I have never seen a community protect the sport so feriously. I like it.
But what was said about paintball was a good tip for you man. I started in paintball... go buy your self a nice Electric gun for speed ball or bushball. if you really want to practice up for Airsoft get a tippmann of sorts and go play some bushball. That way most of your gear/skill can transfer over to airsoft.
When you ready to buy your gun you can sell your Marker and get most of your money back, hell even alot of people will trade that want to go from one sport to the other. just please... don't buy a spyder, it won't hold its value.