You may or may not be aware, but here at Patrol Base at the bottom right of every page there is the TokyWoky chat box where customers can interact with one another. You'll regularly see our staff and customers answering questions related to products, but one of the most common things which gets asked: What gun is the best for a beginner? This changes all the time, though there are some pretty staple ones, as newer ones come out all the time. We've put together this blog post to show off what we recommend at the moment as the best beginner M4 rifles for Airsoft skirmishers. We'll talk about what are the best M4 to get your hands on at the moment, for £150 or lower which are more than good enough to get you into your first skirmish. You can check them all out below!
Brand new from SPECNA ARMS these rifles re-define the beginner Airsoft replica, with fantastic bodies and a great selection these rifles really look the part. Not only do they come in at a great price they also feature some advanced features such as a quick change spring system for ease of use, as well as coming with additional attachments in the box to get you going. In our opinion, these are the best option for a beginner player in 2019.
All the rifles are branded and based upon designed by Rock River Arms, a real steel manufacturing company, with each rifle featuring their unique logo and trademarks for added realism.
A 6mm electric powered Airsoft gun based off the M4 platform famous the world over for its success and deployment with countless forces in multiple conflict zones. Comes with rail covers, a foregrip, and even flip up ironsights! The rifle is available in black and tan.
Based on the M4 / AR platform this rifle has been based off of the Stubby / Tanker compact M4 which were originally designed for use in vehicles and for concealed carry. This rifle has been lovingly crafted by Specna Arms to the highest quality, from top quality materials.
An Airsoft electric powered 6mm M4 based replica, with an Alloy 20mm RIS handguard, rear wired crane stock, flip up iron sights and an integrated suppressor as standard. Available in Black and Tan and comes with a mock suppressor for a more unique look.
A brand new rifle built by Specna Arms as part of their CORE range of beginner rifles. With a KeyMod handguard and high quality build this rifle is the ideal starter weapon and has everything players new any old need in a rifle.
Full poylmer rifles with a high quality gearbox inside! These rifles do a great job of looking the part and being wobble free. The rifles themselves are simply polymer versions of their full metal conterparts, having all the features of a high end Airsoft replica, including plenty of rail space for customisation!
A new electric 6mm airsoft rifle made by Nuprol as a budget entry level RIF but without compromising on quality. Constructed from polymer this weapon is light weight but tough enough to handle the rigors of an airsoft skirmish, available in both Black and Tan variants.
An electric powered M4 based Airsoft replica, which is constructed mainly from Polymer to offer a lightweight and maneuverable platform which packs a punch. Available in standard Black and Tan, as well as a more modern operator Grey.
As the cheapest rifles in this article, these are great introductory rifles into the Airsoft world, the CM.5xx series of M4 / AR feature a fully polymer body to reduce costs, but still come with the standard CYMA V2 full metal gearbox, making them a great introductory rifle for those who are on a budget. The performance of a high end CYMA, with a body you aren't afraid to scuff.
It's still worth noting these guns usually come with a free battery and charger, though we recommend replacing free gift batteries and chargers immediately!
Custom external components come together to create one unique looking piece. Featuring a highly customisable top rail, which in total is 21'' in length.
The gun features many useful parts, when compared to the Standard M4A1
Platform, such as a Four Point RIS Rail Handguard, Suppressor and Flip-Up Iron Sights.
A more traditionally styled M4A1 electric powered replica, aimed towards beginners, that features a sliding stock and a four-point RIS handguard for grips, lasers and torches.
Great starter kit or for any one who is interested in back yard target shooting. The weapon is constructed almost entirely from Polymer, and features an Alloy Gearbox.
Touted as the holy grail of beginner weapons these are the most recommended rifles picked by our customers. You'll have seen them before: they're tried, tested, and proven as rental guns, so if they're good enough to handle the thrashing of a rental player they're sture as hell going to hold up for a normal skirmisher. The rifles have a high quality polymer body, but also have the range and accuracy to compete with some of the higher end Airsoft rifles!
An Airsoft 6mm BB Gun, based on the M4 / AR Platform, which is a great entry grade Beginner weapon for those looking to start playing Airsoft, or even simply Backyard Plinking. Available in both Black and Tan, its the perfect gun for any beginner.
The longer version of the CM16 Raider, its an incredibly light weight and reliable Airsoft RIF. An excellent beginner Airsoft weapon but also very favourable by experienced Airsofters due to its out of the box performance being so good in a low price bracket.
Do beginner guns come with a battery and charger, or do I have to buy them seperate??
Hey! Some guns come with a battery and charger, and some do not. For more information please refer to the 'Package Includes' section, which is found at the bottom of the description as well as in the Product Specifications tab. We do however recommend that you replace the battery and charger immediately, as they are typically of low quality. You'll want an auto-stop charger and a high capacity battery for best performance. You can read a blog article on the subject which I wrote, and I will link it below. Hope this helps 🙂
Yo, why are polymer guns cheaper, do they break easy or something?
