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I'm pretty much in the same camp as @sto – and I suppose that for me, quantifying any advantages of the electronics wouldn't be substantial enough for me to trade off with simplicity. PCPs are not perfectly simple, and I get that. For me though, that's part of the fun.

I think the other part of it for me is the fact that I have been engaged in the tech industry for over 20 years. Certainly long enough to become both cynical and skeptical of electronics from a reliability perspective. I'm also the type of person who is not in front of a computer when I'm not working.

I've also considered a PCP to take with me on long off-grid vacations, if I had one with electronics that failed – I'd regret it a little more than if I had a purely mechanical platform that suffered some mechanical failure. 

Some folks enjoy electronics more so than others, so I can see the attraction. I'm not judging by any means, so don't get me wrong. I do expect a level of reibility from my PCPs that I'm not so sure that I'd be able to expect with one that has as much additional functional complexity.

I find this interesting. I'm attracted to my Red Wolf for precisely the reason you seem to have an aversion for electronic rifles. The complexity of the electronics has provided a level of options, reliability, and simplicity of operation that I have not found matched in a mechanical rifle. Will it last 10 years? Don't know. If it breaks, can I fix it? Hell no! I remember similar doubts in the automotive market when computer controlled engine management systems were new. Everyone thought, let me manage the air/fuel mixture with carburetor jets, and let me manage ignition with the points and condenser and spark plugs.  What? Who would even consider such outdated technology today? Every type of technology has its strong points, along with its limits. I don't think we have defined either with regard to electronic rifles. My guess, based on my limited experience with the Red Wolf, we will see the electronic technology advance to the point of replacing mechanical systems in most high-end air rifles. I just see no reason to believe otherwise. When a mechanical system can be replaced by one requiring much less maintenance, which should mean greater consistency, and yielding a nearly instant lock time, why should that system not advance?