March 21st, 2016 by asjstaff

Meet Revolver Speed-shooter Brian Schrock

STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY JAMES DAVIS

recently had the pleasure of watching competitive shooter Brian Schrock in action. I’ve known Schrock for years, but had never actually watched him shoot. Schrock is an unassuming-looking guy from Arizona, but he is a dynamo on the range. His shooting and reloading speed is a sight to behold, and he shoots exclusively with revolvers.

Brian Schrock didn’t set his sights on competitive shooting until later in life. But once the timer went off, he and his revolver trio have been unstoppable.

Brian Schrock didn’t set his sights on competitive shooting until later in life. But once the timer went off, he and his revolver trio have been unstoppable.

Everyone who knows Schrock likes him, and this is because he always has the positive mental attitude, pure talent and sheer determination to make it to the top. We conducted his first-ever interview on his road to glory in the competitive shooting world.

American Shooting Journal Brian, how long have you been shooting?

Brian Schrock When I was about 7 or 8 years old I started shooting a .22. I came from a family of hunters, so that was my first introduction to firearms. I started squirrel hunting and then graduated to deer and elk. I’ve taken a javelina with my S&W 500, as well as an elk at 103 yards. I started competing in August 2011 east of Phoenix in Mesa, Ariz., at the Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club during their Tuesday night steel shoots, and in March 2012 I started shooting in the United States Practical Shooting Association.

Schrock demonstrates a winning combination of natural skill, hard work and determination. Needless to say, it’s working.

Schrock demonstrates a winning combination of natural skill, hard work and determination. Needless to say, it’s working.

ASJ What sparked your interest to start competing?

BS I was working at Sportsman’s Warehouse, and one of the associates who worked there competed. I had a S&W 627 and a Glock 21 at the time, so I figured I would just try it out. Before I actually started competing, I attended a couple of matches and just learned by watching what and how people shot. I noticed that there were very few people shooting revolvers, so I decided to use the 627. I fell in love with  competing by the second match, and that’s when I started  looking for a broader outlet, like the USPSA. I love it, and there is nothing I would rather be doing.

 

(Top to bottom) Schrock’s current Jerry Miculek Signature series S&W 929 eight-shot 9mm, six-shot S&W Model 625 and the eight-shot Model 627 he started competing with.

(Top to bottom) Schrock’s current Jerry Miculek Signature series S&W 929 eight-shot 9mm, six-shot S&W Model 625 and the eight-shot Model 627 he started competing with.

ASJ Is USPSA the only type of competition you shoot?

BS I also shoot International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts, or ICORE, and am rated as an A-Class shooter (75 to 84.999 percentile).

 

ASJ What is your current class in USPSA?

BS I made Master class on March 14, 2015, and Grand Master in the USPSA revolver division on October 16 (top 95 to 100 percentile).

 

ASJ A congratulations is in order. The USPSA has over 25,000 members, so being in the top ranking is not an  easy feat.

BS Thank you. I appreciate it.

 

ASJ What are some of your best accomplishments and accolades in competitive shooting so far?

BS Well, I came in first place of C-Class at Revolver Nationals in 2013. After that I took first place in revolver in the 2013 Area 2 Desert Classic, and then I went on to win first place in the A-Class for the Midwestern regional ICORE shoot in Nevada that same year.

I didn’t do much shooting in 2014 because of school, but so far in 2015 I came in fourth overall in the Area 2 Desert Classic for USPSA.

 

Although Schrock used to send his guns out to be honed and gunsmithed, he now does all of the work himself, with the exception of chamfering.

Although Schrock used to send his guns out to be honed and gunsmithed, he now does all of the work himself, with the exception of chamfering.

ASJ Obviously you are a dedicated revolver shooter. What are you shooting in competition?

BS For competition I use only Smith & Wesson. I started out with the Model 627, which is an eight-shot .357 Magnum, but when I switched to USPSA, an eight-shot revolver was not legal for their sport at the time, so I bought the model 625, which is a six-shot .45 ACP. I shot that for about a year and then the USPSA made eight-shot revolvers legal, so I switched back to my 627. As of October 2014 I’ve been shooting the new Jerry Miculek Signature series S&W 929 eight-shot 9mm.

 

The only thing that sidetracks Schrock from shooting and competing is the manufacturing and engineering degree that he is currently working towards at Arizona State University.

The only thing that sidetracks Schrock from shooting and competing is the manufacturing and engineering degree that he is currently working towards at Arizona State University.

ASJ Do you do work on your own revolvers, or do you send them off to have work done?

