TheGreyMan, nice to hear from you. I was hoping I might get lucky and run into someone from the area on this site. You could probably be the most help to me, I know you wouldn't want to start airsofting with some random guy but if you wouldn't mind telling me about any fields you go to that are relatively near by it would be a great help. The only Airosft field I've heard of from other people around here is the Wargames field. Do you play there often? If at all.
ghost sniper. Thanks for the welcome, and the ICS is a good gun, it's always had better range and I've found it to be a little more precise than the G&G. I do try and balance purchasing gear along with the guns I buy (never been a fan of grabbing a gun and running out to a match with nothing but a hoodie and a paintball helmet). I wouldn't normally post what gear I use unless someone asked, but trust me I understand the importance of it. Ha, and I already have extra shells for the shotgun. I'm guessing you own the gun too?
TheSnowman. I don't plan on taking things too far with the equipment I own. Of course I love marveling at the guns and gear as much as the next guy, but I don't put them above the game as a whole. They are nice though... I enjoy every time I'm able to host or join a game. The thrill I get from the style of play I usually practice is by far the most fun thing I do in my spare time.
lulukchoo23. It's great to talk to such a friendly member. I agree, the forums here are an excellent way to learn about the sport and I've had a very easy time searching through the different discussions. Don't want to go against the rules so I'll wait until I've made 15 posts, but I'm looking forward to being able to start commenting on the different sections.
I also agree that experience is the best thing for a person to have in anything that they do. I've been trying to find a field to play at that's within a reasonable driving distance from where I live (which I saw someone posted a link down below to a website that should help me). If everything works out with our group, I'm hoping to enter my first large scale match at a field this Spring. I was originally hoping to go this past Summer, but sometimes your buddies hold ya back. I'm working on finishing a set-up for my gear now, and I have to be honest what the majority of you are saying about holding off on expensive upgrades for now is good news. We've been worried about entering official matches with your standard un-upgraded AEG's, even if they are higher quality. I'm glad to know the upgrades won't be needed right away. (We're still going to have a hard time competing for now, but that was expected)
Oh and I don't have any specific questions at the moment, but thanks a lot.
deadeye11. I completely understand what you and TheSnowman are trying to tell me. I didn't fully get the concept two years ago, but I buy gear as I see necessary now.
LordMerlin. I'm not worried about owning too much or too little right now. Even though I do have two of the same model AEG currently. I do have experience with real fire arms, but I'd rather not discuss any thing related to that on these forums. It is extremely important to know how to handle real fire arms though, as even though Airsoft rifles are technically "toys", I still handle them as if they were just as dangerous and I think all players should. Including the idiots.
Limey. Anyone who warned me about playing on private land, don't worry we do realize the risk involved and have had it OK'd by both the owner and local officers (who we happened to run into in between rounds one day)
The smiley faces are a nice touch..
And like I said we're hoping to get to a field this Spring.
redmoon3580. Thanks for the advice. I haven't bought any midcaps yet but I do need to get on top of that. I'm running only highcaps right now (another early mistake) and they are nice, but too much of a give away as everyone knows. I'm after midcaps for bettter stealth capabilities. I do have eye protection, full seal goggles.
And lastly... ryanm. Thanks a heck of a lot for the link. Yes, the private games do. definitely. get repetitive. They wouldn't feel that way but over this past year our small group of seven or so dedicated players who can actually take care of themselves has diminished to two. Sad but I'm sure you guys know how it goes. I have heard that the camo and uniforms are a big factor at large games, or if fields have them themed games. Running in all black gear for now so I'll have to deal with the camouflage problem when the time comes. And yes, I do need to buy another pistol when I can that runs on green gas. C02, (and another early mistake). The Extreme 45 actually came nonfunctionable. Faulty hop-up and bad seals. Airsplat... (and yet another early mistake). See how people learn?
Thanks again, the reason I responded to everyone individually in the same post like this is because I'm not sure of a better way to do it after everyone's already commented in a row before I logged back in to reply. I was concerned about being accused of post whoring, which was made clear in the rules. If there's a better way for me to respond to groups of messages like this then just let me know. If not I don't care.