So, you’re looking for an entry level electric airsoft rifle under $50 and you’re not having any luck…Are there ANY airsoft guns worth paying money for in that price range? No?! Will AEGs forever be trapped in the realm of snooty pro players?! Wait a second…Maybe just maybe…
We’re happy to say that we did the research and analyzed a multitude of the most common, most popular and most acclaimed electric airsoft rifles under or around $50 (Which we feel is a reasonable budget for an AEG), and we’ve come back with this list of our top 5 picks.
Yes, most of these airsoft rifles have already been reviewed in depth, and the rest will have full reviews very soon, but in this airsoft buyer guide we’ve compiled our top picks from the wealth of reviews available – So you don’t have to!
Oh and by the way, if we ever come across an airsoft rifle that we feel is better than the ones listed… YES we will come back and update this list ofcheap electric airsoft rifles. Don’t worry…What you’re reading now is current.
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Anyways, onto the Top 5 Electric Airsoft Rifles under $50!
#5. Well P-90 Electric Airsoft Rifle
I’m not gonna lie to you…The main appeal of this entry level electric airsoft rifles over any of the ones ranked in front of it in this article is the fact that it’s modeled after the real FN P90 personal defense weapon, which has seen minor military use since it’s original manufacture in 1990 (Hence the model number “90&Prime).
As far as this airsoft gun is concerned, let’s take a look at the pros and cons so that you can get a better idea of what kind of performance is offered by this AEG.
- Separates You From All the M4s and AK47s While Still Keeping an RIS. It’s Alright for “Spray n’ Pray” Players or CQC
- Looks a Good Deal Like the Real FN P90…Pretty Sweet if You’re into it
- Very Lightweight AEG, Good for CQC I Guess…
- High Capacity 500 Round Magazine Rarely Requires Reloading
- Unlike the CYMA AK47, this Airsoft Rifle has an Integrated RIS
- All 1 Solid Piece…Fewer Parts are Available to Break
- The Non-Adjustable Hop-Up Means You Get Best Performance from .12 g BBs…Saves you some money
- The Suppressor Barrel is Actually Functional…It Quiets Down the Gun and Slightly Improves Accuracy
- Terrible Accuracy with Sub-Par Firing Power and Cheap Plastic Gearbox
- Firing Power isn’t Great. ~250 – 280 FPS Would Be Good with .20 g BBs, but .12 g BBs Won’t Even Puncture a Soda Can (from any range)
- Accuracy is TERRIBLE – Slightly Expected at This Price, But an Effective Range of ~30 feet is Awful
- Gravity Fed Magazine Means You Have to Tilt the Gun Upwards to Fire…Annoying
- Plastic Gearbox Means This Gun is NOT Going to Last a Long Time Under Any Kind of Heavy Use
- Very Low Rate of Fire…Something Around 250 rpm + Time Spent ‘Shaking’ Rounds into Place
All in all I feel that a lot of the problems with this airsoft gun could’ve been fixed if Well had actually taken the time/effort to install a small spring in the magazine…Having a gravity fed magazine is a real buzz-kill. It’s hard to be sneaky when you have to rattle the gun back and forth every other burst to get BBs to load (and fire). If you ever point the gun downwards at all then you risk feeding multiple BBs into the gun, thereby also increasing the likelihood of a jam, which increases the likelihood of a broken gun.
All around it’s decent, and in any other review I would say that the price justifies the problems…However, this list is the BEST AEGs under $50, and quality is actually important. Get the Well P-90 Electric Airsoft Rifle if you like the P-90 more than the M4 or AK47, but otherwise you’d do better with one of the other airsoft guns listed here.
#4. CYMA CM.022 AK47 Electric Airsoft Rifle
This electric airsoft rifle is only a small step up from the P90 in terms of quality and performance, however, it’s enough to make a difference. However, that’s why this AK 47 replica is being ranked #4 in our list of the top 5 budget electric airsoft rifles, and not #3, #2 or #1. It’s still not at the same performance as our top 3, which is where stuff starts getting good.
