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massad Ayoob Pistol versus rifle-Armed mAss murderer — At 70 YArds! the AndY Brown incident situation: An “active mass murderer” is killing people with an AK clone … you’re 70 yards away, with only a pistol … and you have the courage to interdict. Who is going to win the death duel? lessons: The winner will be the one who follows his training, who has the cool courage to protect the flock in the face of almost certain death, and who focuses on the tasks that must be performed to achieve the life-saving goal. As gunfights so often happen, it began as a day like any other day for Andrew Brown, a USAF Security Policeman at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington. It was June 20, 1994, and he had gone on duty at 1400 hours, or 2:00 PM Pacific Time. Andy was working bicycle patrol on base, carrying the standard sidearm the United States Air Force got before the rest of the armed services: the Beretta Model 92F, designated by the military as the M9 service pistol. It was loaded with standard issue NATO military ammunition, a 124 grain full metal jacket bullet at slightly greater than +P+ pressure. The Beretta M9 was not new to him. This particular specimen was, though. His usual duty gun had been tagged for “routine maintenance” and had gone into the armorers’ system. His issue gun this day was an identical M9, but one he had never fired before. He trusted the Beretta system to function, but was aware he had not sighted in this particular weapon now hanging at his side, and did not know where it would actually hit, point of aim vis-à-vis point of impact. He didn’t spend much time worrying about it. After all, he had never had to fire his weapon in the line of duty in the five years he had served as an SP. He had taken his responsibilities seriously, and had shot Expert nearly every time he had qualified with the M9. Unable to take the issue weapon home, he had bought the closest clone gun he could afford, the similar Taurus PT-92, to practice with. But there was no reason to believe he would need to make a precision shot with the newly issued M9 he had never fired. Not today … the situation Unknown to Brown or anyone else, a human cancer had been growing that was about to metastasize suddenly and violently. The malignant tumor was named Dean Mellberg. He was 20 years old. He had slipped in under the radar of USAF recruiting. Diagnosed as having mental problems in Basic and in USAF Tech School, he had for some reason not been discharged despite some serious problems with a roommate. Mellberg tended to watch TV in the dorm room while standing at attention, and at last, after masturbating in front of others, was diagnosed by psychologists at Fairchild as needing a discharge. Before he left, Mellberg had managed to access his medical records and expunge them, Brown would learn later. Continued on page 87 34 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JANUARY/FEBRUARY2010