Famous pistol shooters

Famous pistol shooters DEFAULT

Remains east of Bonnie Claire ghost town in Nevada. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

There was no greater time in American history than the wild west. This was the age of exploration, and as the men and women of a new nation made their way westward, many of them made a name for themselves. Everyone is familiar with names like Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid. However, there were also many famous women who staked their claim and helped write the history of the wild west.

These women had to be strong and independent, and nobody made it very far out west without knowing how to use a gun. Women like Annie Oakley, Calamity Jane and Belle Star were breaking through gender barriers in a male-dominated society. These women helped to shape our nation and left a lasting impact on the American story. Here are a few of their inspiring stories.

Annie Oakley, circa 1899

Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley was perhaps the most famous female shooter in American history. Even today, many skilled marksmen still marvel at the amazing shooting feats she performed on stage. Born Phoebe Ann Moses in 1860, she became one of the most famous women of the 19th century.

Oakley learned to shoot at a young age because her family’s livelihood depended on her hunting and trapping skills. She became famous when she joined the legendary Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, which introduced her to a much larger audience.

One of Oakley’s greatest feats was shooting a playing card in half from 30 yards — not only once but multiple times in a row until the card was obliterated. Also, at one point she held the future of the world in her hands when she shot a cigar from the mouth of Kaiser Wilhelm, the German Emperor. Had she missed, she could have changed the course of history.

It wasn’t like Oakley to miss her target, as she earned the nickname “Little Sure Shot” from Sitting Bull, who was also a member of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Throughout her life, Oakley never forgot about her early years in poverty, and she often donated a portion of her earnings to charity.

Oakley was also a leader in an early feminism movement. When the U.S. was preparing for the Spanish-American War in 1898, she gathered a group of 50 female sharpshooters to join the Army. They were turned away, but it didn’t stop Oakley from teaching other women how to shoot. She is credited with teaching over 15,000 women how to handle a firearm.

Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane, 1895

Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane made her fame doing one of the most dangerous jobs in the Wild West. Born Martha Jane Canary in 1852, she gained notoriety as a scout for the U.S. Army on the frontier and fought in many wars against the Native Americans. A number of brave deeds were attributed to her during these fierce battles. Her actions garnered a large amount of fanfare from the press, and she became very popular throughout the West.

She was very close friends with the famous gunslinger and lawman known as Wild Bill Hickok. They traveled to Deadwood, South Dakota together when it was one of the most dangerous cities in the country. Calamity Jane claimed that Wild Bill was the only man she ever loved, and, according to her last wish, she was buried next to him after her death in 1903.

Calamity Jane also spent some time with the Wild Bill Cody Show. While she wasn’t shooting onstage like Annie Oakley, she traveled with the show and shared stories of her times out west. This became a popular attraction, and many people came to hear about the life of this impressive woman.

While Calamity Jane was one tough frontier woman, she also had a compassionate side. After Bill Hickok’s death, she spent her remaining years tending to the sick. She even cared for those with deadly typhoid fever, which was highly contagious. Calamity Jane is another of the strong women who helped tame the Wild West.

Belle Starr at Fort Smith, Arkansas

Belle Starr at Fort Smith, Arkansas

Belle Starr

Belle Starr found herself on the other side of the law. Born Myra Belle Shirley in 1848, she was a member of Jesse James’s Younger gang and helped commit a string of robberies and other crimes in the Wild West. However, her wild streak started at an early age, as she worked for the Confederacy during the Civil War, reporting on positions of the Union troops.

This is also where she became acquainted with Cole Younger and Jesse James. Her close affiliation with these groups led her to a life of crime, including counterfeiting money as well as robbing banks. She also dressed the part, as she was oftentimes seen wearing a black velvet dress, cowboy hat and two gun holsters as she rode side saddle her horse.

Her life of crime continued well into her older years, as she was once quoted as saying, “I am a friend to any brave and gallant outlaw.” She live the rest of her life stealing horses, money and anything else she could to make ends meet. It all came to an end in fitting violence when she was shot in the back in Eufaula, Oklahoma while riding back into town.

Final Thoughts

Often the women of the Wild West are overlooked by history books. However, these strong and independent gunslingers left their mark on American history.

Women like Annie Oakley and Calamity Jane helped to pioneer the west. While women like Belle Star found themselves on the wrong side of the law, they all made a cultural impact. This age of exploration allowed women to take on more adventurous roles, and their legacies, both good and bad, are part of our nation’s complex history.

Article submitted by Concealment Express, October 2018.

Also See:

Women in American History

Belle Starr – The Bandit Queen

Calamity Jane – Rowdy Woman of the West

Annie Oakley – Sharp Shooting Entertainer

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Exhibition shooting

Shooting at a hand-thrown aerial target with a BB pistol; the slow moving BB is visible in the bright sunlight.

Exhibition shooting or trick shooting is a sport in which a marksman performs various feats of skill, frequently using non-traditional targets. Exhibition shooting tends to stress both speed and accuracy, often with elements of danger added.


