Who Makes the Best Airsoft BBs?
Before we discuss who makes the best airsoft bbs, we should talk a look at airsoft bb weight. Many argue that since .20 Airsoft BBs are usually the lightest weight that quality BB’s are sold in, and since they move at greater speed compared to other weight options, they are superior. Then why do many experienced airsofters elect to use .25 airsoft bbs or even .30’s? The answer is due to the fact that they carry more mass behind them and travel through brush much easier.
There are also those who prefer .23’s and .28 airsoft bbs because they offer a combination of the benefits from .20’s and .25’s, and .25’s and .30’s, respectively. These sizes are considered odd by industry standards so .23’s and .28 airsoft bbs are, unfortunately, usually harder to come across than what are considered a more normal airsoft bb size. Since these specialty airsoft bbs are only .02 grams lighter than other BB’s, many smaller airsoft retailers choose not to carry them because they would have to carry double the inventory.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, .40 gram airsoft bbs are not often mentioned because they are so heavy in comparison to the others. Where this size is useful is with higher fps (feet per second) weapons, such as modded AEG’s and snipers, because they fly true even through light obstructions or impediments. In order to get a BB that heavy to move at a sufficient velocity, the weapon firing it typically fires at a velocity not permitted on most fields.
Many under-powered spring pistols or low power AEG’s shoot at a speed not considered usable by experienced airsoft player standards, so the owners use .12 gram airsoft bbs in order to compensate for the lack of power. This size bb is usually frowned upon in competitive games because it means the weapon is low fps, but these weapons are much more affordable for the beginning airsofter. Personally, I prefer to use .23’s or .25 airsoft bbs, due to their versatility and because they are so common.
What is the best brand? Well you will have to decide which one you like best, but here are some of the major brands. Valken Tactical, Elite Force, and G&G provide high quality BB’s that come in most or all of these weight options. These are not the only quality brands, but arguably the most prevalent today. Need to buy some? Check out our store.
You Decide Which is Better: Green Gas vs CO2
All standard airsoft sidearms use one of four sources of power: spring, batteries, green gas, or CO2. Green gas vs CO2 is the ongoing argument between many experienced airsofters. Both are similar in many respects, but they do have their differences. One differentiating factor is the way they are loaded into the gun. Green gas is loaded into the magazine(s) through a small opening that the operator must insert the bottle into.
When full, there will be sufficient gas to fire all the BB’s in the magazine, but it must be refilled much more often than CO2. Another argument against green gas in the green gas vs co2 wars is that many airsofters use propane and silicon oil to replace green gas so they don’t spend as much money.
CO2 is not always necessarily loaded into the mag, but can be depending on the make of the gun. While green gas comes in large bottles that contain many refills, CO2 comes in 12 gram canisters that hold enough gas to fire the pistol anywhere from 50 to about 100 times. With some guns, it can be loaded into a designated chamber in the magazine, but in other pistols, the CO2 loads straight into the grip. A point against CO2 in the green gas vs co2 argument is that green gas guns are easier to fill. All you do is insert the bottle and fill. No CO2 canisters to install.
Another difference is in the fps that each gas provides. CO2 is traditionally known to offer a little more punch, but green gas is still preferred among some airsofters for different reasons. Whichever side you choose in green gas vs co2, there are a lot of options for pistol models in each gas type, so selection is not an issue. Mostly, it comes down to preference and price. CO2 sidearms are generally cheaper, but often not built with the same quality or reliability that green gas guns are known for.
Most gas pistols range in price from $40 all the way up to $180, and offer unique features and design depending on the brand and model. For example, some offer burst fire selection, while others may be custom pistols, not replicas of a preexisting firearm model. If you would like to take a look at some of the different pistol types and read some reviews, visit our online store.
With the airsoft industry expanding quickly, it is becoming harder and harder for the entry-level player to choose a competitive rifle, which is good news. Different firearm models are now being produced as airsoft products, and this provides a healthy amount of variety in the airsoft world. Whereas before almost every operator would run an M4 or an M4 variant, now we see unique and often uncommon rifle models starting to become much more prevalent. Is old-school the way to go, or is a newer and less common body style the way to go?
There are several guns that have long been praised as near perfect starting weapons for the beginning to intermediate player, perhaps the most popular being the G&G Combat Machine CM16, which comes in different barrel lengths, variants, and even colors. It can run up to a 9.6v battery, and fires very smoothly. Depending on which model you buy, it might also come with R.I.S. rails and a rear-wired gearbox as well. To make it even nicer, it looks amazing and feels incredibly sturdy.
If you are looking for something that sets you apart, though, then a more exotic body style might be in order, such as the H&K MP5 Competition Series or maybe even the FN Herstal P90. The MP5 is built out of a sturdy but light polymer and rear-wired so that the battery sits in the stock, ensuring that the weapon is not too front-heavy. It fires at a CQB legal velocity, and can easily withstand a 9.6v battery, but comes with a rather gaudy orange tip, and looks like a generic MP5. Also, the standard mag holds two thirds of the ammo that a standard airsoft M4 magazine holds. There is no rail system on the weapon, just a little rail segment on the top for an optic. There just isn’t any wow factor to it, but maybe the P90 will fare better.
As per usual when it comes to P90’s, it is loaded with a top-loading mid-cap mag, which can hold an embarrassing 68 BB’s. There are high-cap options, but they are not always the recommended in the airsoft community due to feeding problems or jams. The overall ergonomics and feel of the gun are nice, and there are attachments to make it look aesthetically incredible, and there is even a nice long optic rail on top elevated to eye-height, but many people can’t get around the magazine issue, partly because the magazines are awkwardly shaped and do not fit in any regular magazine pouches. This gun, just like the others, is perfect with a 9.6v battery, and it goes in the buttstock just like the other two options, but only the M4 buttstock can still adjust and slide, while the MP5’s and P90’s are fixed.
Overall, it still comes down to preference, but maybe old-school will hold on to the lead for a couple more years.