Originally Posted by kalnaren
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.
My friends that I use to paintball with get cases of paint (2000 rds) for about $30 each. They also just found an outdoor field that offers a Bring Your Own Paint day. I've spent about $500- 600 on paintball gear but refuse to wear BDU's out there. An oversized hockey jersey catches paint really well and helps prevent breakage.