Do not listen to what MOST of these players have to say, cause most of them are wrong. I started out with a 98c when I first became a sniper as well.
True, you will start wasting co2 after you get a barrel over 16" so try not to get an 18" or larger. I use the original barrel for my T68 becuase it can hit bulls eye at 200 ft and range 300 ft so I can not help you on what barrel to get.
False, bipods are not useless. What most people do not realize is the true puropse of a bipod, it is not to make the marker weight less, but the steady the barrel. When you pull the trigger on your marker the marker twitches causesing the barrel to move which can kill your chot (make you miss). The bipod is intended to stabilize your marker barrel, that way when pull the trigger and you marker twitches the barrel does not move as much, making for an improved shot. If you twitch the end of your marker closest to you 1 centemeter the barrel would move lets say 1 inch in the direction that the gun twitched. Then when you fire the round those 40 feet that 1 centimeter could translate into being a foot or even more off target.
True, a slideing air-thru stock will make it harder to aim because it is difficult to get your face that close to stock with a mask on, but there is an easy fix, a sight raiser
- link provided. A plus to a sliding stock is that you can shorten your gun for tighter spots which equals more options, and options can only help never hurt A++++ feature.
No hate on the red dot sight, just that they are battery powered, and if you play in the raing then you can not use it. So I would recommend a none battery powered sight. I use the red/green sight illuminator
True, the q-loader will drop your profile and take away a spot for the enemy to hit you at.
True, the rocket cock will not only make it easier to cock your 98c but also prevent mud and dirt from getting into your marker.
I would use the marker at any field.