Anyways, let’s take a look at the pros and cons, so you know what you’re getting.
- Weighted 1:1 AK-47 Replica Plays Well w/ .20 g BBs and has a Surprisingly Long Battery Life
- Adjustable Hop Up Allows for .20 g BBs – Superior Accuracy and ‘Stopping Power’ to the .12 g Ammo
- Real 1:1 Replica of the Kalashnikov AK47 Assault Rifle (Though Not the Same Weight)
- The Ladder Sight is a Nice Touch – Allows for Precise Aiming and Easy Hop Up Adjustment
- Battery is Surprisingly Long Lived Thanks to the Lower Voltage Consumption
- Comes with Both a Normal Spring Powered Magazine as well as the Winding High-Cap One
- Decent Rate of Fire at Approx. 400 – 450 rpm
- Weighted to Have a Nice 5 lb ‘Heft’ to it…Feels Much Sturdier than it Actually is (Better than Feeling Cheap)
- Firing Power, Accuracy and Durability are Better than the Well P90 But Still Pretty Bad, Plus There’s No RIS
- Not Much More Accurate than the Well P90, although it DOES Have a Slightly Higher Range of 40 – 50 feet
- Even Though it’s Weighted the AEG is Still Made Entirely of Plastic, Including the Gearbox
- Firing Power is, Again, Not Great – You Can Look for Around 220 FPS with .20 g BBs (But that’s much better than 250 FPS w/ .12 g)
- No RIS, Means You Can’t Attach any Accessories (Why would you need to w/ this gun?)
First off I wanted to clear something up…Several of the customer reviews for this gun complained that the CYMA CM.022 wouldn’t fire except upside down. Do you want to know why? They didn’t wind the mag! The 200 round magazine REQUIRES you to wind it before it can feed any ammo, and if you don’t wind it then yes…It will only fire upside down. Astonishing, I know. Sigh. Stupid.
As for the actual airsoft gun, the FPS fire power and accuracy of this relatively cheap AEG are about the same as the lower ranked Well P90, however, there are a 3 key features that set them apart.
(1) First, this AEG has an adjustable hop up that can be optimized for .20 g BBs. This makes a HUGE difference as far as stopping power is concerned…You won’t be breaking any soda cans with .12 g ammo, but .20 g BBs will usually do the trick.
(2) The second difference is the superior winding magazine. Although the magazine capacity is actually a bit lower (~200 rounds vs. ~500 rounds), the fact that you don’t have to tilt the CYMA CM.022 AK47 upwards to fire it makes a big difference (You DO have to tilt the Well P-90).
The winding magazine will not only allow you more versatile firing positions, but it will also jam your gun MUCH less frequently than a gravity fed magazine. The final difference between Well’s P90 and CYMA’s AK47 is the weight of the AEGs.
(3) The CYMA CM.022 AK47 AEG is weighted so that it feels more realistic in your hands. Coming in at around 5 pounds, it’s much heavier than the P90 which weighs around 2 pounds…Maybe.
Some players, especially younger, may prefer the lighter weight airsoft guns. I, personally, prefer my AEG to have a bit of weight to it. Not only does the additional weight help with steady aiming, but it feels much more realistic as well.
All in all the CYMA CM.022 AK47 Electric Airsoft Rifle really is nothing special, much like the Well P-90. Hey, that’s why it’s ranked #4 and not #1! Our next 3 AEGs are where it really gets good…
#3. Double Eagle M82 Sig 552 Electric Airsoft Gun
Honestly, this gun could have been either the #1 or the #2 spot, however, I didn’t want Double Eagle to take the top 2 spots, and it’s such a toss up anyways that I decided to simply rank this one #3.
Honestly though, any of the AEGs listed from here on down should be fine for any entry level airsoft player. We’ve reached the point in this airsoft buyer guide in which I can safely say that the guns are all of fairly similar quality with only minor differences.
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons for this airsoft rifles
- The Folding Stock is Awesome and the Lighter Weight is Perfect for CQC…Comparable Fire Power and Accuracy to Other AEGs at this Price
- Foldable Stock is a Marvelous Addition for CQC – Even Better than the Retractable Stock!
