The counter to that, and we see this all the time at club / regional level is that when the initial shine wears off the new kit, usually at the second shoot after modification / acquisition either the shooter realises that the modifications have brought them no benefit, or more usually, those modifications are rubbished because they don't work. As a new springer shooter and long time pcp experimenter I can say from experience that it is useful to have someone knowledgable to bounce ideas off and who can try kit. My 97 was diagnosed as being 'too dry' despite my score being OK, a quick strip showed that to be exactly right. However, so often I have seen that inconvenient feedback from a knowledgable fellow shooter is ignored, the rifle / mods continue to be either rubbished or declared the greatest thing ever and shortly after the rifle is gone. One of our shooters who is very experienced with both springers and pcp's has recently taken to putting in the highest score of the day at regional FT shoots, using a slightly modified (trigger and hamster) Walther LGU..... I don't mean the highest springer score I mean THE highest score... talent is talent.