The most powerful gas airsoft pistol - choosing brands and models

Today, on gun counters, blowgun lovers are presented with a wide range of different “pneumatics.” Of all the available types of pneumatic weapons, the spring-piston system has proven itself well. The article contains information about what an air pistol with a spring-piston mechanism is.

Principle of operation

Air pistols, the characteristics of which we are considering today, fire using the energy of compressed gas. Typically, carbon dioxide or air is used. The simplest airgun is a blowpipe, which was used for hunting thousands of years ago. Modern pistols are a miracle of technology in comparison, but the basic principles of operation have remained unchanged. When the trigger is pulled, the gas is released and transfers its energy to the bullet. In air guns, this principle can be implemented in the form:

  1. Pumped systems.
  2. Carbon dioxide systems.
  3. Spring-piston system.

The latter is usually used in rifles, while the first two are used in pistols. Let's talk about them further.

The best airsoft weapon for a beginner

If you still have at least a small reserve of finances, then the best option for the first weapon would be airsoft drive
AEG assault rifles - this is what a person who is thinking about taking up airsoft should pay attention to. Let's skip the technical details (you can read about them here), and let's ask a more pressing question - which brands of airsoft gun manufacturers should you pay attention to first?

Oddly enough, but here we advise you to turn your attention to China. Here we are faced with another myth, which claims that the “made in China” marking is a death sentence for any item

However, this myth was born a long time ago, when China was pushing very, very low-quality things onto the world market. Modern China, at least the one that is involved in the production of airsoft goods, is no longer the China we were used to seeing in the 90s.

So, what Chinese companies make decent drives for little money? First of all, it is worth mentioning such brands as Cyma, Jing Gong and DBoys. For your 7-9 thousand rubles you will get a completely normal airsoft drive. Of course, it will not be without its drawbacks - for example, there may be small gaps in some parts of the case, the plastic is not super pleasant to the touch. For experienced airsoft players, the downside will also be the lack of full copyability, i.e. the conventional AK-74 from Cyma will not 100% copy the combat Kalashnikov 74 series, right down to the last rivet. However, you will receive a weapon from which you can successfully shoot and at the same time you will not be afraid that it will fall apart in the middle of the battle. The reliability, of course, will not be super high, but in principle it will be sufficient for a beginner’s first airsoft season.

Plus, Chinese manufacturers usually complete their products with a battery and charger. This will certainly not be a super battery, but for the first 5-7 workouts with friends it will be more than enough.

In the case of more expensive brands, for example Tokyo Marui, you will only receive a drive in the box, and in addition to the cost of the drive itself, you will also have to spend 2-3 thousand rubles on the battery and charger

Of course, sometimes the quality of Chinese drives may vary from batch to batch, but in general it remains at a normal level. In the case of relatively straight hands, you can bring the Chinese to more than decent characteristics, and as a result of tuning, it will not be inferior to its more famous brothers, and even surpass them in some ways.

The final conclusion is that if you are a beginner and want to get into airsoft, then buy a drive. This is how you will get the most pleasure from the game and experience what airsoft is. That's all - good luck at the games!

other parts of this article:

  • Spring airsoft weapons pros and cons - everything a beginner needs to know
  • Gas airsoft weapons - everything a beginner needs to know
  • Electric airsoft gun (AEG - air electric gun) - everything a beginner needs to know
  • How a bunker works and how it differs from mechanics - everything a beginner in airsoft needs to know

Pumped system

Pumping can be done manually or using a compressor. Hand pumping is usually used in rifles, but as an exception it is sometimes found in pistols. The main feature of this system is that the weapon must be charged with air after each shot. This is done using a lever, which, when cocked, moves a piston that fills a special tank with air. The initial velocity of a shot from such a weapon can reach 200 m/s.

Compression pumping allows you to create higher pressure in the tank. As a result, the weapon can fire 15-20 times without pumping. For pumping, a compressor, a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher or a compressed gas cylinder is used. This type of charging is also called pre-pumping, or PCP. The bullet speed of such weapons is slightly higher than those equipped with a manual pumping system.

Airsoft drive and its features

The key feature of this type of weapon is that the vast majority of airsoft drives have the ability to fire automatically; the rate of fire varies over a fairly wide range, and depends on the type of drive and the motor, piston and other parts used in it. On average, an airsoft machine fires about 8-15 rounds per second, machine guns fire at a higher rate of fire. By the way, there are also sniper rifles powered by an electric drive, and although they, as a rule, do not have the ability to fire automatically, the rate of fire is quite good - you do not need to waste time manually cocking the weapon, you just need to press the trigger steadily.

