Check out our selection of spring powered airsoft pistols below. These are a great option if you're getting started, collecting, or just looking for a simple reliable backup gun.
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.
Spring Pistols - Manually Cocking These are the least expensive types of pistols out there. These operate by manually pulling back the slide to cock the gun before you fire each shot. This type of pistol is purely for cheap thrills because it does not cost any money to operate. Because of its single shot nature, these are very slow to use in an airsoft game against other people and because it takes some hand strength to pull back the slide, it may be difficult for younger airsofters to use this type of gun. These also don't shoot very hard compared to other pistols.
For those after cheap thrills, spring pistols are great for plinking and target practice. Even if it is slow to shoot, if you're matched with other players with the same equipment it will be just as fun. Many players including ourselves have started with spring pistols. Do be careful and observe the same safety rules and use highly rated safety equipment when you are using spring pistols though. The same dangers exist even though these guns do not shoot nearly as hard.
These pistols are built to be self contained and do not require maintenance or service. However once they wear out or something breaks you would have to replace the whole pistol. The ammo used is the same as the other airsoft guns out there which is 6mm plastic BBs. The recommended weight for these BBs will be .12 to .20g BBs. Spring pistols are not picky on ammo quality so you can use just about whatever you can purchase for cheap but DO NOT use metal BBs.
At the price range of spring pistols, it should be noted that for a few dollars more you could get a non-blowback CO2 pistol instead. These will feel relatively the same in terms of weight and build quality but shoot harder and farther. And you only need to pull the trigger to fire round after round instead of pulling back a slide on a spring pistol. The downside is the increased cost of running the pistol but a CO2 cartridge usually costs a dollar and gets you well over 100 shots. Again this is merely something to consider and if you are trying to get a better start in the sport, we recommend checking those out as well.