There is a great divide between airsoft
companies. The majority of quality manufacturers can be found on the
internet, but have little or no street presence, except at specialty
shops. However, small street airsoft stores can be found in many
areas. Airsoft guns are also prevalent at swap meets, which usually
carry Chinese-made non-branded airsoft guns. It is important to note
that while the factories listed below manufacture the guns,
consumers will have very little success in regards to support after
the sale if they purchase items in a factory box. In the United
States, Companies like Crosman, Cybergun, Daisy, and Palco Sports
are considered manufacturers even though the product is actually
made at one of the many factories listed below. Like most companies
that have products made abroad, the actual factory is relevant only
for their reputation of quality, while the "manufacturer" is
considered by the consumer to be the company that brings the product
to market. For example: Nike has most of it's products made outside
of the USA, yet they do not own the factories. These factory names
are irrelevant to the consumer. In the same case, Airsoft companies
like the aforementioned pay the factories to produce products for
them to their specifications. Because Airsoft was introduced as an
import product first, the factories themselves gained reputations
for quality. The advent of 'rebranding' in most cases allows the
consumer a resource for service after the sale.
High-end Airsoft manufacturers
Hudson produces reenactment grade, shell-ejecting,
gas-operated airsoft guns, mainly of WWII replicas.
Sheriff who assemble full metal custom pistols using
Western Arms based components, as well as building Maruzen based
bolt action rifles. Sheriff also made gas airsoft rifles for a time,
including the now discontinued Highlander Magnum.
Sunproject Known for their M203s and CO2 driven Gas Blow
Gamma - Most notably known for their remote control airsoft
G&G (Guay Guay Gunshop) - specializes in internal and
external upgrades and accessories. G&G has recently released higher
end guns such as the RK103, UMG, and M-14. They tend to cost much
more than a similar Classic Army or Tokyo Marui model (thus are
unpopular among mainstream airsoft) and have very complex internals,
consequently discouraged for beginners at airsoft gearboxes.
G&P- specializes in aftermarket upgrades and external
accessories, also make a variety of high quality AR-15 series AEGs
along with an M249.
ICS (I Chih Shivan) - ICS is considered one of the "Big 3"
manufacturers of airsoft guns (the others being Tokyo Marui, and
Classic Army, respectively). Their guns usually come with metal
bodies and original trademarks (both of which are highly sought
after by players). They manufacture Olympic Arms, M4s, MP5s, and an
AK-74M replica. In addition, they have also come out with the split
gearbox design in which the upper gearbox (which includes the
cylinder and spring assembly), disconnects from the lower gearbox
(which the actual gear assembly) for easier repair and upgrades.
Recent updates to their product line have lead to increased
reliability and a slightly upgraded FPS. Upcoming projects include
the SIG rifle series, G36, L85, and additional versions of the
Inokatsu - famous for their full metal M60 Machine Guns and
AK47/74. Known to be high quality, with a price tag to match.
Deep Fire Airsoft - Founded by the chief engineers at Classic Army,
Deep Fire is known for innovative and unique products like their
Titanium pistons for AEG rifles, M72 Launcher, airsoft hand grenades
and distraction devices.
KSC - largely a pistol manufacturing company. Their gas
blow back pistols are of high reliability and accuracy, having
gained themselves a reputation for 'practical' skirmishing sidearm's.
While mostly manufacturing pistols, endeavors to rifles have been
made. KSC manufactures an HK33 AEG line that features manual cocking
in the event of a dead battery.
Mad Bull Airsoft - makers of many types of Airsoft grenades,
grenade launchers, tight-bore barrels, triggers, mines, and various
other parts. They are also own a lot of licensing from real firearms
industry. They also work closely with HSS International, a famous
training school in USA.
Marushin - known for some of their guns to use an 8mm bb
instead of a 6mm
Maruzen - one of the first airsoft companies that came out,
known for its P99 non-blowback
Modify - specializes in internal upgrades.
Olympic Arms Airsoft - These guns are basically ICS Armalites with
licensed trademarks by TSD.
STAR Airsoft - specializing in more expensive, highly realistic,
easy-to-disassemble airsoft guns. There are doubts over the
reliability of their AEGs, such as gearbox problems in their SA80
Systema Engineering - which specializes in high-end training
weapons as well as also internal and external upgrades. Extremely
accurate replicas of the real guns, sometimes indistinguishable
until fired. Most expensive airsoft guns on the market with prices
ranging from $1,199 to $1,499.
Tanaka Works - which specializes in high-powered gas gun
revolvers and rifles.
