i didn't get much gear by level 7 let alone level 5.
By level 6-7 you should be able to get equivalent green gear and can buy equivalent white gear from Sol starbase. Of course most non-beta players don't know this and so are getting owned by beta Klingons. Also the gear doesn't make as much difference as having the right Boff skills (tractor beam kills a lot of Klingon nubs).
I am waiting on joined Trill so have been playing Klingon. I lol so hard whenever a Fed ship breaks from the zerg in a capture mission and heads for three cloaked BoP's.
As PVP is currently a joke of a side show I can't understand why the OP is crying so hard.