Exhibition shooting has a very long history. Some of the first recorded exhibition shooters were Mongolwarriors, who would show off their equestrian and archery skills by shooting at targets from the back of a gallopinghorse.[citation needed]

Famous shooters[edit]

Annie Oakley[edit]

Main article: Annie Oakley

With the advent of rifling came accurate firearms, and many exhibition shooters turned to these, forming the beginnings of western exhibition shooting. The most famous exhibition shooter is Annie Oakley, who toured with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. While she could shoot well with handguns, rifles, and shotguns, Oakley's preferred firearm was a .22 caliberrifle. Standard tricks of Oakley's included:

  • Cutting a playing card in half with a rifle bullet at long ranges
  • Shooting cigarettes in half while they were held by volunteers
  • Shooting a dime tossed in the air, at range of 90 feet
  • Shooting long strings of targets tossed in the air; in one instance she hit 4472 out of 5000 in a single day.[1]

Fabulous Topperweins[edit]

Elizabeth Topperwein, with gun circa 1911

Main article: Adolf Topperwein

The Fabulous Topperweins, a husband and wife pair, were exhibition shooters in the early to mid-20th century. Adolf, or "Ad", began shooting as a boy, and held many positions as a professional exhibition shooter. When he married his wife, Elizabeth, later known as "Plinky", she began to shoot, and soon eclipsed her husband's not inconsiderable skills. Together, they worked as professional shooters for Winchester for over 40 years. Common tricks were Plinky shooting cigarettes out of Ad's mouth, or shooting buttons off of his vest. Ad's closing act was to draw an Indian's head on a board with bullet holes. Both Topperweins held aerial shooting records, with Ad shooting at more than 72,000 hand thrown blocks 2½ inches in diameter, and missing only nine—his longest run without a miss was 14,540. Plinky's record, the first recorded for a woman shooting aerial targets, consisted of hitting 967 of 1,000 clay targets with a .22 Semi-automatic rifle. Plinky was also the first woman to shoot in the Grand Americantrap shooting tournament, and she shot 100 straight targets over 200 times in her career, and 200 straight targets 14 times.[2][3]

Ed McGivern[edit]

Ed McGivern was an exhibition shooter and firearms trainer who specialized in the revolver. He still holds a number of speed shooting records (a number of which have been challenged, and some broken, by modern IPSC champion Jerry Miculek, Jr.) and was known for shooting aerial targets. Common tricks included:

  • Throwing a tin can in the air, and firing six shots through it before it hit the ground
  • Throwing a dime into the air and shooting it
  • He hit cardboard discs and 1" lead discs on the edge that were thrown in the air[4]

Jerry Miculek, Jr[edit]

Jerry Miculek, Jr. is an American professional speed and competition shooter holds five officially sanctioned world records in revolver shooting and over 15 unsanctioned records with firearms ranging from rapid firing pistols to the Barrett M107.50 BMG rifle.[citation needed]

Tom Frye[edit]

In 1959, champion Tom Frye of Remington Arms Company broke Ad Topperwein's aerial shooting record for shooting 2¼ inch cubes of wood thrown into the air. He managed to hit 100,004 of the 100,010 wooden blocks - using several Remington Nylon 66semi-automatic.22 Long Rifle rifles - over a period of 14 straight days. However although the same size of target was used, the comparison to Topperwein's record is disputed because of the test conditions. Firstly the shooting was undertaken in distances less than the regulation 30 ft (9.1 m). Secondly Frye's thrower tossed the target blocks over his shoulder along the line of sight of the gun. In contrast Topperwein's thrower stood beyond the regulation distance tossing the blocks vertically into the air.[5] In 1963, he had a run of 800 straight clay singles in trap shooting.[6][7]

John Huffer[edit]

In 1987, at the age of 50, John "Chief AJ" Huffer shot 40,060 consecutive 2½ inch square pine blocks over a period of 8 days without a single miss, shooting blocks he himself tossed into the air, for 14 hours a day. Huffer accomplished this using 18 .22 Long Rifle Ruger 10/22 rifles, which he cycled through as assistants loaded them for him. Huffer also markets a special "Chief AJ" branded DaisyBB gun, based on a modified model Huffer uses for daily practice, and an instruction manual and video for his style of point shooting.[8][9]

In 2008, at the age of 70, Huffer set a Guinness World Record for slingshot shooting, hitting 1,500 flying targets.

Herb Parsons[edit]

On a day of ordinary light, don't shoot until you can see the duck's eyes...[10]

Herb Parsons (1908–1959) of Somerville, Tennessee, was Winchester's "Showman Shooter" for 30 years and was Adolph Topperwein's protégé and successor. His impressive list of honors includes: All-American Trap and Skeet Shooter; twice National and twice International Duck Calling Champion; and inductee to Trapshooting Hall of Fame, Cody Firearms Museum and Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. His signature feat was throwing by hand and individually breaking seven clay targets with a Winchester Model 12, 12 gauge pump action shotgun. Able to eject and shoot the hulls of a Model 61, .22 pump rifle, Herb was the behind-the-camera shot maker and technical adviser for James Stewart's 1950 movie Winchester '73. Parsons was mentioned by Dr. Mallard in the NCIS episode "Ships in the Night", but Leroy Jethro Gibbs doesn't know who he is.