Most commonly renowned as possibly the very
pinnacle of airsoft technology , reliability, and durability (while
kept stock). Tokyo Marui created the first automatic electric gun (AEG)
- the FAMAS F1 - and was responsible for the invention of the 'HopUp'
System (which, by means of an adjustable rubber pad in the barrel,
imparts a spin to the fired BB, greatly increasing range). Tokyo
Marui (known as 'TM' in shorthand) has manufactured a wide variety
of AEG's, smaller AEP's (Automatic Electric Pistols), along with gas
and spring powered weapons. They have also been responsible for
other great advancements in airsoft. However, due to Japanese law,
Marui is limited to using ABS plastic receivers, which has put them
in tight competition with CA and ICS - companies who are under no
such restriction (they are therefore able to offer "full metal"
guns, which some see as high quality, more aethetically pleasing).
As an investment, Tokyo Marui's guns last for many more years than
other competitors - reliability has made them arguably one of the
best platforms for upgrading. Tokyo Marui is the largest airsoft
manufacturer woldwide, and is seen as the Airsoft "standard" for
which nearly all after market products are tailored.
Classic Army Airsoft - A Hong Kong company that is often seen to
rival Tokyo Marui. CA products - released in 2003 - were popular
because their metal bodies. However, their products are often
criticised for lack of quality control or reliability.
RealSword - a Hong Kong-based company manufacturing replicas
of Chinese assault rifles - Type 56, QBZ-95 and QBZ-97. RealSword
boasts about high quality of those replicas. According to internal
news, RealSword 's supplier is "Norinco" which is the biggest
defense contractor in China. (http://www.norinco.com) We can expect
that their products will be as real as it is.
TOP - specializes with manufacturing light and heavy machine
gun airsoft replicas.
Western Arms - largely specializing on the 1911 .45 and its
derivatives as well as Beretta, S&W and SV.
VFC/GB TECH (Vega Force Company) - Recently began production
of Rare and Unique AEGs. One of their popular models is an HK-416,
which is prized for being the only completely stock AEG of the
HK-416 on the market.
King Arms - Though this Hong Kong company has only released
their only series of FAL carbines, K.A is well know for their
accessories and optics. K.A has a variety of red/green dot scopes
and is the only company so far to release a red/green dot multi-reticle
Middle-range Airsoft Manufacturers
Produce lower budget alternatives to higher priced guns. Usually
fire at a lower power, use cheaper materials and have less detail.
KWC (Kien Well Corporation) - Taiwanese manufacturer known
for its CO2 powered Mini UZI, classic M16 gas rifles and
spring-power guns retaining fully licenced trademarks.
KJW (Kuan Ju Works) - Taiwanese manufacturer of high powered
metal-constructed replicas. (Takes 'top' green gas right out of box)
Most KJW guns do not carry replicated trademarks, so the accuracy of
the replicas is limited. Some of KJW products are sold under the
brand "Y&P" in the United States. Their most popular model is the
Beretta 92 FS, most commonly referred to as the M9.
HFC Airsoft (Ho Feng Corporation) - Taiwanese manufacturer of spring-
and gas-powered guns, mainly KSC and Tokyo Marui copies. The company
was made famous for their HFC M190 gas blowback model. The gas
pistol was a replica of a Beretta 92FS but included a tactical
mounting rail. The pistol was released in an ABS or full metal
version (excluding grips). The pistol could also be purchased in
full automatic, semi automatic, or both.
WE Taiwan (Wei-E Tech) - brand belonging to HFC, known for
their range of metal Colt M1911 and Hi-Capa pistols (based on
tactical STI 1911 .45 series)
AIM - AEG series manufactured by ICS but lacking the full
Modify - Taiwanese manufacturer, specializes in designing and
manufacturing internal airsoft upgrade parts.
TECHPRO - A Japanese owned company in Taiwan, specializes in
manufacturing innovative parts to give your AEGs more power. very
limited parts produced so far. Most popular products is the double
O-ring piston head.
SRC (Star Rainbow Company) /STTI - Taiwanese company
manufacturing M4/M16 and AK47 replicas, copied from Tokyo Marui
designs. They now release full metal versions in addition ABS
plastic versions that fires around 300-330 fps out of the box. Their
first gun, an M4A1, had reliability issues and broke after a few
thousand shots. Their newer guns are said to be far better, and they
currently produce the only RPK on the market, as well as the only
Marui-compatible XM8, which also is the only fully assembled XM8
with a working scope.
CYMA Airsoft - Earlier models include the CM027 MP5J and CM028S AK47.