The airsoft drive is powered by batteries, which also differ in physical dimensions, operating voltage, capacity and type. In general, airsoft batteries are a rather large topic that deserves a separate article; in short, the most common type is a LiPo battery because has acceptable parameters and an average price. If the drive comes with a battery, then it is most likely NiMh, and it is unlikely to be enough for normal gaming - at best, a couple of hours of not very active shooting.

Speaking of life time and the number of shots from one battery - a very rough calculation formula is 1mah is approximately equal to 1-2 shots, i.e. An 1800 mah battery will last you about 2000 shots, plus or minus 200-300 balls. We will not dwell in detail on airsoft batteries in this article, but if you want more details, then for example, you can read about nickel batteries.

For all its attractiveness, the AEG weapon is not without its drawbacks. The possibility of automatic fire comes at the cost of increasing the complexity of the weapon, and accordingly increasing the costs of its purchase and maintenance. Another disadvantage that is inherent in any electronics is the fear of water, as well as the rapid discharge of batteries during cold periods.

Regarding prices for airsoft drives, they are scattered over a fairly wide range. There are well-known brands that produce very high-quality airsoft weapons with excellent characteristics - for example, E&L, Tokyo Marui.

And there are brands that are focused on the middle and lower price segment, but despite the pricing policy, they try not to lower the quality bar below the plinth. Such economy class airsoft brands include, for example, the well-known Chinese company Cyma. There are also very sad companies from China that make drives for pennies, but such weapons literally fall apart before our eyes. Of course, for a beginner there is no particular point in chasing a super cool and sophisticated machine gun, and it is logical to opt for the same Cyma - it is quite possible to buy an airsoft machine from them for 7-8 thousand rubles.

CO2 systems

This is the most common system in amateur pneumatics. It is easy to use, although more expensive. A carbon dioxide cylinder is used as a charge. It is inserted into the appropriate part of the gun (usually the handle) and pierced to allow the gas to enter the reservoir. After each shot, the valve releases the appropriate amount of gas from the cylinder. The pressure of carbon dioxide can change depending on the temperature, so the number of shots from one cylinder can vary. The initial bullet speed in such systems averages 120 m/s. For pistols, 12-gram cylinders are usually used.

Having understood the principle of operation of air pistols, we move on to their design.

Manufacturing materials

Modern airsoft imitations of real weapons are produced from materials that are quite decent in terms of resistance to mechanical stress and service life: metal, plastic, wood. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages.

  1. Metal – Manufacturers actively use both heavy steel, which is used to make expensive drives, and all kinds of aluminum alloys. The bulk of metal components are subjected to bluing treatment, which helps protect the material from the effects of adverse environmental factors.
  2. Plastic - used when it is necessary to equip weapons with lightweight elements or for the production of relatively cheap budget models. Plastic is by no means synonymous with low quality. Reputable manufacturers use impact-resistant material samples designed to withstand impressive temperature effects. One of the best examples of high-quality plastic products is the Glock airsoft pistol.
  3. Wood is used extremely rarely, most often in the production of butts, the need to complete weapons with decorative elements. Airsoft fans resort to purchasing products with wooden inserts at their own peril and risk, since replacing such parts is quite expensive.

Impact mechanism

It is used in pistols with pumping and the ability to fire several shots. When the trigger is pulled, the hammer strikes the valve, opening it. Triggers can be open or closed. Open allows for manual cocking.

The trigger energy is transferred to the mainspring, through a rod or directly. The spring can be plastic or helical (more common). There may be a hammer between the trigger and the valve stem. Its back part is called the striker. Keeping the spring in the cocked state is possible thanks to such a part as the sear.