Take the last (duck in a group) to begin with...By taking the last one, you keep the swing right on through. If you nailed the first one, you'd have to come back with your muzzle and start a new swing. For your second shot, take the next to the last and the lowest duck. If you get those, don't worry. No one is going to get much better than a double.[10]

Bob & Becky Munden[edit]

Both born in 1942. Bob was dubbed by the Guinness Book of World Records as “the fastest man with a gun who ever lived".[citation needed] The pair first performed together at a fair in California in 1968 and started touring full-time in 1969, presenting shooting demonstrations at schools and teaching gun safety. With his distinctive style of showmanship, Bob performed accuracy and speed demonstrations using handguns, rifles and shotguns. Becky was also champion shooter in her own right.[citation needed]

D. A. Bryce[edit]

Main article: Jacob Aldolphus Bryce

D. A. Bryce, known as "Delf" or "Jelly", was born December 6, 1906 near Mountain View, in Oklahoma Territory. Bryce served as an officer first with the Oklahoma City police department, then the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and later the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Bryce was also a skilled target shooter, and a fast draw expert. One of the tricks he used to demonstrate his speed was to hold a coin at shoulder height, drop it, then draw his revolver and shoot the coin by the time it reached waist height. This feat inspired an article in Life that included stroboscopic photographs of Bryce performing the draw.[11][12]

Tom Knapp[edit]

Tom Knapp traveled the world for CZ-USA,Benelli and the Federal Premium Ammunition Company. He performed throughout Europe and the Mid-East. Knapp performed for the public starting in 1987 and holds three distinctive World Records in 'Freestyle Target Shooting' or 'Exhibition Shooting'.[13]Tom Knapp died April 26, 2013.

See also[edit]


  1. ^"Women in History -Annie Oakley Biography". 2 September 2000. Archived from the original on 2 September 2000.
  2. ^Taylor, Kim. "Kronos: 1900-1939". ejmas.com.
  3. ^"The Fabulous Topperweins". Archived from the original on 2008-01-19. Retrieved 2007-12-18.
  4. ^Ed McGivern, Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting and Police Training, 1938, pg. 71
  5. ^Dick Baldwin. "The Fabulous Toepperweins". Fabulous Showmen. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  6. ^Van Zwoll, Wayne (2006). Hunter's Guide to Long-Range Shooting. Stackpole Books. ISBN .
  7. ^"Tom Frye".
  8. ^"World Record True Story about CHIEF AJ". Archived from the original on 2008-01-12. Retrieved 2007-12-18.
  9. ^Tony Reid (September 25, 2005). "Area man has the muscle to back up shooting skills". Herald & Review.
  10. ^ abDucks Unlimited Magazine, Leaders in Wetlands Conservation. March/April 2010, page 57.
  11. ^Oklahoma Historical Society. "Oklahoma Journeys Week of December 5, 2009".
  12. ^"Speaking of Pictures..."Life: 12. November 12, 1945.
  13. ^Vitello, Paul (3 May 2013). "Tom Knapp, Crowd-Pleasing Trick Shooter, Dies at 62" – via NYTimes.com.
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Trick Shooter Ed McGivern Used His Legendary Skills To Train Law Enforcement Officers

The names Elmer Keith, Jeff Cooper, and Jack O’Connor are legend in the shooting world. If you Google “famous gun writers,” they’re among the top results. If you scroll a good ways, you’ll come to a fella named Ed McGivern. The only thing he ever wrote of note is a tough-to-find book called Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting, published in 1938. However, a lot of police officers and federal agents across the US back in the 1930s knew McGivern well from the training they received from this one-time trick shooter and legendary pistol expert.

When it came to pistol shooting, especially revolvers, there were few who wielded a hand cannon with more speed and skill than McGivern. His shooting feats were nothing short of superhuman: The man clearly had eyesight and reflexes that were far keener than the average person’s. The fantastical shooting and quick-draw abilities of fictional pistoleers were present in the very real-life McGivern, though he didn’t exactly cut the typical figure of a gunslinger. At just 5-foot-6, he was a small, barrel-shaped man who was the fastest gun on the planet during the years between the two world wars.

A Traveling Trick Shooter

McGivern bolstered his income performing as a trick shooter in the 1920s and ’30s, traveling all over the United States to put on astonishing displays for giddy crowds. He routinely shot at an assortment of stationary and airborne targets, like clay pigeons and lead disks the size of a quarter. You want to really understand how good McGivern was? Go to a safe shooting area, throw a tin can in the air, and see if you can draw and hit it before it lands on the ground. Unless you’re Jerry Miculek or Julie Golob, you probably didn’t even get close.

