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Is it OK to give airsoft guns to kids (and by kids I mean teenagers)? Well, it all depends on how much you trust your children and how responsible they are.

Airsoft is a fun sport that develops social skills, hand to eye coordination, it teaches about working in a team and how to face direct confrontation. Not to mention that a great airsoft gun for kids will help your teenager focus in a different direction than their phone’s screen (at least for a while). So, yes, it is the kind of sport all kids should try.

Safety Issues

Besides knowing a bit about the best airsoft guns for kids, you also have to talk to your children about safety. First, talk about their safety and teach them about goggles (to protect the eyes), full face masks (to protect the cheeks, teeth, and ears), and protective gear in general. Then, talk about other people’s safety. I have reviewed and listed five-start mask protections you should know about, so do check it out.

Teach your kid that an airsoft gun is not a toy and a BB shot at someone who’s not wearing protective gear could put an eye out. Talk about safety regulations, teach them how to store their weapon when in the house (or anywhere else besides the battle field) and help them learn how to use the weapon, so their skills will improve.

As long as these rules are met, your teenager should have tons of fun in the field. But for this, he/she will need a gun. Below I put together a top three of best airsoft guns for children so don’t forget to take a look and choose the one that fits your kid’s needs.

Crosman Stinger P311 (Best Airsoft Pistol for Kids)

Type: Spring powered

Material: Plastic and metal

Muzzle Velocity: 325 FPS

Magazine: 12 rounds

Weight: 1/2 pound

Special features: Semi-automatic, realistic design

The Crosman Stinger P311 makes a great gun for a beginner! It’s not too heavy, but it still feels good in one’s hands. I know some of you won’t like the fact that it’s mostly plastic, but for a beginner, plastic is a fantastic choice. It is hard, and it won’t bend on the first bump.

This pistol is a full-size weapon and will fit almost any type of holster. Also, it is a semi-automatic which means you’ll have to cock it for every shot. The slide is very smooth, so a teenager won’t have a problem with this even though this is a spring weapon. However, the cocking action is quite loud so other players can make you following your pistol’s sound.

I like the semi-automatic choice for a beginner as a fully-automatic gun may get out of control in a kid’s hands. You should also keep in mind that it’s pretty high-powered (it shoots at 325 FPS) so don’t forget the safety issues discussion. Regarding accuracy, the Crosman Stinger P311 is quite good. I have reviewed other top pistols you should know about if you are interested in knowing which ones are the best.

The mag release button is easy to reach with the same hand you have on the trigger, and the magazine slides right off without any extra effort. There is also a safety switch for when you’re not using the gun on the field.

This is a great gun for beginners (children or grown adults) as it comes with a realistic design, lots of power, and good accuracy.

Pros:

  • Realistic design
  • Good weight
  • Quite powerful
  • Impressive accuracy
  • Fits in most holsters
  • Solid build

Cons:

  • The gun is mostly plastic
  • The magazine can be difficult to load

Firepower .45 Metal Slide (Great Handgun for Beginners)

Type: Spring powered

Material: Plastic body with metal slide

Muzzle Velocity: 328 FPS

Magazine: 12 rounds

Weight: 1.4 lbs.

Special features: BAXS hop-up, Smooth bore

I like this pistol for a teenager because it doesn’t come with any fancy features. It’s just a simple pistol that works flawlessly and provides the user with a realistic experience due to the metal slider. It won’t make your kids an instant celebrity on the airsoft field, but with some skills and practice, it will teach them about amazing accuracy and great power (it’s still a 328 FPS pistol!).

The plastic is durable and feels good in your hands while the gun features a healthy weight. It is just as big as a real pistol in this category, but it doesn’t come with a rail for accessories or upgrades. Even more, it is a fantastic option for someone on a budget!

The magazine is plastic, but it comes with a wide base. This is useful in protecting the plastic casing in case you drop it or press the mag release by accident (it’s right behind the trigger and easy to press). Speaking of selectors, the safety and fire selector is easy to reach with your thumb so you can consider this a weapon comfortable to use.

The Firepower pistol is accurate, but it also comes with rear sights to help beginners learn how to aim and shoot.

On the downside, I don’t like the plastic grip which can become annoying if you don’t wear gloves. Also, the trigger is plastic, and an eager child might break it. There are other guns that you may consider for your kid. I have done a review on M4 and also I have listed some of the most affordable air soft guns if you are on a budget.

Pros:

  • Great feel in the hands
  • Healthy weight
  • Metal slide and barrel
  • Easy to operate with one hand (right handed)
  • Pretty powerful

Cons:

  • Plastic grip and trigger
  • The loading process is unsatisfactory

Sig Sauer P226 Metal Slide (Editor’s Choice as the Top Gun)

Type: Spring powered

Material: Plastic body with metal slide

Muzzle Velocity: 256 FPS

Magazine: 12 rounds

Weight: 2.5 lbs.

Special features: BAXS shooting system

If you want your kid to have something that gets close to a real pistol, the Sig Sauer P226 is a perfect choice. The gun is a full-scale replica of the real Sig Sauer pistol and features original trademarks on the slider. A great addition to pistol collection is a perfect sniper gun or even consider the coolest airsoft rifle.

I like the weight and how it feels when you cock it. The metal slider gives the entire action a realistic feeling and fact that the hammer locks back when you pull the slide is pretty interesting. Even more, the pistol can be disassembled just like you would do with the real gun so thumbs up to the manufacturer for such a great attention to detail!

The design is impressive but I still don’t like the plastic grip. But this is a minor annoyance you can overpass the moment you realize how accurate this pistol is! It may not be as powerful as the ones I mentioned above but it works just as well in CQB scenarios.

The magazine is also metal and it ejects just like it does on the real weapon. The safety is solid (even though made of plastic) and the trigger pulls easily. Still, don’t get very excited as they might break if squeezed too hard.

I like the Sig Sauer P226 for a first airsoft gun, especially for a kid. It is affordable, it looks and feels good, and it works almost perfectly.

Pros:

  • Amazing weight due to the metal slide
  • It feels and looks like the real gun
  • Fantastic power and accuracy
  • Easy to use and disassemble
  • Solid build

Cons:

  • Plastic grip
  • Doesn’t lock back
  • Not very powerful

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