The Mk3 is away at Daystate, having new batteries fitted; and a service. So this morning I went to Sywell with my two new toys ~ Barry's seat cushion & the HW77, which has had only the most basic use so far. This morning was great for me - I felt full of confidence :- 1. I was going to use a new cushion ~ 1st excuse 2. I was shooting the springer ~ 2nd excuse 3. The wind was swirling all over the place ~ 3rd excuse If I played my cards right I could reasonably expect to get through the entire 40 shot course and miss absolutely everything and still be reasonably justified by my 3 fail-safe excuses. I went round with Neil and Phil. They are very generous. Everyone else scuttled off fairly quickly when they realized that I was the odd man out and they might draw the short straw. Neil and Phil engaged in their own battle, whilst still constantly encouraging and advising me. I got 3 out my 4 standers. I decided to try kneeling with Barry's cushion and got 3 out of 4 there as well (and I didn't topple over once - until I tried to get up again. Neil generously caught my gun; then explained that he hadn't wanted to see it fall in the mud. Gratefully, I crawled out of the mud that my gun didn't fall into, and back to my feet) And I scored some sitting shots too. I finished with 12. (reasonable by my standards) I really did enjoy shooting with the springer. There's just something about it that I like. Phil says I'll become a C Grade shooter when I get a decent scope on the Mk3. I said I'll be an A Grade shooter eventually - and when he'd stopped laughing, he reiterated his assurance concerning my place in C Grade. So that's settled ~ A Grade it is. Or I'll die trying A great morning with some really splendid characters. Thanks Neil and Phil, for your patience and encouragement. Thank you too, to Barry, for your cushion.