Their release for 2006 includes the CM031 which is externally a CA
SLR-105 clone but internally similar to its version of the AK47 with
a different hop up chamber and inner barrel. They also recently
released a TM clone G18c AEP, however their products lack the
quality and precision of higher end brands. They also manufacture
LPEGs, which are quite popular among beginners.
JIEKE/WELL - The Chinese company that revolutionized the MPEG
market with the release of their R5 MP5 and R6 M4A1 in mid 2005. Its
gearbox and motor proved to be surprisingly durable although both
guns suffer from air compression problems. They later released the
R7 or M4A1 with full stock and R8 G3SAS which surprised many with
its robustness and accuracy. WELL is the first company to release
the TM clone of MP7 or R-4.
Double Eagle (DE) - The company that revolutionized LPEGs
with its famous M83. Double Eagle has been proven to make exact
copies of Tokyo Marui's weapons with small upgrades, which results
in greater durability and utility. Their version of the AK47 and
Spetsnaz were met with lukewarm enthusiasm as most other Chinese
companies, many unknown, were able to come up with better performing
aegs. Their M50 springer rifle was quite popular and easily
"upgradeable" to 400fps by simply wrapping the inner barrel and hop
up chamber area with teflon tape to seal air leaks. In early 2007,
Double Eagle released a version of M4 S-System (the M88) and
G&G-based UMP (the M89).They have been notably making the highest
quality LPEGs compared to Well and CYMA
Both Elephant (BE) - Not a very good company, weak guns don't
manage in hard use and break easily. Manufactures copies of the MP7,
G3SG1, G36K, and the SL8 sniper rifle. Most of their AEGs are
offered with either a plastic or metal gearbox, the latter being
more reliable. However, even the metal gearbox versions are inferior
in quality to similar models produced by Jing Gong (JG). They are
often light weight and lack the same quality of finish and
trademarks. Currently their plastic gearbox and metal gearbox
variants have dropped drastically in price because of their quality,
but they have still been making some of the stringest LPEGs and they
were leading some of the strongest MGB Guns until JG came back in
Jing Gong (JG, also known as Golden Bow) - JG's first
normal-power AEG release was the first series of M5 - MP5 replicas
(MP5A4, MP5A5, MP5-SD5, MP5SD6) based on plastic bodies of their
earlier LPEGs, fitted with a modified V2 gearbox and non-standard
hop up system. Those replicas, prone to breaking and having poor
performance, were soon discontinued. The next series of JG AEGs, the
AK47 series – built around a copy of Tokyo Marui V3 gearbox and AK47
hop up system – proved more successful. Aside from standard AK47 and
AK47S, the series included a copy of TM Beta Spetsnaz AK, a folding
stock variation of the Beta Spetsnaz and a copy of Guarder "AK-to-SVD"
kit (able to achieve velocity in 380-400 fps range after replacing
poor quality cylinder and barrel).
In late 2006, Jin Gong introduced its M16 line (consisting of M4A1,
M16A2, M16A4, M4 S-System), the second, revised series of MP5s,
Steyr AUG A2 and a G36C, all capable of BB velocity of 350 fps and
more. Jin Gong are often referred to as "Tokyo Marui of Chinese AEGs"
due to high quality of their products. Their latest release of M4s:
M16A4 (Referred as SPR), M4 S-System, CQB and SR-16 have achieved
high velocities, confirmed to be about 400 fps with 0.2g BB(1.49J)
out of the box. Jing Gong is considered to be the new manufacturers
of high end guns at low prices. Their newest airsoft guns feature
highly durable reinforced gearboxes with metal bushings, and full
metal receivers. The following rifles in their lineup include metal
bodies: AK-47 series MP5 RAS series The following include metal
bushings in their gearboxes: G36C (Confirmed) AK-47 (Rumored)
A&K - Its M4 S-System with metal RIS (rail interface) has
become a big winner in a market saturated with M4A1s. The S-System
was followed by other rifles from the M16 family: M16A4, M4, M933
and M4 CQB, and a M249 clone was released in mid August 2007. The
A&K M249 clone is far cheaper and stronger than the original CA
Version, priced at around 1600HKD and has velocity of 400fps!
Kart/New Star - this company, commonly linked to A&K, has débuted
with releasing a M14 copy soon after the Tokyo Marui model appeared.
Other models include M14 SOCOM rifle, M40 and Steyr AUG (although
the last one was discontinued due to poor build).
AGM - a latecomer that surprised the market with its
surprising accurate and powerful springer rifle, the MP001 aka VSR
(since it is a visual replica of the TM VSR10). While its MP004/s AK
47 version did not gain popularity mainly due to the head start
gained by CYMA and the AGM offering nothing new, its MP007 (MP40)
was an instant hit as an alternative to expensive and fault-prone
TOP MP40 and MP008 (M14) surprised the market with its use of the
version 3 spring guide and stock gears. The MP.0005, is an amazing
gun. It has an awesomly cheap scope. (Yeah!)
