23 Best Airsoft Guns: A Definitive List For 2022

Kai Banks
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If you’re looking for the best airsoft guns in 2022, you made it to the right place. In this roundup, we’ll show you what makes or breaks an airsoft gun, what are our preferences, and what are the highest-rated choices you have.

Whether you’re looking for a rifle, shotgun, pistol, or even a sniper, you’ll find a bit of everything in the list below.

The same goes for the tech behind the gun: we’ve got a little bit for everyone. Fans of AEGs, gas-powered, HPA, and even spring-powered will find something to fit their needs.

There are a lot of choices on the market though.

So let me guide you through the best options for each gun type.

Airsoft Rifles and AEGs

AEGs are arguably the best choice for an airsoft gun. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned vet at your local airsoft field, you can’t go wrong with an Automatic Electric Gun.

They’re versatile – you can be mindful of your shot one second, and spray and pray the next.

They’re reliable – with a good AEG, you’ll have fun for years to come.

They’re customizable – you can turn a stock rifle into something to fit your needs.

So let’s see what the best ones are on the market today.

#1 VFC H&K 416A5 AEG Airsoft Rifle w/ Avalon Gearbox

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VFC H&K 416A5 AEG Airsoft Gun

The VFC H&K 416A5 AEG is an overall amazing choice, both for beginners and experienced users that want the extra oompf HPA guns offer.

Here’s the quick rundown:

  • It’s pretty strong, with 400 FPS
  • It works best with 0.20g BBs
  • It weighs 5.3 lbs (2.4 kg), so it’s not too heavy to carry around the battlefield
  • It comes with a Wolverine powered Inferno Gen 2 HPA Engine

But it’s not just about the basic technical details. The VFC H&K is masterfully made in Denmark, with CNC Machined parts, and a durable nylon-fiber + metal construction.

If you want it all in one gun, this is it.

But this AEG takes it further, with a lot of quality of life improvements. 

It has an ambidextrous bolt/charging handle, Picattiny or Weaverfront sides and lower rails, as well as a foldable, and adjustable stock.

And if you want, you can even take it off.

Add to that a flared magazine for fast reloads, and an empty magazine detection system that won’t let you fire without BBs in your magazine.

Oh, and I almost forgot: adjustable hop-up with 70 degrees bucking.

If you want a masterfully designed HPA rifle, look no further than the VFC H&K 416A5.

#2 VFC Avalon VR16 Calibur Keymod RIS CQC AEG

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Avalon VR16 Calibur Keymod

The Avalon VR16 Calibur Keymod is another great hit from VFC. 

And it’s very similar to their 416A5: amazing construction, ambidextrous fire selectors, great sights, an adjustable hop-up, and a lot of room for adding adjustment.

It even runs at the same 400 FPS, with 0.20g BBs

But there are key differences between the guns.

The biggest one, of course, is that the Avalon VR15 is not an HPA-powered gun. It’s just a classic AEG.

And there’s nothing wrong with that! If you don’t want to run around with a gas tank on your back, the Avalon is a great high-tier AEG.

Another big difference is in look and feel. Avalon has a few fine touches, like the textured blade-style skeleton trigger.

And it’s an officially licensed Avalon weapon.

If you’re looking for an amazing AEG, give VFC’s Avalon VR16 a shot.

#3 G&G M4 CM16 Raider

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G&G M4 CM16 Raider Airsoft Gun

If you’re a beginner, look no further.

The G&G M4 CM16 Raider is the best airsoft gun if you’re just getting started, and you want a trusty AEG to take with you on the battlefield.

The build is great – ABS, metal, and nylon. It has an adjustable hop-up and ambidextrous magazine loading.

But take care if you’re left-handed – the firing mode and safety selector are not ambidextrous.

Functionality-wise, you can’t complain. The G&G M4 is a popular gun for a reason. It has semi/auto firing modes, a 450 rounds magazine, and 350 FPS. 

