Pistols in airsoft typically function as a backup weapon in airsoft games, or for those who play mostly close quarters or like the challenge, they may even serve as a primary weapon. Pistols are often easy to get into due to their lower price compared to rifles. Within the pistol category there are several different types of pistols in terms of operation and level of realism. The one that works best for you will have to be based on your budget, how you plan to use this pistol, and how much realism you want. Let's talk about the types of pistols first based on the least expensive types of pistols and move our way up.