BOYI/DBOYS' - Known for their M4s. The M4 CASV is one of
their greatest hits. Recently (08-04-07) There have been a new
outbreak with some M4/M16 Rifles as the new M4 SD version which are
available to select dealers, they have almost every M4 style gun in
their production range.
ARMY - Little known manufacturer only known for product is a
full stock AEG version of the AK-47 and an L85A1 AEG. Also they are
a Manufacturer than can be found more in Europe Airsoft Dealers as
not many to the USA
JLS - producer of the airsoft SCAR and two full metal HK33
variants and an FN F2000. Also the biggest producer of the "cheap"
AEP )Airsoft Electric Pistol) blowbacks which have a high failure
rate but one of best sellers for their fun.
Note: There have been inaccurate claims that CYMA, Double Eagle,
and/or WELL are the same company. They are in fact separate
companies although closely related, possibly with family connections
between some co-owners. What is sure is that they have close
business ties and sometimes coordinate their product development
efforts. Also important to note is the prolific pirating of Chinese
products within China. Many smaller factories duplicate the larger
factory's product in exact detail, copying even the factory marks
(WELL for example). Consumers and retailers must be aware that
purchasing factory-direct (non-branded) product does not mean that
the product is legitimately from that factory.
Unicorn Hobby Company (UHC) - Offering very reliable, yet
economical alternatives to higher-end companies. Have produced a
variety of well known spring guns including the MP5 SD3, the
M1911A1, M92FS, as well as the Super 9. Also have released gas
pistols including the H&K USP.
KHC - Famous for their Maverick Bullpup and spring pistols.
Omega - Famous for their Beretta 93R.
Academy - South Korean company best known for their DPMS
Kittycat, L85, and A-15 rifles.
AZR Machine & Tool Co. -Customized builders of airsoft
accessories , replica wood rifle stocks for the (AKM,M14,M1A), Co2
mechbox upgrade for AEGs and conversion kits. This company based in
Manila that offers a wide range of customized services for there
clients that wish to have there own designs to there replica rifles.
These companies purchase product directly from the factories for
distribution to retailers. In the United States, the better
companies will repackage the products with English instructions and
may include warranty cards. Generally, the larger the company, the
more leverage they have with the factory, which leads to better
quality control and distribution. These distributors are classified
as manufacturers even though they contract outside manufacturers:
Redwolf Airsoft, Founded in the 90's, this company wholesales
to retailers across the globe. This company has offices in multiple
cities, and focuses on mid to high end airsoft products. The company
also has a retail unit.
Team SD, one of the oldest Airsoft importer in the US. They
offer weapons and accessories from many of the leading
manufacturers, including ICS, SRC, HFC, and WE. They admit to simply
re-branding some products, but claim to offer feedback to
manufacturers to improve product quality on most. Warranty is
offered on most products.
Airsoft Elite - Smaller importer and distributor of ICS and
AIRSOFT ZONE CORPORATION - An American-based DIRECT importer
and distributor of a wide barrage of airsoft weapons and
BroJames' Shop and Distro - A distributor in the Philippines
that imports and domestically pre-upgrade high-end AEGs (Classic
Army and Tokyo Marui) and mid-range AEGs (SRC, Kuan Ju Works, STTI,
Y&P, and non-branded Chinese AEGs).
ECHO 1 – An American company that rebrands AEGs, first
testing and upgrading, then repackaging. Known for their M4 line and
the G36c. There remains some doubt as to whether Echo 1 internally
upgrades their products as advertised.
Crosman, offering mainly low-quality Chinese entry-level
electric rifles, spring and co2 powered pistols.
Cybergun - offers a big selection of licensed products,
mainly by KWC and AGM.
FIREPOWER (Palco Sports)- The company offers a warranty on
JAG Precision, One of the most reputable and oldest
distributor in USA. The owner has real solid background and also
work with Hollywood movie industry. They are also the exclusive
distributor for Japan CAW, MadBull, Modify, Echo1USA, and
Jape Airsoft - A Manila (Philippines) based reseller of quality
High-end and ACM AEGs that offers upgrades and custom works. Carries
most popular brands of AEGS/Accessories/Parts/Supplies. Contact
through +63918 9418225.