All of these for a very affordable price point:

The only problem with this gun is that it’s pretty hard to find in some areas. If it’s out of stock where we sent you, send us a message! We’ll do our best to track a viable choice near your location.

#4 Krytac Trident CRB MK2 AEG

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Krytac Trident MK2

The Krytach Trident MK2 is a licensed KRISS replica of the real gun with the same name.

And it’s a beauty to look at!

However, it’s a bit lower on our list because it’s just overall inferior to VFC’s and G&G’s amazing AEGs.

Let’s cover the basics: It has 400 FPS, supports 0.20g BBs, it weighs 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg) and the receiver is built out of an aluminum alloy.

It has a nunchuck battery, which I’m not a huge fan of.

But that’s subjective, there’s nothing really wrong with that kind of battery.

The Krytac Trident is fun to shoot, coll to carry around on the airsoft field, and a really good choice for anyone that needs a reliable AEG.

Especially thanks to its KRISS licensed sights, M-LOK rail, and ambidextrous fire selector.

#5 COLT M4A1 Full Metal 13″ Keymod Airsoft AEG

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Keymond's COLT M4A1 AEG

Keymond’s COLT M4A1 airsoft AEG is the real deal.

350 FPS, with 0.20 BBs, a 13ii Keymond Rail System (with 3 segments included in most packs), adjustable crane stock and hop-up, as well as flip-up front and rear iron sights. Not to mention a full metal gearbox.

And of course, all of it is licensed by COLT.

All in all, this M4A1 is a more customizable alternative to the G&G CM16 Raider. So if you’re a newcomer and you don’t want to break the bank on your AEG, but want to customize your gun a little bit, this one might be the best option for you.

I personally don’t like the 13’’ rail system.

I prefer something more compact.

But that’s just my personal opinion. If you want plenty of room for attachments, definitely give this gun a closer look.

#6 KWA AEG3 AKR-74M Full Metal Airsoft Rifle

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KWA’s AEG3 AKR-74M Full Metal Airsoft Gun

Of course, an AEG roundup wouldn’t be complete without an AK entry!

Honestly, there are a lot of viable options on the market if you want an AK. This is just one of the many options.

So here’s what you get if you buy it:

  • 420 FPS with 0.20 BBs
  • A chunky 6.8 lbs (3kg) gun
  • Adjustable hop-up
  • Semi/full auto firing modes
  • AEG3 gearbox
  • AK Optic side mount

To make your experience more authentic, the KWA AEG3 comes with realistic simulated recoil.

This is the third iteration of the AK from KWA, and it has an improved motor, an upgraded gear set, and a rotary hop-up.

I’ll be honest, an AK isn’t my go-to weapon. I think other designs are more versatile. But if you’re going to go for one, KWA’s AEG3 is one of the best options on the market.

#7 G&G SSG-1 USR Speedsoft Airsoft Gun

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 G&G’s SSG-1 speedsoft gun

If you like zooming around the field, G&G’s SSG-1 speedsoft gun is a smart choice.

It’s lightweight (4.7 lbs / 2 kg), made out of polymer, with an adjustable stock.

This means that you can quickly adapt to your environment, change your position, and generally just duck and dodge your way to a win.

It has 340-360 FPS, a mid-cap 105-rounds magazine, and it works with 0.20g BBs. 

The best part?

It’s ready to go right out of the box.

So you don’t need to tweak any gun if you want to get into speedsoft. If that interests you, you might want to check out the G&G SSG-1 USR.

Airsoft SMGs

Here’s a hard truth: airsoft SMGs aren’t too special.

Sure, they may look like their real-life counterparts. And they’re smaller than your average AEG.

But that’s where the differences end. In airsoft, SMGs and automatic rifles are functionally the same. 

So if you fancy an SMG, don’t think you have to get a rifle to cover your bases before you can have fun with an a sub-machine gun. Just pick whatever you like!