According to the operating principle

The following types of pneumatic weapons are currently known:

  • Wind tubes, in which the projectile is thrown using the force of the shooter's lungs;
  • Spring-piston pneumatics, in which compressed air for throwing a bullet is formed immediately at the moment of the shot due to the movement of a massive piston inside the cylinder, accelerated by an expanding spring: gas-spring pneumatics, in which a gas spring is used;
  • electro-pneumatic weapons (“wires”) - in which the mainspring is compressed using the energy stored in the battery;
  • Gas-cylinder pneumatics, in which the gaseous phase of carbon dioxide (CO2) is used to throw bullets:
      with built-in refillable tank;
  • with a replaceable cylinder.
  • Gas-cylinder pneumatics using CO2, according to the principle of operation, differs sharply from those using compressed air or other gas stored under pressure: the cylinder with liquid carbon dioxide that serves as an energy source in it is essentially a small steam boiler, operating due to the flow of heat from the environment. If an ordinary steam boiler filled with water must be heated by burning fuel to produce water steam, then carbon dioxide begins to boil already at −57 ° C, so even room temperature is quite enough for saturated CO2 to form above the liquid phase contained in the cylinder steam is a gaseous phase of carbon dioxide, which can be taken from a cylinder to perform mechanical work, in this case, throwing projectiles.

    At a temperature of 20°C, the pressure in the cylinder will be about 55 atmospheres, and its drop, which occurs as a result of the selection of the next portion of carbon dioxide vapor, provokes re-boiling of the liquid phase of CO2. This, in turn, causes an increase in pressure in the cylinder until it reaches the initial value corresponding to the thermodynamic equilibrium of the system as a whole. The pressure in the cylinder will be restored as long as the liquid phase of carbon dioxide remains in it (unfired steam locomotives operate on the same principle, but using water as the working fluid).

    Thus, unlike a cylinder with compressed air, the pressure in which (and therefore the speed of the bullet fired by a weapon) irreversibly decreases after each shot, a cylinder with liquid carbon dioxide is, to a certain limit, a self-regulating system capable of maintaining the pressure of the gaseous phase by more or less. less constant level. Achieving such stability of characteristics in air balloon pneumatics requires the use of a special complex device - a gearbox.

    However, as with any steam boiler, if too much steam is released from a carbon dioxide cylinder, the pressure in it will drop to such an extent that it will take quite a significant amount of time to restore it to its original value. In addition, when carbon dioxide boils, the cylinder cools greatly due to the active absorption of heat from the environment, so that during active shooting, its temperature can drop so much that the boiling of carbon dioxide becomes sluggish for some time or even almost stops altogether. In other words, the repeatability of shots from gas-cylinder pneumatics largely depends on the rate of fire: if a pause between shots is observed, sufficient to restore pressure in the cylinder, it allows you to achieve high stability of the initial bullet speed over a large number of shots, however, with intense shooting, the initial bullet speed may drop significantly for a certain period of time.

    From this point of view, it is advantageous to use a cylinder of as large a volume as possible, the pressure in which drops less with each shot and recovers faster. However, the procedure for filling a cylinder with liquid carbon dioxide is significantly more complicated than with compressed air. Thus, before refilling, an empty cylinder must be cooled, since an attempt to use an uncooled cylinder will most likely result in the formation of a vapor lock from carbon dioxide gas in it, which prevents the cylinder from being filled completely. Therefore, in most cases, factory-filled disposable standard cylinders of small capacity are used - 8 or 12 grams of carbon dioxide, for example - intended for household siphons.

    From the point of view of the characteristics of pneumatic weapons, the use of carbon dioxide in it is of little benefit and does not allow achieving high performance. Thus, the speed of sound in CO2 is only 260 m/s at 0°C, which significantly limits the maximum initial velocity of a bullet. At low ambient temperatures, the pressure in the cylinder - and hence the initial velocity of the bullet - drops significantly, and the time it takes to recover after a shot increases significantly. Although in theory the boiling of carbon dioxide will continue until the ambient temperature reaches −57°C, in practice, even at a slightly negative temperature, prolonged shooting from carbon dioxide pneumatics becomes almost impossible. The liquid phase of carbon dioxide contained in the cylinder at a certain position of the weapon when firing (with the barrel raised upward, especially with the cylinder positioned horizontally) can penetrate through the release valve into the barrel and immediately solidify there, which leads to a loss of stability of the initial velocity of the bullet (when fired, this solid phase carbon dioxide is released from the trunk in the form of snow). In addition, carbon dioxide can destroy rubber seals, which require periodic replacement due to swelling.

    All of the above disadvantages, however, are relatively insignificant when using carbon dioxide in recreational pneumatic weapons, which is the main niche of carbon dioxide gas-cylinder pneumatics.

