Recently we caught up with Team Glock Pro Shooter KC Eusebio. We talked about what it’s like to become a Grand Master before the voice change, who would win an all-out street brawl with the Gunny, R. Lee Ermey, and how many times Glock teammate Michelle Viscusi and former Army MP had to bust him back in the day.
My Gun Culture: As I understand, you started shooting at a ridiculously young age. Correct me if I’m wrong, but you won your first intergalactic championship at age eight, right?
KC Eusebio: Well, not quite…I started shooting at age eight and became a Master at age 10. At age 12 I became a USPSA Grand Master. So I became the youngest USPSA Master and the youngest USPSA Grand Master. Both of those records still hold today. I’m not sure anyone will beat those unless they are some kind of prodigy.
MGC: Well we’re planning on adopting a shooting sports prodigy any day now to only focus on beating your record. So what led up to that? Were you some kind of paintball or airsoft champion at age three? Or perhaps you were fixated on cap guns?
KC: I actually started off shooting with a real gun–a full-size 1911. I shot Open Class and Major Power Factor. My father was a Master Class shooter himself and got me into the sport. I’m really happy that he did that for me, because look what I’m doing today! I worked really hard and lost a lot of free time as a kid because I was at home loading bullets. I dry fired religiously every day. That got me where I am today.
MGC: So you made Master Class at age 10 shooting a full-size 1911 in .45 ACP? That’s crazy! What prompted you to take up shooting with that gun? Was it a hand-fit issue? What your dad shot? Were you completely insane? Or were you just a total badass?
KC: It came to me kind of naturally. And my dad was sort of strict. But I thank him for that. He exposed me to a a great pastime. For a hobby, competition, personal defense, or just hanging out shooting with friends.
MGC: So how did a nice, respectable guy like you, with a strict upbringing, get involved with a crazy outfit like Glock?
KC: Well, I wouldn’t say Glock is a crazy outfit! They’re more of a clean-cut, perfectionist company. I guess they saw me when I was shooting for the Army–I did that for about four years. I guess they saw what I was about and liked that. I’m grateful–I love shooting for this company. Glock is the best handgun in the world and nothing else beats it. They’re proven.
MGC: I know you started shooting 1911s, but were you shooting a Glock when Glock found you?
KC: I’ve always liked shooting every type of gun. I like to say it’s not the bow, but the indian. At the same time, my bow is THE BEST. So it’s the best of both worlds.
MGC: So back to your family, do you have any brothers or sisters?
KC: I’m an only child.
MGC: How many Glocks do you have? Round off to the nearest dozen.
KC: Glocks that I have? Easily over a dozen. I use them for various types of competitions. All different models, but mostly 9mm and .40 Smith & Wesson.
MGC: Do you have a specific competition load that you like? So, for example, in 9mm, do you shoot 124-grain bullets? Or 147-grain? Or perhaps something totally secret and illegal?
KC: It depends on the competition. For example, for Steel Challenge and other speed shooting, I use 115-grain projectiles. If I am shooting Major competition, I use 125-grain at about 1,400 feet per second. If I am using the normal stock Glock I like to use 147-grain bullets going about 1,100 feet per second.
MGC: You’re a California boy right?
KC: I was born and raised in California but moved to Georgia when I joined the Army at age 18. I’ve been in Georgia ever since.
MGC: So what type of Glock did you carry while surfing? On second thought, don’t answer that, it’s probably a top-secret pre-production submersible model right? We’re going to be talking with Michelle Viscusi in a few minutes and she was also Army. Military Police in fact. So you better come clean on these next questions because we’re going to ask her. Did she ever have to bust you and haul your butt to the brig for tearing up a dingy Tijuana bar or anything?
KC: Well no, I was on active duty in Georgia and she was in Guard in Arizona.
MGC: It sounds like you’re dodging the question, but that’s fortunate for you, because I hear she’s tough. So, being an Army veteran, you can help us settle our long-term debate. I want an MK19 Automatic Grenade Launcher for home defense. She’s worried about blast damage to the furniture. Can you settle this for us?
KC: Well when it comes to home defense, even a .22, used properly, can be effective. I don’t want to hurt anyone else, or the furniture. That’s stuff is expensive! It takes a long time to fill up a house!
MGC: You’re a jujutsu student. Why do you need a gun at all? Can’t you just whirl and twirl and disarm dozens of evil henchmen without breaking a sweat?
KC: I enjoy a lot of combat sports. I did wrestling in High School and I liked the combat training in the army. Jujutsu is not a high impact sport so it’s not hard on the joints. I just love it.
MGC: So R. Lee Ermey, the Gunny, is right here behind us. If you two got into a scrap, who’s gonna prevail?
KC: I think the Gunny would have to take it. Out of respect for what he’s done for this country. I guess I would just have to play possum if I had to fight him!
MGC: Glock has some new models this year. I recently shot the Glock 30S and was surprised at how gentle it was for a compact .45 ACP. What are you liking?
KC: All of the new Glocks are Gen 4 models. The Glock 20, which is a full size 10mm, is amazing. The 10mm is a big cartridge that can put a hurt on your hands. I’m really impressed with how soft shooting the Glock 20 is. It’s amazing. I’m going to have to pick one up myself.
MGC: Tell us about your competition schedule. What’s the life of a pro shooter like?
KC: It’s pretty hectic. I’m traveling maybe 40 percent of the time. This year I have about 30 matches on the schedule. And they’re not just here in the U.S. Many of them are international. I’m going to New Zealand and a tour of Europe. It’s stressful, but I love it. I love to compete. I love to win. I love to show off the Glock products–they are the embodiment of perfection.
This article originally appeared on My Gun Culture and is republished with permission.
Image courtesy Tom McHale/My Gun Culture