Jerry Miculek is a Pro Shooter on Team Smith & Wesson, a 5-time World Record Holder, and is widely regarded as the fastest shooter in the world. He sits down with Smith & Wesson and pulls back the curtain on a lifetime of professional shooting experience.
S&W: You have been shooting for a long time, do you remember the first time you went shooting? Tell us about it.
JM: OOF! The first time I went shooting a handgun, I was with my uncle, he had a Model 28 Smith & Wesson, 38 Special. I thought it was pretty cool. That gun looks so huge, that N-Frame revolver; it just looked commanding. And we were shooting at an old, galvanized bucket in a cotton field in Texas; I remember it very well.
S&W: You are best known for being the ultimate speed shooter. Which speed record means the most to you and how many records do you hold?
JM: Well, the record that I am most proud of is eight shots in one second out of a Smith & Wesson Model 627 revolver. It was always my goal to have to have a revolver speed shooting record and when Smith made the new Model 627 in eight shots, it was just natural to go for that. I was pretty proud of that one. In total, I have five officially recognized records through the NRA. They sanction 'em, they witnessed it and you know, made it what they could officially as a record.
S&W: You shoot a wide variety of disciplines and compete at the top level in all of them. What is your current favorite to shoot?
JM: I would say three-gun or multi-gun. To me, it's just more guns and more problems to solve. And you have to be good at just about everything to compete well as a three gunner.
S&W: Jerry you have often been dubbed the greatest shooter of all time, what do you hope the next generation of shooters can learn from you?
JM: Hmm… Well, basically what I'm going through is just a learning curve. Just go to a competition and have fun, and it's going to take you to where you want to go.
S&W: In your videos you come up with some very unique drills. How do you come up with these?
JM: Well, for about the last 20 years, I've been fortunate enough to do military training. Working with these guys, I can kind of get a concept of what they want to do. And it's exciting for me to train and to pass it on to these guys and just have fun with it.
S&W: Your tagline is “Get Some”. How long have you been saying that and where did it come from?
JM: I think it's been six or seven years. I was just having fun on the range, and it just came out, I don't know, it was always back in my psyche somewhere. But, you know, like all comedians or entertainers they have a line or a shtick. So, I had to come up with something and that just came out and it stuck.
S&W: With as many firearms as you have shot and own, if you could only own one, what would it be?
JM: Well, from a truly practical standpoint, if I can only have one firearm, it would have to be a 12-gauge pump shotgun. It's just so practical. You can do anything with it. For about 100 yards, it's good for anything you could possibly want to do with a firearm.
S&W: What are you working on these days?
JM: I want to do some more speed records with the MSR, the modern sporting Rifle, the M&P15 style stuff. I really like shooting rifles. It's what I started with back in the day.
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