The M17 is one of the newest airsoft pistols to hit the scene and has already left a good impression on players. A strong metal slide, lightweight polymer frame that feels comfortable and natural in the hands definitely make this sidearm a contender. One of the most revered features would be the easy-to-adjust hop-up dial conveniently located underneath the outer barrel, the optic ready slide, and the ability to use both CO2 and Green Gas magazines.
Another great addition to the H&K line from Elite Force is the VP9. This pistol sports an incredibly ergonomic grip, metal slide, picatinny rail, and ambidextrous mag release. A fine addition to anyone’s airsoft pistol collection
A model that’s been around for some time for sure, but it’s solid construction and incredibly reliable performance warrants serious consideration. Although not the most upgradeable pistol on the market, the performance out of the box doesn’t warrant any type of upgrades. The threads are -14 CCW making it incredibly easy to equip any tpe of muzzle device or tracer units. This CO2 powered pistol is both satisfying to use and an absolute work horse.
Another model to come from Sig Sauer that had been on a hiatus till recently. This P229 is actually currently being used by the Unite States Coast Guard for training applications, adding to the “cool” factor of this pistol. As a training pistol, the QC for these compact sidearms are quite effective, ensuing each pistol is built properly. Previous existing P229 magazines from KJW will also work with this model, a benefit to be sure. The SIG Sauer Proforce P229 is definitely a solid choice for any players looking for a new sidearms for 2020.
As much as we all know and have praised this pistol to death, it still holds it’s spot on this list. Most experienced airsoft players have owned this pistol at one point or another, and its no surprise that this is a common first GBB pistol for many players. The maintenance required to keep this pistol going is actually quite minimal, replacement parts are available in kits sold by most airsoft retailers, and the retail price of $99-$120 makes it a compelling choice for many players. Its reputation for its reliability and satisfying kick are second to none and have solidified it on almost every “Best Airsoft gun” list.
They all have very specific tastes, desires and needs when it comes to their guns and gear. Is there a specific kind of gear Airsofters want for the holidays? Could we rank them into a top 5 list?
You bet we can. Lock and Load, it’s time to see what the top 5 most requested items from Airsofters are this year in 2019!
#5. New Tactical Vest
Every year brings new trends in tactical gear. If you get complacent using the same tired old set up year after year, you never get a chance to improve your game. Airsofters love getting to try new game play styles and sometimes that also means trying out load outs to optimize your chances for success.
Try these popular new styles of vest for your airsofter.
All of these options encompass either modularity, speed, or both. These are the new trendy functions tactical gear has to have to meet the needs of modern airsoft players in 2019. We have far more options than these, but this can give you a great starting point to find the perfect option for your airsofter in your life, or yourself.
#4. A New Facemask or Goggles
Eye and face protection is an essential piece of kit for the airsoft player. Without it, you cannot safely engage in the game, and finding an option that is comfortable, doesn’t fog and looks awesome can often be a struggle, especially for new players. Consider giving these options a try:
Each of these options embodies the options you’ll want as a skilled player, aesthetics, comfort, and anti-fog tech. You can’t win if you can’t see what your shooting at, so having the latest and greatest in eye protection is important for every airsofter.
#3. A New Scope
Along the lines of being able to see your targets to win, you want to be able to aim at them too! Every airsofter around the world is always looking for a new and unique sighting system for their airsoft guns. Clear glass on your rifle is important to all but the most high speed of play styles, from red dots to long scopes. Here are some you should consider:
Make sure you can keep your aim true, and score one of these optics to help score hits on the field. Make sure you find the optic that suits your functional needs as well as your aesthetic style. We have a huge selection of optics and red dots available for you to try!
#2. A Grenade Launcher
Every airsofter wants to increase their versatility on the field. One of the easiest ways to do this is to supplement your rifle with additional armaments. 40MM Grenade Launchers give you the special “oomf” you need to take that next objective. These amazing launchers can house a ton of different shell types to fit any need! Here’s a few products you should consider!
The options are endless when you pack a 40MM grenade onto your rifle! Use it for clearing rooms, suppressing the enemy or firing rockets to take out vehicles at large MILSIM games! 40MM’s earn their #2 spot for their sheer versatility. Many airsofters want one of these but never pick one up, let 2019 be the year you embrace the underbarrel grenade life!
#1. A Brand New Gun
What airsofter doesn’t want to add another gun to their collection? A brand new rifle is the #1 most requested item by airsofters year after year because it’s the best way to guarantee you have some variety in your gameplay! Whether you want a sniper rifle to try long range games or a shotgun for close quarters a new gun makes it easy to change up your gameplay and have more fun on the field! Here are some of the hot picks for 2019:
These airsoft guns are some of the hottest guns you can check out in 2019! Every airsofter would be happy to own these guns in their collection. Add some variety to your collection and spice up your game days. If Short range close quarters isn’t working, add a sniper and try out the one-shot-one-kill game play that has taken the community by storm just by picking a new rifle out of the trunk!
