7 Best GBB Pistols in Airsoft for 2024 (Ranked and Reviewed)

A great airsoft pistol is crucial to have with you. And all the best airsoft pistols are gas blowback ones. Given that, in this article we ranked and reviewed 7 of the best GBB pistols in airsoft on the market in 2023.

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In airsoft, pistols are mostly used as a sidearm, a secondary weapon. But, for many people, pistols are the first airsoft gun they use, mainly because they’re usually cheaper than airsoft rifles.

And for a close quarter game, an airsoft pistol can even be your first choice. All in all, owning an airsoft pistol is almost essential for an airsofter.

When it comes to airsoft pistols, all the best ones are GBB ones. In fact, this list of best GBB pistols is very similar to the list of best airsoft pistols overall. They’re by far the most realistic pistols, and simply the superior choice when it comes to airsoft pistols.

Some of the more important factors that we took into account when we made this list are the shooting performance (FPS), accuracy, reliability, build quality (both internal and external), value for money (we made sure to only include GBB pistols on the list if they’re definitely worth their respective price), the reputation of the manufacturer, etc.

And now, here are the best GBB pistols in airsoft on the market in 2023.

Best GBB Pistols in Airsoft for 2023

Best GBB Pistol overall

1. Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1 Gas Blowback

Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1
FPS Range250-300
Gas TypeHFC134a, Green gas
Dimensions235mm x 143mm
Magazine31 rounds
Hop upYes, Adjustable
SystemGas Blowback
Firing ModeSemi-Auto, Safety
ManufacturerTokyo Marui

Among the plethora of great options, we chose the Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1 Gas Blowback pistol as the best one out there. Manufactured by one of the most famous airsoft companies ever, the always reliable Japanese Tokyo Marui, it can hardly get better than this gun.

While other companies have created similar airsoft pistols, this one is truly elite, fully living up to the reputation of Tokyo Marui.

This gas blowback pistol features a high-strength polymer slide and frame. The Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1 uses green gas and can shoot up to 300 FPS. Its magazine can carry 31 rounds, much more than standard gas blowback pistols, so it protrudes slightly from the bottom.  

The Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1 is lightweight with a comfortable grip. It features a Hi-Grouping barrel stabilization and a hop up system which make it highly accurate. Apart from its high accuracy, it also has a great range. In a nutshell, the Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1 is characterized by great shooting consistency, FPS stability, and cycling speed.


  • High strength polymer slide and frame
  • Optional 20mm lower accessory rail
  • Double stack magazine
  • Stamped style markings
  • Adjustable rear sights
  • Realistic blowback action

It’s an all-plastic pistol, which comes with both advantages and disadvantages to full-metal pistols. Some of the advantages are the snappy blowback, the cycling speed, as well as having great gas efficiency.

One of the disadvantages of plastic airsoft pistols is that the slide is less durable. However, the Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1 has a solid construction and has proven to be very durable in various tests. Therefore, it successfully overcomes even the biggest concerns usually related to plastic pistols.

In addition to it being great out of the box, the Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1 is also highly upgradeable and customizable, with a number of aftermarket parts available for fine-tuning it.

The Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1 may be one of the priciest on this list, but without a doubt, it lives up to the price. And due to its gas efficiency, in the long run, it’s still cost-effective. Hands down, this is probably the best GBB pistol (or even airsoft pistol overall) you can get.

Best CO2 GBB Pistol

2. Elite Force 1911 TAC Co2

Elite Force 1911 Tactical CO2
Gas Type12g CO2 Cartridges
Dimensions230mm x 135mm
Magazine14+1 rounds
Hop upYes, Adjustable
SystemGas Blowback
Firing ModeSemi-Auto, Safety
ManufacturerElite Force / Umarex

Another option you absolutely can’t go wrong with is the Elite Force 1911 TAC Co2. If the Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1 is the best green gas blowback airsoft pistol, then the Elite Force 1911 TAC Co2 is hands down the best CO2 blowback airsoft pistol out there.

The Elite Force 1911 TAC Co2 features a full-metal construction, which makes it very realistic. Another thing that adds to the realism is the ultra-realistic slide action. This pistol has a great shooting performance and accuracy out of the box, and it comes with an adjustable hop up which further improves them.

