Tactical Police Competition in Virginia brings out the best in shotgun skills

Competitors smoking shotgun at NRA's Tactical Police Competition in Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - Everyday, the men and women across America patrol the streets looking for the bad guy. Striving with every step to protect to public from the dangers which lurks around every corner. While undertaking such a monumental task, these men and women head onto the streets with a few basic tools — a pistol, a shotgun, a rifle and their wit.

Realist realize that they can't spend every day on patrol. And when they aren't on the streets, odds are they are training. Something as simple as drawing their firearm, dry firing, or practicing the latest takedown techniques. Or, as was the case last weekend here in Fairfax, taking part in an NRA Tactical Police Competition.

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Law Enforcement from around the nation's capital come together in a test of skills

Shotgun shooter finds his mark at NRA Tactical Police Competition

Fairfax, Virginia - Under the dark and dingy drizzle-threating skies of Fairfax County arrived a select group of individuals. Men and women who wake every morning with you in mind. Men and women who strap on a gun, pin on a badge, and head out to protect and serve. Today they exercise that duty through another form; competition.

Here for the NRA’s 2014 Fairfax Tactical Police Competition are deputies, sheriffs, constables and agents from around the national's capital. All putting their skills to the test in a race against time and accuracy.

“It might sound like fun, but it’s a lot of work,” explained Law Enforcement Competition Manager Marc Lipp. “Some people will not go home happy.”

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Tactical Shooting Instructor school enters the rifle phase in Texas

Constable Jerry Raburn of Denton County Precinct #3 practices a seated firing position prior to live-fire exercises.

After another long day of training, NRA Law Enforcement Competitor & Tactical Police Competition RO Mike Lane returns with his tales of eighteen students undertaking a five-day Tactical Shooting Instructor course in Lewisville, Texas.

Lewisville, Texas - What a great day of training!

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Officers learn to operate under real world conditions at the Jerry R. Galler Public Safety Training Center

Officer Mike Short performs a rapid magazine change during the middle of the 'El Presidente' drill.
Mike Lane, a longtime competitor and Range Safety Officer for NRA's Tactical Police Competitions is one of eighteen students undertaking a five-day Tactical Shooting Instructor course in Texas.

During the week, Lane will share his experience and outlook on the class, the people and the rest of his time in Texas.

Lewisville, Texas - Wishing to keep his department’s training staff up-to-date with the most advanced, contemporary ideas in modern firearms training techniques, Chief Russell Kerbow of the Lewisville Police Department recently hosted an NRA Instructor Development School at the newly dedicated Jerry R. Galler Public Safety Training Center.

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ICE Agent explains why he competes and trains for NRA Tactical Police Competitions

ICE Agent Arlo Arcinas walking through one of NRA's Tactical Police Competition courses in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Standing approximately five feet six inches tall with a touch of gray scattered about his the black matted coiffure, you probably wouldn't think that Arlo Arcinas as a federal agent just by looking at him. He doesn't exactly fit the physical stereotype. But that's one of the things that makes him such a valuable asset. That and the skills that earned him a spot on the ICE National Pistol Team. He's been there so long, he was on the team before there even was an ICE.

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South Carolina and New Mexico law enforcement takes top titles at NRA Nationals

Heath Clevenger wins the Tactical Division at NRA's Tactical Police Shooting Championships in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - After two days of sloshing through the puddles and crawling through mud, the NRA broke down the numbers for their Tactical Police Competition at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park to name the winners. With totals of 400.41 seconds and 435.00, Heath Clevenger and Ferman Ortega won the Tactical and Patrol Division titles.

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Downpours in Albuquerque provides another level of difficulty for Law Enforcement shooters

Front loader dumps gravel on NRA Tactical Police Competition course at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Flash flood warnings are the norm in New Mexico this week. With record rainfalls and a continuous deluge, the campgrounds, streets, bridges and local landmarks are experiencing what some refer to as a once in a lifetime flood. Those taking part in NRA's National Police Shooting Championships at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park are feeling the affects as well.

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Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park sets the stage for NRA's Tactical Police Competition

Law Vegas Marksmanship Unit preps for a rifle competition at NRA Tactical in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Day one of NRA's Tactical Police Competition at the Shooting Range Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico is done. With only half the scores in, it's still too early to make any predictions. So instead of breaking out the scores, we're going to go with a collection of photos from the day.

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Up to 200 law enforcement officers running 3-gun with duty pistols, rifles and shotguns

Shooter in NRA's New Mexico Tactical Police Competition hits water behind the targets at the Shooting Range Park

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Though the official start of NRA's National Police Shooting Championships is scheduled for Monday, the quasi-official running of the championships has already began. It starts as it does every year with a Tactical Police Competition.

Basically a 3-Gun course, the competition is different in one very significant way — the competitors.

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