Question of the Day: Do You Have a Favorite Pro Shooter?

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OK, everyone reflexively answering Jerry Miculek, put your hands down. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but there are a lot of other top notch, compelling shooters out there with their own devoted followers. People like Dave Sivigny, Julie Golob, Rob Leatham or Jesse Duff. The number and engagement of the People of the Gun has gotten to the point where there are plenty of shooters out there with dedicated posses. People like Diana Hufstedler, above, whose fans are fanatical enough that she’s now selling personalized posters and other swag to satisfy the popular demand. Who’s your favorite pro?

 

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  1. avatar sacorey says:

    Jerry “the machine” miculek but more because of the revolver insanity.
    Nothing wrong with liking established pro’s

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      +1

  2. avatar Another Robert says:

    Does KJW count?

    1. avatar TheBear says:

      Why wouldn’t she? She’s got a laundry list of accomplishments and makes money with her shooting. That’s pro in my book.

      1. avatar Another Robert says:

        Then she’s the one!

      2. avatar Marcus (Aurelius) Payne says:

        It’s also how she makes her living, I believe. Which helps.

      3. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Indeed!

        And TTAG gave her some exposure.

        KJW gets my vote…

        (Has she ever made a shooting vid where she didn’t giggle?)

        1. avatar LS/HD says:

          (Has she ever made a shooting video where I didn’t giggle?)

        2. avatar Geoff PR says:

          Yeah, but when you do it, it’s a little creepy…

          🙂

  3. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Jerry-the ONLY old guy who can hang with the young bucks in ANY strenuous sport in the world…and because I’m over 60.

    1. avatar sbk510 says:

      I’m pretty sure I can destroy him on a mountain bike…

      1. avatar Former Water Walker says:

        You’re 60 and beat 20year olds on a mountain bike??? LOL…

        1. avatar I_Like_Pie says:

          How do I know that you don’t know anything about mountain bikers?
          Oh…this is how. Look at a trial mountain bike results list by age group….40+ vs. 20-30

      2. avatar Geoff PR says:

        My mountain bike nearly destroyed me when the handlebars slammed my chest…

        Broken ribs suck bigtime. Am I ever glad I didn’t catch a cold after that happened…

  4. avatar Hobbez says:

    I don’t watch or follow pro shooting anymore than I follow pro sports, but I see Jerry everywhere doing things that look awesomely fun. I really can’t think of anyone else that does that.

  5. avatar Sock Monkey says:

    I don’t have a favorite pro-shooter, but if I did, it would be due to a fine showing on the battlefield.

    Which is not to disparage the many fine people who shoot competitively.

  6. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    Ok maybe she’s not a pro yet, but Shyanne Roberts is pretty inspiring.
    http://shyanneroberts.com/

    Jerry Miculek’s appeal to me comes not only because of his amazing abilities, but because he seems like the kind of guy we would all love to hang out at the range with. He still knows how to have fun shooting. Jerry’s daughter Lena Miculek recently got married. I would like to ask her new hubby what it’s like to have the Coolest. Father-in-law. Ever.

    As for Ms. Hufstedler, I’m digging the tag line on her web site:
    “Just like you… only prettier.”

  7. avatar IdahoPete says:

    Sorry – as a member of the OFWG Mafia, I am obliged to pick Jerry “Big Iron” Miculek.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      You sir win the Intertubez for the day.

  8. avatar Art out West says:

    Jerry M. of course! That record time revolver reload was mindblowing. I don’t follow pro shooting, just watch cool stuff on youtube. Jerry has a lot of that. Diana H. from the above photo, sure does have Jerry beat in the looks department. Wow!

  9. avatar William B. says:

    1. I love how you said DON’T say JM, because JM is everyone’s favorite, and then people say him anyway. Can’t. Take. Directions.