It comes with all the features expected of a 1911 safety pistol. The usage of CO2 enables the Elite Force 1911 TAC Co2 to have an FPS of around 345, which is among the highest on this list. The CO2 also enable this pistol to have a very strong blowback, making it one of the most realistic airsoft pistols out there.


  • Full Metal Construction
  • 20mm Underside Rail great for Tactical Accessories
  • Threaded Orange Tip

The Elite Force 1911 TAC Co2 has a built-in rail to which you can add on a flashlight or a laser. It also features a threaded tip which allows you to add a mock silencer or a suppressor.

The only con to this gun is its relatively low magazine capacity of 14+1 rounds, which is characteristic of all single-stack 1911s.

Even though we ranked it second on our list, the Elite Force 1911 TAC Co2 is a viable alternative, and for some players even a better choice than the Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1.

Some of the instances when you can consider getting the Elite Force 1911 TAC Co2 over the Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1 are:

  • if you prefer a full metal build over an all-plastic pistol;
  • if you prefer CO2 to green gas; or
  • if you want to save some money and not sacrifice quality.

If you want to learn more about this pistol, check out our in-depth Elite Force 1911 TAC Review.

Best GBB Pistol for Beginners

3. KJW M9

KJW Full Metal M9
FPS Range300-340
PowerGreen gas, propane adapter, red gas, CO2.
Dimensions216mm x 133mm
Magazine25+1 rounds
Hop upYes, non-adjustable
SystemGas Blowback
ManufacturerKJ Works

Another great option that you can’t go wrong with is the KJW M9 Full Metal. We ranked it as the best GBB pistol for beginners, but it’s just as great for more experienced players too.

The KJW M9 stands out as a highly realistic airsoft pistol with exceptional internal and external construction. Setting it apart from many other pistols on the list, it offers compatibility with both green gas and CO2. Its gas blowback mechanism is housed within a full metal body, adding to its authenticity.

The KJW M9 fires at an approximate velocity ranging between 300 and 340 feet per second (FPS). It’s worth noting that when using CO2, the FPS tends to be higher compared to green gas, accompanied by a stronger recoil.

Featuring a superb grip, the KJW M9 caters to left-handed users as well. It incorporates reinforced steel components that significantly enhance its durability.


  • Full Metal Construction
  • Full Metal Heavy Weight New Version Aluminum Slide and Frame.
  • Able to handle high pressured gas: green gas, red gas, Co2, Propane adapter.
  • TONS of after market upgrade / replacement parts available.
  • Hard Kick Blowback Action / Working Realistic Hammer action.
  • Great accuracy and performance.
  • Standard Military Type Tactical Grip.
  • Ambidextrous on frame safety.
  • Built in front & rear sight with high visibility white dot.
  • Reinforced metal steel parts on entire pistol.
  • Built in lanyard adapter, a spec. requested by the US military to KJW. For increased tactical advantage and realism.
  • On Slide Serration.
  • It’s a KJW: Marui Design, reputable manufacture and its close relationship with your#1 retailer means it will never go out of service on you. (Tons of spare / upgrade parts available).

This airsoft pistol is perfect for all conditions, both outdoors and indoors. It has a great range and accuracy, and comes with an adjusted hop up.

The KJW M9  is one of the most realistic airsoft pistols out there. In fact, it’s even used by the US military and law enforcement, as part of their training. This is due to their great performance and their realism.

Although it’s already awesome out of the box, the KJW M9 is highly upgradeable and customizable, with numerous parts available for fine-tuning it.

If you’re looking for a realistic, accurate, and reliable airsoft pistol, you should definitely consider the KJW M9.

Best Glock GBB Pistol

4. Glock Gen 4 G17

Glock Gen4 G17
FPS Range290-310
Gas typeGreen Gas, Red Gas, Propane/ CO2,
Dimensions190mm x 140mm
Magazine20 Rounds
Hop upYes, adjustable
SystemGas Blowback
Firing ModeSemi-Auto, Safety
ManufacturerElite Force (Licensed by GLOCK)

No compilation of top airsoft pistols would be complete without including a Glock replica, and the Glock Gen 4 G17 fits the bill perfectly. It faithfully replicates all the logos and intricate details found on the actual firearm it emulates. If you desire an airsoft pistol that closely resembles the genuine counterpart, this pistol is worth considering as it is fully licensed by one of the most renowned brands in the firearms industry.

