Originally Posted by surebet
The best way to try out airsoft is to contact a local group and rent.
You can try before you invest, you just have to make the effort to seek out players.
Ask around to borrow or rent a real AEG. You will not get the full feel of the hobby if you buy a $30 gun from walmart and try to compete.
Edit: While the guns probably the most interesting piece of kit they only come third in importance.
1. Good eye protection that you can count on and is comfortable. You only have one pair of eyes, baby them.
2. Good comfortable boot. Take care of your feet so that they will take care of you.