STTi (SpringTime Taiwan Inc.) - Parent company of KJW and SRC
Tippmann (Spring, CUCOK, and electric guns)
Umarex, operating mainly in Germany and selling various
replicas of Walther, Beretta, Desert Eagle, Smith and Wesson, and
Heckler and Koch guns - produced by KJW, KWC, HFC and WELL.
Umarex USA, offers entry-level spring and electric pistols in
Walther shapes and mid-upper level electric and CO2 models with
metal gears under the Tactical Force (WELL) brand.
UTG / Neonfire - Two subdivisions of Leapers that re brand
lower-end Chinese-made guns from WELL, CYMA, and Double Eagle.
Usually packs them with extra accessories like an extra battery,
magazine, or sling.
UK ARMS, a new company who imports mostly Chinese airsoft
Aliz.fr – A French company offers selection of GBB and AEG ;
importing and selling replicas - producted by WE(wei e tech) and AIM
Airsoft pellet (BB) manufacturers
AS-24 (0.15g, 0.20g, 0.23g, 0.25g, 0.28g Bio Pellets)and (0.20g,
0.25g, 0.30g) non Bio Pellets - very good quality 6mm BB sold by
www.Airsoft24.de in Germany.
Airsoft Elite (0.2g, 0.23g, 0.25g BB Pellets) - Good quality
white and black BB Pellets
Biotech BBB (0.20 0.25 Biodegradable Bionelle) - Very good
Bio pellet previously supplied through Arte Corporation
Excel (0.2g, 0.23g, 0.25g Biodegradable BB Pellets) A high
quality Bio-Degradable BB Pellet's Manufactured in Japan
Goldfire (0.2g, 0.25g BB Pellets) - Taiwanese BB pellets.
Systema (0.2g Pellets) - High quality 0.2g 6mm BBs
ICS (0.2g BB Pellets) - Taiwan-made BB Pellets by I Chih
Maruzen (0.2g BB Pellets) - High precision Japanese
manufactured BB Pellets, claimed to be within +/- 0.01 mm. Rate
4.5/5 on the universal BB grading system.
KSC (0.2g, 0.25g, 0.3g BB Pellets) - Good quality Taiwanese
manufactured BB Pellets for OEM in
Japan. Rate 4/5 on the universal BB grading system.
Tsunami (0.2g, 0.23, 0.25, 0.30 and Tracer Pellets) - The
first company to incorporate double polishing to their pellets. Very
high precision and harder composite then most other BB's.
TSD Tactical - High quality, competition-grade highly
polished BB's, made with ABS plastic.
Killer Beez (.20g, .25g .28g BBs) High quality white BBs.
HFC (0.12g, 0.2g BB Pellets) - Regular quality BB Pellets for
lower to middle end guns
ECO BB (0.20g) - biodegradable BB. These BB's dissolve in
hours when submersed in water. Rate 3/5 on the universal BB grading
Flying Colors (0.12g., 0.2g, 0.25g) - Good grade 6mm BBs for
all-around use. They have the widest variety of colors available.
Rate 2.5/5 on the universal BB grading system.
6MMZ (.20g BB Pellets) High quality Black BB Pellets
1st Target (0.12g,0.18g,0.20g,0.23g,0.25g,0.28g,0.30g,0.33g
Non Bio - 0.20g,0.23g,0.25g,0.28g,0.30g) available in rough finish (
suitable for not double stacking mags ) and smooth finish High
quality 6 mm BBs.
Matrix BB Pellets in Southern Californian non bio only They
are sold by Evike.com.
CYMA (.12, .2) Generally poor quality despite advertising as
High grade pellets, to be avoided in most cases.
Xtreme Precision Italy (0.12g, 0.20g, 0.23g, 0.25g, 0.28g
0.30g) - High quality BB's, The company does not primarily deal in
airsoft BB's but rather professionally makes ball bearings.
King Airsoft regular and Bio BBs Fotodegradable Italian BB
makers various colours and weights.
(0.12g,0.15g,0.20g,0.23g,0.25g,0.28g,0.30g,0.32g Non Biodegradable
BB pellets & 0.20g,0.25g Biodegradable BB pellets) High quality 6 mm
white,green and black BBs.
Tokio Marui Japan (0.12g,0.20g,0.25g,0.30g)Superior quality
BBs for good price,suitable for all guns of all manufacturers
Along with the named companies, a few companies who were prominent
in the earlier history of airsoft, but have since gone out of
Falcon Toy Corp./Hudson
MGC Bondshop of Japan
YE- Youth Engineering
Some guns from these manufactures can be found on eBay or
Airsoft Pyrotechnics Manufacturers
Tony Lewis TLSFX contact - A UK company.
Spectrum (Spectrum Pyrotechnics) - A UK company.