BUG Saved my Life Today


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Nio
June 19, 2006, 10:03 PM
Well, maybe not my life, but it sure saved me from getting sliced in half and going to the hospital.

I carry two Glock 19s in CQC Serpa holsters under a sports coat while at work. One over each hip. I was working at a client's site today, and they are installing a new roof. It's a 2 story building, the the metal R-panels are about 35' long, and are pretty heavy. They're also rasor sharp on all the edges.

I decided to head out for lunch, and walked out the front door, through the yellow caution tape corridor set up guide people through the work area, and had almost cleared the tape when I heard a lot of yelling - and a strange sound I didn't recognise - behind and above me. The strange sound was one of the panels sliding off the roof! :what: I turned a little left and looked over my shoulder just in time to see it and yank my arm UP out of the way, but the sheet of steel caught me full in the hip - or it would have, if the Glock wasn't there. The steel sliced through my jacked through the CQC holster, and was stopped by the slide.

In the process, the mass of the sheet slammed me into the ground - and I'm not a little guy - and pinned me there until the roofers managed to get the sheet off of me. The CQC holster kept the sheet from sliding up my body as the other end slid down the wall. It's a good thing my leather belt has webbing reinforcement. They pulled the sheet off me, and the foreman was saying, "We need an ambulance..." into his cell phone. I stood up and said, "Why do you need an ambulance? Is somebody hurt?"

He looked at me and said, "You're cut! You're cut!", and he pulled up my jacket as if to see how bad it was, and he stopped short and just stood there. I pulled the gun out and said, "It's a good thing I carry this for protection." (There is a pretty good gauge in the slide, but it's really just cosmetic. The gun is fine.) I put the gun back and stuck my hand in the hole in my jacket and said, "The next time you guys are going to put a hole in my jacket, try to do it while I'm not wearing it."

He was so relieved that he started to faint and had to sit down on the ground.

I was pretty aggravated about it until the owner of the roofing company showed up and fired the whole crew. Now I feel bad about it. Not as bad as they do, I'm sure.

Feelings aside, I'm really glad I was wearing both guns.

Nio

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Bigjake
June 19, 2006, 10:09 PM
pics??

Third_Rail
June 19, 2006, 10:10 PM
My father in law works construction and he's had some close calls. I'm glad you're okay, but I do have to say that they earned being let go.

freedom and guns
June 19, 2006, 10:20 PM
guess the name Nio explains the fact that you carry TWO!! Glocks. In any case it is good you are still in one piece. God probably has a job for you to do. btw what is your profession? If you are a lawyer it would explain why the workers were fired.

Greybeard
June 19, 2006, 10:21 PM
You must have been living right! It could have been your neck.

The typical 26 gauge R-panels weigh right at a pound per square foot, so you and the Glock took a hit from about a 100-pound razor blade!

panzermk2
June 19, 2006, 10:23 PM
GEEZE. After I got out of the military my first job was in a sheet metal plant. You really have no idea how close you came to be cutting in half, not just gouged

Fly320s
June 19, 2006, 10:24 PM
So, I guess that the caution tape was there for a reason. :neener:

panzermk2
June 19, 2006, 10:28 PM
careful you may be treading on the Forum Reformation concerning posting:neener:

Zundfolge
June 19, 2006, 11:34 PM
I'm with Bigjake on this one ... I wanna see pics.


You should also send them to Glock with a story of how one of their pistols saved your life. :D

U.S.SFC_RET
June 20, 2006, 12:02 AM
?
:rolleyes:

mr_dove
June 20, 2006, 12:09 AM
wow, great story. I have no doubt that the gun saved your life today.

ABTOMAT
June 20, 2006, 12:35 AM
Wow, you sure doged a bullet there. No pun intended.

Send your story to Glock. Who knows, you might get a free gun so you can carry three! :)

SASS#23149
June 20, 2006, 12:41 AM
and some days the dog has his day.YOu had more luck than I can even imagine on that one.whoooeeee!!!
and,YES,send a picture to glock on this.

and here too of course.

Chrontius
June 20, 2006, 03:14 AM
you are one lucky son of a bitch.

I keep flashing back to Battle Angel Alita, and thanking God that most of it wasn't in color.

quazi
June 20, 2006, 06:55 AM
I keep flashing back to Battle Angel Alita, and thanking God that most of it wasn't in color.
I'm glad I finished eating right before getting that image in my head.

LiquidTension
June 20, 2006, 07:01 AM
+1 to pics.

Technosavant
June 20, 2006, 07:48 AM
Glad to hear you're OK. You must have blown through a whole lotta luck.

How's the Glock? Finish scratched? Slide bent?

cpileri
June 20, 2006, 08:12 AM
You were obviously meant to do something great later in life!
C-

bogie
June 20, 2006, 08:25 AM
Yeah - put the clothes back on, belts, etc., and take a picture. Show the holes. Show a piece of similar steel. Now show the glock. Mail the series in. Betcha get a new slide out of it.

robert garner
June 20, 2006, 08:31 AM
You carry two Glocks?
Is that like a man who wears belt and suspenders?
rough n da hood?
are you proffesional enuuf?
as far as you know,
to carry two fow-tees?
and please stay away from the water,
'less you carry a Mae West!
robert
duckin' for cover

CajunBass
June 20, 2006, 08:35 AM
Don't dare get rid of that gun. Think of the story you'll be able to tell everytime you pull it out at the range. You KNOW someone will ask how you got the scratch on it.

Glad you're ok.

Shipwreck
June 20, 2006, 09:25 AM
I would complain and get a new jacket out of it - I would say have them refinish the gun - but if that happened to me, I would probably keep that mark on that gun so U can always tell the story again :p

Make them buy U a new holster too :neener:

orangelo
June 20, 2006, 09:41 AM
Throw away your horseshoes, lucky coins and rabbits feet. That Glock is a token of good luck.

