These do power a blowback action, however.
The M92F is in the middle of the pack in terms of velocity, firing BBs at 190-220 FPS. Again, this level of power is well-suited to close encounters. For this reason, the range is not a huge factor for the M92F. We recommend .20g BBs, or perhaps a tad heavier, depending on your pistol’s performance. While Tokyo Marui includes a quality hop up, this has a fixed setting, making ammo choice a hair more important.
Though an AEP, there is only one firing mode: semi-automatic. While this throws a wrench in the spray-and-pray CQB strategy, you will use less ammo. This may be important, considering the M92F has a 15-round magazine. No matter the mechanism, you’ll benefit from Tokyo Marui’s reliable AEP system. This transforms the pistol from a budget option to a long-lasting battle buddy.
The Bottom Line
We don’t get to say this very often, but Tokyo Marui’s M92F is a great option for beginner players with a tighter budget. The pistol’s true calling card is its reliability, authentic styling, and solid build. These qualities should resonate with anyone looking to purchase a quality sidearm.
The CYMA G18C is an accurate, 1:1 replica of the Glock G18C, and is based off Tokyo Marui’s own G18C internal specifications. It features a polymer body with upgraded, metal internals. The pistol has a textured polymer grip with ergonomic finger slots. Fully loaded, the pistol does carry some heft, weighing in at about 1.5 pounds. While this may appear heavy, the G18C is incredibly solid and durable. It’s also full size at about 7.9 inches long. This sidearm does not feature a blowback mechanism.
CYMA offers the G18C in two finishes: Black and Tan/Sand. Both compliment the gun well and have a premium appearance. The pistol includes a tactical bottom rail that accepts accessories, something not overly common with AEPs. This is a nice addition, especially for close-quarters combat. Included in the box is the G18C pistol, a 30-round magazine, battery, charger, and a speed loader.
Performance is where the CYMA G18C arguably shines. It fires BBs at 220 FPS, a pretty solid and consistent number from shot to shot. Furthermore, you can activate either semi-automatic or fully-automatic modes – useful for CQB or ammo conservation. Thankfully, the high-capacity magazine dampens the need to frequently reload. Owners report fair to good accuracy out to about 60 feet, above average for electric pistols. However, this gun will mostly shine while up close and personal. A hop-up system under the slide allows for adjustments, which will impact the grade of BBs used in the field.
Because it’s modeled after Tokyo Marui’s G18C platform, CYMA’s variant will accept Tokyo Marui upgrade parts. The same is true for replacement parts. Accordingly, the pistol’s internal components are both reliable and built to last. The pistol does come with a standard 7.2-volt battery. If you want to increase trigger response and fire rate, it’s worth considering a lithium-polymer battery upgrade.
The Bottom Line
Those who manage to get their hands on a CYMA G18C should come away very impressed. This pistol has a premium build and finish befitting of a more premium price tag. Performance is quite good, and owners have the option to invest in their gun for the long term. Beginners and intermediate players will appreciate the overall package, and tinkerers will as well. If this sounds like you, pick up a G18C.
CYMA Heavy Weight 1911 (Tokyo Marui clone)
A popular option amongst AEP users, the CYMA Heavy Weight 1911 is a solid pistol that is slightly oversized. Compared to the original 1911 design, CYMA’s version is larger than 1:1. The pistol is roughly 9.8 inches long. This added size carries added weight, yet offers a more premium feel. We’ll admit the HW 1911 is not the prettiest gun in the world. However, its durable metal construction helps offset any lack of sex appeal. Internal components are also metal. The pistol has a black finish, with brown, textured grip plates.
The 1911 has a detachable magazine and an on-frame safety. Since it’s wider than a traditional 1911, finding a suitable holster will be a bit more challenging. Included in the box is the CYMA 1911 pistol, a 29-round magazine, a 7.2-volt AEP battery, and a charger. You can also pick up extended magazines which hold about 100 rounds.
Velocity is average yet serviceable for an AEG, at about 190-210 FPS. As such, you will want to keep engagements within about 60 feet. The real standout feature of the Heavy Weight 1911 is the fire rate. Owners report a very high automatic firing rate, incredibly useful for CQB and taking down multiple enemies in one sitting. You can also use a semi-automatic mode. A robust, metal gearbox stands up to the rigors of sustained shooting, and is compatible with Tokyo Marui components. Upgrades are also available.
The hop-up system is adjustable, allowing you to dial in optimal settings for your environment. Thankfully, it’s also easy to access under the slide, which easily detaches. Switching to a lithium polymer battery may be recommended, as the included battery can perform inconsistently at times. Included magazines can be a little on the cheap side and thus double feed. However, this is not a common problem.
The Bottom Line
We’ll echo what other reviewers have been saying: the CYMA 1911 is a surprise, and a pretty nice one at that. It offers good performance in a durable package, albeit with some minor flaws. If beginner and intermediate players are willing to look past those, this is a solid sidearm.