When I was a kid, like 7-8 years old, I had an extreme fascination in action movies. The heroes, villains, shot each other with their guns. The funny thing is, I used to think that they are dead or injured. I know what happens after I grew up. But I still have the same fantasy of wild shooting with guns like shotgun, rifle, or machinegun.
It is tough to have the license of having the real, deadly gun that the armed forces use. As I am not a part of an army, a replica of an actual gun worked for me. These replicas or duplicate guns come in the same design and style of shooting. However, these cannot kill anyone instead of helpful for airsoft gaming, hunting, or scaring the threats. Airsoft games are an imitation of military simulation games.
“Airsoft” – I think this word has caught your attention. Hold on! It is not so “soft” nor thin like “air”. It is quite like the well-known paintball games. You need to hit target. Airsoft guns are often compared to BB guns. BB guns use tiny metal balls, whereas you can use airsoft guns with hard plastic projectiles. Airsoft guns are better and more suitable for indoor and outdoor games than BBs.
Best Airsoft Shotgun Reviews
I have seen many airsoft gun lovers ask about suitable guns. So, I decided to keep my eyes on the market. I have found many manufacturers building versatile airsoft guns. But in this review, you are going to know about the best ones. I have classified these guns according to their structure, types, magazine capacity, firing rates, and other perspectives.
1. Evike CYMA Polymer M870 Multi-Shot Airsoft Shotgun
- Black colored tri-shot spring-powered airsoft gun
- Shoots 3 rounds of BBs at once
- Polymer construction with the metal barrel for high longevity
- 30 rounds shotshells holding capacity
- Foldable polymer stock with rubber butt
- BBs travel 280~306 feet per second
- 35.6” length (with stock) weighs 2.65 pounds only
If you love to have different airsoft battle experience, I suggest you Evike CYMA airsoft shotgun. It can stun the opponent with 3 rounds per shot. So, there is an increased chance to mark the target and win the battle. I have added this one in my list for its firing rate and accuracy, including the authentic 870 styling.
This replica M8730 tri-shot multi-shell loading shotgun is spring-powered like GameFace. Each BB can cross 280~306 feet per second. It is not the real one, but it can be rogue in the game. The whole frame of this gun is made of injection-molded polymer construction (except metal barrel). The repetitive uses cannot hamper the lifespan of this polymer spring shotgun.
The durability, accuracy, and firing rate of this dummy weapon is fantastic. The foldable polymer stock is there for you. It can be either folded on the barrel of the gun or stretched for accurate shots. It also has a rubber butt for keeping you comfortable from gun recoils. Moreover, the polymer for-end is very much study and loads gun BBs faster and smoothly.
This 3-round shell loading shotgun runs with removable CYMA 30 rounds shotshells. It prevents you from thinking about reloading now and then. You can attach gear or carry the gun linking sling with front and rear sling swivels. You will see the orange muzzle tip as the company follows the laws.
- Indoor competitions and fun games
Things not preferable:
- The folding stock is bit heavier.
2. Mossberg Tactical Spring Powered Airsoft Shotgun
- Complete airsoft gun kit including replica shotgun and pistol
- Made of promising ABS plastic
- The multicolor shotgun shoots 6mm BBs at 355 FPS
- Shotgun and pistol have a magazine capacity of 180 and 70 rounds gradually
- Shotgun weighs 1.6 pounds and pistol 0.35 pounds only
- Gun holster and 2500 BBs are added as bonus gifts
Let me talk about the airsoft gun kit. Yes, you can get the airsoft shotgun and pistol together in the same package. Mossberg is undoubtedly the most known name in the firearm industry. Their dummy shotgun and compact pistol are quite thrilling as the actual ones. The shotgun and pistol – both are made of damage protective ABS plastic. Yet they are more realistic in bursting targets.
These airsoft shotguns are available in multicolor. I have found this color choice interesting. However, the shotgun shoots 6mm BBs with a single shot. The capacity of the gun is 355 FPS. You can load the gun magazine quickly with the speed loader. A magazine can hold up to 180 rounds. So, you may magically find BBs left in the magazine after finishing the game.
