Jerry Miculek is one of the all-time great shooting stars. Widely considered the best double-action revolver shooter ever—and certainly the best of our time—he has held countless world championships in all of the action shooting sports with his Smith & Wesson revolvers. Who better to ask about carrying that type of handgun for self-defense?

Nowadays, Miculek alternates between the subcompact S&W Shield semi-automatic pistol and the defining snub-nose revolver, the S&W J-Frame, for personal carry. He likes the comfortable flatness of the Shield inside his waistband in a Comp-Tac holster but will often have the five-shot .38 Special revolver in his front pants pocket on his strong side. Here are his top tips for carrying a wheelgun.

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This article was originally published in “The Complete Book of Revolvers” 2017 #199. To order a copy, visit

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