Hey! You'll usually find that Polymer guns are cheaper, but don't let that put you off. Polymer guns are just designed to be cheaper by not having to cast the parts in metal, reducing the overall cost. They still perform just as well as a metal good, and they still look the part at a distance. You'll find with some ranges that the metal and plastic guns feature exactly the same internals, they're just a cheaper alternative of the same thing. Hope this helps 🙂
WHAT MAGS DO I NEEED FOR MY M4?
Hey! For an M4 any STANAG style magazine should fit. The industries been pretty good with M4 mags, and most mags are cross brand compatible. You can find our full range of STANAG / M4 mags in their own category which I will link below. Hope this helps 🙂
Hey guys, what attachments can I use on my m4?
Hey! The first thing you'll want to do is identify what attachment points your rifle has. This can be found in the Specifications section on your weapon's page. Once you've identified it you can pick a section on the website then filter by that connector type. Most rifles use 20mm RIS / RAS for sights and scopes, but the handguard varies, and could be 20mm / MLOK / KeyMod. The most common type of rail is 20mm RIS / RAS, so there are plenty of attachments available 🙂 Hope this helps 🙂
Had a problem with a product out of stock after you've ordered it? This should be far less of a problem now as we've changed the way we handle stock at Patrol Base. We've been listening, and we've hopefully stopped it from happening again.
Though rare, it sometimes happens, sometimes we've had people buy something online at the same time as someone in the shop has purchased it physically. Which is unfortunately caused due to the time delay between being able to pick the items, meaning sometimes the items sold in the shop before we could get to pick them. This isn't a huge percentage of orders, but when you're sending out the volume that we are it can happen a few times per week, and we hate having to ring a customer and tell them we can't fulfil their order.
To combat the problem we've separated the shop stock from the warehouse stock, meaning that if something is online and for sale you're always going to have priority.
This takes us closer to having a perfect stock system, and will hopefully reduce the amount of problems we have with orders!
Hopefully this will sort a lot of out of stock problems. Don't forget if you want to see a product in store you can always give us a call on: 01484 644709 and we can have a product sent across from the warehouse for you to see.
A product is available online, does that mean I can see it in the shop?
If a product is available online it generally should be available in the shop too, we always try to keep one of everything in the shop. If you want to make sure that an item is in stock in the shop please feel free to call us on: 01484 644709 and we can let you know. Worst case scenario we can get one sent up from the warehouse when you arrive! Hope this helps 🙂
If something isn't in stock online will it be in store?
Generally no, the online sales take priority, so if we've got one left of a product in stock we'll send it back to the warehouse to be sold online. If you want to double check please feel free to call us on: 01484 644709 and we can check out the stock levels for you. Worst case scenario we can get one sent up from the warehouse when you arrive in store 🙂 Hope this helps 🙂
In this blog post I'm going to be discussing a post which was recently made on the UK Airsoft Community group page. There's been a few threads going around like 'What is the thing you hate most about Airsoft', and 'What do you hate most about Airsoft Players', and other meme worthy threads, but one which caught my attention was the post about people's biggest pet peeves with Airsoft retailers. What's quite interesting is that quite a few people had the same gripes, but what I found most interesting is that the thing that people hate the most is not even something retailers can really control. Hopefully this will be interesting to some, and go towards explaining exactly what causes the problems we have.
Nowadays there's a hell of a lot of Airsoft sellers online now so it's hard to keep track of every single product across every single website. We try to do our best to keep an eye on our best selling products and ranges, but sometimes less popular products slip through the net.
Another reason can be people comparing prices to shops from outside the EU, such as from America. Sure, the prices look cheaper at face value, but once you've paid import duty, the postage services handling charges (literally the worst thing known to man), and postage then the item will usually be the same price, or in most cases much more expensive. If you're buying a product from a UK company the chances are they've gone through the hassle of importing it, paid the import duty, and then have to pay tax on the sale itself again. Prices in the UK can look higher, but that's because the cost of the product is drastically higher due to import costs.
So what are Patrol Base Doing?Here at Patrol Base we handle all the importing and duties so you don't have to. Why would you want to go through the stress of importing something and waiting, isn't the extra few quid fair enough for the returns, support and time benefits?
Sometimes pricing can vary a lot between UK shops and shops within the EU. This is typically down to costs over getting it across here, and the exchange rate at which the products were purchased. Sometimes the price of currency can fluctuate wildly (Especially with politics the way it is at the moment), so some things can become cheaper or more expensive overnight. We attempt to keep our prices as reasonable as possible, but sometimes we can get stung by the exchange rate.
