Alright, so I have practically no idea what I need to begin in airsoft as in armor (so to speak...) and what brands for everything (ammo, guns, "armor") are best. I've heard of a few brands but I'd like to get advice on my own question. Mention some mediocre and crappy brands too, and tell me why they're not so good to buy if you can. Then I'll know why to stay away from them and what to look out for. Same for ammo and "armor" and whatever else, like targets for practice. I know ammo can make a difference on your gun's performance and maintenance. If you get crappy ammo, I hear it can break your gun, and that it's also less accurate and all that. So please only recommend quality ammo brands. I know the size depends on your gun and everything, but if you can, recommend a good size for best accuracy and range. I know the heavier, the better. At least for the most part.
When just browsing guns, I've tended to lean towards spring-powered guns over battery and gas powered. Is spring good, or is electric better? I don't really want to deal with gas since that would cost more. Since I haven't actually messed around with any airsoft guns, I wouldn't know what style I prefer (sniper, assualt, LMG, SMG, shotgun), but I'm thinking shotguns and sniper rifles. I love the thought of hiding and being stealthy, supporting my team from a long distance. And if I go close-range, I like shotguns just because they're pretty sweet in my opinion. I have nothing against assault rifles, LMGs, or SMGs to my knowledge, though out of those 3 I think I would prefer an assault rifle. If shotguns aren't that great then let me know. Opinions are great but if they're actual facts that's even better. I know shotguns are a spray of pellets so they may not be that great unless I'm nearly point-blank, so maybe I would want to do snipers and assault. Like I said, I don't know, which is why I'm posting this and craving knowledge. Maybe they cost more as well, since I'd have to buy shells and not pellets? Maybe I'm completely mistaken and they shoot pellets like all other guns and they're actually pretty lame. I have no clue, so please inform me!
One thing I've heard is that FPS isn't necessarily that important besides range, correct? Accuracy is more important, which would make sense. I definitely want an accurate gun, but doesn't FPS/range help? Especially if it's a sniper rifle, I would imagine.
I also need to learn about cleaning the gun. I'm gonna continue to research that as well, but I'd love to get some answers and tips on here from people who know what they're doing. The more in-depth, most likely the better.
Thanks, that's all I can think of for now, though I'm sure I'll think of more questions, and probably gain more, in the process. I appreciate all the help you can give. And also, don't be a bunch of jerks to me. When I was researching, I came across a thread on this website that brought me here, and I saw a bunch of people being jerks to this poor new guy, and an admin had to close the thread. I saw he posted it in the wrong place but still, that's ridiculous. Let's try to be nice and helpful, not a bunch of flamers that are just punks to Newbies.