    2. My favorite pro shooter is Wendell Cherry, since he’s my sporting clays coach.

    3. On the tactical or speed side, my non-JM favorite is Julie Golob. Do it all wife, mother, competitor, hunter, cook, author, team leader, instructor, ex-military, gun PR person and spokesman. Sweet as honey and smart as a whip. And even though I’m about 5 years older than her, I just can’t help but have a silly schoolboy crush on her. The young hotties don’t do much for me (more power to ’em, mind you, and a girl’s gotta make a living, too, so promote y’self with wutcha got); Ms. Golob is a woman. A cute, redhead woman. Who can shoot lights out. What’s not to love?

    4. Second place on the non-JM list is Todd Jarrett. I have to love guys who look like total goobers but in reality are total badarses.

    1. avatar JWM says:

      I’ll bet you were the captain of the hall moniters in your school. And all your fellow students respected your authorita.

        1. avatar William B. says:

          Indeed, he went for it, in a very, “Hey, ya’ll! Watch this!” sort of way.

      1. avatar William B. says:

        Horrible guess, and not even close. But when you can’t argue or opine, why not just take a stab at a low-brow cutdown? And the irony is that while you had to guess at my background just to try for an insult, we don’t have to guess at the sort of person you are. Now, having to assume (because all you did was go for the 5th grade insult, rather than make a specific statement) you were offended I objected to everyone extolling JM’s virtues when the author of the frikkin’ article acknowledged that he’s the favorite pro shooter of 99.9% of us, explain to me please why you feel it necessary to ignore the request of the author of the article just to say what he’s already said. Because it’s so much better when you say it, too? ‘Cuz, like, he’s a former SEAL and you’re…an insult comic wannabe?

        1. avatar JWM says:

          I said nothing about JM. Further down the thread you’ll see I named Tom Knapp. with a side tip of the hat to JM.

          And is this your first rodeo? Butthurt much and the interwebz don’t go well together. Get over yourself.

        2. avatar William B. says:

          Hey, JWM, I don’t disagree with Tom Knapp at all; I highly respect what he did; and may God rest his soul. But you STILL haven’t given me a reason for disagreeing with me in the first place. Give me a why, and we can argue; otherwise it’s pointless to pop off. Interesting that you chose to use “butthurt” to describe me, as I thought about using it to describe you in the last post, but decided not to, as it’s overused. You going to tell me what you disliked about my first post? If we wanna have an insult competition, maybe Jeffrey Ross has a forum and we can take it over there and roast one another.

        3. avatar JWM says:

          Simple, billie b. The guy writing the post isn’t god or any other authority figure. These posts are for discussion and dissent.

          But apparently you’re such a budding statist that you just couldn’t resist your hall moniter approach to others opinions.

          Simple. Enough. For. You?

        4. avatar JWM says:

          When did Dan Zimmerman become a former navy seal? Did I miss a memo?

  10. avatar jwtaylor says:

    Audie Murphy

    1. avatar JackieO says:

      Ditto, to say the least. Above and beyond.

  11. avatar Billy says:

    I have a crush on Michelle Viscusi, even if I am a 1911 man and she shoots for team Glock.

    1. avatar Jay says:

      Thank you!

  12. avatar Cknarf says:

    Jerry Mi–

    Aw, f***. Nevermind

  13. avatar JR_in_NC says:

    No. Shooting is not a spectator sport to me.

    I like KJW’s videos, attitude and the role model she represents for my daughter and son.

    Michelle Gallagher is a similar role model. I really like her points about training outside your “focus area.”

    But, we don’t look solely to shooters for such strong role models, though.

  14. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

    Jerry. He’s the dad I always wanted but never had.

  15. +1 to having a crush on Michelle Viscusi.

    Favorite? Probably Lena Miculek actually. Has the Jerry’s same easy humour and laugh but without being 2x my age.

  16. avatar Biofire says:

    Okay, she’s not a pro, but she is a 5-time Olympic medal winner (3 gold) and set world records in trap and skeet. My vote is for Kim Rhode. In the last Olympics, at the age of 33, she won the gold, set a world record, and became the only American athlete to ever win medals in 5 consecutive Olympics. Despite this, Bob Costas couldn’t find the time to interview her. Of course, he managed to interview female beach volleyball medalists. Kim Rhode is amazing. I heard her say that for her training, it is not unusual for her to fire 5,000 rounds in a week. And she seems incredibly nice too.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      She was at Shot Show and let me take a picture with her and hold the medals. She’s pretty awesome, and extremely nice. She was at the Berreta booth answering questions. Almost nobody there knew who she was but I was so excited I pee’d a little bit.

