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