- If You Detach the Barrel and Fold in the Stock this Airsoft Gun has a Profile Similar to an MP5 – Very Compact
- Comes with a Laser Sight, Red Crosshair Sight and Suppressor Barrel (Although the Barrel is Useless)
- Made of Decent Quality ABS Plastic – Very Lightweight
- Performs Better with .12 g Ammo Than .20 g Ammo…Means You Save Money!
- Not Quite as Reliable as #1 or #2, and the Magazine Only Holds 36 Rounds
- For Some Reason This Airsoft Gun Seems to Jam Slightly More Frequently Than the M4A1 (Our #1 Spot), Even Though the Guns Are Built Similar
- Magazine Only Holds 36 Rounds – Great for MilSim but Not Casual Airsoft Wars…Definitely Invest in Some Extra Mags (Fortunately They’re Cheap!)
- Doesn’t Come with as Many Accessories as the #1 Spot
All in all the Double Eagle M82 Sig 552 Electric Airsoft Gun is very respectable, and could have probably been ranked higher on someone else’s list. However, I felt that the Boyi was a bit more reliable, and the heavier Double Eagle listed below is a bit more reliable as well, plus it comes with a bunch more stuff.
The reasons I can see someone buying this gun is primarily for the folding stock and lighter weight. These two features are great both for CQC and for younger kids.
Anyways, I’ll let you keep reading and make your own decisions
#2. Boyi CQB M4 Electric Airsoft Rifle LPEG
Although this airsoft rifle is technically classified as a LOW power electric airsoft gun by D-Boys / Boyi, in actuality all of the AEGs on this page should probably be classified that way. The Boyi M4 LPEG fires around 250 FPS with .20 g BBs, so it’s about the same level as the other guns in this price range.
Anyways, enough about that, let’s cover the pros and cons:
- Sturdy Construction and Decent Fire Power; Absolutely Stellar for CQC and Will Likely Dominate in Casual Backyard Play
- Solid ABS Plastic Construction – Definitely a Step Above the Previous 2 Airsoft Rifles
- Really Good Weight to it – Solid 6 Pounds to it
- Fire Power is About 250 FPS w/ .20 g BBs – Hard Enough to Leave a Welt, But Soft Enough for Indoor Play
- Adjustable Crane Stock + Short Barrel = Really Good Airsoft Gun for Indoor and Backyard CQC
- Airsoft Gun Comes with a Fore Grip, Shooting Glasses and a Speedloader, Although You’ll want an Extra Clip
- Integrated RIS for Future Upgrades
- A Bit More Expensive than the Other Airsoft Guns Listed Here
- Technically with Shipping this Airsoft Gun Will Probably Be ~$60
- Magazines are Unconventional and Hard to Find Offline
- Jams Rarely w/ .12 g BBs (Even Though That’s What Manufacturer Recommends)…USE .20 G BBS!
- Not too Much to Say here…All Around Good Airsoft Gun
I’ll be totally honest with you here…We could have (and almost did) rank this airsoft gun #1, but after discussing it with my team we all decided to go with #2.
Why? The price and the fact that the Double Eagle comes with more stuff and offers a bit better performance with .12 g BBs, which we assume is what most folks are going to be using if you’re shopping on a budget. That’s not to say that this airsoft gun won’t be good with .12 g BBs, but it tends to jam a little more often and certainly isn’t as accurate.
If the Boyi CQB M4 had been about $10 cheaper it would have been #1 for sure, but as it is I’ve got to knock a couple points off for the price…On all other accounts this airsoft gun is an equal competitor to the #1 spot.
And hey, if you’ve got any prejudices against Double Eagle, or you know that Boyi is a good brand that’s generally known to be a bit more reliable than Double Eagle, then go for it!
You won’t be disappointed by the Boyi CQB M4 Electric Airsoft Rifle LPEG, and it will perform wonderfully in close quarters and casual play. It will spank any spring airsoft rifle it comes up against, and the high quality plastic is durable enough for this gun to last you through many a backyard skirmish.
