Oh dear, $1200 was about what I paid for my first two airsoft guns (TM M4/KSC G18) before any gear, batts or mags. However that was a different time and pricing was nothing like it is today.
Why dont you give Panther PB a call and ask them yourself whether or not full face protection is required. (604) 533-0890
"Its only a little bit on fire"