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Massad ayoob Long Shot: the Mac Scott IncIdent Situation: Lessons: You’veidentifiedthehomeinvasionsuspectyou’re chasing,andyou’veseenaguninhishand.He’s runningtowardawomanhecantakehostage. Doyoufire? Astimesandplaceschange,somayrulesof engagement…whateveryourdecision,you’ll havetojustifyyouractions…andahighlevel ofskillwithyourhandgunwillalwaysgiveyou morelife-savingoptions. AtthetimethemassmurderwentdownatFortHood,Texaslastyear,the American Handgunnerissue,thenonthestands,carriedthestoryofAndyBrown.HewasthecourageousAirForceSecurityPoliceofficerwhoengagedtheAK-armedkillerwithhisissue Beretta service pistol. Brown ended the mass murder by putting a 9mm-pistol bullet betweenthemonster’seyes,fromadocumenteddistanceofsome70yards. Recently,editor,RoyHuntington,contactedmetosayoneofourbrothersinthefirearms industry once dropped a violent felon with his service sidearm at an even longer range.Webringyouthatdocumentedstorynow. the good guy Long before he became famous as a master pistolsmith at the Scott, McDougall & Associates firm, Andrew MacGregor “Mac” Scott was a street cop. In 1977, with about 10 years behind the badge, he was a 31 year old Detective Sergeant with the Sonoma County, California Sheriff’s Department. His skill with firearms also made him the departmentrangemaster.IntheearlyafternoonhoursofDecember27thatyear,hewas intheofficereviewingcasereportswhenhereceivedamessagethataparticularlydangerouscriminalofhisacquaintancehadbeenspottedinthecityofSantaRosa,gassing upataservicestationinanoldFordstationwagonsomeoneelsewasdriving.Grabbing hissuitcoat,Scottsprintedoutoftheofficeandtowardhisunmarkedunit.Hisdepartmentwantedthisfugitivebadly…thechasewason. the Bad guy GaryWilliams,28,wasaviolentcriminalwhothusfarledacharmedlife.Inarecent clash with Sonoma County deputies, he survived the ramming of his getaway car by a patrolunit,andshotsfiredathim,byadeputy,missed.Hewasshotintheshoulderin a violent encounter with Oakland police, and an unconfirmed story described him also survivinggunshotwoundsafterashootoutwithpoliceinFlorida.Williams,thedetective knew,hadescalatedhiscrimesfromburglariestoarmedrobberiestoparticularlyviolent home invasions. And, Mac Scott also knew, Williams had publicly sworn that he would neverbetakenalive. the gun The weapon Mac carried that day was a Smith & Wesson .357 Combat Magnum, the stainlessModel66,withserialnumber4K62447.Hecarriedaprivatelyowned,department Continued on page 86 20 20 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER2010 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER2010