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Hottest Airsoft M4 for new Players in 2019

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!




£114.99 - £124.99

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.



NUPROL DELTA Pioneer Range

£119.99 - £139.99

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.



CYMA CM.5xx Series

£114.99 - £124.99

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.

CM.507 AR-15



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.



G&G Armament CM16 Combat Machine


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.



Common Questions

Do they come with a battery and charger?

Do beginner guns come with a battery and charger, or do I have to buy them seperate??

PatrolBase Jonny
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 🙂

Why are polymer gun cheaper?

Yo, why are polymer guns cheaper, do they break easy or something?

PatrolBase Jonny
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 🙂

Which mags do I need?


PatrolBase Jonny
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 🙂

What attachments can I use?

Hey guys, what attachments can I use on my m4?

PatrolBase Jonny
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 🙂

Christmas Two Tones: Order early!

TL;DR Version: We recommend that the latest you place a Two-Tone Service to arrive for Christmas is: Monday 17th December 2018 to guarantee delivery.

It's coming to that time of year again: when footsteps old and young gleefully slam down the stairs at times only reserved for night shift workers, to try and get a sneak a peek at their long-awaited Christmas presents and gifts! But this story does not have a happy ending, as unfortunately little Timmy's targets will go un-peppered this Christmas. Though try as they may little Timmy's parents attempted to order their little angels Christmas present the day before, not leaving enough time for their Airsoft Two-Tone service to be complete. Though a sad state of affairs, there was nothing that could be done, and the only thing which was saved was the family hoover, which did not have to pick up all the BBs.

We've seen this before, and we have managed to save the day, but it can be a bit touch and go whether courier can actually deliver on time due to the busy festive period (Sometimes delivery times can be increased). On the ramp up to Christmas we get asked this question a lot, so we've put together this blog post to keep you on the loop, and try and avoid any problems this Christmas!

Don't leave it too late to order your BB Gun or Airsoft Weapon!

As always, keep an eye on social media, we'll usually announce via our Facebook Page if there are going to be any delays.

When is the last time I can order a Two-Tone Service?

We would recommend that the latest you place a Two-Tone Service to arrive for Christmas is: Monday 19th December 2018. You will still be able to place an order for a Two Tone after that date, but we cannot guarantee that our courier service will be able to deliver them on time after this date. We've had it before where some next day parcels have taken an extra day or two because of the festive period, so we suggest you plan for an extra few days should something happen!

As always, keep an eye on social media, we'll usually announce via our Facebook Page if there are going to be any delays.

When should I order my Two-Tone service by?

The earlier the better! A number of things can affect the delivery of a Two-Toned order, so the sooner your order the less chance you have of disappointment. We suggest that you order realistically a week in advance of our deadline, and order around the 12th of December.

If you already know what you're going to be buying, that's perfect, we would suggest ordering as soon as you possibly can to avoid the weapon going out of stock before you get chance to order it. Some delivery take a while to come from our suppliers, which is only hindered by the festive period, and some we've literally bought out all of our suppliers stock, and there won't be any until the new year!

If you're ordering a two-tone service for a gift, and absolutely must have the product for Christmas, we would suggest allowing for an absolute worst-case scenario of 8 days delivery (5 days for the paint service, and 3 days delivery).

As always, keep an eye on social media, we'll usually announce via our Facebook Page if there are going to be any delays.

Why can it take longer for Two-Tone service over Christmas?

There are a number of reasons why it can take longer to complete and deliver a Two-Tone Service over Christmas, and below are some of the things which can slow the process down! Though hopefully rare, we just want to make you aware so you can plan when to order.

As always, keep an eye on social media, we'll usually announce via our Facebook Page if there are going to be any delays.

Volume of Orders

Though we say a Two-Tone service can take between 1-5 working days, we usually have them done very quickly, but this can obviously vary based on the number of orders we receive. We typically complete our two-tone services in the order we received them, so the earlier you get in, the earlier it gets done.

It's worth bearing in mind that the completion of a Two Tone service means: Testing the weapon, then stripping down the weapon into its component parts, painting the parts, waiting for the parts to dry, rebuilding the weapon, testing the weapon, and then sending it out for shipping. This is quite a lengthy process! So the more weapons we have to do, the longer, unfortunately, it's going to take.