Jerry Miculek, Ed McGivern

McGivern could hit the can six times before it hit the dirt, on the draw. He could also throw playing cards in the air and cut them in two, edgewise, with a bullet. He could hit two aerial targets with two revolvers at the same time. Like I said, he was superhuman.

He set a revolver world record while on tour in 1932 that remains unbroken to this day and got him into the Guinness Book of World Records, until Guinness removed all shooting records a few years ago. McGivern fired two consecutive, five-shot groups from a revolver at a distance of 15 feet that “could be covered by a half-dollar piece” in a blinding 0.45 seconds (as clocked by shot timer). The diameter of a half-dollar was a hair over 1.2 inches. 

But this pistol prodigy went largely unnoticed for much of his life, working primarily as a sign painter in the small Montana town where he lived for 30 years.

Changing Gigs

Unfortunately, arthritis eventually put an end to McGivern’s trick shooting career in his late 50s, so he decided to travel around and spread his knowledge instead of entertaining folks.

He worked with law enforcement personnel all over the country. He taught marksmanship to police officers and federal agents from various LE agencies, including at the FBI’s training headquarters in Quantico, translating his exhibition-shooting experience into practical skills that focused on putting a lot of rounds on a target, accurately and quickly, under varying circumstances. At the time, most law enforcement in the US were still carrying double-action revolvers, McGivern’s specialty.

He started his trick shooting career using semi-auto handguns but realized he could shoot quite a bit faster with double-action revolvers. If there’s any doubt this is generally true, check outMiculek firing 12 shots from a revolver in under three seconds back in 1999.

When it came to training law enforcement, McGivern taught them how to shoot fast and accurately at close targets, but he was a firm believer that a .357 Magnum revolver, with proper technique, could be used to effectively engage man-sized targets with repeatable accuracy at distances of 600 yards. He preferred to use a gun outfitted with a small-diameter rear aperture sight with a gold bead front sight for this kind of shooting, though he experimented with various peep sights and telescopic scopes.

In fact, McGivern was friends with Elmer Keith and was instrumental in creating the earliest magnum revolver cartridges. While Keith was (most likely) integral to the creation of the .357 Magnum, he ultimately went on to deride it when he developed the .44 Special into what would become the .44 Remington Magnum, a superior cartridge in his mind. McGivern, on the other hand, believed the .357 Mag was the ultimate revolver cartridge and devoted a whole lot of his time and effort to pushing the round to its limits with what would have been considered a service revolver at the time, both in terms of speed and close- and long-range accuracy.

Time has proved that McGivern may have ultimately been correct in his assessment of the .357 Magnum. Despite Keith’s proselytizing, the .44 Mag was always considered too overpowered for law enforcement use, while many departments and agencies adopted .357 wheelguns as replacements for or as an alternate option to .38 Special revolvers.

Today, despite a foray into use of the more powerful .40 S&W for semi-autos, the 9 mm chambering, with modern ammunition, reigns supreme in the LE and military worlds—and the characteristics of a 9 mm +P cartridge are more similar to a .357 load than they are to a .44 Mag. Perhaps McGivern was more on the money because he focused on volume of fire and LE applications, whereas Keith was more hunting focused.

Ed McGivern trick shooter and law enforcement trainer

The Feats

Here’s a quick list of some of McGivern’s most famous shots with a double-action revolver. Think you could pull off any of them?

  • Hang a target, like a clay pigeon or lead quarter, from a string. Cut the string with the first shot, and hit the falling target with a second before it hits the ground.
  • String up three clays, one stationary, and set the other two swinging back and forth so they cross in front of the stationary target. Break all three clays with a single shot.
  • Drop a coin from shoulder height, and with the same hand, draw and fire as many shots as possible before the coin lands. (McGivern could fire two to three shots.)
  • Lay 10 revolvers on a bench with five rounds loaded in each. Proceed to shoot them in succession in double action for a total of 50 rounds in less than 21 seconds, with no misses on the target. McGivern could also do this with 20 guns, 100 shots, and 47 seconds.
  • McGivern did this reaction-time display with real guns and blanks, but if you want to try it,definitely use airsoft guns, safety glasses, and protective clothing. Face an opponent who is holding an aimed, cocked airsoft revolver at about 5 yards. Draw and fire from a regulation holster before your opponent can pull the trigger.
  • Balance two clays on top of each other with their edges facing the shooter. Break the bottom clay with the first shot, and break the top one with the second before it hits the bench.
  • Throw a target in the air, have a friend toss you a pistol, and hit the target before it hits the ground.
  • Shoot a 5-inch bull’s-eye pasted on a 24-inch square of plywood that’s tossed in the air at distances of 25 to 50 yards.
  • Draw, fire, and score a lethal hit on a man-sized target 15 to 18 feet away in 0.4 seconds or less. McGivern set a one-time record with this often repeated mainstay.

McGivern died on Dec. 12, 1957, at the age of 83 in Butte, Montana.