#1. Heavy Double Eagle M4A1 / M83A2 Electric Airsoft Gun
A lot of people don’t like Double Eagle.
And you might be surprised to see that this is my #1 pick for the Top 5 Electric Airsoft Guns Under $50, but I’ve got good reason.
First off, let me just say that lots of the people who hate Double Eagle are pro-level players who don’t have time to bother with budget shopping.
I freely admit that for higher end airsoft guns I would never buy DE. However, at this budget price range is where the brand excels, and I think that their M4A1 electric airsoft gun is proof of this.
Let’s go over the pros and cons and hopefull you’ll see what I mean…
- Fairly Solid Construction, Decent Fire Power and Accuracy, Plays Very Well with .12 g Ammo and Comes with a TON of Stuff!
- The Best Selling Electric Airsoft Gun on Amazon.com, Boasting Over 220+ Customer Reviews
- Realistic 1:1 Replica of the M4 Carbine
- Plays Well with .12 g BBs – You Don’t Have to Feel Bad Loading Up with the Cheaper Ammo!
- Comes with a Butt-Ton of Accessories, All Attachable Via the Integrated RIS
- The Battery Lasts a Surprisingly Long Time
- Adjustable Hop Up Allows for Wind Adjustment and Heavier Ammo
- Made of Heavy Duty ABS Plastic – Around 4 Pounds, but Durable As Well. It Might Not Hold Up to Metal Airsoft Guns, but it’s Lighter and Cheaper!
- Sturdy Firing Mode Switch…Not Something You Usually See in Airsoft Guns of This Price
- Extra Magazines are Cheap and Easy to Find Online, Despite Not Being Tokyo Mauri Compatible
- Comparable Fire Power to the Other AEGs at This Price…Right Around 250 FPS
- Retractable Stock and Detachable Barrels Make This Gun Perfect for Indoor CQC and Casual Backyard Play
- Still Uses a Plastic Gearbox, So Avoid Anything Heavier than .20 g Ammo; The Accessories Are Purely Aesthetic
- Don’t Use Anything Heavier than .20 g Ammo – Will Overstress the Motor
- Most of the Accessories, Though Cool Looking, Will Not Do Much For You Functionally
Basically, everything about this airsoft gun is about equivalent to the #2 and #3 spot (Except more reliable than #3) in terms of performance…It has decent firing power, a plastic gear box, high quality plastic construction, decent range / accuracy…Where it differes though is in the fact that it comes with a TON of stuff, and the fact that it plays better with .12 g BBs.
Real quick, here’s everything you’re getting packed in with this airsoft gun:
- Removable Carrying Handle with Rear Sights – Surprisingly Helpful
- Tactical Pistol Grip – Does the job
- Flashlight – Not GreatR
- ed Dot Sight – Equivalent to a $5 Sight, Functional but Could be Better
- Mountable Laser Sight – Cool Looking, Nothing Special
- 2x Heat Guards – Surprisingly Comfortable
- 4,000 Plastic .12 g 6 mm BBs – Great to Get You Started Airsofting Immediately!
- Detachable Rifle Strap – Surprisingly sturdy for being so cheap
- Adjustable Stock – Not the folding kind, which would make this gun just a little TOO good for CQC
- Loading Rod – Necessary without a SpeedLoader1 x 40 Round Magazine – As I said already, you’ll definitely want more of these
- Safety Goggles – Virtually useless, but better than nothing I guess
- Recharger – 220 maH charger and 7.2v 500 maH battery
Basically, the Double Eagle M4A1 / M83A2 Electric Airsoft Gun is almost more of a starter pack for any entry level airsoft player than just an AEG…It gives you literally everything you need to get started out of the box. If you pick up a couple extra magazines you can have a full fledged airsoft war the day it arrives!
Anyways, I hope that this Top 5 Electric Airsoft Rifles under $50 guide has been of some use to you…Please feel free to share it with any friends who are also looking for a cheap electric airsoft gun! This website is all about helping people out, and we’re happy to spread the good word about airsoft!