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Top 3 Airsoft Gas Blow Back Guns Under $150

Gas Blowback Pistols and Gas Blowback Rifles are some of the most realistic and fun guns you will play with in airsoft. The simulated recoil and having to manipulate the gun as a real firearm. There is nothing like the feeling of having to speed reload when you run out of BBs and enemies are about to breach the room you are in! However, the cost of getting into gas blowback guns can get expensive. I am going to list off three gas blowback airsoft guns you can get started with for under $150!

 

KWA M11A1 NS2 Gas Blowback Airsoft SMG

First on the list is going to be an SMG. The KWA M11A1 is a very under rated gun with range, accuracy, and a high rate of fire. Shooting around 350 FPS, this gun is perfect to take both indoors and outdoors. Small enough to be a sidearm, this gun has the capability of keeping up with the rifles. The included collapsible stock folds flush into the gun, it can be extended to shoulder and get a more accurate shot. If you find yourself in a pinch, this gun shoots +20 BBs per second! This will keep heads down and give you the time you need to get to cover! The KWA M11A1 is retailing for $139.95! You are getting a high quality airsoft gun without breaking the bank!

Lancer Tactical M4A1 Gas Blowback Airsoft Rifle

Now I have to start off by saying that this gun is over $150. However, you are getting a great value for the cost of this gun. The Lancer Tactical M4A1 GBBR is a great way to get started in running a dedicated gas blowback rifle. The receivers are made of a very durable polymer and can take a beating. You can replace the standard hand guard with a variety of after market rails. So you can build this gun however you like. Normally gas blowback rifle magazines carry 30-40 rounds. This included magazine carries 55 rounds! Giving you more of a competitive edge! With adjustable hop up and the FPS shooting between 360-390 FPS. This gun is perfect for outdoor game play! The Lancer Tactical M4A1 GBBR retails for $190.00. For a full size gas blowback rifle, you are getting a great value!

Elite Force 1911 CO2 Gas Blowback Airsoft Pistol

You have probably seen this pistol floating around the airsoft field more than once. The reason is because the Elite Force CO2 1911 is one of the most durable and reliable pistols on the airsoft market! Powered by CO2, you have the convenience of getting CO2 cartridges at sporting good stores. However, this is somewhat of a draw back. You will have to lubricate the gun more frequently to make sure the o-rings and gaskets don’t dry out. Maintenance is just like any other gas blowback pistol. You do get more consistent shots and a heavier kick with CO2 compared to green gas. There are also rebuild kits available for this gun and magazine. If you ever find there is an issue, you can repair it with ease. With Elite Force being on their third generation of this pistol. They have worked out all of the small problems that players have reported. I own both the first and second generation models of this pistol.

 

The first generation was shooting over 350 FPS. Which meant you couldn’t use this gun indoors. They fixed this problem in the second generations. The third generations include different colored versions, including all black and a stainless model. So you can choose the pistol that is right for you. The Elite Force 1911 CO2 Pistol retail price start at $99.95-$119.95! I will say that this is one of the best airsoft pistols out of the box!

BONUS GUN: KLI Baba Yaga 1911 Hi-Capa CO2 Blowback Airsoft Pistol

Because my number two pick was over $150, I wanted to make up for it. This bonus pick goes to the KLI Baba Yaga 1911 Hi-Capa. Now the title does say this gun is CO2 powered, but you can use green gas magazines in this pistol. Meaning you can choose what you want to run! There is an FPS increase with CO2, but both gases will be shooting under 350 FPS. Being perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. The kick with CO2 is the most power I have felt out of any gas blowback airsoft pistol, both CO2 and green gas. That is including the Elite Force 1911 I mentioned earlier. KLI has gone through loops to provide the best performing and reliable pistol that they could. The hard work and time that went into this airsoft pistol shows! Having a dual powered pistol gives you options to what you have available. The awesome look and great performance is worth every penny! This gun normally retails for $179.99. However, you can pre-order this gun before 10/20/2019 for $139.99 and get an extra magazine for free! Mind blown!

KLI baba yaga 1911 hi capa

Let me know if there is gas blowback airsoft gun under $150 that you would have listed! There might be a part two if there are some good submissions!


Is Airsoft A Sport?

Is Airsoft A Sport Or Not?

We get some pretty frequent repeat questions at our walk-in stores. People ask for the best airsoft guns or the best gear for their airsoft game all the time. However, the most common one we get is:

 

“Is airsoft a sport?”

 

We get this from parents, or from kids trying to justify their hobbies to their parents all the time. The truth of the matter is that airsoft shares a plethora of similarities to a sport, but does not itself happen to be a sport. Let’s breakdown the differences below.

 

1. It’s not organized competitively

While airsoft as an activity can be competitive, it is not in and of itself a competition. There are no real points. You don’t belong to a league to participate. Nobody is exchanging prizes for performance after a long 48 hour MILSIM.