#8 ASG CZ Scorpion EVO 3 A1 Airsoft SMG – Wolverine HPA Edition

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ASG’s CZ Scorpion

ASG’s CZ Scorpion is the “one-stop-shop” of SMGs. It’s powerful (400 FPS, 0.20 g BBs), LiPo compatible, and the HPA system is ready to go.

Not to mention, it looks really sick!

For attachments, it also has a Picatinny rail type, so you’ll be able to add stuff on your SMG without any problems.

Besides being an all-around behemoth, the CZ Scorpion also has special safety features.

So if you want an SMG, you can’t go wrong with this one. But remember that it’s HPA ready, that’s why the price is so high.

#9 Krytac KRISS Vector AEG SMG

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Krytac’s KRISS Vector AEG SMG

The Vector is one of the most popular SMGs in the world.

And I think the best airsoft version is Krytac’s KRISS Vector, in black.

It’s the only version of a licensed KRISS vector out there on the market, and it comes with pretty nice specs. It has 350 FPS, ambidextrous fire controls, Picattiny top and bottom rails, and a VECTOR gearbox.

In its latest iteration, Krytac’s KRISS Vector also comes with an adjustable rotary hop-up, an electronic trigger, and a high torque, short-type motor.

If you like the Vector, this gun is exactly what you’re looking for.

Just don’t expect it to come cheap.

#10 G&G CM16 ARP 9

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G&G CM16 ARP9 Airsoft Gun

Like G&G’s M4, the ARP 9 is a great option for beginners that want to get their hands on a reliable AEG SMG.

In fact, the entire CM line of G&G airsoft guns offers above-average quality, for a really low price point.

The ARP 9 in particular also boasts a lot of fancy features:

  • Semi/Full Auto/Burst firing modes
  • Metal and polymer components for a durable build
  • 330-350 FPS, 0.20 g BBs
  • M-LOCK Rail

While smaller in size, the ARP9 is not really weaker than the M4 from G&G.

And if you appreciate the ability to burst your shots, it’s actually more versatile on the battlefield. 

That is, on top of the obvious versatility – it’s lighter and smaller, making it easier to maneuver.

If you’re a beginner (or just don’t want to break the bank) and you need a good SMG, you might want to give the ARP9 a closer look.

#11 HK Heckler & Koch UMP 

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HK Heckler & Koch UMP Airsoft Gun

The UMP is another popular SMG, and I think HK’s version is the best airsoft SMG with this design.

Mainly because it’s made by people that develop real UMP guns, not just replicas.

So here’s what you’re getting with the Heckler & Koch UMP:

  • 345 FPS, shooting 0.20g BBs
  • Semi/Full-auto firing modes
  • Adjustable hop-up
  • Adjustable rear iron sights
  • Full metal gearbox

Technically, this gun is no manufacturing wonder. If you want the best airsoft gun performance, scroll back up and check the ASG CZ Scorpion.

However, if you like the UMP, and you want to take it with you on the airsoft battlefield, this is the best option.

Airsoft Sniper Rifles

Let’s get something out of the way before we round up some sniper rifles: these airsoft guns are not as viable as AEGs.

They’re not as versatile (can’t run and spray, or maneuver as quickly with a sniper rifle), and they’re really expensive. Not necessarily the guns, but the attachments you’ll need to use them effectively.

Even then, the range advantage will never be good enough to offer an amazing advantage.

So I don’t recommend you pick up a sniper rifle if you’re a beginner.

Read Our Full Roundup To Find The Best Airsoft Sniper

That being said, playing airsoft with a sniper rifle can be a unique experience. Nothing beats the feeling of roaming the battlefield like a ghost and waiting for the right moment to pick off your enemies. 

So let’s see what are the best airsoft guns if you want a sniper rifle.

Usually CO2 or spring-powered, to emulate the feeling of a real gun. Can be less effective than a regular AEG. And not good for beginners. But nothing beats the feeling of pacing the battlefield like a ghost.

