I started the slippery slope in BR about 3 years ago with my first serious PCP rifle, a BSA R10 in 177. PCP rifles are supposed to be accurate right? Had a 32x sidewinder on it, I have seen shotguns group better, what a joke. Unfortunately everyone at the club was trying to “help” with technique etc so by the time I realised the rifle was bad, it was too late. But I was hooked on benchrest! So next up was everyone’s sure thing for benchrest, an air arms s400. Really, another single shot shotgun. Maybe ok for a 10 shot card, but I was shooting 50 shot cards, you can’t get away from the power curve. So I fitted a reg, not much better with the long floppy barrel clamped upto an air tube that moves with pressure. Good thing about shooting badly due to the rifle, is all the advice on technique you get, as it can’t be the rifles fault ;-) Next rifle was a rapid Mk2. I was getting fed up with poor performing junk. But Wow, what a rifle, and I found with the right tool, I could shoot! I went from mid/bottom league to top end scores overnight! Maybe next time someone is struggling, it really is the rifle. The rapid started me really focusing on the prep, it wasn’t over pellet fussy, but it did like washed and lubed pellets. Finished 2nd place in the league last year with the Rapid, I felt like I shot it to the best of the rifles ability, so how do I improve? Where do I go from here? I have no idea, every other rifle I have has a spring. Maybe one of those 10m match rifles that seem to come in dedicated BR stock? FWB or 9015 look nice, so I call this guy called Jon Harris for one or another, and I settle on the 9015 benchrest start as i like the benchrrst stock it come with. I’m going to clean up here now? Not quite, it’s no more accurate than the rapid to start with, what a disappointment. Hmmm, I need to work on this, and 10 months of ownership im slowly getting there, both in terms of prep, and technique, but a lot of room for improvement im sure. So that’s my journey upto now, pretty much the only thing it’s taught me is “pellet on pellet” is nonsense for probably 75% of air rifles out there, ok I guess that depends on your interpretation. I have no plans to upgrade any further rifle wise, hopefully the story isn’t too dull.