I have found the gun lightweight than other airsoft guns. It weighs only 1.6 pounds. The adjustable hop-up and BAX shooting accuracy are just gifted features. Again, the 0.45 pistol works in the same way. It has 70 rounds of magazine capacity. It weighs 0.35 pounds and releases BBs at 162 fps.
There are bonus gifts available with the kit. You can store the gun in a holster that comes as gift. Moreover, 2500 assorted colors BBs are waiting for you.
- Useful for tough competitions and indoor games
Things not preferable:
- Shotgun’s barrel may appear jammed with BBs
3. Double Eagle Pump Airsoft Shotgun
- Black, lightweight, medium-length shotgun
- Shots 6 mm BBs at 320 FPS with 100 feet accuracy
- Comes with 19 rounds magazine and 50 rounds BBs
- Plastic construction with aluminum barrel
- Adjustable hop-up, faux wood grip handles for accurate and safe skirmishes
- 21.5” long with 2 pounds weight
Sawed-off shotguns are favorite to many of us for its look and action. Double Eagle brings the pure replica of hardcore airsoft sawed-off gun. It is lightweight and small but attractive in design. I can suggest this one if you love to shoot at a long-range. This easy to use gun requires no gas or batteries. Just pump and start the shooting of 6mm BBs.
This gun is about 21.5” in length, which is smaller than other pump-action shotgun. Its full-frame is made of long-lasting plastic. The aluminum barrel and pump tube ensure that the BBs never miss the target. This spring-powered Double Eagle shotgun has 320 FPS capability. I am surprised that it can cover 100 feet with that much FPS. This is a kind of neat feature from a sawed off.
Each detachable magazine of gun can hold up to 19 rounds. It saves time to load the gun again and again. You will get 50 rounds of ammo with the product. Loading these BBs is simple with a high-quality speed loader. Besides, the adjustable hop-up secures the promised hit at the target.
If you are an entry-level shooter, this sawed-off shotgun is recommended for you. Shooting at the entry level can be risky sometimes. But no need to worry as it offers complete safety and flexibility. You can have realistic shooting while holding the gun with its faux wood pistol grip handles. So, it never slips off your hand.
- Entry and intermediate level shooting
Things not preferable:
- Instruction manual is tough to understand
4. GameFace ASGM47 VooDoo Airsoft Shotgun
- Black colored lightweight shotgun
- Spring-powered single-shot pump action
- Slamfire design for continuous follow-up shots
- 19-rounds magazine with up to 250 BBs capacity
- 6mm caliber with 390 fps shooting capability
- Picatinny tactical rail system for attachments
- 26.5” long gun weighs 1.96 pounds only
GameFace VooDoo is one of the top-class airsoft shotguns. It is a pump-action replica shotgun that means you can shoot one BB at one time. I found it very much convenient, lightweight, and robust. The inner barrel is made of metal for using the gun consistently. The Slamfire design enables fast follow-up shots.
It is spring-powered single-shot match-winner holding the capacity of 250 airsoft BBs. Each magazine contains up to 19 rounds. The 6mm hard plastic BBs can take down the target at up to 390 fps. These calculations are quite impressive, especially when you are new in close-quart games.
Picatinny rail system – I liked this feature. You can attach aftermarket sights onto the gun rail. This is kind of interesting while you want to hit the opponent in the game. Suppose you do not wish to attach any sight, no need to worry. It has hooded front and rear peep sight.
This black gun comes with adjustable stock like a real one. It gives ultimate safety beside the right precision of each shot. You can carry the gun or useful gear with the front and rear sling mount.
- Practice and close quarters
Things not preferable:
- Plastic sling mounts are bit weaker.
5. M58B Airsoft Pump Action Shotgun Rifle
- Black ABS plastic made pump-action shotgun
- Solid metal gun barrel to spray .12g BBs at up to 400 fps
- 14 round magazine capacity of 6 caliber
- Free sling and adjustable hop for accuracy of shots
- Free speed loader to load within seconds
- Weighs 4 pounds (feels like a real gun)
When you search for m58b shotgun online, there will be several names who build the same item with little differences. This one I am reviewing is from BBTac, one famous brand of replica shotguns. This gun is a favorite to the civilians, police, and other military persons.
