Originally Posted by pusangani
Welcome to ASC, don't shoot birds with airsoft, don't be a dick.
This is so funny :P OP take care to write all this novel and you get back with... this? Hahaha; But yeah, Fretz, don't shoot birds with airsoft it's just mean
That said, welcome to ASC, you'll find millions of posts and informations, most of them worth your time to read.
It's great to see your excitement and enthusiasm, but as you noticed this can become a money pit fairly quickly. I'd say calm down, take a deep breath, and decide on what you want and what you want to do.
Decide if looking into gearing up and attend some skirmish (start there, not milsim), or WWII reenactment, or if you're more the "chairsofter" kind, it will all influence where you should go from there.
A typical loadout for a skirmish can be had for a few hundreds (think 5-600$) to start. Depending on how much you want to get involved and your budget, as you mentioned, you can get into the thousands easily. It all depends on what you want and which kid you're willing to sell.
Rule of thumb is:
1 - Airsoft guns are no toys, they can still be dangerous so handle them like real guns.
2 - But Airsoft guns are toys, and toys break, no matter how expensive. A Cheap 200$ gun will most likely break before the 2000$ one, but in the end, both "are the same"
3 - Buy cheap, buy twice / you get what you pay for:
Not buying cheap doesn't mean buying the top end and most expensive things out there either. There's a nice middle ground where you can be happy. Most people will get entry/mid-level equipment and use that quite a while until they decide they need better stuff, and this is when it starts to cost, be ready for this to happen :P
4 - First thing to buy: Good goggles - Tons of threads on the subject (like anything else)
5 - Second thing to buy would a gun I guess:
Read the Forum rules about age verifications. Accessing most of the best retailers in Canada (and having the better prices) would require this
6 - The rest will fall into place as you read more on the forums. Try searching the forum before asking, as most questions were answered already (tens of time) and people dont really like to repeat themselves all the time :P