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  • Interview with Jerry Miculek, the World's Fastest Pistol Shooter


    Date: Feb 21, 2010
    Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
    Copyright “Sgt T” and AmericanSheepdog.com

    I am visiting with Jerry Miculek today who is in Corpus Christi, Texas for the 2010 Texas State Carbine Championship. Most of the members of the American Sheepdog Forum know who Jerry Miculek is. Jerry is pretty well known as probably the fastest handgun shooter in the world. If there is someone faster I don’t know who it is. Jerry’s records include:

    Five time USPSA 3-Gun National Championship
    • Four time 2nd Chance Bowling Pin Champion
    • 1997 American Handgunner World Shoot-Off Champion
    (The only person to ever win this title with a revolver.)
    • Fourteen time International Revolver Champion
    • Member of five time winning pro team at the Sportsmans Team Challenge
    • Three time Masters International Long Gun Champion
    • Three time USPSA National Revolver Champion
    • Two time IPSC World Revolver Champion

    ASD: Jerry, I know that you do a lot of competitive shooting but you also carry a concealed weapon?

    Jerry: Yes, that is correct.

    ASD: What firearm do you use as your everyday carry gun?

    Jerry: I carry a Smith & Wesson J-Frame a lot. If I am in my vehicle I will carry a full size M&P pistol and a couple of magazines. But usually for concealed carry it would be a J-Frame.

    ASD; Well, I know you are very proficient with a revolver so that seems like a natural fit for you. How does competitive shooting translate into defensive shooting?

    Jerry: Well, just buying a handgun really means nothing to the user. You have to go out into the real world and use it. Competition, even if you went to an IDPA match, or with a couple of buddies and set up a stage of fire, and fired your carry gun, you become aware really quick of where you’re deficient and what you need to train on, low-light conditions especially is something you want to work with. So just bring whatever you think is a good combination and something you might carry already. Get out there and do some training with it and see where it’s weak. The only way to make is happen is to get out there and actually try to interact with the targets at that speed and that stress level. Because, if you ever have to do something like that you’re going to really be pumped up and odds you are not going to go through your chain of command and you are going to skip a lot of things.

    ASD: I’ve noticed today we have a lot of people who are competitive shooters, mostly shooting AR15 or M4 type rifles, when they have a stoppage it throws their whole tempo off because they don’t practice stoppage drills. If they have a double feed or something they are kind of stuck.

    Jerry: That’s one thing good about a revolver you can just keep on shooting. A hammerless J-Frame, like a 642, you can shoot it out of your coat pocket. It doesn’t hold a lot of ammo, but you gotta realize that in any kind of situation the preferable fight is to not even be in a fight to leave the area. The only time I’m ever going to have to use anything like that the guys going to have to be on top of me. I want the gun to function 100% of the time. I know it’s only five rounds, but I’m going to have five rounds.

    ASD: Five rounds for you is probably the same as fifty rounds for most people who carry a gun every day. How many rounds a year do you fire for practice?

    Jerry: I’ve shot fifty thousand, sixty thousand a year. But you want to realize, and I can’t stress this enough, is to get out in some actual environment. Put yourself in some different situations and try and get some stress up, and low-light, and shoot it at the speed that’s going to be realistic. Because when the adrenaline is going to dump on you, you are going to really be out of your element. The time frame is going to change, you are going to be rough on your trigger, so you want to know how to do these things when you are not at your best.

    ASD: It is said that in a crisis you are only going to half as good as you are on your best day on the range.

    Jerry: Even during my best matches I am probably 15% off what I usually do. And that is with a lot of practice. I have never actually shot my best while at a match.

    ASD: That’s very true. You know when you have adrenaline dumping and your peers watching you, you have a lot of things going through your mind other than just working on fundamentals. Having brought that up, how important is practicing fundamentals and not doing all the fancy tactical stuff that people do?

    Jerry: Well, worry about that after you have become proficient with whatever you choose to carry. I can’t stress that enough. Know the malfunction drills if you are shooting a semiautomatic pistol; that is going to be very important. Know your range limitations under that stress conditions. You’d be surprised how limited you get really quick on what you can do under stress. Don’t put yourself into a situation where you think you are going to rise to the occasion. You’re usually you are actually going to default.

    ASD: Yes, sir, that’s right. You are going to default to you highest level of training and if you don’t have any you don’t have anything to fall back on.

    Jerry: That’s right. You’d be really surprised how juiced up you get in a short period of time.

    ASD: In many of these competitions I see people who have malfunctions and if they don’t practice them they don’t know how to clear them. That’s the ‘double-edged sword’ of having a gun that works all the time because when it does malfunction, it throws you off.

    Jerry: (Laughs) Well, you should know your malfunction drills. You need to be very much aware that if something is not right you know how to fix it. Don’t just freeze up and look down at your gun. It’s not going to do you any good if it’s locked back or it’s not rotating, or whatever. You’ve got to keep moving.

    ASD: Keep fighting and keep moving.

    Jerry: Always move.

    ASD: Well, Jerry this is an impromptu interview and I am fortunate that you came down to Corpus Christi today to shoot at this match. This is your second or third year here?

    Jerry: I think this is my second year.

    ASD: Every year we get a little bigger. I think it is because you come down here. Curt Miller is here today. We're getting some recognition and I hope we’re putting on a good match for you today.

    Jerry: Oh yea. There’s enough rope around here for everybody to hang themselves.

    ASD: Again, Jerry, thank you for your time.

    After conducting the interview I had the opportunity to be the Range Officer for Jerry when he shot the stage I was working. Jerry is without a doubt one of the top shooters in the world and he is also a really nice guy and a gentleman. He helps paste targets and reset stages just the same as someone who is brand new to competitive shooting.
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. Rossi's Avatar
      Rossi -
      Nice job Scott. I have seen clips of Jerry shooting , and he is truly amazing.

      I think this is the first time I've ever read or observed an interview with him. Interesting character.

      "T": I tried to rate the interview (4+stars out of 5), but the system wouldn't let me do it. This narrative will be a little short, as I don't know if it will take my scribbles either. UGA advised of the error message.

      Rossi

      EDIT from UGA: Seems we still have a permission bug on members rating articles that re-emerged after the last update. I'm on it...
    1. UGA's Avatar
      UGA -
      Outstanding job Sgt T, here is a little video to compliment the interview...


    1. Zen's Avatar
      Zen -
      Scott- Outstanding!! Every time I watch Jerry shoot on tv I am blown away!
      First rate interview Scott, thanks!!!
    1. SkivMarine's Avatar
      SkivMarine -
      I'd like to have Jerry with me in a fire fight...as a machine gun.
      That man is FAST.

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