Any of these gifts would be an awesome addition to an airsofter’s arsenal!
But What if I Can’t Decide?
If even after all of this advice you can’t find the right gift for your airsofter, try a Gift Card!
Hopefully these suggestions have given you some ideas on what to get for that special airsofter in your life. These top 5’s apply to every airsofter out there, whether they play indoor CQB or outdoor at the biggest MILSIM fields in the world. We’ve got all the best gifts for Airsfoters, outdoorsmen and hobbyists alike!
Just like there are many different types of airsofter, there are many different types of airsoft game. Load up your airsoft guns, throw on your facemask and tactical gear and get ready to check ou t our list of Top 5 Airsoft Game Types.
#1. Team Death Match
Team Death Match (or TDM as it may be more well known) is first on the list for very good reason. It gets played everywhere.
From indoor fields on the west coast to the outdoor MILSIM games on the east coast, every player has played a TDM match at some point in their airsoft career. The concept of the game is simple, shoot the other team by slinging as many BB’s as you can, try not to get shot. Last team standing wins.
TDM also finds itself at the heart of every other game type you may see on this list, as at the end of the day, everything ends with shooting the players on the opposing team.
#2. Capture The Flag
This stalwart staple of the airsoft field circuit exists at #2 because much like it’s cousin, Team Death Match, it gets played A LOT.
While the flag isn’t always a flag per say, some form of “grab this thing and take it somewhere else” is a popular way to spice up traditional “just shoot the other guy” game play by mixing in a goal that isn’t directly linked to your Kill/Death ratio.
Rules in these modes can vary, but often revolve around some key centerpiece object, the “flag”, and capturing it to return it to another location. Sometimes each team has a flag, sometimes there is only one. The possibilities are close to limitless, and you can change the flag out for anything from a bomb, to a downed pilot, to a vehicle players have to escort from one place to another.
#3. Domination / Conquest / Territory Control
Our third most popular game type has a few different monikers you may know it by, but they are all essentially the same. This mode works like capture the flag but in reverse. In stead of grabbing a Flag and taking it to a new location, you have to seize a piece of territory, sometimes just a building, sometimes a whole area or a parked vehicle, and defend it from the enemy.
This style of game rose to prominence due to it’s popularity as the centerpiece game mode of the Battlefield franchise of video games, and it’s ease of set up for the airsoft field. It requires very little set up to engage in, and can provide very dynamic and engaging game play without much input from field staff. It can be scored any number of ways, though the most popular tends to be by measuring who controls the most area by the end of a given time limit. Sometimes scoring is determined in parts during the game as well. This mode is great when mixed into larger scenarios utilizing some of the strategies of a game type like Capture the Flag as well.
#4. Blob Games
These game types also have many colorful names, but the basis is simple. Start with multiple squads, and have every pick a name for the squad. Once the game starts, the goal is to shoot everyone you can, and “tag” them back in to your own team, assimilating them into a giant blob. The winner is the team that engulfs everyone at the end.
These games are perfect during pre-determined lunch periods or more casual days, as they keep the action going, and tend to remove the nasty “walk to respawn” part of airsoft that we all hate doing. If you get shot, it means someone is pushing on your position and you’re about to gain a whole new slew of targets to engage once you’ve flipped teams.
This mode is perfect for players who love chaos, as it can often be hard to tell who is on which side or what you should be concentrating on when you start picking targets. However, it provides some of the highest quotas for trigger time of any game type we’ve ever played, and that’s what makes it so much fun. It is by nature a very kinetic and dynamic game that forces you to think on your feet and adapt to a constantly changing battle line.
#5. Hunger Games / Battle Royale
This game mode gets it’s name from the popular styles of video game, and the movie/book fandom that hit big in the mid 2000’s. Replicating the same style of gameplay is pretty simple, lay out everyone’s guns around your play area, and make everyone scavenge for their gear to do battle. Last player standing is the winner!
This game type works best when you have a lot of trust between players, as you’ll be handling each others gear, and can be the most fun with small groups of players for fast turn around. The thrill you get when playing these types of games is exhilarating and cannot be beat by any other type. It is worth every second of how tricky this style of game can be to get going at your local field.
This definitely wasn’t everything
There are far more options for game modes, styles, and types than the five we’ve shown you here today. However, these can be perfect if you are trying to set up your own field and need some inspiration. This may also work as a primer on the basics of airsoft game types for new players, and hopefully you all learned something today. Each of these types of games requires a different set of skills and thinking, and you can improve the odds by picking the right gear for the challenge ahead.
If you would like to kit out for one of these games, click HERE.