    • Compression pneumatics, in which compressed air for throwing a bullet is released at the moment of firing from a special storage chamber. Air is pumped into the storage chamber before each shot using a hand pump located on the weapon: compression - with a single manual pumping (cocking), as a rule, these are low-power purely sports models;
    • multi-compression - with repeated manual pumping, it is characterized by much greater power at a low rate of fire, since before each shot you have to work with a pump, and it is possible to regulate the initial speed of the bullet due to a different number of pumpings; It is characterized primarily by high constancy of the initial bullet velocity, as well as a complete absence of recoil.
  • Pre-pumped pneumatics or pneumatic balloon pneumatics, in which compressed air for firing is dosed from a reservoir located on the weapon; the cylinder is filled with compressed air from external sources: manual or electric high-pressure compressors, cylinders with compressed air or helium;
  • Pneumatic weapons with pneumatic cartridges, which use special reusable cartridges filled with compressed air. Structurally, weapons with pneumatic cartridges are largely similar to firearms; there are special kits for adapting firearms for pneumatic cartridges in order to reduce the cost of training with them and recreational shooting.
  • A pneumoelectric weapon, which additionally contains a flammable element located in contact with compressed gas, and when fired, burns in the compressed gas.
  • Pyropneumatic weapons, also known as pneumatics with flammable gas
    , are essentially a transitional stage from pneumatics to firearms. As a propellant it uses mixtures of propane and butane with air, and gasoline-air mixtures. Allows automatic fire. In many countries, it can be legally equivalent to a firearm.
  • By muzzle energy and caliber

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    • up to 3 J, any caliber - from the point of view of the legislation of the Russian Federation, it is not a weapon, but an object “structurally similar” to it[2], intended for shooting training and recreational shooting;
    • up to 3 J, caliber 6 or 8 mm - so-called. “soft pneumatics” with an imitation of the appearance of real military weapons. Mostly automatic weapons driven by an electric motor, but gas and spring models are also common. Ammunition - plastic balls (BB) with a diameter of 6 or 8 mm. It is used for recreational shooting purposes and for the military sports game “Airsoft”. According to the law of the Russian Federation, it is also not a weapon;
    • about 3.5 J, caliber 10 mm - for playing paintball, externally copying a real weapon (RAM - Real Action Marker), in the territory of the Russian Federation is not a weapon and is classified as a sports equipment;
    • up to 7.5 J, caliber 4.5 mm - sports and hunting pneumatic weapons, pneumatic weapons for initial shooting training and recreational shooting, also used for military sports game - “Hardball”;
    • about 14 J, caliber 17.3 mm - used in the military sports game "Paintball", on the territory of the Russian Federation is not a weapon and is classified as a sports projectile;
    • over 7.5 to 25 J, calibers 4.5; 5.0; 5.5; 6.35 mm - so-called. magnum pneumatic. Sports and hunting pneumatic weapons are sold in Russia under a license from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and require registration like firearms;
    • from 25 J and above, almost any caliber - sports and hunting pneumatic weapons, pneumatic weapons for military use (shooting practice); in Russia is basically not certified, since the existing legislation does not provide for the existence of pneumatic weapons with a muzzle energy above 25 J, and therefore its circulation is not regulated in any way by law (in fact, it is certified in the categories “up to 3 J” or “up to 7.5 J", since the design of many types of pneumatic weapons allows you to adjust the initial velocity of the bullet within a wide range).
    • pneumatic artillery - pneumatic guns used on the “dynamite cruiser”, mortars, anti-avalanche guns, etc.


    Needed to keep the weapon in a cocked state and to lower it. The convenience and accuracy of shooting directly depends on the smoothness of the trigger mechanism. There are such triggers:

    1. Single action. Before making the descent, you need to cock the trigger.
    2. Double action. Shooting is done by self-cocking. That is, when you press the trigger, the hammer is cocked and hits the valve without being placed in an intermediate cocking position.
    3. With the ability to vary the two above modes.

    Aiming devices

    Modern models allow you to set the front and rear sights in a way that is convenient for the shooter. In addition, the width and length of these devices must also be adjustable. It is advisable to prefer a model where the sight is located closer to the axis of the bore, so that the sight slot is as close as possible to the pistol grip. It is advisable to additionally acquire a front sight and a completely different size, this will make your air pistol more versatile. How to choose the right scope for the model you are purchasing? Most often, the parameters of the sights are indicated in the pistol’s operational passport. If we talk about the color of aiming devices, then it is advisable to choose a black rear sight and front sight. This reduces eye fatigue and is also convenient when shooting in good light.

