Cheap airsoft guns are excellent choices for younger players. Because there is so much of a financial investment involved, it's not that big of a deal if one of your cheap airsoft guns gets broken during play. When you need to teach a younger player how to take apart their gun and how to take care of it between games, there's also much less risk involved if they're only disassembling a gun that cost a small amount of money. If you want to make sure, however, that they have the most fun you have to make sure that the cheap airsoft guns you take a look at do have some of the more advanced features that the more expensive guns tend to boast.
Good Firing Speed
Part of the fun of this game is that you can get off a lot of shots without having the whole affair cost nearly as much as does playing around of paintball. This makes automatic weapons particularly fun in this game. Some cheap airsoft guns have very good rates of fire and this can make it exciting for people who are just starting out at the game. Even if they're only semiautomatic, make sure that they have a good reputation for reliability. There's nothing more frustrating than having somebody ask you to play a game of Airsoft the first time and ending up having to use equipment that makes it no fun at all.
Airsoft guns can be very reliable. One of the most important things to ensuring reliability is that you use good ammunition. You'll also want to make sure that you have a good hopper attached to the gun so that you get a continuous and reliable feed. Make sure that the cheaper models you take a look at have these features. Some cheaper models may not have a very reliable feeding mechanism for the ammunition, and this makes it almost impossible to win a game.
When you find a good cheap gun to help someone get started in this game, make sure they master the basics of the game before you move them up to a more expensive model. It usually takes a few games to decide whether or not this is the right pastime for you. If someone truly takes a liking to the game, it's likely that they'll start learning more about the guns available from other players and that they will start wanting to try other models.