FAST AS LIGHT­NING

JERRY MICULEK SHARES SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE MADE HIM THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE WITH A WHEEL­GUN

Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - EXPERT’S CORNER - BY CCH STAFF | PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF SMITH & WES­SON

Most ev­ery­one who has ever en­tered a hand­gun com­pe­ti­tion knows the name Jerry Miculek. The long-time Smith & Wes­son-spon­sored shooter be­gan his com­pet­i­tive shoot­ing ca­reer in 1976. He has cap­tured 100 na­tional and world shoot­ing ti­tles, in­clud­ing 21 con­sec­u­tive ICORE Cham­pi­onships, the ac­tion shoot­ing com­pe­ti­tions of the In­ter­na­tional Con­fed­er­a­tion of Re­volver En­thu­si­asts. He has achieved nu­mer­ous world speed-shoot­ing records, in­clud­ing five NRA-sanc­tioned world speed-shoot­ing hand­gun records and one NRA-sanc­tioned ri­fle speed-shoot­ing record. He has mas­tered many types of firearms, but he’s rec­og­nized most as the fastest man alive with a re­volver. As an ex­am­ple, in 1999 us­ing a S&W eight-shot re­volver, he fired eight shots on one tar­get in 1 se­cond even. Then he shot eight shots on four tar­gets (two on each) in just 1.06 sec­onds. Us­ing a S&W six-shot re­volver, he fired six shots, reloaded and fired six more, all on tar­get in 2.99 sec­onds. He pro­vides some in­sights for us here.

CCH: CAN YOU PRO­VIDE SOME IN­SIGHT INTO YOUR PRAC­TICE SES­SIONS WITH HAND­GUNS?

Miculek: All my hand­gun prac­tice ses­sions are work­ing on the hol­ster draw, first shot, mul­ti­ple tar­get ac­qui­si­tion, rapid fire and usu­ally con­cludes with long dis­tance—out to 50 yards. Usu­ally the prac­tice ses­sions are tuned to the up­com­ing match re­quire­ments. Three-gun matches re­quire shoot­ing on the move; IDPA, more use of cover and shoot­ing around cor­ners, from cover, etc.

CCH: WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO AC­QUIR­ING SPEED? ARE THERE ANY TRICKS OF THE TRADE RE­GARD­ING TRIG­GER CON­TROL OR SIGHT AC­QUI­SI­TION?

Miculek: The key to speed shoot­ing is to op­ti­mize grip tech­nique on the gun, which al­lows for the least re­coil. Trig­ger speed comes from ex­er­cis­ing the trig­ger fin­ger. There is no other way to in­crease speed than to shoot—a lot. Trig­ger con­trol will come from the most op­ti­mum place­ment of trig­ger fin­ger on the trig­ger and be­ing able to have the abil­ity to switch gears from rapid fire to pre­ci­sion when needed.

CCH: WHAT ABOUT GRIP AND STANCE? DO YOU PRE­FER AN ISOSCELES OR WEAVER STANCE? HOW MUCH DOES YOUR SUP­PORT HAND CON­TRIB­UTE TO YOUR GRIP?

Miculek: An isosceles stance al­lows for bet­ter vi­sion tech­nique along with re­coil con­trol, espe­cially when try­ing to shoot on the move. When prop­erly ap­plied, the sup­port hand con­trib­utes 70 per­cent to the re­coil con­trol of a pis­tol or re­volver.

CCH: FOR CON­CEALED CARRY, WHAT TYPE OF GUN DO YOU PRE­FER AND WHY?

Miculek: My pref­er­ence for con­cealed carry is the J-frame (re­volver) for deep carry and a semi-auto for in­side the waist­band or open carry. The J-frame in deep carry will al­low for a shot through a pocket if re­quired and is usu­ally a lighter and more com­pact pack­age than a semi-au­to­matic. The smaller and medium semi-auto in­side-the-waist­band pis­tols al­low for more fire power and a faster reload.

CCH: DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER SUG­GES­TIONS FOR HOW OUR READ­ERS CAN IM­PROVE THEIR SHOOT­ING SKILLS?

Miculek: If you are to­tally new to pis­tol shoot­ing, it may be wise to con­sult with a trainer or take a class. Al­low your­self enough time and money to achieve what you wish to achieve. I have been shoot­ing for over 40 years and I know there is al­ways room to im­prove. At­tend­ing com­pe­ti­tions al­lows you to work un­der pres­sure. This will show you the ar­eas that need the most at­ten­tion in your shoot­ing prac­tice.

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