Complete newbie looking for guns
Here is my situation. Me and a few of my friends (we'll be about 6 people) want to get started with airsoft. We have a place (a private section of forest), so that's not really an issue, although it will require the use of biodegradable ammunition, but from what I've seen, it won't be a problem either.
The thing is, all of us are completely new to airsoft and don't know what kind of weapon to buy and where to buy it. Also, this is only for use between friends and we won't be making extensive/competition use of it; with this in mind, we don't want to be spending too much on a high quality gun. I heard I could find something reasonable around the 100$ range, although I think everyone would be willing to go up to 150$ if it was really necessary.
We are looking for assault rifles for tactical gameplay in a woodland setting. Another thing I was unsure of was the powering mechanism. It seems that my best choices would be either battery or propane. My concerns regarding each of those were: "Will the battery last my whole afternoon?" and "Will propane increase the price of my weapon considerably?".
Considering all this, what would you suggest I consider as a weapon? What powering method should I use? What price range will I be able to get? Is there anything else I should know or any tip you have?
One last thing is where can I buy airsoft weapons? All the links I have found on this are either dead links or lead only to equipment. Google has also led me almost exclusively to retailers not settled in Canada... any help?
Thank you for even taking the time to read this, any tip would be greatly appreciated.