Shotguns are a fairly rare sight at airsoft fields. They are more common at indoor CQB fields but generally see a lot less play than pistols or rifles. However, airsoft shotguns are actually awesome. Sure, you could pop out around a corner with an AEG and unload half a clip into someone. But it will obviously be cooler with a shotgun blast. Many airsoft shotguns fire multiple BBs in a spread shot pattern like real shotguns. They range drastically in price and some of the cheaper shotguns are actually the best options because they perform essentially the same as more expensive ones.
One of the most fun shotguns is the M3000 Sawed Off Shotgun. This is a great shotgun for CQB situations as its smaller length makes it ideal for small spaces and tight corners. It can easily fired with one hand as well. The stock and pump are both make of real wood and the gun is very heavy and sturdy feeling. It features simple spring operation so no gas or batteries are required and it will pretty much never break. The M3000 fires.12g BBs and 450FPS and there really is no danger in firing.12g BBs because there isn’t really anything in the gun to break. The magazine holds 25 BBs.
Another great shotgun for CQB situations is the Combat Tactical Shotgun from Under the Gun. This shotgun is modeled on the famous M3 Shorty from Tokyo Marui and packs all the features needed in a great airsoft shotgun into an affordable package. This shotgun fires three BBs at a time in a spread shot pattern, with.2g BBs providing more spread and heavier BBs like.25 providing tighter groupings. It fires.2g BBs at around 275FPS. The magazine replicates a shotgun shell and holds 30 BBs for 10 shots. Two shells are include. As with the M3000, the Combat Tactical Shotgun runs on simple spring operation and is extremely reliable. It is construct of heavy duty ABS plastic with metal parts in areas that need reinforcing. This shotgun is very affordable and one of the best options for anyone seeking a shotgun for CQB scenarios.
One of the highest quality shotguns is the BE M-500. This is a Green Gas shotgun capable of firing 5 BBs at once. It fires a single.2g BB at almost 500FPS, and fires five.2g BBs at around 350FPS, with a small drop in power for every BB added. It has a magazine capacity of 150 BBs for 30 shots. The externals are excellent with full metal construction and a weighted stock. This gun is very well balance and feels realistic. It is also one of the very few airsoft shotguns available that fire 5 BBs. For those that don’t mind messing about with Green Gas, this is one of the finest shotguns available on the airsoft market.