It is framed in sturdy, hard ABS plastic. The gun barrel is made of solid metal to prevent fractures over time. Besides this structural firmness, it comes with 14 round magazine capacity. You can load the spring-powered shotgun faster with the free speed loader and spring.
I am pretty sure that BBs speed of m58b is more than sufficient. It can shoot at 375-400 fps of .12g BBs, which is impressive. Again, the range of this m58b is more than 50 feet. So, you will gain success, whether it is your training or the contest.
It has adjustable hop for more accurate shots. You can consider it a good CQB gun. It can be used as primary arm as well as the side arm. There is a front sling swivel you get for swift harness. You can attach sling to carry more BBs.
- Entry-level shooting experience
Things not preferable:
- Weighs heavier than other CQB replica shotguns
6. Double Eagle Pump Action Tri-Shot Airsoft Shotgun
- Available in tan and black color
- Dense ABS plastic made structure to stand against the odds
- Metal erected internal barrel and shell door
- Shell-fed tri-shot shotgun comes with a speed loader
- 0.12mm 30 BBs holding capacity of the magazine
- Comes with sight including notch and blade
- BBs can travel at 348-388 fps
Double Eagle is widely known as a high-quality gun maker. Tri-shot spring-powered airsoft shotgun is one of their most familiar products. It gives the gun lover or indoor shooter a real thrill when they take it in hands. As the name suggests, it can shoot 3 rounds of BBs at one time like other tri-shot guns.
This imitation of the original tri-shot gun can make you jump to the top of the list in a game. It is available in tan and black color. The design is also unique and different from other tri-shots. It is made of sturdy, dense ABS polymer so that it prevents damages after long term uses. The internal part and shell door are erected with metal, so the BBs travel smoothly. However, it may seem harder to cock it as it is not for small or weak people.
This shell-fed shotgun has an internal spring that pushes BBs down into the shell. You will get a pistol-magazine-style speed loader with a capacity of 90 BBs. Each of the shells can hold up to 30 BBs of 0.12mm. You can shoot total of 10 shots till reloads. The speed loader shortens the time to load the rounds. I got another thing, its sight. Most of the guns do not have proper gun sights. But this one has useful sight with notch and blade.
Double Eagle shell-fed tri-shot shotgun has a firing range of approx. 50 feet. I think this distance is less than 50 feet, though. This distance is covered with the BB speed of 344-388 fps. For your safety, it has a rubber butt pad, for-end, and grip. Besides, you can add slings to the front and rear sling swivels of this shotgun.
- Indoor and outdoor (long-range, up to 50 feet) games
Things not preferable:
- The folding stock is a bit heavier
7. Lancer Tactical LT-7352 Airsoft Shotgun
- Small, lightweight CQB tri-burst shotgun
- Double spring and unique triple barrel systems
- 30 rounds shell-fed shotgun with 300-350 FPS
- Polymer body with metal folding stock
- Front and rear sling for carrying the gun
Lancer Tactical is a tri-shot shotgun with folding stock like the Evike M870 shotgun. But it doesn’t have a single barrel; instead shoots 3 BBs from three barrels at a time. You will love to knock down your opponent in the game without missing a single shot.
It is a shell-fed shotgun with 30-rounds capacity cartridges. You will get a single cartridge with the unit. The gun can produce 300-350 FPS velocity. Luckily, this speed is more than sufficient for close combat games. This more-than-CQB shotgun has a double spring system with an excellent pop-up. So, it can quickly release the pellets and touch the aim.
The whole unit is made of heavy-duty polymer. It weighs less but has a high accuracy of shots. It never runs out of gas so that you keep the continuous flow in the game. It has efficient shorter size barrels for shooting at close ranges. Imagine you are full of competitors inside a room, and you need to win the game.
The metal stock with rubberized butt plate is foldable so that you can shorten the size while bashing the enemies in close quarters. You can attach multiple types of slings to the front and rear gun slings for carrying the gun.
