1144 pure AC is definately the best choice for you, as you only need 90 DA max when drilling to be able to detect where items are
Since you want to be a gunner, gunner foxes have to go hybrid at 3rd job (to Hunter Lord) because that's when they first get their gunning skills
You said you wanted to drill a lot too with skills and such, there are around 4 different TM-costly skills to help you with drilling.. if you want your gunner fox to have all of these along with learning all of the gunner skills, you'd have to get a really high TM level D: however it's easy to drill without these, just having all of the drilling skills makes it a lot faster
But, since you said this is your first character, I -in my opinion- wouldn't personally opt for a hybrid gunner fox, because without proper gears, it's going to take you a while to get 3rd job, level 130/TM 120 - and then and only then is when you get your gunner skills
Lions however, do get their first gunner skill at 2nd job, lvl 50/TM 40, and it's the same as having a Hunter Lord if you go hybrid on the lion, just having the gunner skills earlier, however I think for PvM a pure lion (Scientist) would be best because of the extra AoE >:
Last edited by Vixen; 06-27-2012 at 08:26 AM.