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What is the best beginner Airsoft gun?

What gun to start with is probably the most common question we get asked at Patrol Base, be it over the Phone, in-store or via TokyWoky everyone has their own opinion on what to go for. For this article we'll go into our top picks for Airsoft starter guns and why we think they are the best thing to go for. Out of all the weapons in our store we belive that these rifles are absolutely perfect for beginners thanks to their upgrade options, compatibility with after market parts and most importantly: their price.

In a sport where there as so many options to pick from Airsoft can be a bit of a nightmare to get into. A lot of people find themselves questioning how much they should spend, what brands are the best, and which they should buy, hopefully this article will help those people out.

When it comes to Airsoft replicas it can be a bit of a minefield when suggesting weapons because of peoples price range expectations. We suggest that if you're going to a starter gun which you want to last you should look to spend between £100 - £200. Other options are available which are cheaper and more expensive, but we recommend that if you can squeeze a bit more into your budget you'll be better off in the long run. Though there is nothing wrong with picking the cheaper sub £100 models, they just won't be made as well as the slightly more expensive rifles!

As always, if you have any suggestions let us know in the comments below! Whether its something we sell, or something we don't, let us know below, we're always open to suggestions!

And remember: for those who want a beginner gun but are yet to get an Airsoft defence we also offer an Airsoft Two Tone Service which we can apply to any weapon on our website!

Without any further delay lets going into our top 3 list of suggestions for the best beginner Airsoft replica to get into the sport.

1. - G&G Combat Machine CM16 Raider

Without a doubt this is one of the most popular starter Airsoft guns to date. When it comes to reliability, quality, and ease of use the CM16 Raider is leaps and bounds ahead of any other weapon. These rifles are so famed for their reliability they are used at Airsoft sites as rental weapons, if these weapons hand handle being absolutely thrashed by rental players, in the hands of someone who looks after their weapons they last a long time!

The weapon comes with a full length 20mm RIS / RAS top rail for attaching sights, scopes and more, as well as a four point 20mm handguard for bipods, grips and other aftermarket attachments, leaving plenty of room for modifications. The flash hider is also removable to attach silencers and suppressors for a more tactical look. Internally the weapon has a v2 gearbox, one of the most popular for aftermarket upgrades leaving plenty of room for improvement in the future!

This rifle is available in Black, Tan, Blue, Red, Green and is also available in Pre-Two Tone Green and Blue.

2. - ARES AMOEBA AM-008 M4 Carbine

A seriously cool gun, this is the weapon our staff recommend to their friends as their first weapon. Created by ARES this weapon may look like an M4, but is uniquely styled in ARES Vision with a sharper more tactical look. Not only are the externals durable and hard wearing, but this weapon comes with the most interesting feature under the hood: an electronic trigger and MOSFET system!

The trigger and MOSFET allow the weapon to have a ridiculously good trigger response for such a cheap weapon, with the electric trigger having a much longer lifespan than a mechanical trigger. The MOSFET also protects the weapon to ensure the weapon lasts as long as possible.

The rifle comes with a full length 20mm RIS / RAS top rail for attaching sights, scopes and more, as well as a four point 20mm handguard for launchers, grips and other aftermarket attachments, leaving plenty of room for modifications. For those worrying about the rear sight: it is removable to allow for the use of the full length of the rail.

This rifle is available in Black, Tan, Blue, Red, Green.

3. - SPECNA ARMS - SA-C04 CORE CQB Railed Carbine Rifle

If you're looking for more of a traditional M4 then the SA-C04 CORE is for you! The rifle is built by Specna Arms, a relatively new player to the game compared to ARES and G&G, but don't let that put you off: these rifles feature some of the sturdiest designs of all the beginner rifles on the market. You would be forgiven for confusing this rifle for a much more expensive one thanks to its excellent finish.