We do have up to 5 dedicated people two-toning weapons, but over the heavy Christmas due to the volumes there can be delayed, though don't worry we've planned for it this shouldn't be a problem!


Cold weather and snow: the simple words which strike fear into any couriers hearts. We all know, the smallest bit of snow on the ground and couriers lose their minds. It's best to plan for such an eventuality because it's something we cannot control, and unfortunately as hard as we try we can't really blame mother nature. The earlier you order, the better your chances are of receiving your weapon, simply because if it snows then parcels can be delayed by days. If it does look like it's going to snow please try to order a week earlier to avoid disappointment!

Cold weather can also affect the curing speed of spray paint, which will increase the processing time of the two-tone service. As long as you always plan in the maximum 5 days to complete the service it should not be a problem. We've also started heating our spray booths to try to counter the cold problem, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem!

Volume of Delivery

This is more of a problem that can be caused by couriers than ourselves, we'll be able to get all orders out the door, but the closer it gets to Christmas the higher the chances there are for delivery to be delayed by our couriers. Even the biggies like Amazon can sometimes have problems with this, so try and order as early as possible.

How long does a two-tone service take?

How long does a two-tone service usually take?

PatrolBase Jonny
A Two-Tone service usually takes between 1-5 working days, this includes stripping, painting, rebuilding and testing the weapon. Usually, we have a quick turn around time, but try to make sure you plan that it could take up to 5 days depending on conditions at the time. Hope this helps 🙂

If it snows will my parcel be delayed?

It's looking like a white Christmas, will my parcel be delayed??

PatrolBase Jonny
Usually, when it snows you'll find that parcels are delayed. It mostly comes down to conditions on the major motorways which connect the courier's parcel services. If there are huge delays on the motorway, you can usually guarantee that postage times will increase. Your best bet is to check our Facebook Page and check if there have been any announcements relating to delivery time. Hope this helps 🙂

Will you deliver Christmas eve?

Is my parcel going to be delivered Christmas eve?

PatrolBase Jonny
This year Christmas Eve falls on a Monday, so couriers should still be operating. Please be aware though, that due to the volume of parcels there could be a delay in delivery times. Your best bet is to get in touch with customer services on 01484 644709 and request a tracking number. Hope this helps 🙂

From BB Guns to Airsoft: The AEP

A lot of people struggle with the transition from BB guns to Airsoft. Some people jump in feet first into the Airsoft market, buying high-end AEG, and powerful Gas Blowback Pistols, but what about those who just want to put their foot in the door? Well, a good option for new players, or for those looking for a more entertaining backyard plinking experience move onto AEP Pistols first.

AEP are usually a good step for those transitioning from BB Guns to Airsoft, at a price point of around £50 you can't really go wrong. You'll usually find that most Airsoft Skirmishers first gun was an AEP if they transitioned from BB Guns, with a lot of our staff looking fondly upon their first AEP, be it Desert Eagle, G-Series or 1911 styled.

What is an AEP?

AEP simply stands for Automatic Electric Pistol, a step forward from spring powered pistols where the weapon is instead powered by a battery and uses a mechanical system with a gearbox to fire the BB pellets. These are usually the first step for anyone transitioning from BB guns, as they're relatively cheap, easy to use, and are good fun!

The battery are used to power the motor inside the pistol, which turns pulling back a small piston held by a spring, which is then released generating the force to propel the BB.

Thanks to this mechanism AEP do not need to be cocked before every shot, and offer semi-auto capability (meaning they fire a round every time you pull the trigger), with some even offering fully automatic fire modes guaranteed to put a smile on anyones face!

Why an AEP instead of a BB gun?

They're a good stepping stone for moving onto more powerful AEG or Airsoft replica. Once you get used to filling magazines, and charging and changing battery you'll be ready for something a little bit more complicated than your BB Gun.

Maintenance wise, there isn't much. Short of stubbing the end of the pistol into mud and filling the barrel AEP require very little maintenance, and if they do break for whatever reason, they're usually relatively cheap enough to simply replace.

Another great bonus over jumping right into gas pistols is that this pistol will even work in colder temperatures. When it starts to get cold you'll notice that gas pistols start to become sluggish, or not even work at all, with an AEP you don't have that problem. If you do ever jump to Gas pistols, you'll always have your trusty AEP to fall back on.

What AEP BB Guns are available?

