Wyoming Dentist Uses GLOCK 10mm Pistol to Stop Grizzly Attack

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- On October 21, 2022, Wyoming dentist, Dr. Lee Francis, 65 years old, was hunting elk with his 40-year-old son, in the area near Rock Creek, in the Sawtooth Mountains, east of Bondurant, Wyoming.

In this video from KSAL-TV, he gives an interview and explains what happened. Dr. Francis is an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He successfully collected a large grizzly bear with a bow and arrow in 2013. Several attempts to contact Dr. Francis have been unsuccessful.

Dr. Francis had separated from his son when he unintentionally stepped in front of the entrance to a bear den. He saw the fresh dirt, had drawn his Glock 10mm, chambered a round, and was backing away when the bear charged at him out of the den from 10 feet away.

The best interview about the encounter appears to have been in an article at cowboystatedaily.com.  The article says Dr. Francis used 130-grain hardcast bullets in his 10mm Glock.

“He came right at me, and he came on full blast,” the elder Francis said. 

Counting the cartridge already in the chamber, he had 14 rounds loaded with 130 grain hard cast bullets in his Glock. 

“I just remember shooting three or for times, right before he hit me,” he said. “Then I went down on my back.”…

Hard cast bullets will punch through a bruin’s body, instead of rapidly expanding and expending their energy in massive, shallow wounds
the way that hollow point bullets do, he said. 

“Hollow points are meant for stopping people, not bears,” he said, adding that it was also fortunate for him that his weapon was loaded
with hard cast bullets. 

“A hit from a hollow point would have probably just exploded my whole foot,” he said. 

He also said he favors the high-capacity, semi-automatic Glock over magnum revolvers.

130-grain hardcast bullets for a 10mm would be unusual. Perhaps it is a typo or misreading of notes, where another weight of bullet was intended.  Buffalo Bore has a 220-grain hardcast bullets loaded for bear in the 10mm.

Dr. Francis was attempting to fend off the bear with his feet when he accidentally wounded himself.

In the over 123 documented cases where pistols were fired in defense against bears, I recall only two where the person firing the pistol wounded themselves.

Coincidentally, both were with 10mm pistols.  Both happened as the defender fell on their back and attempted to fend off the bear with their feet.

The first case was with Kim Woodman who had to shoot a grizzly sow at a bad breath distance in 2016. Kim was backing away from the bear when he tripped and went over backward. He continued to fire, and shot the tip-off of the middle toe of his left foot as he shot the bear and attempted to block it with his foot at the same time.

Police officers train to be able to back up without falling, and failing that, to avoid shooting their legs or feet if they fall backward.

Those techniques can be handy for people who carry pistols as a potential defense against bears. Here is one video on shooting while moving.  Here is one for shooting from your back.  The important thing to practice is not to point the muzzle at your own body, obviously a more difficult task in the middle of a fight for your life.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Roland T. Gunner

I’m retired from a major metropolutal police department in the South, and ’till the day I retired, my agency spent boucoup time and money on endless in-service training classes. Some of that training was very good; most of it was very useless. Other than briefly discussing and demonstrating the topic in the academy, I dont think backing up on foot was ever covered again; and certsinly not shooting around your feet. Picturing the dynamics of rolling around in the dirt with a gun and a thug, which I have done a metric butt ton of times, I’m not sure there… Read more »

Steve

I’ve got two big St Bernards – they love to wrestle – nothing like the size of a Grizzly, but over 150 lbs each. I’m 215 lbs – trying to practice “wrastlin” with these two using an empty BB pistol to simulate shooting – no way. You cannot simulate what moves a big critter will make when you are laying on your back etc..And mine are just playing! I think carrying a 12ga pump, something like a Mossberg Shockwave may be a better option. I carry a sidearm, 44 Model 69 Combat but, with the Mossberg, I have a round… Read more »

Montgomery

Cowboy State Daily: “The bullet traveled up his leg and exited his calf.”

Lol, the 130-grain bullet weight was not the only factual error in that article. Unless this dentist was a contortionist, the bullet would have entered his calf, travel down his leg and exit his foot.

tatersalad

Depends how far away he is from the threat. The lighter the bullet the faster the bullet = more penetration at distance. If the bear is charging from 30 to 40 feet away with 18 rounds of 130 grain i say that he chose well. Out of 19 bullets a well placed hard cast bullet to the heart or brain better chance of stopping it before the bear reaches him.

Last edited 2 days ago by tatersalad
ashort

I couldn’t imagine what he went through being attacked by a bear, and hope it never happens to me, but I also couldn’t imagine being on a hunt with my sidearm not loaded. For a self proclaimed avid hunter. he should have known better then to go on a hunt with his sidearm not chambered. I am however glad he lived to tell the story. maybe from now on he will keep his guns loaded. it could have saved him precious time, and he probably could have stopped the bear, before the bear had gotten him on the ground, and… Read more »

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Bigfootbob

I agree with you 100%. Whether you be hunting or just doing your every day thing with your EDC, why would anyone not have a load in the pipe ready to go?

High intensity adrenaline is not your friend. It makes your body react inappropriately. Thugs or critters have the advantage anyway, why give them more opportunity?

Oldman

Absolutely concur! I had an incident occur about 3 years ago, when the house across the road from me was for sale. There was no one home and out of the blue, two black suvs came tearing down our road, roared into their driveway and out jumped three occupants. One popped his hood and the other opened their tailgate. They then split up and the lone female went to another house and the two males went around to the back of the house and came out of the locked front door. The wife called the sheriff and I put another… Read more »

Duane

In Wis. I was an Law Enforcement firearms instructor for decades.

We taught officers how to walk back wards, how to fall and shoot without hitting your feet.

The-Swiss

had drawn his Glock 10mm, chambered a round

sounds like he lost some precious time there…

Pa John

Do a DuckDuckGo search for “Glock polygonal rifling” and similar, and read up on WHY it can be a bad idea to feed your Glock lead ammo. There are endless online arguments about whether it is the polygonal rifling or the tighter bore diameter which causes leading issues, with solutions including gas checks being loaded behind the rounds, to prevent gasses from bypassing the bullet and searing the lead into the rifling, and etc. I leave it to interested Glock owners to educate themselves on this. 🙂 Additional searches for variations of “Glock rifling not good for lead” and similar… Read more »

Bigfootbob

Thanks for the tip, I have owned 2 Glocks but traded them away before ever shooting either one. I have been contemplating buying another as a backup EDC, this info will help me decide how I want to go.

Matt in Oklahoma

130? Hmm

Desert Rat

For griz the better round is the .460 Rowland conversion to a 1911 (8+1 & 10 round reload) or a Glock 21 conversion (13+1 & 13 or 25 round reload) at 1350fps with 230gr. hard cast. All that’s required is a barrel and recoil spring assembly and you have a hammer that’s much better than 10mm.

Rodoeo

Actually a 130gr is moving at higher velocity so if he had the compact glock 10mil it would actually be ideal in a hard cast. It would also be a lighter recoil at close range. You want to punch holes through organs in that large animal at high velocity. It was a typo.. I’m not sure they even make a 130gr HARD CAST bullet in 10mm. maybe he was using hollow points.. crazy 🙂

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Roland T. Gunner

I am a big fan of 10mm, and I would imagine it loses a good bit of velocity and energy out of the little Glock. Might as well use a big, heavy, hard cast bullet.

TGP389

I doubt he was using hollow points, since he said he would have blown his foot of if he were using them.

Last edited 6 days ago by TGP389
Steve

Any chance he loads his own rounds?