    Circuit breakers

    The safety is an integral part of any weapon, with the exception of air pistols. The characteristics of this weapon are far from their combat counterparts, but it is still dangerous. The fuse can be automatic or non-automatic. The former prevent a shot when the lever is cocked, the barrel is not closed, and so on. The second includes the same flags and sliders that we are used to seeing on pistols. As additional safety equipment, the design of the pistol may include: decocking levers, indicators of the cocked state of the weapon, etc.

    Classes of airsoft weapons - spring, drive, gas blowback and all all all

    Whatever class an airsoft weapon belongs to, based on its operating principle, two main directions can be distinguished.

    The first option is when the working fluid is air. A spring-loaded piston is used to compress it, essentially the same as a conventional pump.

    The second option is when liquefied gas under pressure is used to push the ball out. when released, it changes from a liquid to a gaseous state, as it expands and pushes the ball out.

    Next, about the classification of airsoft weapons, directly based on the principle of operation. There are three types of airsoft guns. In general, three types of weapons are used in airsoft; just a few words about each of these types:

    Electrically driven (drive, AEG) airsoft weapons

    Electrically driven (drive, AEG) airsoft weapons. The most widespread type of weapon, most airsoft machines operate using an electric drive circuit. When you pull the trigger, the electric motor begins to cock the piston against spring tension. At the end point, the gear releases the piston and the spring comes into action.

    The more powerful the spring, the more powerful the motor and stronger gears are needed - and the more powerful the shot will be.

    Spring (spring) airball weapons

    Spring (spring) airball weapons are the simplest, and at the same time one of the most reliable types. Simplicity also affects the price, and this type of airsoft weapon is considered one of the cheapest. Many of you have encountered pring weapons when, as a child, you came into the hands of Chinese pistols - this is precisely the principle on which they worked.

    Gas-cylinder (blowbacks, non-blowbacks) airsoft weapons

    Gas-cylinder (blowbacks, non-blowbacks) airsoft weapons are gas pistols, rifles and machine guns. When you pull the trigger, gas from the canister enters the chamber, which pushes the ball out. This type has both pros and cons - more details in the following parts of the article.

    This concludes the first part of our “airsoft guns for a beginner” series. in the following parts we will talk in detail about each type of airsoft weapon, tell you how it works, and give advice to a beginner on what is best to buy at the beginning - stay tuned!

    PS also in a series of articles for beginners

    • for a beginner about spring airsoft weapons
    • for a beginner about gas airsoft weapons
    • for a beginner in airsoft about electric weapons (AEG - air electric gun)
    • for a beginner in airsoft about how a bunker works and how it differs from mechanics


    Knowing the basic technical characteristics of air pistols, we can conclude that gas dispensers are a very important part of them.

    In the classic balloon version, the main elements of the dispenser are the valve and the spring. When the balloon is placed in place and clamped, it is punctured. As a result, gas fills the dispenser chamber in which the valve is installed. When the trigger hits the valve stem, the chamber opens and gas is released. With the help of a spring, the valve returns to its place, sealing the chamber until the next shot. This unit is the weak point of most balloon models. Due to its insufficient tightness, the gas quickly leaves the cylinder, even if you do not shoot from the pistol. Thus, it is not advisable to load the weapon with gas in advance.

    Typically, carbon dioxide canisters are located in the pistol's magazine. Piercing a balloon can occur in several ways. The most common scheme is with a clamping screw. When the screw is tightened, the balloon is pressed and pierced. The second option is wedge. In this case, the balloon is pierced only when the magazine is in place. There are also more sophisticated options, for example, in the “Ataman-1” model, piercing occurs when you press the barrel (there is a kind of button) with a hard surface.

    In the case of pumped systems, the role of an additional valve is played by the pressure inside the tank. To ensure that it is constant from shot to shot, special control devices are installed.

    However, spring weapons for airsoft also have a number of disadvantages:

    • Low rate of fire. Even if you are a very experienced player, you will not be able to cock the spring with your hands faster than an electric motor or gas automatic can do.
    • Not very convenient to use. The minus is, of course, very conditional and someone may consider this a plus. Every time you cock your rifle, you're straining your muscles—crappy training.
    • Achieving a high ball speed is only possible if you are in good physical shape. If with a regular spring reloading will strain you, but not too much, then with a more powerful spring you will have to make a lot of effort each time to cock the rifle and get ready to fire. If you want range and accuracy, pump up your muscles.

