Well, he did for the Hornady Pandemic Zombie Shoot, at least. This is a story that should have Larry Houck (Brian’s father and Team FNH USA captain) on the short list for “father of the year” award. Not only does Larry build his 12-year-old son a zombie-themed AR-15 complete with zombie-themed trigger guard and takedown pins. He then took him to the Hornady zombie-themed 3-gun in Grand Island, Nebraska during the last week of school. And then he talked with Steve Hornady (the second generation owner of Hornady, the ammo manufacturer) to get his son on the team for the weekend, complete with zombie green competition shirt. And Brian didn’t disappoint . . .
The kid was presented his team shirt and told the news at an event the day before the competition by Steve Hornady himself, and admonished with the Team Hornady motto: “don’t f*** up.” And he didn’t. Brian ran the ten stages of the competition better than the majority of youths (everyone under 18) at the event, and was only knocked out of the top three for his division because his rifle experienced a series of double-feed malfs and became inoperative on the last stage of the second day. Naturally, Brian will be switching to one of his dad’s spare SCARs from now on.
While the original plan was to have Brian shoot for the Hornady team for the zombie match only, there are rumors that his performance has had the team re-examine that agreement and they may offer him a permanent spot on the team. That would make Brian one of the youngest pro 3-gun shooters in the United States.