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!
We've had a lot of time here at Patrol Base to play around with various Sights and Scopes on the market, and non come close to the quality of Vortex's range of sights. Well, they should be good quality, we may be selling them from an Airsoft Shop, but they're actually Real Steel Shooting sights designed to be used on real guns. They're hard wearing, have some of the clearest sight picture and last for thousands of hours on the battery they use, but people always have one common complaint: apparently, they're too expensive. Well, this blog post is going to cover why that simply isn't true, and for the cost of the sight, its value per sight you get, you're getting a smashing deal for your money.
Here is Vortex's VIP Warranty promise: It doesn't matter how it happened, whose fault it was, or where you purchased it, as long as the damage isn't deliberate or simply cosmetic they'll repair or replace it for you free of charge.
We've all done it, we've all got our brand new sight, gone out to play, and its immediately been shot out. Well, worry no more, Vortex will repair your sight for you no matter what happens, and this even extends out to Airsoft Players as well.
That means that once you've purchased your Sight, you'll never have to buy another one. So providing you never go off the style of the Sight, it might be the last sight you'll ever need to buy.
Here's the bottom line: If you buy a sight, it gets shot out, you don't need to fork out to get a new one. Those three £60 Airsoft Sights you've bought over the years add up to the price of a Vortex Sight, which is so much better in every way. Doesn't seem too expensive now does it?
We've even had this with one of our customers: He purchased a Vortex Crossfire on the Friday, it got shot out on the Sunday, and it was replaced under warranty on the Monday completely free of charge.
This is something that even I didn't realise, but when I was watching videos from the Yorkshire Shooting show I came across Kronos Airsoft's video interview with Vortex and they talked about how they cover the warranty even if you got the Sight or Scope second hand, you don't even need a warranty card or receipt. Send them a damaged Sight and they'll fix or replace it, no matter how you got it. We confirmed this through their Website, and its indeed true!
Simply put: They're real Sights, designed for real weapons. They're made to be used in real combat situations, in real shooting competitions, and they're really really good. If you compare them to the Airsoft Copies of Sights they're leagues apart. Not only are they tough and durable, they're accurate and clear.
There are a lot of things to talk about here, so here is a quick list:
1. The sight picture is clear, crystal clear, because they're designed to be used at long ranges, way longer range than clone Airsoft Sights.
2. They don't loose their Zero on a Gas Blowback Rifle because they're designed to hold their sight on a real rifle.
3. They don't fog, and they're waterproof because they're designed for harsh environments and real combat.
4. The batteries last for months, and some of the red dots are rated to last for 7000 hours on a single battery.
5. They take hard knocks, and are super durable, they won't crumble like some clones
6. If you shoot Real Steel, you can use it for Airsoft and Real Target Shooting
7. Did I mention how clear they are?
Simply put, you can never go wrong with investing that little bit of money early, seeing big savings in the long run. If these kinds of optics had been available to me when I first started playing Airsoft I'd have saved mega money in the long run. When I first started I purchased myself a Turnigy Accucel 6 battery charger, and I've never bought another charger again, and if I were starting now and got myself a Vortex, without a doubt I'd have saved loads on replacing my damaged sights and scopes.
- PatrolBase Jonny
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