Jerry Miculek is one of the most remarkable competition shooters of our day, and it’s a privilege to see him shoot in person, as I imagine it must have been to see McGivern put on one of his trick-shooting displays.

Miculek has broken several of McGivern’s long-standing records, but there’s one he can’t beat. When Miculek tried to top the record of 10 shots in 0.45 seconds, he couldn’t score a better time than 0.57 seconds. McGivern set that record back in 1932 when he was 57 years old — and if Miculek can’t beat it, I don’t know who can.

David Maccar

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David Maccar is a contributing writer for Free Range American and Coffee or Die Magazine. He has been working in the outdoor industry as a print and digital editor and writer for various tactical and outdoor brands, including Field & StreamOutdoor LifeSHOT Business,Range365Gun DigestTactical LifeGuns of the Old WestBallistic, and others for more than a decade. He is a hunter, target shooter, and a huge gun and movie nerd who lives in the Northeast with his wife, Madeleine, and faithful Texas heeler, Hunter.

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Whether it’s the traveling Wild West exhibitions of the 1800’s or today’s YouTube sharpshooters, exhibition shooters have both fascinated and amazed the general public with their feats of coordination and disciplined practice for decades.

Shooting Range Industries Present Some of the Best Exhibition Shooters of All Time Include:

Annie Oakley: Annie Oakley joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1885; nicknamed “Little Sure Shot” she performed her shooting exhibitions worldwide to a wide range of audiences. Annie is best known for shooting the ash from Kaiser Wilhelm II’s cigarette. Although tiny at only 5’foot tall she had a personality larger than life. Oakley continued to shoot and set records well into her sixties.

Bob Munden: Dubbed “The fastest gun who ever lived”, Munden’s speed and accuracy almost didn’t appear real. Bob Munden made several appearances and participated many times on the American Shooter television show where audiences tuned in regularly to see Munden shoot aspirin tablets off of nails, split thrown playing cards and make incredibly long-range shots with nothing but handgun. Munden held 18 world records in a number of fast-draw events during his lifetime.

Herb Parsons: Parsons was a Winchester shooter showman for over 30 years and was one of the greatest exhibition shooters in the exhibition shooting world. Parsons career was inspired by Adolph Toepperwein and he went on to become his protégé in later years. Herb Parsons was a serious competitor and won several awards including the Grand American Trap Shoot. It was not uncommon for him to break seven hand-thrown clays before they hit the ground. One of his most impressive shots was firing a bullet hole through a washer that had been thrown in the air.

The Fabulous Toepperweins: Adolf & Elizabeth Toepperwein were a husband and wife team who worked as exhibition shooters for Winchester for more than 40 years. Elizabeth was the first women to shoot at the Grand American Trap Tournament, shooting 100 targets straight more than 200 times in her career.

Tom Knapp: Also known as “The Shooting Star”, Tom Knapp is one of the most well-known shotgun exhibition shooters who ever lived. Tom Knapp held three world records the last in 2004 when he hit 10 clay targets out of the air in 2.2 seconds. Knapp’s personality and amazing shooting ability made him a favorite with fans for years.

Jerry Miculek: is known as the best all-around shooter, including holding five world records for revolver shooting, Jerry is also well known for his list of championships and he remains a man to be reckoned with in any competition he chooses to enter.

John Huffer: John is an expert in aerial rifle shooting and is also one of the worlds best at using a slingshot. In 1987 at age 50, Huffer shot 40,060 consecutive 21/2 inch square pine blocks over an 8 day period without missing any.

D.A. Bryce: Also known as Jelly or Delf, Bryce served as an officer with the Oklahoma City Police Department and later as an investigator with the FBI. Bryce was a skilled target shooter and had an extremely quick draw. On of his most famous demonstrations includes holding a coin at shoulder height, drop it, and then draw his revolver and shoot the coin by the time it reached waist height.

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The 10 Greatest Shooters in Movie History

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The 10 Greatest Gun Shooters in Movie History

American cinema has a long history of featuring some of the fiercest gunslingers the screen has ever seen. With so many iconic shooters to choose from, it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few. We took into account shooting speed, accuracy, and style to put together a list of the greatest gun shooters in movie history. Check it out:

Neo and Trinity (The Matrix Trilogy)

We all remember that iconic 360-degree scene in The Matrix when Neo is dodging bullets with mind-blowing speed (a visual effect that is now known as “bullet time”), but do you recall the amazing lobby shootout scene? Neo and Trinity march into a corporate building armed with Micro Uzis, MPDKs, Skorpions, and Franchi SPAS-12 shotguns and empty magazine after magazine to eventually make it to the elevator, with the lobby looking a little worse for wear. For this scene alone, we’re giving Neo and Trinity the tie.

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Private Jackson (Saving Private Ryan)

Accuracy is something every shooter strives to improve. However, some of us are simply more gifted with a sniper rifle than others. Private Jackson, the intensely accurate sniper from Saving Private Ryan, is one of those individuals. He’s able to skillfully pick off enemy after enemy from insane distances using his trusty scope and dedicated marksman 1903 A4 Model Springfield rifle.