The Lancer Tactical Gen2 series can be called without a doubt, a successful revival of the brand. Upgrades pre-installed, and a much better quality control are just of the much needed components to creating a successful line, and Lancer Tactical realized this. Almost every Gen2 Lancer Tactical is a complete step forward when compared to the older first generation rifles. However if you find yourself stuck deciding which model to invest in, hopefully this overview of the ProlineNeedletail PDW will help you decide.
Externally, the Needle tail features a full metal receiver and not a bit of wobble anywhere to be felt. The rail installed is an M-lok metal rail, making it super sleek and low profile. The PDW stock is also of a lower profile design and houses the battery. It must be said that while the Needle tail’s PDW stock is not exactly spacious, there are much worse and tighter battery compartments out in the market. Additionally the rifle will sport a flat trigger, definitely attempting to exude an aesthetic of modern tastes.
The internals are that of the proline; V2 gearbox that is fully upgradeable, ETU and mosfet, 6.03 tightbore inner barrel, and a quick change spring system. There does exist two variations of this particular model, a common practice for Lancer Tactical. While one of these variations shoots closer to 400 fps, this particular model shoots sub 350. This makes it much more convenient for indoor players as most indoor fields will restrict airsoft guns to fire at no more than 350 fps.
Couple its high quality internals and its sturdy compact external design, this is a definite contender for your next CQB airsoft platform.
With the rise of airsoft sniping on YouTube, a whole new generation of Airsoft Players has gotten interested about long range game play. Many are far too scared to ever try it out though! We think airsoft sniping can be a very rewarding and gratifying style of game play everyone should try! The airsoft guns are more affordable than ever, and you’re running out of excuses.
Becoming the Chris Kyle of Airsoft isn’t as hard as many people think. I’ve been known to snipe from time to time at my home field of D14 Airsoft, and despite what many people may think it’s a great field to snipe at. With tons of woods, a huge creek, and lots of long sight lines to cover in the more built up areas, it’s a great location to try and snipe at.
Airsoft Sniping takes skills, but that’s what makes it fun!
Unlike a lot of styles of game play in airsoft, Sniping takes some actual skill to pull off. The barrier to start is pretty low, but mastering this craft is something many players will strive for, but never actually achieve, and that’s the best part!
Being successful at airsoft sniping requires you to master a craft so vastly different from the run-and-gun play style of traditional rifles or sub machine guns, and requires much more stealth than LMG players need, that you can really set yourself apart as a player.
You’ll need to master:
Aiming and Trigger Pull
Cover and Concealment
Reading the Wind
All of these skills are key for success as a sniper, and any one can learn them if you take the time!
It’s even better when you have mixed terrain
D14 Airsoft is a great place to snipe because of the diverse terrain. Many people think sniping is hiding in a bush for hours on end, but that simply isn’t true in airsoft. Sniping takes many forms, from locking down a whole street with precision fire to traditional bush wookie tactics. D14 has tons of great lines to snipe from if you can get clever.
The secret is to quit looking for one size fits all spots that cover the whole field. Smart field designers won’t give players powerful positions like this because they aren’t fun. However, find the spots that are going to cover hot spots on the field for the scenario. Help your team push from one building to the next by covering a long street. Consider cutting off a flanking route or line of retreat off the beaten path and away from the main bulk of the fighting. Airsoft guns don’t shoot a mile, and you’ll need to re-adjust how your brain thinks about sniping, especially if your only reference is video games or movies.
Building A Decent Bolt Rifle Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive
It’s never been more affordable to start sniping in airsoft. With affordable options on the market such as the Classic Army M24 or the JG BAR10 the rifles themselves are very affordable. These guns are perfectly serviceable for medium range play out of the box, and will let you get your feet wet.
From there, you will want to consider upgrades. While you can spend an infinite amount of money tuning your rifle to the peak of performance, if you are willing to take it slow, you can get your rifle shooting well past the competition for pocket change. Consider some basic upgrades like a hop up bucking, a tight bore barrel, and maybe a spring to up your FPS. Once you get those parts in, you can take a look at other parts to improve long term viability and consistency.
There’s no need to go hog wild up front and dump a small fortune into a style of play you are trying out. While it’s the ultimate goal to have a precision nail driver, you can be plenty effective with some minimal upgrades and a budget friendly rifle.
Changing Your Play Style and Kit Can Breathe New Life
We all have our preferences when it comes to how we play. Sometimes that can lead to burn out if you spend your whole airsoft career shooting the same gun on the same field in the same way. Breathe some new life into your favorite hobby by changing up the dynamic. Sniping can give you an opportunity to try a new style of play, and make you flex your skills in other areas. Without a great option for close quarters defense, you’ll find yourself improving and relying on your pistol skills more, or using stealth to stay out of those situations. If you’ve spent every game pulling triggers on full auto platforms, learning to run a bolt gun at distance will absolutely change the way you view the game and how you experience it.
Do yourself a favor, try something new. Who knows? You just might like it!