      1. avatar Biofire says:

        I am so jealous. I would love to meet her. She had her medals with her? Whoah. That must have been awesome.

        1. avatar L,John says:

          Kim rhode also restores antique and muscle cars. A pretty woman riding around with guns in a 65 GTO. She’s the winner.

    2. avatar juliesa says:

      It’s a damn disgrace the way the media ignore her. Even worse since they claim to be pro-woman, but ignore her 5-Olympics record.

    3. avatar Gene says:

      Is she a pro shooter? I thought she is amatuer particularly for Olympic eligibility. She’s an incredible shot to the point where when she steps up, you already know she’ll powder them all. She is quite the lady and shotgunner.

  17. avatar JWM says:

    Tom Knapp. He was a great showman and like JM he seemed to enjoy his work.

  18. avatar Colin in CA says:

    Tom Knapp, he’s the one that got me into sporting clays as much as I am today. His incredible marksmanship and showmanship definitely places him at #1 on my list of pro shooters, followed closely by Jerry Miculek.

  19. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    I’m going to go with Jerry, too. Not because I don’t follow the shooting sports and can’t name anyone else, but that would be enough. Mostly because he seems like a pretty laid back, cool guy, who just happens to shoot better than anyone I’ve ever seen.

    I like his casual approach, which takes firearms seriously, but not himself too seriously. Jerry’s the kickass Grandpa from Hell everyone would love to hang out with. Half the guys his age are cutting up neighborhood kids’ Nerf footballs and shouting at them to stay the hell of their lawn. Meanwhile, Jerry’s doing his thing. Keep on keeping on, Jerry.

  20. avatar Cubbie says:

    Dugan Ashley. He may not be on the pro circuit, but he’s a pro at T-zoning.

    1. avatar Marcus (Aurelius) Payne says:

      Dammit. Now I want skittles.

  21. avatar Ralph says:

    Annie Oakley. Because I’m not just old school, I’m also old.

  22. avatar Publius Syrus says:

    No, did not before- but I’d vote for any of the above, thanks for pointing them out.

  23. avatar Bud says:

    TD Roe is a local northern Illinois concealed carry instructor and asiring pro:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxFlQcaYoyc

    She gets my vote because she is out doing what i could only fantasize doing. She’s no kid but she is still a competitor

  24. avatar Tominator says:

    Though, at times, I watch football, baseball or car racing, no part of watching someone else shoot a gun does a thing for me.

    Yes, I enjoy the YouTube vids, but have never, and will never, look at shooting a gun and the requisite ‘fanhood’ regarding TV time and fan worship as any sort of possibility…Israeli Supermodel or not!

    When I am behind the gun, I am the ‘pro!’

    I can be anything she wants BTW…..;)

  25. avatar Andy says:

    Brian Enos. I shot one lane over from him at the outdoor range in Mesa, AZ, and it sounded like there was automatic weapon fire over there.

  26. avatar BlueBronco says:

    KJW, Michelle Viscusi and Tori Nonaka in that order.

  27. avatar W.P. Zeller says:

