Barb Baird sits down with NRA's winningest Conventional Pistol shooter
Fairfax, Virginia - Barb Baird's column in this month's Shooting Sports USA finds the Women's Outdoor News Editor face to face with pistol legend Brian Zins. Between 20 years in the Marines, 11 Camp Perry titles in 19 years, 30 NRA National Records and runner-up on Top Shot, it's been quite the career in the shooting world.
Some know him as "Gunny," a couple even call him Dad, but whatever you know Brian Zins by, it's hard to deny his impact on competitive shooting. So why wouldn't you want to take a peek inside his range bag? What tricks and habits does Zins have? If you're interested, stick around - you might learn something.
Recognized by television viewers
across America from “Top Shot, Season
2,” Brian Zins is even better known
for his eleven National NRA Pistol
Championship wins at Camp Perry.
Zins shares what’s in his competition
“I’ve had the same Pachmayr
500 gun box for about 14 years now,”
said Zins, aka “Gunny,” a title earned
while serving 20 years in the U.S.
Marine Corps. Last summer, he won
his 11th championship by shooting a
Feinwerkbau .22 and a .45 cal. Cabot
1911. Sponsored by Cabot Guns, Lapua
Ammunition and Atlanta Arms & Ammo,
Zins loads his gun box like he is
preparing for a military mission.
Here’s what he packs:
- Ranger Engineering shooting
glasses, usually Vermillion
lenses. “For shooting
a ‘dot’, this lens keeps it nice
- EP3 Sonic Defender filtered,
Peltor tactical ear muffs,
if necessary, on top of
- Lens cleaner and lens
- Rosin – the type that
goes on as a liquid
and is not sticky
- Bore snakes
- Pens, pencils and
overlays for scoring
- KOWA spotting scope
- Sharpies (for autograph
signing, of course)
He also uses a homemade rest
made from three empty 9 mm
ammo boxes duct-taped together.
“This replaces a heavy sandbag
to rest the trigger guard on in
between shots. It allows me to
keep from breaking wrist while
resting and it also keeps the front
of the gun off the bench.”
We wish Brian luck on his bid for a 12th Camp Perry title this summer, but we're not so sure he needs it.
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