    In general, spring weapons are acceptable in airsoft and are used in sniper rifles. There are still people who buy spring pistols for themselves, but in essence these are useless things and are more classified as children's toys, but not airsoft weapons.

    Another class of weapon in which spring is more or less acceptable is airsoft shotguns - they are usually also not very expensive, but essentially in the game they will not perform much better than a spring pistol; in general, the thing is very specific and very much not for everyone. We still advise newcomers to airsoft not to be tempted by the low cost of this type of weapon, and to look at other classes.

    In essence, spring is the choice of a sniper, and a sniper in airsoft is a very specific role. Like any specialist, a sniper must have good gaming experience and knowledge. A sniper with a spring rifle plays, usually solo. But for a beginner, the best way to gain experience in airsoft is to interact with other players. So, no matter how paradoxical it may sound, in order to become a good single sniper in airsoft, it is first better to run in a group with other players, and it is better to choose a machine gun as the first weapon.

    We’ll probably finish this with spring weapons - in the next part we’ll talk about gas-cylinder weapons in airsoft.

    other parts of this article:

    • Gas airsoft weapons - everything a beginner needs to know
    • Electric airsoft gun (AEG - air electric gun) - everything a beginner needs to know
    • How a bunker works and how it differs from mechanics - everything a beginner in airsoft needs to know
    • Which weapon should a beginner in airsoft choose?


    The accuracy and accuracy of shooting largely depends on the barrel. Pneumatics can be smoothbore or rifled. Pistols typically have a smooth barrel and fire round bullets. In smoothbore weapons, the barrel diameter corresponds to the caliber. The calibers of air pistols are quite meager compared to firearms. The most common caliber is 4.5 mm. It is less common to find a 5.5 mm air pistol, and even less common is a weapon with a 6.35 mm caliber. There are also other calibers, but they are practically never found.

    The barrel is usually made of steel. The shooting result directly depends on the accuracy of execution, alignment and straightness of the barrel. If the barrel has thin vibrating walls or a moving structure, which is common in inexpensive pistols, shooting accuracy decreases.

    Which airsoft pistol is the most powerful - types of pistols

    Before giving a specific answer and giving out the model name of the coolest and most powerful airsoft pistol, it is necessary to clarify some important issues related to airsoft pistols. To begin with, it should be noted that all airsoft pistols can be divided according to their operating principle. The range and power of the pistol will largely depend on the principle of operation. At the moment, airsoft pistols can be divided according to the principle of action and average power - from the weakest to the most severe into a number of categories, which are discussed below. Knowing which category the most powerful and weakest pistols belong to, it will be easier to navigate - by the way, such information will also be useful because yesterday, relatively speaking, the most powerful pistol was A, and tomorrow they will release something new, and the most powerful airsoft pistol will be B. If you know the swear part, then you yourself will eventually be able to find the coolest airsoft pistol - the main thing is to know in which category to look.


    A clip for an air pistol is used to store bullets and send them into the “chamber”. As a rule, air pistols have a multi-shot design with automatic loading of bullets. For pistols that fire lead bullets, clip drums are used that operate on the revolving principle. For weapons that fire balls, a magazine is used, which is usually located in the handle, like its military counterparts. It is designed like children's pistols - a spring-loaded groove with a lock. The magazine capacity may vary depending on the model of the pistol and its design. It can range from tens to hundreds of bullets.

    type of drive

    There are currently several options for airsoft pistols available to players:

    1. Gas-cylinder weapons are represented mainly by analogues of combat trigger models that are authentic in design. The most popular solutions here are standard imitation pistols and self-cocking revolvers. In such products, compressed gas is pumped directly into the magazine, and the recoil is as close as possible to that of a real weapon.
    2. Electromechanical airsoft firing systems are the most promising category of weapons. Models in this category are powered by a built-in electric motor, thanks to which the rate of fire increases from 700 to 1000 rounds per minute. The destruction range here is about 80 meters.

    Application of air pistols

    Unlike traumatic weapons, pneumatic weapons do not always require the owner to obtain a permit. Therefore, many are interested in the question of which air pistols are the most powerful without a license. From the point of view of the law, it is possible to buy, store and carry pneumatic weapons without the appropriate permit only if their caliber does not exceed 4.5 millimeters. Apparently, because of this, this caliber has become the most common. A little lower we will look at specific models, and you can find out which air pistols are the most powerful. Without a license, you can purchase all of the models that will be reviewed.

