Brian “Gunny” Zins, Retired Marine
Look up “straight shooter” in the dictionary and you’ll likely find a photo of Brian “Gunny” Zins. Not only because he’s won the NRA Pistol Championship a record-breaking 10 times, but also because he speaks openly, from the heart, and always with a smile on his face.
With a distinguished 20-year Marine Corp. career and more than 30 national records, Gunny could very well rest on his laurels. In fact, after retirement from the Marines he did just that taking a “desk job” with the NRA but it didn’t last very long.
“I got very antsy sitting behind a desk. It was tough,” said Gunny. This from a man who then took a contract guarding American cargo vessels from Somali pirates.
“I’m very competitive. It’s an overwhelming urge. Maybe it’s being a Marine. No matter what your job is. No matter what you do. You want to be the best you can be at it,” said Gunny Zins.
With that unquenched desire for competition, Gunny then joined the History Channel’s Top Gun series to out shoot 14 of America’s best shooters and become a season two finalist. “I had a great time. The cast formed a family. I really enjoyed it.”
When you speak with Gunny, close ties and relationships are a common theme. From training incoming Marine recruits to his NRA national championship competitors (he refers to the competition as a big family reunion), he speaks fondly friends, students, and competitors alike.
It was no surprise then that for Gunny joining the Cabot team as spokesman and ambassador was a decision that went beyond the quality of the guns, “It’s not just the guns. It was the company as a whole. Very welcoming, very warm,” stated Gunny.
“And the guns! The guns are impressive. The interchangeability of the parts. The tight tolerances. After seeing the shop, they have something very special,” continued Gunny. “I was impressed with how detailed they are and the work that goes into each and every gun.”
As spokesman and ambassador, Gunny Zins will demonstrate the precision of the Cabot 1911 pistol series and also work closely with Cabot to provide exclusive training and other services to the owners of Cabot 1911s.
“I’m kinda like Cabot’s poster child,” Gunny laughs. “Once they put that gun in my hand and I shot it. Wow! It was smooth. Now I’m excited to talk to people about it. To work with clients and help them with their guns. I’ve seen what’s coming next and it’s exciting.”
Gunny Zins will be representing Cabot Guns at several upcoming guns shows as well as providing training during an owners’ weekend currently planned for September 2012.
|Occupation:Retired Marine. Ten-time NRA Pistol Champion. Finalist on History Channel’s “Top Shot: Season Two.”Role with Cabot: Team Cabot Shooter and Ambassador, 2012. 2013 and 2014
Core Beliefs: “No matter what your job is. No matter what you do. You want to be the best you can be at it.”
Why Cabot: “It’s not just the guns, it was the company as a whole… I didn’t see anyone who wasn’t happy to be at work.”
Favorite Model: The GI/Classic. “It looks original but it feels like a post-custom competition firearm.”
Parting Wisdom: “If you are not having fun doing what you are doing, then don’t do it.”