 

Airsoft is a recreational activity. It’s something that is done to let loose, escape the day to day grind and provide some outdoor activity (though it can be done indoor). It isn’t bound by the traditional framings of a sport like basketball or soccer. You don’t have to belong to a team, with a unified set of rules and regulations to play. You simply show up at your game and get to slinging plastic.

 

2. It’s A Hobby

Airsoft encompasses so much more than just going to events. Many airsoft enthusiasts don’t even get out to play with other airsofters for one reason or another. Several aspects of the Airsoft life include collecting rare guns, building crazy target shooters or even using the replica airsoft guns for training and practice.

 

If airsoft was a sport, the sole purpose of the game would be to play it with others. You might still find these hangers-on in the peripherals of the event as spectators, commentators or arm-chair commandos talking about how they’d do things differently, but the sole focus would be on the game, and not the hobby aspects of it.

 

3. We’re All Just BB LARPing

At the end of the day, all we’re really doing is taking that childhood game of cops and robbers to the next logical step. We’re BB larping and playing soldier. That in and of itself means airsoft isn’t a sport. We’re all playing pretend in the woods with our friends. As fun or realistic as it can get, that’s all it is ever going to be, and changing that could fundamentally alter the way airsoft is perceived for the worse if we’re not careful. It’s an honor sport and introducing too much competition or reason to cheat into it can be harmful if we’re not careful as a community.

 

So What Is Airsoft?

Airsoft is definitely a hobby. As we covered above, if it were a sport, the sole focus would be on playing the game in it’s core form. Key tenets of being an “airsofter” wouldn’t include collecting guns, using them for training, or other non-gameplay forms of interaction.

While playing airsoft is an outdoor athletic activity, it’s no more a sport than walking your dog or underwater basket weaving is.

Our game has more in common with other less athletic hobbies, such as tabletop wargaming, video games or playing an instrument, ours just involves more time outside or in an otherwise athletic environment. Being athletic alone doesn’t make something a sport though.

 

However you choose to engage in your hobby, the most important part is having fun. Whether you’re a collector, training for real world jobs, or just looking for a fun reason to get out of the house, there are many things that encompass our favorite hobby of Airsoft!

 

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The Next BB WARS IS HERE!

BB Wars: The Rise of Darth Cisco is here!

Ready your Airsoft guns for November 24th, at D14 Airsoft in Sanger, Texas! The next BB Wars event is upon us!

For this next engagement between the Rebels and the forces of the Tyrannical Empire, the battle ground is set! Dave “Blackbird” Stone, the undefeated Texas commander will face off against none other than Airsoft GI’s own “Darth Cisco” to claim supreme BB hero glory!

Tickets are available now, and you can pre-order them HERE!

 

Be sure to check out this event’s sponsors: Lancer Tactical and Classic Army USA as they have tons of new products they’ll be showing off at the game as well!


Trending in Airsoft 2019 (Currently)

With airsoft companies constantly looking for ways to innovate the airsoft world, there is always something new to look forward to. With time moving forward, the trends are constantly changing. Weather it be gear, accessories, airsoft guns, or even camouflage. I am going to talk about some of the current airsoft trends in 2019.

 

AR Pistols

I would say the release of pistol caliber rifles in airsoft started in about 2017. However the trend didn’t pick up until the middle of 2018 and carries on into 2019. With manufacturers like Classic Army, G&G, and Ares all having versions of a rifle with a pistol caliber style magazine. I think it is safe to say that AR Pistols have made a permanent home in airsoft.

Camouflauge

Everyone has a personal favorite when it comes to camo patterns. I personally love Multicam and Woodland. I know a lot of others who would agree with me. However with new studies and releases of different camouflage patterns. There are some patterns that gain popularity. With everyone’s personal opinions set aside. The current trendy camouflage is CADPAT! That is right! I am just as surprised as you are! Canadian Disruptive Pattern is the current trend. Released back in 2002 for the Canadian Armed Forces. CADPAT has made its way around the airsoft trends. I do believe that eventually everyone will go back to Multicam. (Cisco is a little salty!) We have notice that Multicam Black is starting to rise in popularity again.

Grenades

There are a plethora of airsoft grenades on the market. Both sound grenades the the “Thunder B” Style or BB Spreading grenades like the Z-PArts ERAZ Greande. The newest airsoft grenade to hit the market is an updated version of a classic! Airsoft Innovations released their Tornado 2 Timer Grenade! Shooting out 200 BBs at 240 FPS, with a 360 degree spread. This will tag everyone in the target room of your choice! Airsoft Innovations has released a plethora of awesome products throughout the years. The Cyclone Grenade, XL Burst Banger, and the 40 Mike are some of my favorite products. The Tornado 2 Timer Grenade gives you different options of use compared to their impact grenades.