    Such weapons are used for training and entertainment purposes. For self-defense, air pistols, the characteristics of which you already know, are unsuitable for at least two reasons. Firstly, the power of the pneumatic gun is not enough to stop the attacker, especially if he is wearing winter clothes. The only exception would be a hit in the face. Secondly, most modern pistols have problems with sealing the gas compartment. Therefore, there is no point in carrying a pistol loaded, since at the right time there may simply not be gas in it. Well, it takes time to load the gun before use. In self-defense, every second is important, so an air pistol is of little use. At best, it will deter an attacker due to its resemblance to a firearm.

    Now that we know the basic technical characteristics of air pistols, let's get acquainted with some popular models.

    Power of spring airsoft pistols

    Spring pistols. If you are over 20 years old, then you most likely saw Chinese toy pistols in your childhood, which, like modern airsoft pistols, fired round plastic bullets. For the most part, these were just spring pistols. The design of spring guns is simpler than that of electric ones; there are no motors and associated problems in the form of wiring and batteries. Well, since we don’t have a motor, then there are no restrictions that it imposes either - that means we can try to stick a spring and a more powerful piston into the housing. In practice, it turns out that the power of spring pistols is limited only by the spring that the manufacturer installed there, or by the spring that the owner installed there after rebuilding his weapon.

    Thus, multiplying the flight of fancy by the springs available on the market, and the initial reliability of the pistol components, we can assume that the power of a spring airsoft pistol is practically unlimited - into space and beyond... However, it is worth remembering - the more powerful the spring, the more difficult it is to load and reload the pistol. In spring airsoft pistols, all the effort to cock the spring falls on the fragile (or not so fragile) hands of the airsoft player. From this we get that cocking a spring that will provide an exhaust of 120-140 meters per second is a very non-trivial task, and without some minimal physical training it will be difficult to do this. Maintaining at least some acceptable rate of fire with a powerful spring is an even more difficult task, and to be honest, probably even impossible. In essence, shooting from a spring will be equivalent to the fact that after each shot you need to lift the weight, and do it quickly, while keeping an eye on the situation on the battlefield. Thus, spring pistols can be very bad and impressive in terms of power, but in airsoft training conditions they are not the first place, because. It is almost impossible to use powerful spring effectively.


    The pistol is a pneumatic analogue of the notorious Makarov pistol. Moreover, it is made on the basis of a real firearm model. There are rumors that the pistol is made from defective firearms. They are confirmed by the fact that most copies contain various types of defects. Nevertheless, this pistol is very popular, first of all, for its appearance.

    The technical characteristics of the Makarov air pistol are as follows: caliber - 4.5 mm; type of charge – balloon; magazine capacity – 13 bullets; shot speed – 110 m/s; weight – 0.73 kg. A gas cylinder is enough for approximately 40 aimed shots.

    There are several foreign replicas of the PM pistol, which are similar in characteristics to this model, but are cheaper.


    The main advantage of participating in airsoft competitions is the ability to fire from a weapon that is as close to the original as possible. Therefore, when choosing a suitable means for the game, you should not limit yourself in your wishes. Today, you can safely demand from sellers an airsoft Makarov pistol, Beretta, Colt, and other imitations of real firearms.

    If you are planning to create your own team, it is worth checking with more experienced comrades the specifics of most scenarios. When placing emphasis on a specific group of troops, you will have to choose the appropriate airsoft pistol. Otherwise, you may not find a place in the team, wasting money.

    "Ataman M1"

    This model is also produced in Russia. It is not a replica firearm, but is slightly reminiscent of the legendary Beretta 92. This pistol has a number of important advantages over its competitors. Firstly, the clip for the Ataman M1 air pistol holds as many as 120 bullets of 4.5 mm caliber. The magazine is cone-shaped and is placed in the handle. It consists of six longitudinal compartments for 15 bullets each. Secondly, the gun has a unique filling system. It can combine two types: PCP and CO2. In addition, it can accommodate two carbon dioxide cylinders at once.

