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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
ASJ 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.
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.
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.
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
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