Originally Posted by Rock 'N' Roll Outlaw
Keep in mind what else you will have to spend money on to play airsoft. Gear such as vests, you need a good pair of boots, goggles, BDU/camo, mags, batteries, other accessories, upgrades/replacement gearbox parts, upgrades/replacement external parts, BBs, game costs, travel to games... I could keep on going.
To get really started in airsoft you will need about $1000 for basic gear and whatever else I listed.
That's a good way to scare people off. If someone had told me I'd need at least $1,000 to start, I never would have. Luckily for me, I was slowly poisoned over a period of time.
I started with a TM M4 RIS I picked up in Japan for $230 new out of the box, telling myself "it's just another model....yeah it's 1/1 scale and, yeah there are moving parts and it's really detailed, but it's just another model, like my Tamiya cars and ships".
I was never going to play, but then the more I held it, the more I wanted to shoot it. One thing led to another, and I found myself with a used battery and a charger, and some Crappy Tire BBs......next thing I know i'm buying a vest and ordering extra mags from Ehobby.
Anyways, I'm a noob, and let me tell you from one noob to another ty12004, get into it any way you can, try Craigslist. I've come across some used guns that are cheap. Maybe rent your guns for now, see what you like, and save your $160 until it grows into something a bit more. That thing you saw for $160 will probably provide you with some fun, but if you want to flip it one day (and you probably will), you probably won't get much and you've lost most of your $160.
If you like it, then you can start picking up gear a bit at a time....Yeah, you'll probably spend close to $1000, now that it's out, but it's not like you'll have to drop that much at once....look at me, $20 here, $50 there....it's less painless that way...for us poor folk anyways.