Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Airsoft Gun Pricing Guide

5 years ago a run-of-the-mill airsoft rifle could easily set you back $350 or more. Often, that was simply the rifle itself... no accessories or add-ons whatsoever. Thankfully, in the past few years airsoft’s popularity has boomed and more high-volume manufacturers have entered the playing field, making the gear more affordable than ever. Today people of all ages and economic means can participate in this exhilarating sport without traumatizing their wallet.

If you are just starting out in airsoft, you will want to invest in a primary weapon, a side arm, eye protection and relevant accessories. Your primary weapon will likely be you biggest, most significant investment. First you will need to determine how you will be using your weapon as that will dictate what type of gun you will need. Next, determine your price range. Below is a quick pricing guide for selecting your primary weapon. Once you have identified the type of weapon you want, do your research. Read product reviews and talk to airsoft experts.

High Performance AEG - $150 to $500+
Probably the most popular weapon of choice in airsoft is the high-powered airsoft electric gun (AEG). These guns are very realistic and powerful, shooting between 300 and 450 feet per second.

High Powered Sniper Rifles - $75 to $2,000+
High powered airsoft sniper rifles are the most realistic sniper rifles available. They typically fire 6mm 0.20 gram or 0.25 gram airsoft pellets (link) and fire between 400 and 550 feet per second. You can typically find an excellent high powered sniper rifle for between $100 and $300.

Spring Rifles - $20 to $150
Airsoft spring rifles require cocking before each shot, typically require 6mm 0.12gram bbs and shoot approximately 250-330 feet per second.

High Powered Airsoft Shotguns - $30 - $200
These shotguns are pump action (much more strong that spring action). They shoot up to 450 feet per second and shoot 6mm 0.20 gram or 0.25 gram bbs.

The pricing ranges featured in this article are purely for reference and reflect the market conditions of August 2010. Pricing is determined by a number of independent variables that may shift at any given time.

About the Author: Mike Zhang is the President and COO of Airsoft Megastore, a leading online provider of airsoft guns, gear and accessories. Airsoft Megastore offers guaranteed lowest prices on airsoft guns including electric airsoft guns and airsoft sniper rifles.

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