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Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)

As an adaptation of the popular videogame series, it makes sense that this film would feature some epic shooting. It definitely does not disappoint with Lara Croft showing off her speed and precision skills throughout the movie. Her signature pistols are Heckler & Koch USP Match with stainless slides and custom mag holders, which she keeps conveniently strapped to her thighs for easy access.

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El Mariachi (Desperado)

Remember that movie with the guitar case full of guns? Yeah, that’s this one. El Mariachi is out for vengeance after being shot by a violent gang that didn’t know who they were messing with. El Mariachi is best known for hiding his two Ruger KP90s up either of his sleeves and firing with a unique crossed arm technique. Although that is really not the most realistic form (and one you should never try yourself), it definitely looks fantastic on screen.

This film is also part of a series, so it’s worth watching the entire Mariachi trilogy for all the heart-pounding action you can handle.

John Wick (John Wick)

Speaking of vengeance, we couldn’t possibly skip John Wick when it comes to this list. John is holding a bit of a grudge and nothing will stop him from getting revenge, even if it’s the Russian mafia. John Wick uses multiple weapons throughout the film, including a Glock 26 compact pistol, a Heckler & Koch P30L fitted with a custom compensator, and a Walther P99, just to name a few. One thing’s for sure, you do not want to get on John Wick’s bad side.

The impressive shooting in this film was so epic that, of course, they had to make a sequel. Believe it or not, the second one is just as good when it comes to firearms and proficiency.

John Rambo (First Blood)

Apart from the entire First Blood series becoming a cult classic, the character of John Rambo is one heck of a shot. In the first of the First Blood movies, we’re introduced to Rambo, a former Green Beret Vietnam veteran who is pushed over the edge. He eventually releases his frustration in furious style with an M60 machine gun and extra rounds strapped to his chest. His training and accuracy make Rambo an unstoppable force.

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The Sundance Kid (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)

In this classic Western, the main characters are anything but heroes. But like many of these films, we end up rooting for the bandits. The Sundance Kid works alongside Butch Cassidy to rob banks in Bolivia and chaos ensues as the Bolivian police set their targets on the quick-shooting partners.

The Sundance Kid is known as the “fastest gun in the West” with his Colt Single Action Army (SAA), and for good reason. Just catch any scene from this film to see why.

Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry)

This list would not be complete without at least one Clint Eastwood character. It just so happens that Dirty Harry is arguably the most iconic shooter in cinematic history. His famous revolver is a Smith & Wesson Model 29, chambered in .44 Magnum, also referred to as a “hand cannon” and one of the most powerful handguns you’ll ever fire.

You know the shooting is on point in this film, but it’s also worth watching just to hear all the awesome Clint Eastwood quotes.

Django (Django Unchained)

Django Unchained delivers yet another story of revenge that pays off in such a satisfying way in the end. Django is a former slave, now a bounty hunter, trained to be fast and deadly with any firearm. He’s on a mission to take out the Brittle brothers, the South’s most-wanted outlaws, as well as find his wife. Armed with a Cobra “Big Bore” Derringer, a Remington 1858 New Army revolver, and a Sharps 1874 Buffalo rifle, he is able to do just that. Now that’s how you get even.

The Terminator (Judgment Day)

To round out this list, we’re tipping our hats to the Terminator (T-800 Model 101) who basically defined what a real action movie looks like. In the second installment of The Terminator film series, T-800 shows off some serious shooting skills using any weapon that happens to be in his hand. To name a few, there’s the sawed-off Winchester 1887, High Standard Model K-1200 Riot Standard shotgun, the Remington 870 shotgun, M79 & MM1 grenade launchers, and the Colt Series 70/Detonics 1911 Hybrid with which he delivers the famous line, “Hasta la vista, baby.”

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Of course, there are countless movie characters that also deserve to be on this list, and it’s impossible to name them all. For what it’s worth, these are just some of our favorites. Do you have any favorites we didn’t mention? Also, check out the classes offered at The Range 702 if you need some instruction on how to really get the most out of your shooting experience.

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2014 Cowboy Fast Draw Championship Show

Jerry Miculek

Jerry Charles Miculek Jr. (MITCH-ə-lek; born September 7, 1954) is an American professional speed and competition shooter.[1] Miculek has emptied a five-shot revolver in 0.57 seconds in a group the size of a playing card, thus being dubbed "The Greatest Shooter of all Time".[2] Miculek holds five officially sanctioned world records in revolver shooting and over 15 unsanctioned records with firearms ranging from rapid firing pistols to the Barrett M107.50 BMG rifle.[3] Additional accomplishments include six shots in .98 seconds with a Barrett M107 .50 BMG rifle and a 1000-yard shot off hand with his 9mm Smith & Wesson revolver.[3]

Miculek is also a gunsmith who tunes and adjusts his own firearms for optimum function. In addition to a channels on YouTube, he has a reality show, Shootout Lane on the Outdoor Channel.[4] Miculek worked as a millwright at Freeport Chemical for 15 years before becoming a professional shooter in 1989. He is married to Kay Clark-Miculek, herself a shooter with national and world titles. His daughter, Lena Miculek-Afentul, is also a shooter with IPSC world titles.

