Hello dear fellow forum members. Today I accidentally visited this forum, proceeded to a pic thread, posted few photos of my Glocks and than just decided to change my member title. Briefly I scrolled through the user profile and I saw this "plane crazy" in hobby column. Well it was damn long time ago when I was building aircraft models so I turned my attention to the date when I registered at glocktalk and I saw the date which surprised me a lot. It was 2004! I realized 9 years are gone like ... nothing Actually I bought my first Glock model 17 at that year and I still can remember its serial number HAS 754. I was 24 years old and at that time started interesting in guns and shooting. That is why a registered at glocktalk. 9 years are gone and just another hobby became my lifestyle which I enjoy every day and second of my life and of which I am very proud of. Reading about guns was and is for me as enjoyable as shooting them so my personal library grew up significantly. 4 years ago I started gun writing on my own blog which became successful project and I really do like to write about guns. One year ago I became very serious about combat shooting and combat fitness and workouts with weapons became an every day practice. On last training session with my friends who as we say here breath the same air as I, sad with sarcasm, Travis Haley and Chris Costa would cry if they see the conditions in which we train. That is true, in our country shooting is not the most popular activity, since the ammo and firearms are very expensive and basically the whole infrastructure is dead so you should go very hard way to reach some heights in this business. Nevertheless for 9 years guns and shooting gave me much more rather than vital survival skills and enjoyment from shooting, it gave me ability to be a part of something which is very big and very great, to be part of the worldwide shooting society sharing the most important points like responsibility, safe firearm handling, self control, love to firearms and understanding the importance of right to own one. And for all this time (shame on me) I repeatedly cheated on Glocks. I put my hand on almost any popular wonder nines which existed. I had may be 6 Glocks but all the time a sold them and got something new (such practice was caused by the fact that firearms are very expensive and there is no practical reason in owning several basically same handguns). I loved H&K's for their quality and solidness, enjoyed excellent ergonomics and accuracy of Cz's, respected the fine craftsmanship and aesthetics of Beretta 92 and appreciated Sig P series for incredibly smooth triggers and very good shoot-ability. In between many other handguns came and have gone. Actually when I first unpacked my brand new G17 I was a little bit frustrated. A plain jane semi auto, with rough finish, when you jiggle it you heard some clicking inside, racking the slide will cause shrieking sounds. Is this THAT famous Glock??? you must be kidding! But year after year of shooting and communicating with other shootists and serviceman proved to me that Glocks do work (what a surprise!?) and they do work all the time. Actually the Glock is a single non soviet firearm that won the hearts of our service members who do not have tradition of maintain properly their issue guns. Most of these Glocks where imported in 90's have shot tens of thousands rounds with zero maintenance. I have seen glocks covered in grease, covered in substance that pretty much looked like glue and triggers where so hard you needed to squeeze em really hard to release a shot. I saw very abused specimen, but they all worked. after this 9 years I am 100% sure that there is no gun that is so simple, durable and reliable as Glock, period. Plus what is very important you dont need gunsmith to repair one (gunsmiths are rarity in our country any way). Just buy a replacement part and drop it in. Yesterday I sold my H&K P2000 and bought a Glock 19. So I traveled to range to test fire it. I put a target at approximately 12 meters and made 5 shots. This is the result of it. Stock 19 with 5.5 pound trigger delivered top notch accuracy and like asked me not to play the fool and accept the reality: for me there is on better gun than Glock. the group on the top was shot by my friend from his G17 I laugh at people who complain about Glock triggers and average accuracy. People, learn to shoot! invest more money and time in ammunition and training and Glock will not betray you. I think a long journey towards finding my ideal handgun is over. Here it is, introducing my new best friend, Glock 19. Now I plan to stay here on forum for a long time. With best wishes to all Glock fans out there Wanna kill these ads? We can help!