That's a road many of us have taken. Bumpy is often a nice way of putting it. Just to add to the whole; rent/borrow first to start, it's also very prudent to do critical amounts of research.
Beware of certain retailers, and beware of players selling you their used guns. If your serious, don't buy just anything, and don't buy someone else's problem. Often times; all those "extras" it comes with wouldn't actually add much to the value of a gun. A site and rail system seem to be very useless, when the gun isn't dependable or a performer. Those are things to invest in.
I had a friend that paid over $900.00 for a mildly upgraded M16 AEG. It was well kept, but it had a lot of miles on it. It would be cheaper, more efficient, and more reliable to drop $260 on a KA Colt M4, and then convert it and upgrade it. It would cost the same or less, and be brand new. Kind of puts things into perspective.
There are those of us, who want to see you succeed, and have no personal gain by selling you something. Or, talking you into buying a piece of garbage.
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