RGK with the Airsoft Innovations Tornado 2 Timer Grenade

MOSFETS

Since about 2014, MOSFETS in airsoft have become very popular. To the point where some manufacturers are including them out of the box! MOSFETS originally were used to help regulate the electricity flow. They have now evolved into being able to program settings and increase the performance of your airsoft gun. Companies like GATE and JeffTron are after market MOSFETS that will help increase the overall performance of your airsoft gun!

Tracer Units

Glow in the dark BBs have been around for a long time in airsoft. With more players now wanting to record their game play and see track their BBs. Tracer units have become more popluar. Companies like AceTech and XCortech have made the huge advancements into tracer units. Allowing for more compact designs.

 

 

What are some of the trends in airsoft that you know? If there are some we missed, let us know! We are always looking out for whats new and in demand! If we get enough submissions, we will do another list and shot you out!


Top 5: Most Popular Airsoft Gun Styles

What Are The Most Popular Airsoft Guns?

The airsoft community is FULL of different styles of airsoft guns. While there are guns for every walk of the airsoft life, some are definitely more popular than others. Let’s dive into this top 5 where we cover the most popular airsoft gun styles available on the market in 2019!

 

5. Glock Pistols

Glock pistols are the most popular handgun in military and law enforcement service today. It’s no surprise they are also one of the most popular styles of airsoft gun, especially with a licensed model from Elite Force.

While they’ve recently made resurgence in the American market, the Glock style of hand gun has been a very popular option in all other markets around the globe. Their popularity can be primarily contributed to the real life counterpart’s popularity and features.

 

The gun features great ergonomics and is pretty light weight as well. The licensed model from Elite Force and VFC really does a great job of highlighting the construction, materials, and reliability the real pistol is known for, and that’s what gives it our number 5 spot.

 

4. VSR-10 Sniper Rifles

Made even more popular by the recent rise of sniper youtubers, airsoft sniping is one of the most popular play styles today. Most players choose to run a Tokyo Marui VSR-10 sniper rifle however, the term VSR-10 also refers to the mechanical system that is in the Tokyo Marui rifle that a lot of other manufactures copy and use in their own sniper rifles as well.

This is the main reason it is so popular. So many companies make the same style of gun, in terms of how it mechanically functions, that there are lots of aftermarket companies catering to and making products that upgrade that style of rifle. This allows this specific style of rifle to truly take on its role as a long range rifle and reach out further and more accurately than most other AEGs or even other styles of sniper rifles you may find on the field.

 

3. AK Pattern Rifles

AKs or “Automatic Kalashnikov” come in so many shapes and sizes we could really do a top 5 just in AK styles. The popularity of these rifles is most likely due to the fact that many countries of the world use the real life counterpart as a service rifle or because it is the de-facto bad guy gun. Being a Russian styled gun, it’s the natural counter weapon to the American style M4. They also come in a variety of flavors from small and short little PDW sized guns to normal sized assault rifles and extra large LMGs (light machine gun) or even sniper variants! The AK series of guns has something to offer every play style and they can be just as customizable externally and internally as most other modern style guns.

 

2. HI-Capa

 

Hi-Capas are commonly known as the “M4s of the pistol world” or the “Honda Civic of Airsoft” because of how customizable they are. This modularity of the internal and external parts allows you to build a pistol truly unique to you. The Hi-Capa in airsoft, took the 1911 into the modern age with a double stack magazine, vast aftermarket capability, and overall a design that supports modern shooters.

 

This pistol is as legendary as it is customizable, being a favorite of the speedsoft scene, and a popular option for 1911 fans looking for some extra capacity in the magazine, making a shoe-in for our number two spot.

 

1. M4 Rifles

This should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been around airsoft for any amount of time. When ever you go out to play at the local field or indoor arena, the most common gun style you will see will be M4s but this doesn’t have as much to do with its popularity in the US as one may think.

 

Tokyo Marui, one of the great founding companies in airsoft made its second ever gun the M4 platform. Giving birth to the version 2 gearbox and paving the way for other companies to start flooding the market with M4 style guns. A second large reason for its popularity along with the real steel counterpart is largely due to the endless modularity offered by this platform. Tons of rail space and plenty of attachments from pistol grips, to stocks, to optics it is by far the most customizable platform available on the market.

It is truly customizable down to every single part inside of the rifle, even the screws! From hand guards to pistol grips, every piece of the base rifle is modification ready, and almost every after market accessory on the market is designed to be compatible with it.

 

Everything in airsoft revolves around the m4, and that is why it is our number one pick.

 

There you Have it! Our  Top 5 Most Popular Styles

These are our most popular rifles. Do you agree or disagree? Let us know!

 

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