Smith & Wesson performance shooter Jerry Miculek has plenty of guns, plenty of ammunition and plenty of Lose-ee-anna charm. So when the living legend caught wind that a reporter in Ferguson, Missouri mistook discarded foam earplugs for rubber bullets, Jerry decided why yes, they are! With a little modification. Entertaining as it is, the resulting video doesn’t prove much any reasonably knowledgeable shooter doesn’t already know. But it does leave me wondering if the Divine Mr. M knows the 10cc song Rubber Bullets or how the band got its name. I bet he’d get a kick out of that. [h/t VVV]

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23 Responses to Jerry Miculek Mucks Around with Earplugs

    • I have done exactly that with .44 mag.

      Those cylindrical yellow E.A.R. brand earplugs pressed in flush to the case mouth fired primer only.

      I used it to shoot flies on my back porch and it worked very well.

      Ruger Super Redhawk 7 inch barrel.

  1. When I saw the headline, I figured it would be something more like Jerry shooting the earplugs out of someone’s ears from 300 yards with a rusty RG .22 revolver held upside down and shot over his shoulder using a funhouse mirror…

  2. Back during my nuclear power days, when we were out at sea and extremely bored, we made a foam earplug “gun” out of some tubing and a valve. We fired it be connecting it to the ship’s service air (400 psi maybe?) and opening the valve.

    The outer foam of the earplug melted from the heat of friction, and the impact left sizable bruises and welts on clothing covered skin (of course we shot at each other).

  3. Back in the day, I used to go through the reloading process (.357 Mag) right up to powder, then instead of loading powder, I pressed the case through a plate of paraffin like you buy in the grocery store, I think it’s for canning, preserves, something like that. Anyhow, about 1/2 inch thick or a trifle more, looked like a wadcutter, worked so good it was ridiculous. Made a little “pop”, I set up a target in the corner of my living room. Unfortunately, even with just a primer it was denting the drywall so I had to quit. Picking up a few hundred little bits of wax got old, too.

    • OK, that says what it’s not – is there a site anywhere that says what it is? (I’d assumed something to do with drugs, but can’t think of anything you’d take or buy 10 CC of.)

  4. I was concerned the earplug would just melt completely and instantly and coat the inside of the barrel with a residue, rather than fire like an intact projectile..

    • Not on my yellow earplugs in the .44 mag.

      The yellow had a bit of a gray soot look but never fuzed to the bore. You might want to periodically run an oiled bore mop through it. Try one. I’d be very interested in hearing your results.

      Primer only.

  5. This shows the problem with the “news media”. No one in their right mind would have looked at those ear plugs and thought they were bullets. Like always someone trying to makes a “news” story where there is not any.

  6. Why do I suffer from “reloading room envy” every time I see Jerry’s videos? Man, I would like to have 10% of his stock!

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