A lot of good advice here and I'm sure I won't add anything new. When I started out, I bought a belt with a drop-leg holster and another with m4 pouches, boots, gloves and eye pro. That was all I 'needed' to play for the first few games. My load-out slowly turned into a basic PMC-type set and after I bought my first BDU I turned into a total gearwhore. Now, I have a pretty skukum gear set but it is rare that I wear the entire thing at once. Start with what you absolutely need and let your play style decide the rest. Slainte, mang & Happy Hunting!