OK, and thank you both for your time.
I will go register for Airsoft Retreat, and ask my questions there.
I initially thought this would be a better forum to ask because the discussions on these forums seem overall more professional and more informed. However, seeing that I am not eligible for use until the age of 18, I will search elsewhere, and return here for advice not directly related to purchase.
Right, I'm not in Southern Ontario, though I was originally. Sorry for the initial, unexpected ambiguity of "Great Lakes Region."