This isn't as much as of a big thing as it was a few years ago, or something which is exclusive to Airsoft, but be careful when you're buying online. There are a lot of easy one push button retail website packages available now, so people can start up a business and advertise all the stock they want with little or no cost and simply drop ship it from a distributor. When selling as a non-vat registered company you pay the VAT up front, and any money after that is profit, when selling as a VAT registered company you pay on the total cost of the sale instead, meaning you save about 8-10% as non-vat company, allowing you to reduce your prices whilst still earning the same money.
Of course, the offshoot of that is you might not get that extra quality of service. Sure you can save yourself a bit of cash, but will you really get the service, aftermarket support and warranty you would with a larger retailer? Possibly not, worst case they're drop-shipping from their house and won't accept returns, or at absolute worse just run off with your money.
Don't get me wrong, some of the upcoming business offer good service, but for an extra £5-£10 is it worth the risk? Always try find out if a company has a physical location before buying or a number you can call, and look at how good their descriptions are, it's usually a good sign they're more legitimate.
An FPS variance issue is quite a complicated issue when it comes to gas guns. There's a huge array of things which can affect the power of a replica, from gas type, to gas temperature and how well lubricated the pistol itself is.
Gas temperature is the main problem, a pistol which fires at 340 fps at 12°c may drop off a cliff when it comes to lower temperatures in the colder months of the year. Most Airsoft replicas are designed in Taiwan and other warmer country and fire a lot more consistent in warmer temperature, when they get over here to the sunny UK they can't quite handle the lower temperatures. You'll usually find temperature is a huge problem with the heavier slided pistols.
So what are Patrol Base Doing?
To allow you to make a more informed decision we also list the ambient temperature of the room when the pistol was last tested, allowing you to get a rough idea of the temperatures at which the pistol will operate.
All our tests are done on our range shop, which has no heating and is usually colder than it is outside, so our results when it comes to fps are usually quite accurate to outdoor play.
Some retailers can have a huge problem with this due to FPS being wildly variant between batches of weapons, this is typically due to where the replicas were bought as some country have lower and higher fps limits than us. We try to update all our descriptions as soon as an FPS change is brought up during weapons testing which is how we're able to avoid this problem quite well, but other shops may not have the ability to test every single weapon before it leave the door.
We had it where one batch of guns came in originally at 340fps, then the next batch came in at around 270fps and we had to upgrade all the springs. Luckily we're big enough to handle this, but some smaller shops, or shops who drop ship might not spot this.
So what are Patrol Base Doing?
If we have a weapon that chronos differently to what it says on the website we'll test another gun, if that chrono's the same we'll then hold the order and get in contact with the customer. If the customer wants an upgrade, downgrade or even a refund we'll happily sort that out, and we also update the description on the website.
If the gun is hot (eg, over 350fps on full auto), we'll always offer the downgrade if possible.
If you're concerned always check for the testing sheet we supply with our guns, which will list the FPS ratings of the weapon on our warehouse testing range.
So what are Patrol Base Doing?
We have spent a long time trying various couriers who will accept RIF, and are constantly working to improve the service, and feel at the moment our courier is the best balance between cost and reliability.
Our delivery prices are all very close to how much it costs us to send a package, and we make almost no money on delivery when you factor in the postage costs, packaging, and more.
There's only a certain amount of distributors for products who bring stuff in, and again, there's only a certain amount of stuff produced because there's only a small amount of factory to produce the stuff.
In Airsoft, demand is way higher than the supply.
If something is out of stock, it's probably because we can't get it back in even if we wanted because there isn't a big enough supply. And on the flip-side, if we do get an extremely popular Airsoft product back in then it usually sells out very quick.
There's a few problems to deal with:
So what are Patrol Base Doing?
We have identified this as a problem, and in attempt to make it easier for you we have had a special email back in stock feature we had developed for our platform, allowing you can see exactly when something you want comes back into stock. Once a product goes out of stock you can press the 'notify me' button, and when the product comes back into stock you will automatically be emailed. You can track as many products as you want, and you'll never miss a product again.
If you're after something specific, call us, and we can try order one in for you (if they're available with our suppliers). You can get in contact with us via our Contact Us Page.
We're also working on new systems to handle stock, so the stock levels will be more accurate, and accident proof which should lower any stock issues. We are also developing new cutting edge bespoke packing system along with 3rd party developers to speed the process up and make it more accurate.
Hopefully this has answered some of the main questions you have when it comes to Airsoft. These problems aren't just universal to any one Airsoft retailer, they're the same across the board. We're all trying our best to make the experience as seamless as possible, so we only ask that you understand why things the way they are, and we're not just trying to mug you off 🙂
Do you have any more pet peeves? Let us know in the comments below and we can have a look into it for you!
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