#12 WELL L96 Airsoft Spring Sniper Rifle

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WELL L96 Airsoft Sniper

The WELL L96 is a replica of the real life L96 sniper rifle, used by many armies, including the British Army.

It’s built out of durable polymer, as well as a metal inner and outer barrel. This makes it pretty light for a weapon of its size, only clocking in at 8 lbs (3.6 kg)

The WELL L96 can fire 0.20 g BBS, with 440 FPS, making it average when it comes to power. Most experienced players actually prefer a bit more umph in their sniper rifle, as well as heavier BBs.

What makes the L96 stand out though is all of its quality of life perks.

For starters, it comes with a sling, bipod, and sight in the pack. 

If you ever looked into buying a sniper rifle, you know this can save you a lot of time and money looking for attachments. In fact, you can technically use the WELL L96 right out of the box.

Besides these attachments, you also get an adjustable hop-up, adjustable stock, ergonomic grip, and a monthilic rail for all of your sniper rifle attachments.

Since it’s spring powered, that means you don’t have to worry about the weather, and the bolt is really easy and satisfying to pull.

If you’re itching to pull out the ghillie suit, and you want something to work with that, the WELL L96 is the best choice.

#13 WinGun Mosin-Nagant M44 CO2 Bolt Action Airsoft Rifle

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WinGun Mosin-Nagant M44 CO2 Bolt Action Airsoft Rifle

The original Moising-Nagant M44 is a classic rifle, and this replica really does it justice.

WinGun did a number with this sniper rifle, giving it a 12 rounds magazine, 480 FPS, compatibility with heavier BBs, sling mounts, adjustable sights, and an adjustable hop-up.

But at the end of the day, you won’t buy this airsoft gun for its specs.

This one’s on our list for the feeling you get running around the battlefield with an M44. Granted, it’s probably most comfortable in a reenactment-style battle, but it can still be a pretty addition to your collection.

But I don’t want to mislead you though, so let’s make something clear: this replica does have a faux wood ABS plastic body, and no simulated blowback.

However, I don’t think that takes away from the experience. The finish is very beautiful, so as the saying goes: looks like a duck, walks like a duck…

#14 JG VSR-10 / BAR-10 Airsoft Bolt Action Sniper Rifle with Metal Trigger Box

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JG VSR-10 / BAR-10 Airsoft Bolt Action Sniper Rifle with Metal Trigger Box

If you want to use a sniper rifle, but you don’t want to be bogged down by a heavy 8 lbs behemoth, the KG VSR- 10 might be for you.

It doesn’t sacrifice anything in specs: 400+ FPS, high-power spring, and a sturdy aluminum alloy for the trigger assembly.

Moreover, it has a sturdy polymer stock, with a rubber pad, an adjustable metal hop-up, polished aluminum, and brass cylinder head, as well as a 20 mm Weaver rail.

In the cheapest pack from Evike, you also get a bipod.

And all of this comes down to just 5 lbs (2.26 kg).

So if you’re a beginner and you want to get started with sniper rifles, do consider the JG VSR-10. It won’t hold you back on the battlefield, and it’s pretty inexpensive compared to other sniper rifles.

Bonus points if you’re a fan of Tokyo Marui’s VSR-10 snipe rifle. This one’s a pretty nice replica.

#15 AGM M14 Full Size Airsoft Spring Powered Sniper Rifle

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AGM M14 Full Size Airsoft Spring Powered Sniper Rifle

AGM’s M14 sniper rifle is also pretty light, it’s made with a railed handguard, metal barrel, and cocking lever, and it comes with a red dot already in the box.

The only downside of this sniper rifle, when compared to the JG VSR-10, is that it’s MUCH less powerful: only 270-280 FPS.

But there is a tradeoff, and that’s why AGM’s sniper rifle is on this list.

This one is extremely cheap – you can find it for under $100 in some places. 

