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 🙂
Summer times almost upon us! This is the time where Airsoft is at its finest, the sun is high in the sky, birds are tweeting, and the woodlands of the UK echo with the sound of 'HIT'. Not only does Summer bring longer days, and more time in the beer garden, it also brings the Gas Blowback Airsoft Player's worst fear: the heat. Heat effects Gas Guns in interesting ways, mainly by increasing the FPS of the weapon, and if your gun is already close to the line a small temperature increase could spell disaster. This is common not only to Green Gas Guns, but to CO2 pistols as well, with CO2 guns showing a huge jump in power in the heat.
We were talking to Danny from Halo Mill, an Airsoft CQB Arena located in Huddersfield, and he was telling us he's seen a huge increase in the amount of MP9 players which are having to switch out from their favourite gun because they are simply too hot.
Well, there's an easy solution for that: The ASG MP9 Downgrade Bolt.
If you're familiar with the MP9 in heat, you'll know as soon as it gets a little too warm your gun will be firing hot! The worst we've ever seen was one of these guns reaching around 420fps on one of the hottest days of the year, suffice to say: he did not get to play that day.
The was light at the end of the tunnel, we fitted the ASG MP9 Downgrade Bolt to the weapon and it brought his FPS right down to around 300fps, making it perfect for playing with even in the highest of temperatures.
The Downgrade / CQB Bolt is a drop in and play downgrade for all KWA / ASG MP9 Gas Blowback Airsoft 6mm BB Guns. The Bolt is constructed from Alloy, making it durable and long lasting, and has been specifically designed to drop the FPS of the weapon by around 50-70 fps making it Site Legal for most Skirmish Sites in the UK.
Once fitted the Bolt usually sees the weapon firing around 290 to 310fps dependant on the Temperature of the Gas in the Magazine. This is a must have purchase for any Airsoft Skirmisher who owns an MP9 who wants to Skirmish their weapon.
Best thing: once it starts to get cold again, you can just re-install your old bolt.
If you're au fait with the MP9 then replacing the bolt is a doddle, but for those who don't know how, or want it fitting before we send you your shiny brand new MP9 you can get in contact with us!
Hey everyone, I'm PatrolBase Jonny, you might have seen me answering questions on TokyWoky. A lot of people have been asking on TokyWoky about why some guns don't come with Batteries and Chargers, I'm here to say: that's not necessarily a bad thing. We recommend that if a gun comes with a free charger, you don't use it, and if it comes with a free battery, you only use it as a spare in dire situations.
Before we begin, just a quick reminder: Don't forget to only use Ni-Mh chargers with Ni-Mh battery, and only use LiPo chargers with LiPo batteries. This is because they charge in different ways due to their chemical makeup.
If you're desperate, sure, you can use the charger, but we'd recommend against it for a few reasons.
Firstly: they don't Auto Stop when the battery is charged, this means you have to take an educated guess on to when the battery is fully charged or not, meaning that a lot of the time you'll either under-charge or over-charge your battery. Buying yourself a decent aftermarket charger can save you the nightmare of having to play roulette with the charge levels, and it'll stop charging as soon as the battery is completely full, giving you peace of mind going into your Skirmish.
Secondly: They're slow. Free gift chargers usually have a slow charge rate, meaning some larger capacity battery can take hours to charge. Aftermarket chargers are usually faster because they can provide a higher current because they can auto-stop safely when the battery is full.
Thirdly: Not really a biggie, but more of an annoyance, but free chargers usually come with a EURO / Shaver two pin plug, which means you have to find yourself an adaptor to use them.
My advice: Throw them away, they're more trouble than they're worth.
If you're in a squeeze sometimes these battery can be a life saver as a last minute resort, but we'd typically recommend against using them for your Main battery, and keeping them as a spare for the following reasons:
Firstly: They've typically got a low capacity. When referring to the capacity we usually mean how much charge it can hold, aka its life, which is the mAh (Milliamp Hours) rating of the battery. The higher the mAh rating of the battery, the longest it will last. Typically you'll find with free or gift batteries that the mAh rating is usually somewhere between 1000mAh - 1300mAh, compared to the better quality aftermarket batteries which typically feature a 1600mAh or higher capacity. That's a between a 20% to 60% capacity increase on either end of the scale, and of course the more power you have, the longer you can play.
Secondly: The wiring quality is usually worse than on Aftermarket battery. It's quite common to see a free gift battery have its wires snap, break, or come away from the battery with just a little bit too much force applied. Aftermarket battery usually have better soldering and wiring meaning they can take more punishment. Nothing is worse than pulling a battery out of your bag on game day and finding the wires have broken.
My advice: Keep them as spare backup battery, but replace them with a better capacity after market battery for your rifle. These free / gift battery make the perfect spare should you run out of charge on your main battery, or should the worst happen, a backup battery for one of your friends. Sure, its annoying to have a battery that wont last long, but as a spare for someone who doesn't have a battery, they're a life saver.
There are a range of options when it comes to batteries, all the top brands such as: ASG and NUPROL offer their own chargers for both LiPo and Ni-Mh batteries, but if you're interested we've put together a few bundle packages which are great for beginner Airsoft Skirmishers so they can get the Charger and Battery together. And the good news: they all have a higher battery storage capacity, and all auto stop, so you don't have to worry about overcharging your battery, or worry about how long its going to take.
NUPROL N3 Smart Charger + 8.4v Crane
NUPROL N3 Smart Charger + 9.6v Crane
NUPROL N3 Smart Charger + 8.4v Stick
We also recommend that you grab yourself a LiPo Charging Bag, because you can never be too safe.
Hope this helps those of you who are looking for information on the free Battery and Charger you usually get with Airsoft Guns, and don't forget, if you need help you can always ask the community via TokyWoky. For those who don’t know what TokyWoky is, its the chat system down at the bottom right of the page that allows you to ask questions to the Airsoft Community. You can read a more detailed blog on it: TokyWoky Community Chat System
Hope this helps ?
– PatrolBase Jonny
How do I know when my battery is charged?
Hey there! If you're using a free charger, they usually don't auto-stop so you have to take an educated guess buy working out the charge time, or feeling when the battery is warm. This is why we recommend getting an aftermarket charger because they Auto-Stop. This means they'll stop charging when the battery is full. Check the instructions for each charger, but usually a light will turn on when the battery is full. Hope this helps 🙂
Im off for my first skirmish, how many battery do i needs?
Hey there! My recommendation is usually to take at least two batteries with you. This means you can either swap half way through the day, or keep one on you to swap in the field should your battery go dead in the last third of the day. Hope this helps 🙂
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