I'd say spring. I have bought two cockers from "non cocker guys" who had it sitting cocked for years in a closet. Either way it looks to be an eclipse factory cocker and if he doesn't want to fix her up, I might, Seems too bad that his only cocker memories will be sour. I have changed several minds by letting them shoot mine, or fixing theirs. I hope he gets her running and playing, I know she wants to shoot......
Autocockers are not more accurate, I'm just more accurate when I shoot autocockers.