- Close-quarter games
Things not preferable:
- Low fps may not be satisfying sometimes
8. S&W M3000 Spring Powered Airsoft Shotgun
- Lightweight, black pump action airsoft gun
- Prominent replica of the original M3000 shotgun
- Superb accuracy within 20-25 feet range at 355 FPS
- BAXS accuracy system and a flashlight for authentic shots
- 6mm 180 rounds magazine capacity
- Two modes of shooting available
- Fake scope for looking more like the real shotgun
The duo Horace Smith and Daniel Baird Wesson started introducing autonomous metal cartridge to the world in the 1950s. Later, they became one of the top-class firearms makers. Here Smith & Wesson M3000 airsoft shotgun is the most delicate replica of their famous, original M3000. The design and structure of this replica would bring a genuine feeling of Smith and Wesson guns.
M3000 weighs approximately 2 pounds so you can easily pick and operate it for different gaming purposes. This polymer made gun has 355 FPS shooting capability. But I think you would be disappointed for its distance coverage. It can remain precise at up to 20-25 feet from the shooting spot. However, this is better for close-range action.
This excellent secondary dummy weapon has 180 rounds magazine capacity. Amazing, isn’t it? More surprisingly, this short shotgun comes with 6mm 500 BBs for shooting. You do not have to think about the accuracy of so big mag. It comes with a BAXS accuracy system to mark the spot well.
You can shoot the gun in two modes: single shot and quick pump. Both modes have a different way of shooting. There is a flashlight attached on the rail for extra fun. Even the fake scope may increase the interest in CQB games.
- Very close range and practice session; can be a good secondary weapon
Things not preferable:
- Covers a minimal area, so it would not be an excellent choice for competition
Types of Airsoft Shotguns
Airsoft guns (or shotguns) are of several types. Each of these is designed and operated in different ways. Here are some of these variations:
Spring Powered Airsoft Shotgun
Also known as air-cocking guns (springers in the UK) fire single shot at a time. These guns use the elastic potential energy of a compressed coil spring. When you pull the trigger, this gun pressurizes air within a piston air pump cylinder. Then blows the pellet from the gun barrel. You should always recompress the spring under stress before you start shooting. These guns are more robust than electric airsoft guns. Some spring shotguns can be heavy powerful with 300-700 fps muzzle velocities. These guns are cheaper but have compromising lifespan compared to others. However, you will find a bit tough in competition with these guns against any automatic airsoft shotguns. If you are a newbie, spring-powered guns would be better medium for training.
Battery Powered Airsoft Shotgun
You may also call them as automatic electric guns (AEG). These guns are most popular airsoft guns used in many hardcore indoor and outdoor games. Among all the categories, these AEGs provide precise hit at the targets. Batteries power these guns. But these have increased firing rate than spring-powered guns. You can get selective-firing capabilities in some battery-powered airsoft shotguns. You will need to charge the batteries for 5-8 hours first time, then 3-5 hours regularly. The construction of these guns is sturdier and more exacting.
Gas Powered Airsoft Shotgun
Gas-powered airsoft guns require HPA, CO2, or some other kind of pressurized gases. Most of the time, these guns are used a single time only per round. You may see the shooter is using these guns as a secondary weapon. The inner gas remains until the clip lasts. It is tough to maintain consistency and fire accuracy with these guns. But you can feel the blowback feeling of the original weapon. I do not recommend these guns if you are a beginner in the shooting world as these are heavier, costly. Even these guns have many moving parts. But these are exciting to shot in the field.
A kid sees the shooting scenes in different action movies. He or she sometimes thinks there will be a real superhero who can be a savior. They start the imagination of the superhero using shotguns, pistols, rifles etc.
Airsoft shotguns can be the asset of their superheroes. These guns are not real, but they can cheer up the kids. What I am trying to say, airsoft guns are for the superheroes like the dad, mom, etc. These guns do not apply to the kids, as the state department may not allow.
If you are eligible for using airsoft shotguns for practice, training, or gaming purpose, you can choose any guns available in my review. These guns are built with unique materials. They look almost real shotguns with good velocity and shooting accuracy. They have different features and options.
I have added mostly the unchallenged models or brands of airsoft guns on the list. You should choose them for your next shooting experience.
Have a nice day.