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 🙂
For the second installment of our £250 beginners Airsoft challenge we speak to Dave D, long time Airsofter and avid "real-steel" shooter (a term I know he'll absolutely loathe!) You will see his real world shooting experience show in the package he has put together, as his priorities differ vastly from the previous entry, which was focused on getting as much as we could to play with the budget.
Instead of reeling off the top ten guns for beginners in 2019, we've decided to do something a little different. We talked to all our staff members and gave them a £250 limit to put together a loadout they would be comfortable starting Airsoft with if they were suddenly a new player again. Hopefully, this will give new players ideas on what they can get for their money.
Each staff member has picked what they would use for their beginner loadout, including all the things they need to start playing. Of course, with a £250 limit, there is always room for improvement, but these load-outs give a great solid base to start expanding on at a later date.
As we had hoped, each loadout turned out slightly different, as all of us have different ideas of what we want from our kit; knowledge which we will now try to pass on to yourselves.
Over the next month, we'll release a series of blog posts describing each staff members choices, and why they picked them.
The priority for his loadout is future proofing himself and retaining as much value on items as possible.
Dave has chosen the CM.513 because he wanted to leave room in his budget for a higher tier optic – as a “real-steel” shooter he understands the importance of a decent red dot sight and cannot compromise on quality, with good reason! He’s made the choice to go for a cheaper RIF, however when stacked side by side I bet you wouldn’t be able to see a performance difference between this and a replica that costs twice as much. The only sacrifice he is really making here are on ‘extras’ such as an electronic trigger, metal receiver etc. At the end of the day, you pull the trigger and a BB comes out the end of the RIF. Replicas can be upgraded whereas a cheap sight will forever be a cheap sight.
Find out more about the CYMA CM.513 M4 RIS Suppressed >
The Crossfire is an entry level Vortex sight; I’m sure Dave would have liked a more expensive one as he understands the benefits of first focal plane reticules etc, however the budget is key here! For his £145, Dave has now got a real-world optic which has been designed to sit on a proper firearm, will hold zero (the dot won’t move around) miles better than a cheap sight, has a LIFETIME WARRANTY meaning he doesn’t have to run a lens protector if he doesn’t want to, and at any point he can change his mind and sell it on easy as cake without losing much money because the warranty goes with the product, not the receipt, making them hold their value. Parallax is another important reason for this optic choice; on a cheaper sight your dot will float around as your head moves, whereas a higher tier optic will be able to correct for this and could end up being the difference between a hit or a miss – a margin of error that is unacceptable for a seasoned shooter.
Find out more about the Vortex Crossfire Red Dot Sight >
These BBs were an easy choice for Dave as they are his favourite weight along with probably every other member of staff. They’re just a bit heavier than a 0.25g which lets you get a lot of HOP on for increased range, they travel straighter in the air due to the extra weight and they’re reasonably priced to be feasible to run in an automatic Airsoft Gun. Bulk buy options are available on the RZR series, however that would have pushed our budget for today!
Find out more about the Nuprol RZR 0.28g Precision BB x 3300 >
Because power!!!! The CYMA guns come out of the box generally at the 280FPS mark which is absolutely fine for Airsoft skirmishing, however Dave has never been one to leave something alone. If there’s a gain to be had he will get his way! As the CYMA guns typically have very good air seal out of the box, the only necessary upgrade to boost the power to a point where 0.28g are not slow is a bigger spring, and to run the gun right on the limit. (It’s worth noting here that installing this spring yourself would void your warranty. If you want a similar job completing, please contact our workshop.)
Find out more about the ARES Tune-Up M-100 AEG Spring >
So, let's tally together everything in the basket to make sure we're on budget:
So this is what Dave D would purchase as a completely new player to the game, with all the knowledge he has now after many many years of Airsoft skirmishing. His priorities are vastly different to the previous blog, and his investments will retain a great amount of value, mainly due to the lifetime warranty on the Vortex optic, and the fact that the AEG has such a low price point to begin with. Neither loadouts are more "correct, we simply have different ideas of what Airsoft are, and this is the important question you need to ask yourself; what is Airsoft to you?
The next blog will be published shortly and will be a look into another member of staff's choices for their Airsoft beginner loadout.
In the meantime: What would your ideal loadout for under £250 be? Let us know in the comments below and you never know, we might just feature your loadout too!
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 aftermarket 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 it's going to take.
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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