Last updated on November 20th, 2022 at 10:00 pm
It’s no secret that airsoft can become an expensive hobby.
A decent airsoft gun will set you back a few hundred dollars. The price tag can look a little scary if you then think about buying pistols, grenades, protective gear, and clothing.
But can you play airsoft on a budget?
Ah, the age-old question.
Do you really need all the extra gear and equipment?
We want beginner players to enjoy this sport as much as we do. No matter your budget for airsoft, this article will give you practical tips on investing your hard-earned dollars into airsoft.
It’s estimated that you’ll need between $100 - $150 to start playing airsoft. This is inexpensive when you factor in what you get for your money.
You can buy a budget rifle for your first airsoft gun or rent one. You don’t have to spend a thousand dollars to have fun.
You can expect to spend anywhere from $100 to $125 on a budget-friendly replica. This could be a used weapon or purchased from a cheaper brand.
Or, if you’re low on funds, Evike has a video on airsoft guns under $100.
Another thing to consider is the difference between one-off costs and recurring costs. Once you’ve purchased a rifle and basic equipment, your recurring spend will be on game days and replenishing your airsoft ammo.
Here’s a full list of items you’ll need to start playing airsoft:
Budget airsoft gun
The average cost of an airsoft gun is $225, based on a recent purchasing study of airsoft players in the US. This is depending on the quality and brand of the manufacturer.
When beginners hear the word cheap, they automatically think of bad quality. But let me tell you, my first airsoft gun was $170, which was brilliant. The only thing to remember is that your gun’s performance might not match others on the field.
It can make game play difficult in woodland environments or where long
Here’s a list of cheaper brands to get you started:
As you can see, the price of guns can vary. But it doesn’t matter how much airsoft guns cost; what matters is you have fun.
Your first AEG should be used to help you test the waters. As with anything, before diving head first, ensure you enjoy it first.
This is where the cost of playing airsoft can become expensive. The longer you play the game, the more seriously you’ll take the sport.
Maybe you’ll transition from a regular skirmisher into more Milsim events. This will have an impact on your mandatory price range. No matter how you want to play, there is basic equipment you’ll need to stay safe and become a better player.
It’s estimated that you’ll spend between $200-$300 on airsoft gear and equipment as a beginner.
Depending on your budget, loadout, and local airsoft site, the price differences in your spending could be significant. For example, woodland environments may mean investing in camouflage for game days (and a decent pair of boots, too).
We recommend only investing in what’s necessary to start playing, to begin with.
The get started, you'll need these basic items:
It may only seem basic, but it’s a good starting point. Each brand will have entry-level options for beginners.
If these price points seem high, Evike.com has an amazing video for airsoft gear on a budget. We recommend you check it out.
If you’re happy to let your total cost exceed $300, then there are airsoft accessories you can buy to improve performance.
If you want to spend between $300-$500, you could invest in high-powered replicas, match-grade BBs, internal upgrades for performance, and additional weapons.
It’s important to remember that the more you carry, the heavier you are. And while the extra safety can reduce the pain of being shot, it makes you less mobile.
Airsoft gun upgrades range from $50 to $1,000 in price points. This huge price difference is caused by the wide range of after-market upgrades available.
As with accessories, upgrading your primary weapon can become a serious investment. It’s estimated that airsoft players spend over $1,000 on airsoft upgrades with three years of experience playing.
That’s a serious amount of money.
At this price point, your ideas for an airsoft loadout become more realistic and high-performance.
Potential upgrades for your loadout:
The list is endless (and so is the cost).
Upgraded versions of any AEG or gas-powered weapon can completely change the dynamic of an airsoft game.
If you’re still wondering how much you should spend on upgrading your weapons and gear, check out this beginner build by Fox Airsoft:
The average cost of an airsoft game in the US is $35. The price can vary depending on the city or state that you live in. It also depends on whether or not you have your own gear or if you’re renting.
Of course, you then have the cost of ammo. We estimate the average beginner airsoft player will shoot between 3,000 and 5,000 airsoft BBs in their first few games.
A bag or bottle of ammo will cost roughly $15 for 3,000 rounds. So, including standard admission onto most airsoft fields, the cost for an airsoft game is $60.
If you don’t have your own airsoft gear yet, don’t fret!
Renting weapons is a great way of getting into airsoft, and rentals are low-cost. You’d expect to pay $50 for gun rental and admission. This rental package normally comes with a bag of BBs.
You can save money and still play airsoft. Everybody’s a winner!
Yes, you can play airsoft on a budget; as we’ve described above, airsoft doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby,
If you take the time to do your research before you buy your first gun, you can keep your budget low.
There are plenty of options available on the market to make airsoft a low-cost hobby that everyone can enjoy.
Here are some tips from experience airsoft players on budgeting:
Before you commit to a purchase, searching around for the best prices online is always best. If you're upgrading your uniform or improving your gun, take your time to do your research.
You may not need different batteries or a better charger. If you're ever unsure, make sure you speak to your friends or a more experienced player.
Now you know how much airsoft really costs, get started with your airsoft journey!