Doc’s GLOCK at the Gym
I am a physician in a large town and have many patients. Most people I care for are wonderful people. So it seemed very strange to me when a friend, who is also a patient, told me that a mutual acquaintance was angry with me because he suggested that I insulted his wife. This puzzled me, as I do not fight with or insult my patients, even though a few can be rude at times. I thought no more about this person until one evening when I was exiting a local gym where I regularly exercise.
I was getting into my car and he appeared from the back door of the gym. I waved at him and smiled. He seemed very upset and had a strange look on his face. I noticed he was using a crutch and had an orthopedic boot on one foot. As I sat in the front seat of my car getting ready to leave, he threw down the crutch and grabbed my shirt ripping it, and started punching me in the face. This fellow is in his early 50s (I am in my early 40s) but is very fit and muscular. I was in a state of shock! I was caught totally unaware by his onslaught.
I immediately pushed him out of the car and began shouting to cease his attack, meanwhile asking him forcefully what was the meaning of the assault. He seemed bent on continuing the assault but stated that I had insulted his wife. I told him I didn’t know his wife.
As he showed no signs of backing down, I retrieved my GLOCK 22 from my glove box. It had a full magazine, but I kept the chamber empty. I thought I could possibly calm the situation without killing this man, so I did not chamber a round but was ready to do it. I pointed the gun at his chest at a distance of about 4 feet and told him if he continued the attack I would have no choice but to shoot him. He did not leave. Luckily, my friend the trainer came out then and calmed him down. I then drove home and called the police, who later arrested him. I had a judge impose a restraining order on him, and he was fined $1,500.
I have had a lot of time since then to reflect on that situation. I really changed my thought process on being prepared and what potential dangers we face when we step outside our homes. Since then I have taken upper-level defensive handgun courses and have talked to police about that incident. I would have had the right to use deadly force, but what a burden, both emotionally and legally, that would have been. I certainly could have fought him with my fists, but as a physician I realize that one never knows the possible outcomes of two adults in a physical altercation. I am convinced I did the right thing and I am glad I live in a state where a citizen’s right to bear arms is not infringed upon. I’m also an NRA life member and a concealed carry permit holder.
—Loren Edward McCoy, M.D., FACP
Muscle Shoals, AL
Sixty-Six-Foot GLOCK Shot
In the winter of 2010, the Secret Service contacted a municipality in our county about a wanted fugitive. They had conducted electronic surveillance and indicated that the subject was possibly staying at a local motel. I, along with two city patrolmen, attempted to contact the subject as he was leaving the motel. Upon contact, the subject struck an officer with his vehicle and the officer fired a shot into the rear tire of the suspect vehicle.
A pursuit began, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol hit the vehicle with stop sticks. The suspect vehicle continued west on the interstate until it could go no further with the tires deflating. The suspect drove his vehicle into the median, where it got stuck in mud. The suspect then exited his vehicle with a gun pointed at his head. Instead of firing, however, he pointed his weapon at my partner and fired at him.
I began firing my department-issue G22 pistol at the suspect. He was struck multiple times at a distance of 66 feet. Thanks for making and supporting such a fine weapon. My GLOCK protected me when I needed it.
—Det. Sgt. PS, Crawford
County Sheriff’s Department
Wife Knows Best
My wife and I have enjoyed handguns for years. I always shot 1911s and she usually shot a Browning BDA .380. She said the 1911s were too big, too heavy and felt awkward. Ten years ago, I bought a GLOCK 21 in .45 Auto. We took it to the range. After I shot the GLOCK a few times, my wife asked to shoot it. She placed five rounds in 3 inches at 15 yards. She turned to me and said, “What will your gun be?” She’s been shooting ‘her’ GLOCK ever since.
