April 16, 2018
On the airsoft market, there is a ton of AEGs out there. Too many to choose from, but what’s even good nowadays? Will it perform well, or will it suck? Well, you’re in luck, because if you’re looking for your first AEG, and have a budget of $200 or below, and you’re not quite sure what to get, check this list out! I’ve compiled a small list of five guns in no particular order that are great guns for under $200!
- Lancer Tactical MMC OEM’ed by Lonex
- The Lancer Tactical MMC is probably one of my favorite budget guns. Price at around $185, these guns feature a full polymer body that is extremely robust, probably the most robust polymer material of this entire list. The gun features full Lonex internals, a company that is known for making high end aftermarket airsoft parts. It comes with a rotary style hop up that’s easy to dial in, which gives way to some solid range and accuracy, and a lonex flash magazine, arguably one of the best magazines on the market!
- APEX Fast Attack line
- The APEX Fast Attacks are unique in that it has several different variations available on the market, from full polymer to full metal, there is a style to keep anyone happy! Both versions of the gun are extremely solid, boasting Classic Army’s standard 25K motor that allows it to get some pretty snappy trigger response on semi auto! Range and accuracy are very good on this line, and, just like the lonex, comes with an easy to adjust rotary style hop up. The gun will come with just a high capacity magazine, and can cost anywhere between $110 to $197, which is an awesome value!
- G&G Combat Machine R8-L
- The G&G Combat Machines are rifles that have been around for quite some time, and thus, have gained quite the reputation for being one of the best starter guns on the market. They’re just really solid, and they’re great workhorses. However, they really haven’t changed too much in the last couple years, keeping some critical design flaws (weaker than average gearbox shell) that has paved the way for alternate, better brands to come out on the market. Nonetheless, the G&G R8-L is one of my favorite guns under the $200 dollar mark. The biggest reason being is that it has a ton of rail estate, and it even comes with a very well made red dot optic in lieu of iron sights, making it an awesome choice for players already set on getting an optic. Range is quite good, with the G&Gs having some great hop up units out of the box! At $190, these guns are definitely worth looking into.
- Classic Army Skirmish ECS Guns
- The Classic Army Skirmish line was what I always considered as the “G&G Killer” for starter guns. They were very robust, had well made internals with 9mm bearings and a rotary style hop up with a 6.03mm tight bore brass barrel. Best of all, they came with MOSFETs wired to deans, and even came with an adaptor for those who weren’t quite ready to make the switch, Recent, however, they have updated the specifications on these guns, making them each have the ECS unit from Classic Army, the same Electronic Control System used in the Scarabs and Nemesis high end rifles, giving it amazing trigger response and functionality. This allows it to have features like “semi-lock” or “three round burst. They’ve also added flat triggers, a better grip with a quick motor swap feature, and a flash hider that accepts the Fast Attack Suppressor! These rifles cost $190 with a battery and charger, making these excellent starter guns!
- ICS M4A1 Sportlines
- ICS guns have always had a special place in my heart, and their sportline series is no stranger to me. The Sportline M4A1 is actually quite a unique and special M4, given that the biggest reason why people love ICS is due to their split gearbox design, which allows the user to easily changed out lower or upper parts of the gearbox without disassembling the entire thing. Stock performance of the gun is also great, with the gun having fairly solid trigger response and rate of fire out of the box. A really neat feature of the ICS guns is the ability to release the tension of the spring when it’s locked or if it’s in a mid cycle, allowing the user to maintain their spring tension and keep their fps intact! Overall, extremely solid guns for anywhere between $158-$200!