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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.
The Cybergun beretta Storm is based on the Beretta Cx4 Storm firearm. From the photo below, it's clear that the designer intended a futuristic look. The curvy visual design cue starts from the front barrel and ends at the shoulder stock pad. It has only shown up in two science fiction movies so far, keeping it in the futuristic category.
The airsoft version is a spring rifle, not an airsoft electronic gun (AEG). Therefore, it is a cool replica to own, but it will not be competitive on the airsoft battlefield.
The FN F2000 looks like it has came straight out of a science fiction movie. Starting from the front, you see spaceship like curvature (see photo below). Only the Picatinny rail on top gives it away as a modern firearm. So far, the FN F2000 has only appeared in science fiction movies.
But you can get the G&G FN Herstal FN2000 Hunter airsoft replica, which has the integrated 3.5x scope that hides the Picatinny rail and makes the airsoft gun look even more futuristic.
The airsoft version of this firearm is an 380 FPS AEG with version 6 full metal gearbox. Therefore, it is quite competitive on the airsoft battlefield.
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. The JG UA-3 RAS is quite competitive on the airsoft battlefield. It shoots 450 FPS with a metal version 3 gearbox.
The KRISS Vector submachine gun is designed to reduce preceived recoil and muzzle climb, causing it to have its science fiction-like design. Having only shown up in five movies so far, four being science fiction-based, this gun will have its futuristic status quote for a while.
The photo, shown above, is the airsoft version. Gas blowback (GBB) powers the airsoft version, providing it 380 FPS on the airsoft battlefield.
The Magpul PDR (Personal Defense Rifle) is a bullpup carbine that Magpul is developing. However, recently, Magpul shelved the development, with no time frame for completion. Thus, the Magpul PDR may actually stay in the futuristic category forever. So far, this gun hasn't shown up in any movies yet, so it's ripe for the picking.
But the official manufacturer has already made a production airsoft version, called Magpul PTS PDR-C. It fires at 350 FPS with a metal proprietary gearbox, making it a competitive airsoft weapon for CQB.
The SRC SM8 is the airsoft version of the XM8, which is suppose to be the lightweight assault rifle for the U.S. Military. However, the Objective Individual Combat Weapon (OICW) program has cancelled the project, potentially keeping the XM8 in the futuristic category forever. The XM8 has a spaceship curvature look, so it's hard to associate it with modern day firearms.
There are several different versions for airsoft. There are numerous spring rifles, which are not competitive for the airsoft battlefield. The SRC SM8 stays quite competitive by shooting 380 FPS and uses version 3 metal gearbox.
The Umarex H&K SL9 is based on the H&K SL8, a sporting rifle. The H&K SL8 is the civilian version of the Heckler & Koch G36. Because of the thumbhole fixed stock, the rifle actually looks different from the well-known G36, giving it the futuristic design (see photo below).
The Umarex H&K SL9 AEG sniper rifle shoots 440 FPS with 0.2 grams BB. It has version 3 full metal gearbox that fires semi and full-automatic. It is quite competitive on the airsoft battlefield.
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.
The photo above, on the left, shows the Beretta 87 Target, while the photo on the right shows the WinGun M87.
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.