So if you really want a STEAL for a sniper rifle, do consider the AGM M14.

Just remember that most AEGs fire at 400-450 FPS.

So if you buy this snipe rifle, you won’t have a range advantage on the battlefield – you’re more so doing it if you want a cheap way to FEEL like a sniper, even if you won’t be one in any sense of the word.

More realistically though, you’ll use it for some fun target practice once in a while. But that’s about it.

Airsoft Shotguns

Much like SMGs, airsoft shotguns don’t offer a huge difference in functionality. However, most shotguns that want to replicate the feeling of shooting an actual shotgun do feature some shells, that let you shoot 3 (or more) BBs at a time.

Read Our Full Roundup To Find The Best Airsoft Shotgun

Beyond that though, buying a shotgun is very similar to buying a sniper rifle. If you don’t get the most expensive option on the market, you’re only buying it for the feeling, not for a change in tactics.

#16 Tokyo Marui M870 Tactical Airsoft Pump Action Gas Shotgun

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Tokyo Marui's M870 airsoft shotgun

Tokyo Marui’s M870 revolutionized the airsoft shotgun market, with a completely new design, on the inside, and on the outside.

The M870 is a full metal pump-action shotgun, and it really feels as close as an airsoft gun can get to the feeling of using a shotgun. Honestly, the feeling you get playing around with this gun is the main reason you’d want to get it.

You also get a lot of control over firing. You can click a button to switch between firing 3, or 6 BBs with your next shot, and you get a gas-operated mechanism to power it all.

350 FPS might not sound like a lot, but it’s enough to help you perform in close quarters.

The only problem – it’s sold out everywhere. So if you want to get it, you might have a hard time finding it in stock.

#17 A&K Bravo Full Metal M870 Tactical Tac Shot Airsoft Shotgun

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A&K Bravo Full Metal M870 Tactical Tac Shot Airsoft Shotgun

The EBR (Evil Black Rifle) telescopic stock will jump out at anyone that sees you sporting this airsoft gun on the field.

So A&K’s Bravo Full Metal Tactical shotgun will earn you extra points for looking cool.

But what else does it have?

Well, it’s another great M870 platform shotgun, it has a full metal construction, about 400 FPS, a nylon fiber grip, and an integrated popup.

You can choose to single-fire your rounds.

Or you can set the gun to pump-action, which ensures authenticity. Whatever you like, A&K’s Full Metal M870 is a joy to use.

#18 KJW Mad Max Full Metal / Real Wood Airsoft Double Barrel Gas Shotgun

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KJW Mad Max Full Metal / Real Wood Airsoft Double Barrel Gas Shotgun

If you’re looking for a stylish shotgun, get KJW’s Mad Max double-barrel shotgun.

It’s not a technical wonder – a classic double barrel style, each with its own trigger. 430-500 FPS, which is a monster in close quarters. It’s gas-powered, and lever-activated.

Each shell has up to 6 rounds, and it can shoot 2 rounds at the same time.

The reason this shotgun is pretty popular – and the reason it’s on this list – is that it’s made out of full metal/real wood.

Not to mention, it packs a serious punch, in a compact but heavy build. If you want a double barrel, look no further.

#19 VFC FABARM STF 12 COMPACT

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VFC's FABARM

If you like modern-looking shotguns, VFC’s FABARM STF 12 Compact is sure to draw your attention. 

It works with a gas system, similar to that of the M870, but it adds some modern twists to it.

It has a Picatinny rail to mount attachments, an adjustable hop-up, and fine technical retouches to give it a unique look.

But the similarities to the M870 don’t stop here. 

The VFC FABARM STF 12 Compact can fire 3 or 6 shots, and it’s compatible with Tokyo Marui shells. It even shoots at 350 FPS too.

If you like your Picatinny rails, and a modern design, it’s a good alternative to the M870.

Airsoft Pistols

Airsoft pistols are a better choice for a secondary weapon.

