I waited 4 years before I could play / buy a weapon. I used that time to read A LOT of information. learn the rules and ask questions.
Because of this, I was seen as a very mature person with a lot of respect from the player base before I even started playing! I also had the time to save up a lot of money and buy myself a weapon thats full metal and wood. and has NEVER stopped working on me.
Please wait before getting a rifle, it is WELL worth it.