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 🙂
Today, we bring you one of the most silent suppressors we have ever made! It was easy.
What have we used?
You either want your rifle as loud as possible, as quiet as possible... or you aren't bothered at all. But most of us prefer a silent AEG, GBB gun or sniper rifle. Well, we have just made the most functional Airsoft Suppressor we have ever had our hands on.
What have we used? We started off with an "ASG - HUSH XL Suppressor - Black". This suppressor is a 14mm CCW fitment so will fit most AEG and GBB rifles out there. It also comes with an adaptor to fit the following sniper rifles:
For the purpose of this blog, we have installed it onto an ASG - STEYR SSG 69 Sniper Rifle.
The insides of the suppressor have been packed out with just ordinary foam you can find in a rifle or pistol hard case or even from music shops that are used to line guitar cases.
How did we do it?:
The suppressor has a long white internal tube but it is solid with a surrounding void and then the actual suppressor can. You can see in the image below exactly what we mean:
The first step is to drill as many holes as possible into this white tube, we recommend you try to hold it in a vice to do this. Please be careful as drill bits can slip! We used our in-store pillar drill in our workshop for this. You could dremmel in some slots instead but ideally make your holes as small as possible to avoid your foam packing squeezing through and catching your BBs. You can see the image below of how we have drilled out the internal spacer:
Now... RAM IT! Cram the empty space full of foam. We had a spare piece of foam knocking about:
We then cut it into thin slices so we could pack it out:
Simply cram the foam in, the tube spacer slots into the end cap, so keep it pressed in firm with one finger whilst pushing the foam in. We used an old inner barrel to help push the foam in, it was a little tricky as the foam may split:
Now add foam all around to keep the tube straight:
Once done, check there is no foam poking through your pre-drilled hole:
Now, all you have to do is screw on the end cap, keep the spacer tube straight and job done! Screw it onto your rifle and enjoy your DIY mods.
See/hear the difference for yourself:
If you want to see/hear the difference this has made on our own rifle, "Click Here" to be directed to our Instagram page to see our comparison video.
HEADS UP! Plenty of photos 😉
Following on from our last blog, we want to show you one of our methods for camo'ing up your beloved rifles.
If you haven't already seen the first part of this blog then "Click Here".
What do we use?:
For the purpose of this blog, the colours I used were:
Some of you may ask, why the bright colours? I do play in woodland mainly these days and the brighter colours just break up the rifle a tad more. I tend to try and use the brighter colours sparingly but to try and re-create the sharper highlights you may get from ferns and such.
After masking off important areas you do not want to get paint on!
We then start by roughening up the base a bit with some sandpaper or steel wool. Then move onto normally using the darkest colour first, in this case, I will use a bit of Black as a primer, a very thin coat as the rifle is already Black. The Krylon Black adds a flat finish too. I will come back to use Black again later to just dull down any bright spots.
Lastly what you need, some kind of stencil ideally. I personally love to use natural foliage. One of our members of staff made a rack of twigs secured in cardboard as seen in the photo below.
Leaves, grass, stone edges and twigs make for great stencils. All I do is lay them on top of the rifle and then paint over them.
Apart from the already mentioned roughening the surface, masking and finding some foliage the next step is taking your time. You don't need to spend hours on this as you do want it a bit rough around the edges so it blends into your environment.
As already mentioned, on this rifle we start with the darkest colour then work out way up usually in brightness.
Simply by using the vegetation as a stencil and spraying over it, building layers and going back and forth, you will end up with your desired finish.
You can see in the photo below I even used some steel mesh to really break it up and add a subtle touch.
Here is the final result!
I have gone for a very subtle finish, so far away it almost all blends, but when you get up close and really want to hide, the finer details pop and you will blend in with your environment more.
Below are a few close-up photos, firstly a close up of using a leaf as a stencil.
Secondly a close up of using the fern tree.
And now a close up of how the steel mesh effect.
In the future, there may be a slight colour change. The gun overall is still quite dark as I tend to stay in the shadows. A little brighter colour may be used just to make the "fake vegetation" stand out slightly more.
We will get more photos of this rifle actually out in the woods. I will be using it this coming Sunday at HALO MILL - Proving Grounds, "Click Here" for full event information.
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