I can very well understand the need to go expensive if you're after a good first experience. And I will likely take your advice.
What kind of happenings go on in the winter here in Canada (I'm near Toronto), do outdoor games still get played but with a different set of BDU and warmer attire? If nothing really happens I'll wait till spring to look into investments, but if they do I'll talk to the guy I'm trying to meet for age verification about it and look into one of the more pricey guns.
On another note, I fixed the other clip I got. One of the pieces that governs how the ammo is inserted was in backwards, so it was trying to force it upwards instead of down. That caused a problem inserting more than one bb, I just took the clip apart and got it back together all fine without any missing parts