The weapon has a lot of features you would traditionally expect from a more expensive rifles. The weapon comes with full metal 20mm RIS / RAS railed handguard used for attaching aftermarket acessories, and even comes packaged with a pair of side rail covers for a more comfy hold, a vertical foregrip and even a flip-up rear ironsight. This weapon you can really begin playing right out of the box.

The rifle internally features a quick change spring system to allow you to quickly change the FPS of the weapon in the field, and is rear wired to allow the storage of larger battery in the weapon's crane stock.

The rifle is available in Black, Blue, Red and Green.

And there we have it, they are our top pics for the perfect Airsoft beginner rifle. Wether you're leaving BB Guns behind and starting to get into the Airsoft world these guns are a great place to start. As always, if you have any suggestions let us know in the comments below! Whether its something we sell, or something we don't, let us know below, we're always open to suggestions!

Keep firing, and firing, and firing

Want to keep shooting, and never want to stop? Want to play an entire day, without every having to stop to change a magazine? Want to feel like you're John Matrix? Well, we might have the product for you. The A&K M4/15/16 AR Manual Wind Drum Magazine 5000rnd - Black is a Manually Wound Box Magazine designed for Airsoft M4/15/16, which is like a standard wheel wound high capacity magazine, but with a twist... it holds 5000 rounds at a time.

The craziest part of this magazine is definitely the round count, holding 5000 rounds, or basically one and a half bottles of BBs, meaning you can literally spend the whole day playing, without having to reload once (Depending on how trigger happy you are!). With this ridiculous ammo count you can be the bane of the enemy team, by putting down round after round of fire, or simply holding a position without ever having to stop to reload.

The Magazine is constructed from Polymer, making it lightweight (up until the point where you add the BBs) and is designed to fit into most Airsoft Rifles based on the M4 / AR-15 / M16 Platform. The magazine is inserted and held in place just like a traditional magazine, via the magazine release catch, meaning that you do not need to modify or fit anything to the rifle making it easy to use. This also means that if you wanted to, you could carry more than one around with you in the game zone.

What makes this Box magazine different from other Box Mags is that the magazine is manually wound, rather than electronically meaning that you don't need to worry about batteries. The Box Mag is loaded from the top, and BBs are simply poured into the sliding opening at the top of the magazine until full.

Want the enemy team to hate you? This is how you do it.

The Magazine can be found on the website: A&K M4/15/16 AR Manual Wind Drum Magazine 5000rnd - Black


What will this fit?

wot will this box mag fit on?

PatrolBase Jonny
Hey there! This Box Magazine is designed for standard M4 / M16 AEGs, and is compatible with most brands, including: A&K, Classic Army, Echo1, G&P, ICS, JG, Matrix, P&J, Tokyo Marui and more! Hope this helps 🙂

More Rails for the AM-013 / AM-014

We've had a lot of people asking about Rails for their Amoeba AM-013 / AM-014 recently, so we thought we'd put together a blog post so you can check out Airtech Studios offering.

If you're looking to add more Rail Space to your Amoeba Honey Badger for additional attachments then look no further, Airtech Studios have created Medium and Long Length Rail Panels designed to fit onto the rifle which blend in seamlessly and blend in with the top rail on the existing rifle.

Each Rail is made from Shock and Impact resistant Nylon Polymer, meaning that is built to last, and will not snap under pressure and comes in a pack of two, and are available in both Black and Tan. The larger rails measure in at 26.5cm, and the smaller rails at 16.5cm allowing you to convert the top Rail of the Weapon into a full rifle-length rail, giving the option for even the largest sight and scope setups. The rails are designed to be compatible with 20mm RIS / RAS Rail systems, the most common rail system in Airsoft, meaning that a huge range of Aftermarket Parts and Accessories can be attached.

The rails can even be attached to the sides and bottom of the Hand Guard, meaning those who want to have a weapon setup with an Angled Foregrip and a Vertical Foregrip have enough space for both.

These rails are definitely the perfect purchase for those who own an AM-013, AM-014 or AM-015, but wish they just had that little bit more rail for attachments.

There are Four Variants Available:

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