BS My first two competition revolvers, the 627 and 625, I sent to Apex Tactical Specialties, Inc., in California. They do  excellent work, but on my 929 I did my own work except for chamfering the titanium cylinder.

 

ASJ How often do you shoot?

BS For practice, about once a week, and I shoot about 200 rounds. I usually compete twice a month, and shoot about 150 rounds in each competition.

 

ASJ Did you follow competitive shooting at all before you got into it?

Schrock competes in United States Practical Shooting Association, as well as International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts.

Schrock competes in United States Practical Shooting Association, as well as International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts.

BS No, I honestly didn’t know about the world of competitive shooting until I started working at the sporting goods store.

 

ASJ So you never had any heroes or people to look up to who were in the shooting world?

BS Not particularly. I remember seeing videos of Jerry Miculek shooting revolvers. He was my inspiration to pick the S&W 627 over the Glock when I started. I was watching videos of guys shooting semiauto pistols who were basically  pretty slow. They couldn’t shoot that well either. When I first  saw Jerry shooting, I thought, “Man that guy can shoot fast!” It wasn’t until I started shooting revolvers that I realized how much talent, blood, sweat and tears you had to put into it to become halfway decent. Jerry was my first inspiration, but if I had to pick my shooting hero, it would be Rob Leatham. I had an opportunity to shoot with him in a couple matches, and have even taken a class with him. He is a good guy. One day before a revolver nationals match, Rob and I showed up at registration at the same time. He changed out of his single-stack rig and into his revolver rig. We shot the match together, and I thought it was really cool that a 20-something-time national champion and umpteen-time world champion would switch out his gear and shoot with a C-class revolver shooter.

 

Schrock’s reloads during competition are lightning fast.

Schrock’s reloads during competition are lightning fast.

ASJ Brian, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us.

BS You’re very welcome. I’ll see you at the range.

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Brian is currently attending school for manufacturing and engineering technology at Arizona State University. He wants to be on the top of the mountain, and he will get there. I’m calling it right now, people: 2016 is going to be the year of the Schrock. ASJ

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December 14th, 2015 by asjstaff

JUMPING THE GUN GAP

World Record Dirt-bike Champion, Cam Zink Is A Brother In Arms

Interview by Danielle Breteau

Cam Zink

One of Cam’s favorite firearms is his Tikka T3 Tactical .308. (ADRIAN MARCOUX PHOTOGRAPHY)

So, why would a shooting magazine reach out for an interview with a world-record-holding mountain bike rider/jumper/guru? Well, because he also totes a gun and hunts. In fact he comes from a family of hunters and totes many guns.

That’s why! Another reason we reached out to this young man was to demonstrate that gun owners, CCW carriers and hunters come from some of the most unlikely places. Think of the new generation of youth shooters who are paving the way for an ever-growing firearms-friendly community. Cam Zink represents that new generation, and while his livelihood is not in the industry, he is a brother in arms. I would like to introduce the shooting community to Cam Zink who made the Guinness Book of World Records – the first time – by completing a 100-foot, dirt-to-dirt backflip jump on a mountain bike. However, that wasn’t enough, so he followed that up by completing an astounding 120-foot straight-air jump, at the same location, earning him a second world record title for the longest dirt-to-dirt jump. Stand by for a second – just announcing that feat left me out of breath. Enjoy getting to know Cam Zink.


American Shooting Journal Hello, Cam, thanks for talking to us.

Cam Zink My pleasure.

ASJ Can you tell us a little bit about how you got started with guns, or where the influence came from?

CZ Well, it was a family thing. My father was an avid shooter and started taking us out hunting when I was pretty young. The first gun I ever shot was a .22, but the very first deerhunting rifle I ever owned was a .243 Winchester.

When he is not shooting, Cam and his brother Howie run YT USA, a mountain bike manufacturing company based in Reno. (IAN COLLINS PHOTOGRAPHY)

ASJ What did you think about hunting when you first started?

CZ Like I said, it was a family thing. It’s just what we did together. My brother Howie and I were just happy to be out with our dad.

ASJ What does your father do?

CZ He used to run a T-shirt, embroidery and screen-printing business, but is now semiretired. He is currently remodeling the house they live in to flip it. He has done everything in his life, including being an electrician, which helps with his new semivocation.

Cam ZinkASJ And your mother?

CZ My mom was a real estate agent, so she couldn’t take off work to take us to races like my dad could, but she came when she could, and we loved it!

ASJ How did you get started with mountain bikes?