    But that is not all. The main advantage of the gun is that it is completely sealed. Unlike almost all competitors, Ataman M1 can remain charged for months. On the one hand, this allows you to save money and save yourself from unnecessary hassle, and on the other hand, you can use weapons for self-defense. But the power of the pistol, again, does not contribute to this.

    The main disadvantage of the pistol is its appearance. It is very nice, but many users still want to hold an analogue of a firearm in their hands.

    Above we discussed models, the prototype of which was firearms. Now let's look at a couple of original pistols that are aimed not at entertainment, but at sporting use.

    Price quality

    The main question that most players ask is how rational it is to pay more if you can use a cheap model? There are several options here.

    When a player has no idea how often he will participate in competitions, how often he will have to shoot, and especially is not ready to turn his wallet inside out, it is worth focusing on budget products from well-known manufacturers (King Arms, G&P, VFC, Tokyo Marui). How much will these airsoft pistols cost? The price here will be from 12,000 to 14,000 rubles

    Such weapons will allow you to feel comfortable while playing. If desired, it can be sold profitably after the first season in order to choose a more advanced option.

    Many players have enough experience to independently upgrade cheap airsoft pistols. In this case, it seems reasonable to buy a weapon costing about 8,000-10,000 rubles. Subsequently, you can throw out all the filling from it, replacing it with a new, better one. You will have to spend several thousand rubles more on this.

    If the budget is extremely limited, and the desire to try your hand in real combat conditions outweighs everything else, it is worth purchasing a pistol from the lower price range, for example, weapons from manufacturers such as Jing Gong, Cybergun or SRC.

    Air pistol MP-53M

    The model differs in that it is cocked by breaking the barrel. After each shot this procedure is repeated. The pistol fires lead bullets (not pellets), 4.5 caliber. Thus, the model can be purchased without registration. However, due to its not very attractive appearance, athletes often buy it.

    The second reason for this is the large dimensions, which do not allow you to put the MP-53M air pistol in your pocket. The characteristics of the model also did not become its trump card on the market: initial speed - 120 m/s, weight - 1.3 kg, barrel length - 215 mm.

    TOP most popular models

    Umarex Makarov 5.8 152

    Most air guns are exact copies of their military counterparts. The pistol produced by the German company is no exception, so its prototype was the famous Makarov PM-9mm air pistol. external elements are reproduced with high precision. The pistol is multi-shot; a large number of shots can be fired from one cylinder. The model is quite heavy.

    Crosman C31

    It will be a solid purchase for those who prefer to engage in sports shooting. The appearance is similar to the Beretta Elite 2, but some elements are not reproduced exactly. Compared to other pneumatic models, this one has very good power. From one meter you can deform a metal coin.

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    Cuno Melcher ME 38 Magnum 4 R

    Distinguished by its power, reliability and affordable price, the revolver is classified as a sports pneumatic weapon. It is an exact copy of the famous Magnum 38 caliber. Thanks to the presence of a rifled barrel, it is possible to carry out aimed shots at targets from a distance of about 20 meters. The body is made of silumin. The model is available in blued and nickel plated finishes.

    Ekol Viper 4.5 Chrome

    The difference is its affordable price, excellent balancing, and the presence of an ergonomic handle, which makes it possible to hold it well while shooting.

    The body is made of silumin, and the material used to make the barrel and drum is high-quality steel, coated with chrome.

    Crosman C11

    Excellent ratio of minimum cost and maximum efficiency. The model is very stylish and compact, which allows you to create the impression of a military weapon.

    The model cannot boast of good shooting accuracy, but this is more than compensated for by economical use and good power.

    MP 654 – Baikal

    It is the most accurate copy of such firearms as the Makarov pistol. Even the dimensions are identical to the real thing, which allows this model to be used as a simulator for those who need practice shooting with a firearm. Suitable for protection, as its appearance will scare off the most daring intruders.

    Crosman 3576 Revolver

    This is a copy of the famous American Colt. It has an affordable price and a rifled steel barrel that is 6 inches long. This makes it possible to shoot accurately. The revolver has good accuracy from 15 meters. When self-cocking, shooting is a bit slow.

    Air pistol IZH-40

    The characteristics and scope of application of this model are similar to the previous pistol. It is also a single shot “breaker” in 4.5mm caliber. The exit velocity of the bullet is 125 m/s, the weight of the pistol is 1.31 kg, and the barrel length is 220 mm.

    The latter two pistols aren't particularly attractive or user-friendly, but they shoot much more accurately than the recreational models.

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