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There are science fiction airsoft guns and then there are airsoft guns that are realistic, but looks futuristic. We have already covered the real science fiction guns in our Science Fiction Airsoft Guns article. So what does it mean when a realistic airsoft replica looks futuristic?
One, it means that it is an airsoft gun that is based on a real firearm. But when you look at it it doesn't seems to look like an existing modern or past firearm. But whether a gun looks futuristic is in the eye of the beholder, right?
Correct, if a "futuristic"-looking firearm has been overused in a film to a point that everyone recognizes the firearm as an existing one, then it looses its "futuristic" appeal. A good example is the Steyr AUG. If you have never seen it before today, you could expect it to be a futuristic gun. But the Steyr AUG is so well-known today, it's hard to suspend your belief in that regard.
With that said, let's take a look at some airsoft guns that could pass as a futuristic airsoft gun.
Although the JG Urban Assault 3 RAS is based on the Steyr AUG A3, it can be considered in the futuristic category. That is because the Steyr AUG A3's front end looks drastically different from the front end of a basic Steyr AUG. That means although the Steyr AUG has shown up in over 100 entertainment titles, last time I check on Internet Movie Firearms Database (IMFDB), most folks will not recognize a Steyr AUG A3 when they see one. Based on IMFDB, the Steyr AUG A3 has only shown up in four movies and one TV show. In addition, the JG UA-3 RAS's front end is actually a little different than the Steyr AUG A3, further cementing it into the futuristic rifle category.
In the photos above, you can see the differences between the three rifles. The first photo is the basic Steyr AUG. The second photo is the Steyr AUG A3. The third photo is the JG UA-3 RAS.
For a potential futuristic airsoft pistol, take a look at the WinGun M87. The WinGun M87 looks futuristic because so few people know about the Beretta 87 Target, which it is based on. The styling of the Beretta 87 Target is so different that well-known pistols that it can pass as a futuristic handgun. So far, the Beretta 87 Target has only shown up in a few movies, keeping it in the futuristic category.
The WinGun M87 is a full metal CO2 gas pistol with no blowback (NBB). Who needs blowback? It's the future, remember? Although the gun is not a blowback, it does have a working hammer. It has a boxy slide and frame, countered with a curved handgrip. Top and bottom Picatinny weaver rails allows you to add all sorts of accessories.
Many players reports that this WinGun M87 shoots too hot; between 400 and 500 FPS. We think it's perfect for building it into an futuristic science fiction sniper rifle for the field. In fact, we plan to write an article on that topic. Maybe the movie studios could buy our idea and use it in the movies. We'll settle for a small credit.