CZ I started out like any other kid, riding bikes around the neighborhood. We had some school yard jumps, and I guess I realized around then that I had a bit more of a natural talent for riding. Later, one of my dad’s friends, Stan Fail, started a bike-component company called Kooka. He brought some high-end bikes into my dad’s shop, and my dad was super intrigued. That’s when my dad bought us our own mountain bikes, and Stan brought us to some races. The rest is history.

ASJ Does your brother hunt and ride as well?

CZ He does, and is currently the chief operating officer for YT USA, the North American franchise for YT Industries, which is the bike company that also sponsors me. Howie was always my hero growing up because he was so naturally gifted in all types of riding. When he got older and bought his first car, he started hanging out with girls. Bike riding took a back seat for him then.

Cam and Howie Zink

With a father who was an avid hunt, Cam (left) and Howie were raised to love the outdoors and be shooters. This and mountain biking was always a part of family outings. (IAN COLLINS PHOTOGRAPHY)

ASJ Tell us more about YT USA.

CZ YT is a German-engineered mountain bike manufacturer that was solely in Europe until recently. They have now expanded to North America, Australia and New Zealand. What sets them apart is their bikes are sold directly to the public via the internet. No middleman, which keeps costs low. My brother and I run the North American franchise for them out of Reno, Nev.

PHOTO 4 Cam as a KidASJ So, when you say low prices, what are we talking about?

CZ Prices range from around $900 to $5,400.

ASJ Wow, it sounds like there is a full range of bikes for all levels. Tell us about your favorite guns, or better yet, the guns you own.

CZ I have several different models, all for different reasons. My daily carry is a Ruger LC9, but the trigger is a bit annoying. Other than that, I have a S&W .40-caliber handgun and .22 revolver, a Remington 20-gauge shotgun and .243 rifle, a Tikka T3 Tactical .308, an H&K .45 and, of course, an AR-15.

Cam and Howie on one of their family’s camping and outdoor trips. (CAM ZINK)

ASJ What type of guns are you looking to add to the family?

CZ I really want a Kimber Solo. My dad has one, and it is the best subcompact I’ve ever seen. I also want to get a .300 AAC Blackout as well, especially now that I am sponsored by SilencerCo., an industry leader in silencers for firearms.

ASJ You mentioned that you have hunted. Tell us about that. What have you hunted so far?

CZ I have only successfully shot one deer with my dad under a junior tag, and have been on several antelope and deer hunts with friends. I love duck hunting too, and in the next few years I’m going to make it up to Montana to hunt deer again.

Among activities such as extreme mountain biking, film making, shooting and his new family. Cam works hard running his and his brother Howie’s business. (IAN COLLINS PHOTOGRAPHY)

ASJ I know you are involved with the creation of a charity that means a lot to you. Can you tell us why you started it and what it offers?

CZ It’s called Sensus RAD Trails, and I simply started it to build better bike trails. There are many organizations out there that build questionable trails, and take an

ASJ You have a huge following of fans who look up to you. Who inspires you?

CZ I look up to many different people, all for different reasons. I have a lot of diverse goals with my business, riding, life, family, writing, film making, shooting, etc. The people I look up to most are: Shaun Palmer, a professional snowboarder, skier, mountain biker and motocross rider who USA Today once put on the cover titled The World’s Greatest Athlete; Hunter S. Thompson, the late journalist, author and founder of the gonzo-journalism movement;Corey Bohan, an Australian BMX X-Games superstar; Rob Dyrdek, a professional skateboarder who founded Street League Skateboarding and holds 21 separate Guinness Book Of World Records for skateboarding; Travis Pastrana, X-Games gold-medal champion in several events, including supercross, motocross, freestyle motocross and rally racing, but mostly known for being an outrageous daredevil; and Johnny Knoxville, who is an actor, comedian, film producer, screenwriter and stunt performer.

Cam’s daughter, Ayla Zink, is on her way to a world championship dirt-bike title. We might have to wait a couple more years, though. (CAM ZINK)

ASJ Do you have any regrets in life so far?

CZ I try not to have regrets, but if I did, it would be some of the stupid things we did as teenagers. It’s impossible to change the past, so it’s hard to harbor regrets if you plan on changing the future [grin].

ASJ Do you have any new projects up and coming or anything we should be watching for?

CZ I completed a movie that just came out called Cam Zink: Reach For The Sky, and you can see it on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Video and a few other places.

ASJ We will definitely check that out, Cam. Thanks for talking to us.

CZ Thanks for having me. ASJ

Cam Zink

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