Ive been playing for a long time, but I dont have time to play enough to level up much. The highest Ive been in 3 wipes is level 25. I think level 2 traders should happen at a lower level but I don't really think that a low level player needs to be able to buy better guns. The lessons of finding what you need in raid would become somewhat lost I think. Getting up to level 10-12 happens pretty quick, but it feels like 12-15 is really a grind. I think an actual optic being available in early game would be really helpful even if its locked behind a quest but available with level 1 traders would be the best thing. I was level 20 before the last wipe and still couldnt get a pso, that sucked. sks/pso was the ticket in early game before then. Hell at least equip more scavs with them so I can kill scavs to get an optic.