My current two highest jobs are DRG at 54 (which I have stopped leveling) and COR at 41 (which is my first love and intended to be my first job to 75). I have a Darksteel Hexagun +1 currently equipped and am considering skipping my AF gun since it will be a pain to get (Getting to the Reef at 41 COR is scary) and the fact that the Darksteel +1 seems equivalent anyways (slightly less damage, but higher accuracy).
I am also considering skipping the Seadog Gun (+1 or not) because I don't think the +Ratt is going to make up for the overall lower damage of the gun (same base damage as the gun I already have, but far more delay).
This brings us to the next gun that I can upgrade to... the Shark Gun. At this point, I would have gone about 25 levels without upgrading my gun. The Shark Gun is only available with 16,000 Imperial Standing points and Corporal Mercenary Rank. It seems like the first really good upgrade over my current Darksteel Hexagun +1, however I have no idea if it is even possible for me to get it even with COR being level 60 (let's face it though, I will want it as soon as I level 60 so getting it early is better).
Can a player under level 60 earn 16,000 Imperial Standing and make Corporal Status (how do you get rank anyways)?