Smith & Wesson 625JM revolver (Jerry Miculek edition), chambered in .45ACP

Miculek is endorsed by Smith & Wesson, who named the S&W Model 625JM model for him. In 2014, Smith & Wesson released the Miculek series Smith & Wesson Model 929 9mm revolver, designed in part by Miculek. Mossberg offers Miculek signature series shotguns and a riflecompensator of his design.

Biography and early career[edit]

Born in Freeport, Texas, Jerry was a Texan for three days before moving with his family to southern Louisiana where he lived for the next thirty-seven years. Although he was the third born of five boys, Jerry Charles Miculek Jr. was named after his father after being born on his birthday. Jerry worked as a millwright at Freeport Chemical for fifteen years before becoming a professional shooter in 1989. At age 37, Jerry met his future wife, Kay Clark Miculek, the daughter of gunsmith, Jim Clark Sr., and a competitive shooter since age six.[citation needed]

Jerry estimates that in his lifetime he has shot over 2 million rounds of ammunition, which equals approximately 30 tons of lead[5]

Major accomplishments and wins[edit]

Miculek holds over 100 national and world shooting titles including:

World records held[edit]

Task Firearm(s) Used Time (sec) Date Notes
Fire six shots (each) from 10 different .38 caliberrevolversS&W Model 64revolvers (10) 17.12 September 25, 2003 Broke Ed McGivern's record of 25 seconds.
Fire six shots, reload, fire six shots from 1 revolver[10]S&W Model 625revolver2.99 September 11, 1999
Fire eight shots from a revolver on a single target[10]S&W Model 627V-Comprevolver1.00 September 11, 1999
Fire eight shots from a revolver on four targets (2 hits each target)[10]S&W Model 627V-Comprevolver1.06 September 11, 1999
Fire six shots from a .50 BMG rifle[11]Barrett M107rifle with no work done 0.98 August 31, 2013
Fire 5 shots from a .50 AE pistol[12]Desert Eaglepistol with no work done 0.82 December 31, 2013
Fire 5 shots from a 500 magnum revolver[13]Smith & Wesson Model 500revolver with no work done 1.14 December 24, 2013
Dual wield 2 .223 pistols 19 shots on 5 different targets 'V-Drill'[14]AR-15pistol with no work done 3.10 July 14, 2014
Fire 16 shots on 1 target with reload from a 9mm revolver[15]Smith & Wesson 929 revolver with action job 4.01 April 24, 2014
Fire 6 shots from a revolver[16]Chiappa Rhino 50DS revolver with no work done 1.03 May 26, 2013
23 shots on 1 target with 12 gauge shotgun[17]Mossberg 930 shotgun3.73 May 13, 2013
Fire 1 shot at 200 yards holding .357 magnumrevolver upside down with little finger hitting 1 target[18]Smith & Wesson 340PD revolverno time October 30, 2013
Fast shooting 1 grape from low ready at 15 yards with a .223 rifle[19]AR-15rifleSmith & Wesson M&P-15 compensated 0.53 May 26, 2014
Fire 2 shots at 2 separate targets 20 yards away from each other with a pump shotgun[20]Mossberg 500shotgun chamber empty from 20 yards away 0.78 total time (including reaction) September 23, 2014
Fire 40 rounds from a .223 rifle[21]IWI Tavorrifle semi-automatic with no work done 6.48 June 27, 2013
Fire 9 shots on 5 different targets with a .50 BMG rifle 'V-Drill'[22]Barrett M107rifle with no work done 2.95 September 5, 2013
Fire 1 shot at 1000 yards, double-action, with a 9mm revolver[23]Smith & Wesson 929 revolver action job no time August 4, 2014
Fire 1 shot at 1000 yards with a .50 BMG rifle starting at low ready[24]Barrett M107rifle2.10 November 16, 2014
Fire 2 shots at 2 targets from 400 meters with a 9mm revolver; upside down, double-action, with the little finger[25]Smith & Wesson 929 revolverno time March 9, 2015
Fire 10 shots at 3 different targets, 4 center mass and 2 headshots (center target), 2 in right and left target, headshot, 'Share The Love'[26][27][28]Smith & Wesson M&P 15T rifle with JM-Pro Trigger 1.59 (including reaction) January 17, 2017 Beat his own record of 1.76 seconds[29]

Miculek also demonstrated the ability to fire five shots from a revolver on target with a S&W Model 64ported barrelrevolver in 0.57 seconds on September 25, 2003. This is slower than the record held by Ed McGivern of 0.45 seconds (first shot on 9/13/1932, reproduced 4 times on 12/8/1932). Originally recorded as "two-fifths of a second", the resolution of the timing equipment in 1932 was only 0.20 of a second, so the actual figure could have been anywhere between 0.40 and 0.45 seconds.[citation needed]


