Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Geography of Quality Airsoft Rifles

For the past ten years, the airsoft market has been dominated by Taiwanese and Japanese manufacturers like ICS, Classic Army and Tokyo Marui. These companies produce high quality products and enjoy strong brand recognition, but, unfortunately, their reputation for quality comes with a high price tag. Their airsoft sniper rifles start at $250 and are often priced in excess of $400, making them a major investment and limiting the average person's ability to purchase multiple arms. One could argue that this is simply the cost of quality, but as an industry insider I know the high price tag has more to do with their manufacturing costs than the guns' superior construction.

In recent years, some strong contenders from China have garnered attention. Manufacturers like Jing Gong (JG), AGM, DBoys, and CYMA may have at first been dismissed as Chinese knockoffs, but today it is clear that they manufacture to the same high performance/quality standards as their Japanese and Taiwanese counterparts. How do they manufacture high quality products for so much less? The Chinese factories tend to be larger and have lower labor and component costs. In fact, you are more likely to find these electric airsoft rifles on US military training bases than their East Asian competitors because you simply cannot beat the value.

The classic airsoft manufacturers may have met their match in the new generation of Chinese manufactured arms. Here are a few examples of high-value Chinese manufactured airsoft rifles:

  • The JG M4 S-System: With a muzzle velocity that overpowers even Tokyo Marui AEGs, this firearm is a tremendous value considering its extremely solid ABS polymer body and full metal rail system and gear box. The JG M4 S-System is releasing a new 2010 version and features numerous tactical accessory upgrades, including flashlights, scopes, lasers, and grenade launchers.

  • JG M4 S-System Full Metal: Similar to the KWA M4 S-SYSTEM, but more advanced, the JG M4 S-SYSTEM features full metal design and fires at 400-450 FPS. A pre-installed MOSFET CHIP ensures the highest rate of fire, quicker trigger response and longer battery life. It is literally the lowest priced MOSFET-equipped airsoft M4 S-System AEG there is.

  • AGM L96 w/ scope & bipod: Perhaps one of the best rifles ever launched by AGM, the new AGM AWP L96 bolt action sniper rifle is one of the nicest bolt actions on the market for under $100. It features a long, one-piece, full-metal, tight-bore sniper barrel and shoots with extreme force (over 450 FPS) and accuracy.

  • DE Multi-Shot Triple Burst Shotgun: This multi-shot, triple burst, heavyweight shotgun is the newest DE shotgun on the market. It features three barrels combined into one super-reinforced barrel to maximize power and tactical efficiency. Three BBs shoot out after every pump, making this the fastest-shooting airsoft shotgun on the market, not to mention one of the most versatile shotguns you can purchase for less than $100.

About the Author: Mike Zhang is the VP of Operations of Airsoft Megastore, an airsoft retailer offering electric and gas powered airsoft guns. Please visit Airsoft Megastore to shop for airsoft AEGs and full metal airsoft rifles. Airsoft Megastore offers deep discounts on sale items for players interested in cheap AEG airsoft guns and looking to find airsoft sniper rifles cheap.

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