Originally Posted by Turnbull
A PTW airsoft gun which markets for 2500$ is going to be more expensive than a high end paintball gun. I don't know where you buy paintballs, but at every local store that I've ever bought paintballs from, the price is in the range of 50-60$ for a case of 2000. All the paintballers I know had multiple markers and "camo", although it all was puked colored. More gear is required to play airsoft than paintball, which explains why it costs so much. A paintballer buys the gun, and the paintballs, and a vest to put it all in. Maybe some 5$ pods. A decent chest rig/vest, with enough pouches to put all the mags which carry the bbs, as well as a dump pouch, and various other pouches including radio, grenade and utility pouches will put you in the hole a few hundred bucks. Hell mags alone will run you 80-90$/ 5 units. Due to the complexity of an airsoft gun, they have a higher chance of breaking, which requires more money to fix than a paintball gun. the parts for airsoft are much more expensive than those of paintball. Hell, in camo and vest alone you're talking 600$ bucks total, and thats a conservative amount, considering the cost of camo BDU's. And thats just to be "operational", let alone fully prepared.
Paintball costs more? Yeah, sure.
Airsoft has a higher startup cost, but once you have
the vest, mags, BDU's, and gun, the ammo costs alone make airsoft much cheaper.
You can get started in airsoft nowadays for under $1,000, including vest, BDU's, mags, and an additional battery or two.