However, the authentic appearance and feel are just a small fraction of what makes the Glock Gen 4 G17 an excellent choice. It excels in reliability, lightweight construction, and durability, while offering a comfortable grip. It operates using green gas, although a CO2 version is also available for selection.


  • Lightweight, rugged injection molded polymer frame w/ aluminum alloy slide
  • Fully licensed by GLOCK w/ complete rollmarks on the slide and logos molded to the frame
  • Traditional GLOCK sights
  • Functional GLOCK trigger safety
  • GLOCK Gen.4 rough texture technology for improved slip-resistant grip
  • GLOCK accessory rail
  • Realistic gas blowback to simulate recoil and slide cycling

The Glock Gen 4 G17 fires BBs at an approximate velocity of 300 feet per second (FPS). It comes equipped with a magazine capacity of 20 rounds and features a hop-up unit. Additionally, you have the option to attach a flashlight or laser to enhance its functionality, if desired.

Produced by Umarex, a highly reputable company in the airsoft industry, this pistol holds the distinction of being the world’s first officially licensed Glock replica. Umarex has achieved tremendous success in replicating the Glock with exceptional precision. All things considered, the Glock Gen 4 G17 is arguably the finest Glock replica available.

To read more about this pistol, check out our in-depth Elite Force Glock 17 Gen 4 Review.

A Premium GBB Pistol Choice

5. SIG Sauer ProForce P320 M17

SIG Sauer ProForce P320 M17
FPS Range370-410
Gas TypeHFC134a, Green gas/ CO2
Dimensions216mm x 165mm
Magazine21+1 rounds
Hop upYes, Adjustable
SystemGas Blowback
Firing ModeSemi-Auto, Safety
ManufacturerSIG Sauer

Wrapping up the top 5 airsoft pistols is the remarkable SIG Sauer ProForce P320 M17. As an exact replica of the US Army’s M17, this airsoft pistol boasts features that simply cannot be overlooked.

The SIG Sauer ProForce P320 M17 offers versatility by being compatible with both green gas and CO2. You have the option to choose between black or tan as its color. Another standout aspect is its snappy recoil.

The fact that it is manufactured by SIG Sauer is an added advantage, as the brand’s high reputation is always a positive factor when it comes to airsoft guns. Moreover, it is considered one of their finest products. Originally designed as a training pistol for professionals, it delivers an incredibly realistic experience.


  • Metal slide with fully licensed SIG SAUER laser-etched trademarks
  • Optic-ready slide with removable reflex sight plate
  • Compatible with both CO2 and green gas (includes CO2 magazine)
  • Field strippable with similar weight and balance to the real M17 handgun
  • 1:1 replica of the new US Army Modular Handgun

Featuring a metal slide and a polymer frame, the SIG Sauer ProForce P320 M17 offers accuracy, reliability, and an impressive range. It shoots at approximately 400 feet per second (FPS), which is among the highest velocities on this list.

The only drawback is its relatively higher price, but this can be understood considering the quality of the pistol.

If you’re interested to learn more about this gun, check our in-depth SIG Sauer P320 M17 Airsoft Review.

All things considered, you cannot go wrong with the SIG Sauer ProForce P320 M17. If you are willing to invest a bit more compared to many other airsoft pistols on the list, this model should definitely be among your top choices.

Best GBB Airsoft Pistol under $100

6. Action Army AAP-01 “Assassin” Gas Blowback Pistol

Action Army AAP-01
Gas typeGreen Gas
Magazine22 rounds
Hop upYes, adjustable
SystemGas Blowback
Firing ModeSemi-Auto, Full-Auto
ManufacturerAction Army

While all the mentioned guns are excellent choices and definitely worth the investment, you might not be keen on spending a large sum of money on a secondary firearm. However, does that mean you have to settle for a low-quality gun? Absolutely not.

Although it may not be as flawless as the other gas blowback (GBB) airsoft pistols listed, the Action Army AAP-01 “Assassin” remains a fantastic option. It offers a sidearm that comes close to the highest-quality airsoft pistols available, but at a significantly lower price.

The Action Army AAP-01 “Assassin” is suitable for both target shooting and airsoft games, catering to both left-handed and right-handed users. It also features a threaded barrel where you can attach a suppressor. Its firing velocity exceeds a solid 300 feet per second.