    Listen, Commenter Bud is obviously a man of great perspicacity and worldly wisdom, and I can hardly upstage his suggestion of TD Roe, but I’m going to have to cave.
    ‘Course, as TD’s life and business partner, I have a perspective of my own.
    You wouldn’t believe how hard she works to keep up with the young’uns.
    But her gifts as an athlete- she just took up shooting not that long ago after a career as a volleyball player ended with some needed knee repairs- pale compared to her ability to instruct. She can get more handgunning skills packed into a cranium in less time than just about anyone I’ve seen. And I do it for a living.
    Possibly being located in the Chicagoland area instead of Arizona or Florida could be an issue. But it’s always one sponsor away from breaking out…
    Women action pistol/3-gun stars are the Big Thing these days, for sure.
    (End of fanboy carrying on.)
    I’d add an honorable mention for Lisa Munson, one of the very top women action shooters in the world. Another gifted athlete with a phenomenal work ethic, Lisa’s range nickname of Mighty Mouse obscures doing a lot without using raw bulk and power. Also possibly one of the nicest people in the game.
    As for Jerry Miculek, having had the pleasure of being on the range with him, what you see on your monitor is entirely real. But again, what you don’t see is the awe-inspiring hard work it takes to be that good.
    Incidentally, I don’t believe he’s passed 60 just yet.

    1. avatar Former Water Walker says:

      Jerry Miculek is listed early 60’s in PeopleSmart.com. Don’t have exact birthday. Where is your “life partner” in Illinois? I live in the southern suburbs. She sounds great…

      1. avatar W.P. Zeller says:

        TD Roe operates a training business in the Chicago area. You can always shoot with her at Oak Park SC in Plainfield, IL, North Porter County CC in Chesterton, IN, and other club matches throughout the year.
        I’d cite a link to her instruction business, but I’m not sure of the ethics of such (self) promotion on TTAG.
        I guess I ought to extend an apology for the mush-master wording.
        And to the question of, “Does she cook?”, in TD’s case, emphatically yes. She’s been a chef for many years when not engaged in athletic pursuits.

        1. avatar Former Water Walker says:

          I have NO connection to TTAG. Post away…I see others post everything under the sun. And I checked out her Youtube videos too…lookin” good!

  28. avatar Sheepdog6 says:

    Instructor Zero

  29. avatar ghost says:

    Diana is just fine. Thank you. Now, to what really matters, can she cook?

  30. avatar Stevie says:

    NutNFancy

  31. avatar Butch Hylton says:

    Daniel Horner , Greg Jordan , Keith Garcia. Best all around shooters in the world PERIOD end of story !!!!

  32. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    What I like about Jerry as a pro shooter is that he doesn’t just wow you with his shooting prowess. Jerry explains his technique, his gear, how he adapts his gear, etc.

    Most of the pro’s are great shootists. Jerry is also a great teacher, even for someone who has been around guns as long as I have been. I learn something every time I watch Jerry sit down in his gun room and explain his gear and adaptations.

  33. avatar John hope says:

    Ummmm…..yea…..her. She’s got my vote. Damn

  34. avatar anonymoose says:

    Do youtube personalities count?

  35. avatar Kent W. says:

    I think Hickok45 is entertaing. Thanks all for introducing me to some amazing shooters I didn’t know about.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Here’s another to check out on YouTube:

      22Plinkster.

  36. avatar TomSTL says:

    Julie Golob followed by Mas Ayoob.

    Julie’s podcast is excellent when it comes out.

  37. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    Diane Feinstein and Shannon Watts. Both are terrific shooters, in the foot.

  38. avatar David says:

    I don’t follow competitive shooting I’ll watch some vids here and there,Jesse duff I like to watch but Hickok 45 is the best ,anyone who can hit a gong a hundred yards away with a bond arms is the best in my book lol! pretty much watched just about all his videos,I know he’s not a competitive shooter, like I said don’t follow it watch it on the outdoor channel on weds once in awhile

  39. avatar Kelly says:

    Don’t know if she’s pro or not but my fav is Katelyn Francis just because it’s awesome seeing dads passing along the shooting skill to their daughters.

  40. avatar Seth says:

    Herb Parsons, of course.

  41. avatar Wiregrass says:

    I’ve been following the development of a young 3 gun shooter named Allie Barrett. Mostly because I went to high school with her aunt. She’s one of the young women featured in this piece.
    http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2015/01/daniel-zimmerman/behind-scenes-femme-fatale-photoshoot-century/

  42. avatar Howard Moore says:

    I’m afraid the team Glock ladies for me they are a lot easier on the eyes than Jerry 🙂

  43. avatar Another Bob says:

    NiIls Jonasson.

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