GLOCK’s Retired LEO Purchase Program
I recently purchased a GLOCK 19 Gen4 in North Carolina. I am very impressed with the quality and accuracy along with the discounted price I received for being a retired law enforcement officer. Thank you, GLOCK, for thinking about both our military and law enforcement officers by offering these kinds of incentives! I got rid of a Kahr CW9 and made the decision to purchase a GLOCK 19 Gen4, I would also like to commend you for firing each pistol before it leaves the factory and enclosing the fired shell casings along with the person’s name, etc. to prove it was checked out before leaving the factory to the retailer.
I am 59 and I expect this GLOCK pistol will be with me for the rest of my life. Then I’ll hand it down to my son. Thank you again for your dedication to providing a quality firearm.
Nothing Says Love Like a GLOCK!
I bought my first GLOCK on February 13, 2010. The next day (Valentine’s), I met my wife. She hated guns and was deathly afraid of them. I finally got her interested in shooting. Next, she was interested in getting her own GLOCK. That October, I bought another GLOCK and then proposed with it, saying, “When I bought my first GLOCK, the next day I met the girl that would become my girlfriend. Yesterday, I bought another GLOCK, and I am hoping she will become my wife. Will you marry me?” I opened the GLOCK box and had the brand-new GLOCK 17 Gen4 and a ring inside. She said yes!
GLOCK Survives & Serves
In November 2002, I was on duty as a deputy sheriff in Ohio. While investigating a juvenile runaway, I was hit by a car and thrown 40 feet through the air, landing hard on the pavement on my lower back. My GLOCK 22 came out of my holster, flying another 40 feet and landing in the roadway. The magazine came out partially and the gun did not discharge. I feel that this is a true testimony of the safety of GLOCK pistols. What harsher test could one endure? The accident retired me, but that pistol still serves today. I have full confidence in the reliability and safety of GLOCK. What happened to me could not be a finer testimony of GLOCK safety and reliability. It is a fine firearm.
While serving as a K-9 patrol officer for the Graham, North Carolina, Police Department, Markus Globuschutz and his 70-pound Belgian Malinois “Ezro” made a 3:00am traffic stop on an SUV traveling over 100 miles per hour on U.S. Interstate 40. There were three passengers in the vehicle, and immediately upon being pulled over, the driver exited and approached the patrol car.
“The driver kept wanting to talk with me, and I continued to tell him to return to the car. I knew something was wrong right from the start. As soon as the driver began to move back towards the vehicle, one of the two passengers got out and headed towards the patrol car. That’s when the driver attacked me.”
While fighting off two suspects and seeing the third exit the vehicle, Globuschutz managed to reach down and hit a transmitter attached to a fob on his belt. The device activated an automatic door opener on the patrol car and Ezro, his K-9, charged to his side.
“Ezro was trained to exit the patrol car, come to my left side, and put his foot on my boot. We had practiced it so many times it became unconscious. Just as he reached my side, I shoved off one of the suspects and grabbed Ezro by the collar. Ezro knew exactly what was going on and went straight for the nearest attacker.”
Just inches from the attacker’s face, Ezro’s snarling attack backed up one attacker and froze the other two. At that point, Globeschutz was able to draw his weapon and take control of the situation. “I had my GLOCK 21 in one hand and the dog’s collar in the other. They lost all interest in continuing the assault.” A search of the vehicle produced 2 kilos of cocaine, and Markus and Ezro returned home safely.
GLOCK’s 40,000 Rounds
Back in 1988, my agency, Keene, New Hampshire PD, was about the first agency in the state to switch to GLOCK 17s. My issued GLOCK 17 never once malfunctioned. As a department and state instructor, that gun fired well over 40,000 rounds before a slide lock spring broke while I was attending a shooting school. I was able to swap in a new one in less than two minutes. My present GLOCK 33 has fired over 7,000 .357 rounds through it and still shoots like new!
—Captain Jack Zeller, Keene NH PD
Mike Donohue, a pharmacist for 31 years, has been robbed six times while on the job. But this latest robbery attempt, in February 2009, had a different ending. A drugstore thief came in looking for free drugs and met something else entirely—Mike’s GLOCK 19.