  • Action Army’s first unique pistol design comes with aggressive styling and performance to match
  • Unique target pistol design, great for both target plinking and use in Airsoft skirmishes
  • Selectable Semi-Auto and Full-Auto firing modes!
  • 14mm- threaded barrel allows the use of Airsoft suppressors
  • Fiber-optic style front and rear iron sights
  • Ambidextrous and side-swappable features such as the mag-release and charging handle optimize ergonomics for both right and left-handed shooters
  • Uses TM g-spec compatible green gas magazine

One standout feature of this pistol is its ability to switch between semi-auto and full-auto firing modes. You can effortlessly transition between the two modes using a selector switch located on the pistol.

However, the most noteworthy aspect that distinguishes the Action Army AAP-01 “Assassin” from the other airsoft pistols in the list is its highly affordable price.

All in all, the Action Army AAP-01 “Assassin” is a reliable airsoft pistol that is undoubtedly worth the investment. If you’re looking to spend less than $100 on a sidearm, this pistol is likely your best choice.

Another Great Choice

7. Colt 1911 Tactical CO2 Airsoft Blowback

Colt 1911 Full Metal
Gas TypeCO2
Dimensions230mm x 135mm
Magazine14+1 rounds
Hop upYes, Adjustable
SystemGas Blowback
Firing ModeSemi-Auto
ManufacturerColt / Cybergun / OEM: KWC

To round out the list, we have chosen the remarkable Colt 1911 Tactical. This airsoft pistol serves as an exceptional licensed replica of one of the most legendary handguns in history, the Colt 1911. With its historical significance as a pistol utilized in both World Wars, it holds the distinction of being the longest-serving military pistol of all time.

The Colt 1911 Tactical boasts a full metal construction and operates on CO2 power, providing a realistic blowback experience. It also features an adjustable hop-up for enhanced performance. With a commendable range and an impressive FPS nearing 400, it stands among the highest velocities on this list.

This gas blowback pistol is equipped with an accessory rail, allowing for the attachment of tactical additions such as lights or lasers. Its drop-free magazine has a capacity of 14+1 rounds. The Colt 1911 Tactical is user-friendly, delivering notable accuracy, and offers a comfortable grip for optimal handling.


  • Full metal construction looks and feels like the real Colt
  • Stamped Colt trademarks on both the right and left side of the slide
  • Stamped & laser engraved Colt Government markings on slide & frame
  • Tri-dot, white dot combat sights
  • Front and rear cocking slide serrations
  • Functioning frame and beavertail safety
  • Under barrel 20mm accessory rail for mounting weapon lights of laser units
  • Ultra realistic finish

In a nutshell, the Colt 1911 Tactical is a great GBB pistol worth its price tag.

Comparison Table of Best Gas Blowback Pistols

 Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1Elite Force 1911 TAC Co2KJW M9Glock Gen 4 G17SIG Sauer ProForce P320 M17Action Army AAP-01Colt 1911 Tactical
FPS Range250-300345300-340290-310370-410312380-390
Gas TypeHFC134a, Green gas12g CO2 CartridgesGreen gas, propane adapter, red gas, CO2.Green Gas, Red Gas, Propane/ CO2,HFC134a, Green gas/ CO2Green GasCO2
Dimensions235mm x 143mm230mm x 135mm216mm x 133mm190mm x 140mm216mm x 165mm230mm x 135mm
Magazine31 rounds14+1 rounds25+1 rounds20 Rounds21+1 rounds22 rounds14+1 rounds
Hop upYes, AdjustableYes, AdjustableYes, non-adjustableYes, non-adjustableYes, AdjustableYes, AdjustableYes, adjustable
SystemGas BlowbackGas BlowbackGas BlowbackGas BlowbackGas BlowbackGas BlowbackGas Blowback
ManufacturerTokyo MaruiElite Force / UmarexKJ WorksElite Force (Licensed by GLOCK)SIG SauerAction ArmyColt / Cybergun / OEM: KWC


Gas blowback pistols are by far the most popular airsoft pistols on the market. This is especially true if you want your pistol to be as realistic as possible (and who doesn’t want that?).

But, with so many Gas blowback pistols on the market, it may be difficult to distinguish the good GBBs from the bad ones. Given that, we ranked and reviewed the 7 best GBB pistols in airsoft for 2023. These are the best of the best:

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