For starters, because they’re much smaller. This makes them lighter, easier to carry, and easier to reach in a pinch.

Second, nothing beats the look of a holstered pistol ready to go.

So what are the best airsoft pistols?

#20 Umarex Glock 17 GBB CO2

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Umarex Glock 17 GBB CO2

The Glock is, at this point, probably what comes to mind whenever most people hear “pistol”.

This means there are a ton of airsoft Glock variants out there, so it was hard to pick one. But I eventually landed, like most other roundups did, on the Umarex Glock 17 GBB.

It runs on CO2, and it has blowback to simulate shooting the real deal.

This pairs really nicely with the metal & polymer build. Not to mention, you get a RIS rail to mount a laser, or a sight. 

If you want a pistol ready to go in a pinch, as well as satisfying to shoot in target practice, Umarex’s new Glock line is the best choice.

#21 TOKYO MARUI 1911 MEU GBB AIRSOFT PISTOL

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TOKYO MARUI 1911 MEU GBB AIRSOFT PISTOL

The 1911 is another classic pistol, and the best choice for an airsoft replica is Tokyo Marui’s MEU GBB airsoft pistol.

There’s nothing too special about it.

It has a consistent FPS, compatibility with a lot of upgrades, and a very nice recoil impulse to simulate the feeling of shooting a real gun.

I think the Glock is a better choice for a wider range of airsoft activities.

But if you want to play around with a 1911, this is as close as you can get, bar from getting the real deal.

#22 KWA M9 PTP Full Metal

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KWA M9 PTP Full Metal

If you want a stronger pistol, KWA’s M9 PTP is a great choice.

It has 350 FPS, and it works with 0.20g BBs. It can fire semi-auto shots, and it has a good grip – it fits nicely in your hand.

Definitely a great pick if you want a stronger bang.

Moreover, its full metal build gives it a weight specific to real pistols. So for an authentic shooting experience, give KWA’s M9 PTP a shot. Pun intended, I will not apologize.

#23 KWC DESERT EAGLE L6 CO2 GBB AIRSOFT PISTOL

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KWC DESERT EAGLE L6 CO2 GBB AIRSOFT PISTOL

Of course, we recommend a Deagle – what best airsoft gun roundup would this be without one?

KWC’s L6 Desert Eagle has a very robust construction, helped by its metal slide. 

And it’s not bad functionality-wise either.

It boasts top and bottom Picatinny rails, as well as semi and full-auto firing modes.

And it works with CO2, so there’s a heavy kick to your shots.

How To Choose The Best Airsoft Guns

I’ll be honest with you – I didn’t get my hands on ALL of the airsoft guns I showed you. But they’re not listed randomly either.

I’ve used a few metrics to decide what guns make it on our list, and you can use the same metrics to find the best airsoft gun for you:

  • My experience with different airsoft guns. And yes, this means the roundup can get a bit biased. But I promise you all of them are!
  • What online reviews say. For the weapons, I didn’t get to use (yet!), I prioritized what other customers have said about them.
  • Technical details. Things like FPS, support for mods, and the type of gun they are (electric, spring, gas, HPA).
  • Look and Feel. Hey, there’s a reason airsoft guns started as replicas for enthusiasts! A good airsoft gun makes you feel like you’re using the real deal.
  • Pricing. Budget constraints are very real in the world of airsoft, especially when you’re trying to build

Conclusion: Which Gun Should You Pick?

It all depends on what you need honestly. If you’re a beginner and you want an all-in-one package, you can get G&G’s CM16 Raider from Evike. They even have ready-to-play packages on offer.

If you want a sniper rifle, WELL’s L96 is a solid pick. And for everything else, the top entry on our list will probably suit your needs.

Written By

Kai Banks

Kai is very passionate about two things: gaming and the outdoors. A combination of the two in the form of airsoft keeps him happy. He also has a fascination with gadgets and guns, which could explain why he’s always tinkering with new parts.