Airsoft Pistols: Your Trusted Sidearm

A trusted sidearm can be very useful when you are out on the field.  It can serve as something more than just your “back-up”.  In a fast-paced CQB scenario, it can even serve as your primary weapon.  While a pistol is not necessary to have when you are first starting out in Airsoft, you will come to find as you skirmish more often that having one will only enhance your gameplay. Sidearms in general, are smaller, lighter, but can be just as accurate.  For some, one drawback of an Airsoft pistol is in the amount of ammo it can hold compared to other types of Airsoft replicas.  Pistol magazines tend to hold less BBs that other Airsoft weapon types.

Quite some time passed before I decided that I should pick up an Airsoft pistol.  At the time, I wasn’t to keen on what to buy, but knew I wanted something reliable, yet durable.  So, I just went online and kind of blindly picked one that was affordable.  I ended up with a CO2 powered 1911 made by WG.  It is a pretty hefty piece.  I haven’t babied it, and it’s still working! (click here to go to Airsoft Station if you want to see the WG 1911 that I bought)Opens in a new tab..  I’ve had my sights set (no pun intended) on picking up another pistol. I am looking for something all metal (my current WG 1911 is metal/plastic, not the full metal one advertised) and perhaps something that would be a little more of an upgrade from the current pistol.

Take a look at each of the following Airsoft pistols.  These are some options that I have looked at when considering upgrading my current Airsoft pistol as well as options that I think could make a fine addition to any beginner player’s arsenal…

The M1911

Elite Force 1911 TAC
Pictured: Elite Force 1911 TAC

Like the M4 and its variants, The M1911 is probably one of the most used pistols out there.  The Elite Force 1911 TAC (Check Here for Current Pricing)Opens in a new tab.. is a pistol worthy of being a trusted sidearm out on the field.  This 1:1 scale, CO2 powered, blow-back pistol, has an all-metal construction.  It includes a rail interface system for mounting a tactical light or other pistol accessories such as laser aiming sights, etc..  In addition to having that weight and feel of real steel, the Elite Force 1911 TAC also comes with a threaded tip for affixing a suppressor or mock silencer.  The only drawback I see with this 1911 is the plastic diamond grips.

Features of the Elite Force 1911 TAC

  • Full metal construction
  • Picatinny Rail
  • Blow-back Action
  • Drop free magazine
  • Threaded barrel

Specifications:

System: Gas Blow-back
Gas Type: 12g CO2
Firing Modes: Semi-automatic, Safety
Muzzle Velocity: 350 FPS (w/ 0.20g BBs)
Magazine: 14 round
Barrel: 4.5″
Hop-Up: Adjustable
Weight: 2 lbs

 

The Training Pistol

KWA ATP-LE Adaptive Training
Pictured: KWA ATP-LE Adaptive Training

Another great option for a sidearm would be the KWA ATP-LE Training Pistol (Check Here for Current Pricing)Opens in a new tab..  The KWA ATP-LE was designed to resemble the feel of real duty weapons currently used in law enforcement and by military personnel.  This pistol has the look and feel of the real deal, thus making it a great training weapon or Airsoft sidearm. An added bonus is that this pistol was designed to fit many duty holders in use today.  The KWA is another gas-powered Airsoft pistol featuring blow-back action with great build quality.  It also features a rail for the addition of accessories. One drawback that seemed common among ATP-LE owners was that this pistol has been regarded as being dry out of the box requiring a couple drops of silicone oil before the first use.

Features of the KWA ATP-LE:

  • Metal/Polymer construction
  • 3-dot combat sights
  • Accessory Rail
  • Blow-back Action
  • Realistic construction and field stripping
  • Threaded barrel

Specifications:

System: Gas Blow-back NS2
Gas Type: Green Gas/Propane
Firing Modes: Semi-automatic, Safety
Muzzle Velocity: 350 FPS (w/ 0.20g BBs)
Magazine: 23 round
Barrel: 4.69″
Hop-Up: Adjustable
Weight: 2.1 lbs

 

The GLOCK

GLOCK Gen 3 G19
Pictured: GLOCK Gen 3 G19

For those who are GLOCK enthusiatists, the Umarex GLOCK Gen 3 G19 (Check here for Current Pricing)Opens in a new tab. is a replica built to the same level as the real steel. This Austrian handgun replica, is manufactured to be consistent in size and weight of the real steel.  The G19 can be disassembled, cleaned, reassembled and holstered with the same ease as that of a real GLOCK.  Just like the other replica pistols on this page, the G19 includes a rail for mounting a tactical light or laser.  Airsofters have praised this replica for it’s realism and durability.  By far, this was one replica that I had a hard time finding any consistent complaints or issues with. Like the ATP_LE above, the GLOCK G19 also is blow-back and will fit the holsters designed for the real steel counterpart.

Features of the GLOCK Gen 3 G19:

  • Metal/Polymer construction
  • Accessory Rail
  • Blow-back Action
  • Drop free magazine
  • Licensed by GLOCK

Specifications:

System: Gas Blow-back
Gas Type: Green Gas
Firing Modes: Semi-automatic, Safety
Muzzle Velocity: 290 FPS (w/ 0.20g BBs)
Magazine: 19 round
Barrel: 3.25″
Hop-Up: Adjustable
Weight:  1.45lbs

Don’t forget the Ammo!

No matter which Airsoft pistol replica you chose, don’t forget the BBs!
If you are unsure what BBs you should use, check out my post titled “What Airsoft BB’s Should I Use?” by clicking this link.
If you are are ready for some BB recommendations, just click here.