Vadasz captures NRA's Grand Aggregate title by 56 points

2014 NRA Police Champ Robert Vadasz between relays at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park

Albuquerque, New Mexico - In the middle of an otherwise routine relay, Robert Vadasz’s quest for a fifth consecutive National Police Shooting Championship (NPSC) fell into question. His gun jammed. There were two rounds left in the magazine. Precious seconds were ticking away.

“It’s 12 rounds in 20 seconds with 1 reload,” Vadasz recalled. “I get through one magazine with no problem. Reload, come back out, get through 4 rounds and experience a slide lock failure. Rip the magazine, reload, come back up and let 2 rounds fly.”

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Senior Border Patrol Agent hitting all the high points in NRA Police Championship

Robert Vadasz fires from 25 yards in the rain on day 3 of the NRA Police Championships in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Day Three of NRA's National Police Shooting Championships was welcomed with a downpour. The skies of New Mexico opened wide to unleash a constant deluge of wind, rain, and clouds. It was about the only thing capable of slowing Senior Border Patrol Agent Robert Vadasz's charge to a 5th consecutive title down.

"I love shooting in the rain," Mike Lane from the Lewisville Police Department said with a laugh. "The air is cool, there's no glare from the sun, and it gives the rest of us a chance to catch up to the really good shooters!"

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Returning Border Patrol champ takes early lead at NRA Police Championship

Robert Vadasz shoots from the prone position at NRA Police Championship

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Scores from the first day of NRA's National Police Shooting Championships arrived with a familiar name at the top of the board - Senior U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Vadasz. Vying for his 6th Grand Aggregate title, Vadasz kicked off the championships with a seven point lead.

"I felt good on the (Open Semi-Automatic Pistol) 1500," Vadasz told us. "Good weather, hardly any wind, and the gun was performing great."

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Chief of Police welcomes NRA and competitors to National Police Championships

Albuquerque Chief of Police Gorden Eden

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Competitors, officials, and local media gathered at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park on Monday morning for the official opening of the 2014 National Police Shooting Championships. Held at the Park since 2006, more than 400 participants were expected to take part in the competition.

Following a color guard contingent and a singing of the national anthem, Albuquerque Chief of Police Gorden Eden stepped to the podium. Flanked by a cadre of Mounted and Motorcycle Patrol, Chief Eden stepped welcomed competitors and the NRA to the Land of Enchantment.

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More than 250 rounds fired on day two of NRA's National Police Shooting Championships

Earnest of the San Antonio PD at NRA's National Police Championships in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - It was all about revolvers on the second day of NRA's National Police Championships. Open, Distinguished and Service to be exact. Sidearms separated by a combination of sizes, weights and barrel lengths. Competitors separated by a combination of speed and accuracy.

Open Revolver served as both the first and most challenging of the day's matches. Most challenging because because it accounts for 58% of the shots fired. Sitting, standing, kneeling and prone ... you get a little of everything in the Open 1500.

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Official scores from NRA Police Championships scheduled for 11am MST

German competitor fires Distinguished semi-auto at NRA Police Championship

Albuquerque, New Mexico - After a morning firing 150 shots for score, competitors were released to the friendly confines of the National Police Shooting Championships' vendor hall. A few stop at a food truck parked outside for a burrito and coffee. Green chili if you're feeling that southwestern spirit.

It's a morning routine meant to calm the nerves, fill their bellies, and ready for the next round. The round of Distinguished Semi-Auto.

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U.S. Border Patrol's Robert Vadasz leads Semi-Automatic 1500 at day's end

Robert Vadasz reviews his performance at NRA's Open Class Semi-Automatic 1500 Championship in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Open Class Semi-Automatic Pistol 1500 is not only the first showdown for the National Police Shooting Championships, it's also a heck of a barometer for the Grand Aggregate title? Why is that? Because today's average law enforcement officer is more likely to carry a semi than a revolver. That means if you're going to pull ahead, you better get to it when the getting is good.

That doesn't mean you're out of the aggregate title hunt if your semi numbers aren't stellar. No, there's a shot (pun intended) if you rack up some serious numbers in the shotgun and revolver categories, but why race from behind when you can lead from the lead. I know, but it sounded good in my head.

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Simplest things like the wrong pair of pants can keep you from the title

Firing a semi-automatic pistol at 25 yards during NRA's National Police Shooting Championships

Albuquerque, New Mexico - The Semi-Automatic Pistol 1500 is the first match of this year’s National Police Shooting Championships. Called the 1500 because a perfect score nets the shooter a clean 1500 points, competitors are called on to fire from 3, 7, 15, 25 and 50 yards.

“It would have been a lot better if I hadn’t thrown a zero,” said Cecil Doss of the California Highway Patrol. “I was wearing the wrong pants.”

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NRA's National Police Championships begin with 150 shots and semi-automatics

Female competitor shots while sitting at NRA's National Police Shooting Championship

Albuquerque, New Mexico - 100 competitors made way for the firing line this morning at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park to kick off the 2014 National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC). First held in 1962, NRA's Police Championships have been called Albuquerque home since 2006.

"The intent of PPC competitions is to provide police officers with a competitive program that improves both their skills and competences," said Match Director Marc Lipp. "NPSC does just that."

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