Springfield pistol almost perfect as Peoble's wins 2014 President's Match

Right side of Doug Peoble's STI Springfield 9mm at the 2014 NPSC in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Doug Peoble grew up in a small mining town in Southwest Arizona. A close community, there were often opportunities to embrace the tradition and passion of the shooting sports. For Doug, it was his father that lead the way. The way that lead this Pinal County Officer to earn the title of High Sheriff at the 2014 NRA National Police Shooting Champion.

One of the firearms he used to accomplish this feat was a 9mm STI Springfield pistol.

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National Police Champion Peoble shares his guns with the NRA

STI Target Master used by Doug Peoble at NRA's NPSC in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - A little more than a month ago, under the sandy skies of New Mexico, NRAblog sat down with Doug Peoble of the Pinal County's Sheriff's Department. He just completed a rare run at the National Police Shooting Championships. Winning High Sheriff, along with the President's Match, puts Peoble on the watch list for next year's match.

Will he be the one to take the Grand Aggregate title away from 6-time champ Robert Vadasz? Maybe. After the way he performed this year he's going to make some waves at least. Now we're going to take a look at the guns he hopes to make those waves with.

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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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Skill based course with five firing areas for shotgun and pistol

ICE agent settles on shotgun during NRA Tactical Police Competition

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Tactical Police Competitions were created for one thing and one thing only - training. They simulate relatively the same amount of stress and tension as law enforcement officers might face on the streets every day. Relatively. Because there is no substitute for the rush of adrenaline accompanied in a real life or death situation.

This weekend in Albuquerque, the National Rifle Association has put together six courses to test our men and women of law enforcement. Each come with their own set of obstacles.

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500+ law enforcement officers from around the globe heading to New Mexico

Robert Vadasz shows his empty rounds at NRA National Police Shooting Championship in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Monday, September 15, hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officers from around the United States (and the globe) will come together at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park for the 2014 National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC). Three days of individual matches followed by a team event on Thursday.

2014 marks the 53rd year of NPSC - the 9th in Albuquerque.

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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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Remington 11-87 Police Shotgun gets attention on the range

Left barrel view of Patrolman Charles Blohm's 11-87 Remington Police Shotgun

Albuquerque, New Mexico - The National Police Shooting Championships usually earns a spot in the highlights every year. 2013 is no exception.

Way out west under the Albuquerque sun we were there to see Border Patrol Agent Robert Vadasz returned to successfully defend his title, Stephanie Diaz won her 5th overall Women's Championship, and Jose Ortiz walked away with his first Shotgun Crown.

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Pink pistol zeroes in on High Woman title at NRA National Police Shooting Championships

Right side action of Det. Stephanie Diaz's pink 9mm Nowlin at the NRA Police Championships

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Halfway through the first day of competition at the NRA National Police Shooting Championships is a time for rest. Take in your results, grab a quick snack and make ready for the afternoon push. Some are cruising along while others are already out of the hunt. Soon will be time for championship #3 — Stock Service Semi-Automatic.

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