You can see the full range of AEP Airsoft Electric Pistols on our website in the Airsoft Electric Pistols Section. Below are a few examples of what you can look at to get yourself started. Don't forget, we can also two-tone any Airsoft Weapon or BB gun you see on our website, allowing you to get them before you get your Airsoft Defence.


CYMA CM.121 Desert Eagle

If you've ever looked at AEP, its likely this bad boy caught your eye. Based on the real world Desert Eagle this pistol is large, monstrous, and feels great to hold.

The frame of the pistol is made from lightweight polymer, with the non-moving slide is built from durable Alloy, and it painted fully in matte black. This AEP has the ability to switch between semi-automatic and fully automatic by changing the selector on the back of the slide. This is the perfect starter skirmish gun, or even for snipers who need a fully automatic sidearm for when an enemy enters their Minimum Engagement Distance.

Available in Black, this weapon can also be two-toned for those yet to organise their Airsoft Defence.


CYMA CM.123 1911

This AEP is a convincing replica of the real 1911, accurately recreating many of the real 1911s design features; such as the Grip Safety, its simple un-marked Iron Sights and its Faux-Wood brown Grip Plates. Just like the real Grip Plates, the Grips on this AEP replica feature a Stippled Texture, creating an Anti-Slip surface that allows users to have a Secure hold on the pistol. As this replica is electrically powered, it is capable of operating in any temperature; unlike its Gas Blowback counterparts which can struggle in colder temperatures.

Available in Black, this weapon can also be two-toned for those yet to organise their Airsoft Defence.

ASG Challenger XP17

The pistol is constructed with a Polymer frame, and Alloy top slide and gearbox. The pistol is powered by electric, with a smaller more compact gearbox than other AEG, and is fired using air pressure generated by a spring inside the gearbox, meaning that the pistol is not effected by cold, unlike its' gas powered counterparts. This Automatic Electric Pistol has the ability to switch between semi-automatic and fully automatic by changing the selector on the side of the slide.

Available in Black, this weapon can also be two-toned for those yet to organise their Airsoft Defence.


Again, if you're wondering you can see the full range of AEP Airsoft Electric Pistols on our website in the Airsoft Electric Pistols Section.

Common Questions

Do AEP require maintenance?

Hey.. I'm looking at getting a BB gun AEP pistol thing. Was wondering, do aep need looking after? How much maintenance do they need?

PatrolBase Jonny
AEP actually require very little maintenance, just like a standard AEG. They will require cleaning if you get them dirty though, a damp cloth for the outside is generally the only thing which is required. If you get dirt or mud in the barrel then use a cleaning / unjamming rod and a small bit of tissue to clean down the barrel. Just make sure the hop is fully off before you start to avoid doing damage to the pistol.

Can you buy additional battery?

Can you get more magazines for AEP?

PatrolBase Jonny
Yes, you can get more magazines for AEP. Thankfully due to most AEP using a standard magazine design almost all AEP will share magazine. You can find a list of AEP magazine in our AEP Magazine section. It is important to note that if your pistol has a front magazine release it will use the C.98 magazine, and if it is a side magazine release button you will require the C.26 magazine or XP17 challenger magazine. Hope this helps 🙂

Can you repair AEP?

My AEP has broken an wont shoot anymore. can it b fixed?

PatrolBase Jonny
Depending on how it has broken it may not be able to be fixed. This is one of the only downsides to AEP, due to the price point of an AEP it usually costs more than the pistol is worth to repair the pistol. If your pistol has broken your best bet is to simply buy a new one. A bonus to buying another pistol is you'll have a new spare magazine, battery and charger. If you still want to enquire about repairing the pistol please feel free to get in contact with our workshop though our Contact Us Page. Hope this helps 🙂

Are they powerful?

Are AEP powerful enough to use in an airsoft skirmish?

PatrolBase Jonny
Typically AEP are lower powered than full sized AEG due to their small sized gearbox. An AEP will typically fire around 180-240fps, which is usually more than enough for CQB gameplay or backyard plinking. Hope this helps 🙂

What weight BB?

What weight BB should I use in my AEP Pistol??

PatrolBase Jonny
We recommend that due to the power of AEP pistol you use 0.20g BB. We would recommend you use either ASG Blaster BB, or G&G 0.20g as these are the highest quality BB we have available. Also make sure you adjust the hop-up unit for maximum range and accuracy! Hope this helps 🙂

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