1. Your dream mask (go to your local pro-shop and try on every mask they have, which ever feels most comfortable, buy it there or online. DO NOT SKIMP ON A MASK.) 2. Pack for Paint (empire react pack is nice but if you want to splurge get an nxe elevation. a pack helps holding extra paintballs and protecting your gut) 3. A decent loader (buy a used superloader or if you want it new buy a kingman 18v fasta or viewloader eye force) 4. Good knee pads (planet eclipse overloads, dye c11, or empire grinds, take your pick try each of them out at a pro-shop. remember you cant play paintball if you are hurt) 5. Specificly carbon fiber made tank (buy a carbonfiber tank a good cheap tank is a Ninja grey ghost, or buy used but make sure its still within hydro) 6. Good elbow pads (same three knee pad brands here, either match your knee pads or try each of them and pick a pair. remember you cant play paintball if you are hurt) 7. The moment you have waited for (remember buy cheap buy twice. i would get an azodin kaos and save up for a used bob long g6r and have an amazing gun forever) 8. anything you want
EDIT: STAY AWAY FROM TIPPMANN AND SPYDER GUNS
EXACTLY my thougts. I ephasize the "buy your dream mask" part.