Good to hear from you.
On the bench rest front, at Dowry Hill, the bench rest aficionados all swear by the EV2 and some excellent results are obtained. On the FT front, there are a lot of EV2`s being used so that says something. If your looking to kill two disciplines with one gun, my guess would be that the EV2 is worth looking at.
PS. Does this mean your leaving the pistol scene.