  1. ^"www.jerrymiculek.com". Archived from the original on 2012-02-24.
  2. ^Jerry Miculek – Hornady Manufacturing, Inc
  3. ^ abhttps://www.youtube.com/user/MiculekDotCom
  4. ^"Shootout Lane". January 1900.
  5. ^https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jerry-Miculek/267788486618080?sk=info&tab=page_info
  6. ^2002 IPSC Worldshoot XIII results
  7. ^IPSC.org – 2005 World Shoot XIV results
  8. ^IPSC :: History of Champions 2011 World Shoot
  9. ^Miculek.com – Instructor World Records
  10. ^ abcMiculek.com- The Leaders in Gun Control! (2013-09-15), Fastest shooter EVER, Jerry Miculek- World record 8 shots in 1 second & 12 shot reload! HD, retrieved 2017-09-07
  11. ^Miculek.com- The Leaders in Gun Control! (2014-01-06), NEW BARRETT .50 CAL WORLD RECORD- 6 SHOTS in UNDER 1 SECOND on HIGH SPEED! Jerry Miculek HD, retrieved 2017-09-07
  12. ^Miculek.com- The Leaders in Gun Control! (2013-12-31), DESERT EAGLE 50 CAL WORLD RECORD- 5 SHOTS IN 0.8 SECONDS in HIGH SPEED! (Jerry Miculek), retrieved 2017-09-07
  13. ^Miculek.com- The Leaders in Gun Control! (2013-12-24), S&W .500 MAGNUM RECORD 5 shots in 1 SECOND in high speed with Jerry Miculek, retrieved 2017-09-07
  14. ^Miculek.com- The Leaders in Gun Control! (2014-07-14), DUAL WIELD AR-15 V-Drill in 3 seconds in Slow Mo! | Sig Sauer M400 (Jerry Miculek), retrieved 2017-09-07
  15. ^Miculek.com- The Leaders in Gun Control! (2014-04-24), REVOLVER SPEED RELOAD! 16 rounds in 4 seconds on slow mo! S&W 929 Jerry Miculek, retrieved 2017-09-07
  16. ^Miculek.com- The Leaders in Gun Control! (2013-05-26), 6 shots in 1 second with a Chiappa Rhino Revolver, retrieved 2017-09-07
  17. ^Miculek.com- The Leaders in Gun Control! (2013-05-13), 23 rounds in 3.73 seconds with a Mossberg 930 shotgun, retrieved 2017-09-07
  18. ^Miculek.com- The Leaders in Gun Control! (2013-10-30), IMPOSSIBLE 200 yard snub nose revolver shot- upside down, one handed, with pinky finger, retrieved 2017-09-07
  19. ^Miculek.com- The Leaders in Gun Control! (2014-05-26), Quick scope a grape in half a second with an AR15! (Jerry Miculek), retrieved 2017-09-07
  20. ^Miculek.com- The Leaders in Gun Control! (2014-09-23), Mossberg 500 pump action shotgun- fast shooting and review with Jerry Miculek, retrieved 2017-09-07
  21. ^Miculek.com- The Leaders in Gun Control! (2013-06-27), IWI TAVOR - 40 rounds in 6 seconds with Jerry Miculek, retrieved 2017-09-07
  22. ^Miculek.com- The Leaders in Gun Control! (2013-09-05), BARRETT 50 CAL IMPOSSIBLE "V-DRILL" with FASTEST shooter, Jerry Miculek! M107 M82, retrieved 2017-09-07
  23. ^Miculek.com- The Leaders in Gun Control! (2014-08-04), WORLD RECORD 1000 yard shot with a 9mm Hand Gun! | S&W 929 by Jerry Miculek, retrieved 2017-09-07
  24. ^Miculek.com- The Leaders in Gun Control! (2014-11-16), 1000 yd Standing Barrett 50 cal quick scope shot in 2 seconds record by Jerry Miculek!, retrieved 2017-09-07
  25. ^Miculek.com- The Leaders in Gun Control! (2015-03-09), RECORD 400 METER UPSIDE DOWN DUAL BALLOON SHOT WITH A 9mm PISTOL! (4K), retrieved 2017-09-07
  26. ^"Jerry Miculek's New World Record: 10 shots on 3 Targets in 1.59 Seconds". Locked Back. 2017-01-17. Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  27. ^"Watching Jerry Miculek Set A World Record From The Best Seat In The House". www.americas1stfreedom.org. Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  28. ^Julie Golob (2017-01-25), Jerry Miculek SHOT Show World Record with M&P15 & Rifle Speed Shooting | JulieG.TV, retrieved 2017-09-07
  29. ^Miculek.com- The Leaders in Gun Control! (2015-04-09), Speed Shooting the AR-15 "Share the Love" Drill + Meet Jerry Miculek at the Nashville NRA show! (4K), retrieved 2017-09-07

External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Miculek

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