The robber came into the store wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and handed the pharmacy assistant a note that asked for OxyContin and said he was armed. The robber paced back and forth, waiting for his free prescription to be filled.
The five past times Mike Donohue was robbed, the assailants asked for OxyContin as well. Ironically, Mike had just returned from Seattle Police Headquarters. He had spent all morning identifying a suspect from a previous robbery, and two hours after returning to his pharmacy, a new threat arrived.
“A young man approached our prescription counter.” Mike says. “As one of my employees went to help him I noticed he was wearing a hoodie. I didn’t hear him talk but saw him slide a piece of paper to my employee. It could easily have been a prescription, but I was suspicious. I maneuvered to a nearby monitor to observe the young man. My employee presented me with the note he had handed her. It read, ‘I have a gun, give me your OxyContin.’”
Ready to Act
While many in this situation would have tried to call the police, or give the burglar everything he asked for, Mike considered his options and acted quickly. “If he did indeed have a gun, it was still in his pocket. There was no one outside my front door who could have been an accomplice. I also knew that due to our store layout he had never seen me and that I could approach him without him seeing me. I elected not to call the police as a first course of action in this case. Had I done so, the bandit may have drawn his weapon and put us all in further peril. There were no customers in the store at the time and I didn’t want any walking into a robbery in progress.”
Mike unholstered the GLOCK 19 from under his lab coat. “My safest course of action was to put him into a state of submission either by force or threat of force, dependent upon how he responded. I caught him off guard.”
When Mike sprung with his GLOCK drawn, he took the criminal by complete surprise. “He bolted for the door. He really had no good options at that point. If he had made a move that was threatening me, I would have opened fire. He made no such move.”
Video footage shows the pharmacist running after the robber, yelling, “Down! Down!”
The pharmacist sees it a bit differently: “From my perspective, I was not chasing him—I was instead following him to determine the license plate number of his vehicle. He bolted across a very busy street and I observed his movements from behind a parked vehicle, so I had cover in case he drew a weapon. I then followed him across the street using a rockery for cover. When he pulled into the street, I was about 15 feet away. I wrote down his license plate number, observed his direction of travel, then returned to the store. As soon we had left the store, my staff was on the phone with the Seattle Police. I relayed the license plate number.”
Within 15 minutes, the police had arrested the robber at his home. Mike drove over to personally identify him.
The Wrong Guy to Mess With
The robber that day did not know whom he was dealing with. Mike Donohue has learned more in his life than just chemistry. “I spent my youth surrounded by police officer friends.” Mike says. “I played baseball, basketball and golf with them. I took scuba training with them. They were routinely at my house or I was at theirs. We went to church together. I was around police and they talked shop. I asked questions—lots of questions—about their training, experiences and how they handled various situations. So in actuality I had many hours of personalized instruction from police. It wasn’t in a formal classroom. It was situational analysis and review.”
He also isn’t green when it comes to handguns. “I shoot regularly with my son, my wife and friends from church, and we share each other’s guns at the range,” Mike says. “We own three different GLOCKs. So I guess, yeah, I do have some experience with handguns.”
The GLOCK Choice
When it came to defending his pharmacy, Mike sported a GLOCK 19. His son owns a GLOCK 17 that he carried for a while. Mike admits, “It was easy to shoot, but I felt the 19 had the power of the 17 and it was easier to conceal.
“Even though I run lots of scenarios about what would happen during a robbery, whenever I have been robbed, thinking about being robbed was the furthest thing from my mind. I knew if I had to draw my weapon I would have to act quickly and I didn’t want to be fumbling with flipping a safety at that critical time. I prefer to index until it is time to fire and my best safety is located between my ears.”
Mike Donohue’s pharmacy hasn’t been touched since that last attempted robbery in 2009.