Or maybe it was divine intervention like pulp fiction. :D

Headless
June 20, 2006, 09:45 AM
Awesome. +1 for pics of the weapon at least

leadcounsel
June 20, 2006, 09:51 AM
I wouldn't replace ANYTHING on that Glock, and I'd carry it everyday from here on out!

I would take pics and send them to Glock though... 15 minutes of fame and who knows what else?

Reminds me of that robber who's gun stopped a cops bullet out east (Ohio?) recently. One lucky dude!

Juna
June 20, 2006, 09:56 AM
If TWO Glock 19s are your BUGs, then what's your primary? Man, you are one armed-to-the-teeth man. Congrats on surviving that. Quite an amazing story.

jrou111
June 20, 2006, 10:01 AM
So the question is, what's the ideal caliber for roofing sheetmetal? :D

Nio
June 20, 2006, 08:47 PM
If TWO Glock 19s are your BUGs, then what's your primary? Man, you are one armed-to-the-teeth man.

Well, the left gun is the backup, in theory. Oddly enough, I've always considered my knife to be my primary weapon.

Awesome. +1 for pics of the weapon at least

There really isn't much to show. The weapon is undamaged, really. It was just the paint or whatever the coating is that got scraped off. I cleaned it up and touched it up this morning.

Make them buy U a new holster too

They wrote me a check for the 'damages' this afternoon. It was a thrift-store coat, but they paid full retail! Party-party!

So, I guess that the caution tape was there for a reason.

Yeah, it was just in the wrong place. ;)

btw what is your profession? If you are a lawyer it would explain why the workers were fired.

Computer geek & part time trainer. This being the High Road, I don't suppose that I can say, "If I was a laywer, I'd shoot myself.", can I?

You carry two Glocks?

Being ambidexterous has its advantages. Sometimes life is too short to reload.

I would take pics and send them to Glock though... 15 minutes of fame and who knows what else?

I'd rather be rich than famous. Not that I'll get either one out of this. ;)

You must have blown through a whole lotta luck.

It occoured to me right after lunch to go buy a lottery ticket. Here's hoping.

Nio

ABTOMAT
June 20, 2006, 09:14 PM
Nah, you used all your luck already. Go to buy a lottery ticket and the place would probably catch on fire with you in it.

larry_minn
June 21, 2006, 12:55 AM
DAng I have some idea of what happened to you. In my youth I put steel sheets on pole buildings. Had a 12-14ft sheet 3ft wide slide off and catch me. On my hammer and knocked me down. Roof was maybe 8' high so not much momentem. A 35' from second story. UFTA. Glad you are ok.

Pork Fat
June 21, 2006, 07:21 AM
If it was a 1911, it would have broken the metal. You would have been able to remain standing as the sheet of steel disintegrated at your feet. :D

grampster
June 21, 2006, 09:32 AM
Well, finally! A Glock is found to be good for something. :evil: :p :D

sturmruger
June 21, 2006, 10:24 AM
I am glad you came out that in one piece!

Brian Williams
June 21, 2006, 10:27 AM
I would like to see some pics, before this turns into a Glock bashing fest...

Henry Bowman
June 21, 2006, 10:36 AM
This being the High Road, I don't suppose that I can say, "If I was a laywer, I'd shoot myself.", can I?You can, but then I'd have to sue you. ;)

mountain_cowboy
June 21, 2006, 10:40 AM
Who's gonna be the first to call BS? Since the gun no longer shows any damage, can we get a picture of the holster?

#shooter
June 21, 2006, 10:43 AM
"It's a good thing I carry this for protection."

I am glad you are ok, but delivering that line had to be priceless. :)

just one question
June 21, 2006, 11:00 AM
I have my doubts if this is true or not. Do you have any pics?


(I usually do doubt the "it happened to me" threads on here I just keep my mouth shut.:rolleyes:)

dhoomonyou
June 21, 2006, 11:02 AM
Send a copy of this letter to GLOCK, they should send you a "GLOCK saved my life T shirt" or something.

armoredman
June 21, 2006, 11:32 AM
grampster, +1!

chaim
June 21, 2006, 01:36 PM
Glad to hear you're OK. That had to be a scary moment. I'd love to see the pics of the gun and holster- and I agree that Glock would probably love to hear your story, might even get a professional refinish out of it at least.

skers69
June 21, 2006, 01:55 PM
Something about this story just is not adding up. Sorry to doubt..but this is the internet and all. Show us some pics.

'Card
June 21, 2006, 01:58 PM
As the safety director of a construction company, I can tell you that right at this moment, somewhere in the greater New Orleans area, the panicked owner of a roofing contractor is on his knees praying to God that you don't file a lawsuit, and that OSHA never hears about this incident.

As far as firing the crew? That's a given. There's no excuse for losing control of materials like that, and there's definitely no excuse for failing to control access immediately under the work area. (and no, a single strip of barricade tape is not adequate control)

Hell, I'm irritated just thinking about how sloppy that was.

nswtex
June 22, 2006, 09:52 AM
Calling BS on this story would be pointless seeing as the poster already got what he was looking for. Attention.

Q-Lock
June 22, 2006, 10:33 AM
Wow, seems as though everyone thinks a story is full of BS if they don't see a picture. As of the previous post, not only are "we" saying it could be bs...but that the story is bs and the op was just looking for some attention.

Could it be bs...sure, as could every other friggin thread on the forum that doesn't have any pictures(even pictures can be fabricated). Can we all just back off with bs calling crap...

Let the man be happy he's alive and well after his accident.

p.s. pictures would be nice...but I don't need to see them to believe you...I'm just nosey.

Regards,

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