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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Police Championships being September 16th at Shooting Range Park

Robert Vadasz shoots bullseyes at NRA National Police Shooting Championship 2012

Fairfax, Virginia - NRA's National Police Shooting Championships are only a couple of weeks away. A couple of weeks until almost 800 law enforcement officers from across the globe make camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There they'll spend three full days (four if you shoot teams, up to six if you take part in the tactical) trying to get as close to 6,200 as possible.

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First time use of Remington 11-87 Police Shotgun keeps straight for the win

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

Albuquerque, New Mexico - The shotgun can be an intimidating firearm. When used by Law Enforcement, that's part of the point. When used at the National Police Shooting Championships at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park, there better be a little bit of accuracy thrown in there too. If you want to win the Grand Championship that is.

That's why Patrolman Charles "Chase" Blohm, Jr. of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office in Memphis, Tennessee (who finished the 2012 National Police Shooting Championships ranked as the High Sheriff) went with a Remington 11-87.

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Winning four title in five years is Border Patrol's Robert Vadasz

Robert Vadasz at NRA National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico Fairfax, Virginia - In four out of the last five years, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Vadasz has departed from the Albuquerque International Airport to his home in Florida as a National Champion. This was one of those years.

Every year, during the third week of September, Law Enforcement Officers from around the globe come to the Shooting Range Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico for NRA's National Police Shooting Championship. It is there that Vadasz lays claim to those National Championship titles. There that he fights his way through hundreds of top marksmen. Local, state, federal ... they all came again to push him off the mountain top. And this year, only he succeeded.

After finishing first in the Open Class 3000 Pistol Championship, Vadasz powered through the remaining competitions to win the 2012 Grand Aggregate title by a whopping 16 points.

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Rifles from Brazil, Sweden & Soviet Union take aim in New Mexico

The New Mexico Military Surplus Rifles & Pistols Shooters in Albuquerque

While we weather out the winter winds here in the DC Metro area, Patrick Hernandez and his colleagues from the New Mexico Military Surplus Rifles & Pistols Shooters (NMMSRPS) are taking to the sands of Albuquerque. Though their temperature isn't all that more welcoming then ours, they braved the conditions for a chance to take part in their Mid-Range High Power Shooting Match.

What makes this match so special? Sure, the NMMSRPS is an NRA Club, but there are thousands of those. What makes this match special, and what makes all the matches of the NMMSRPS so special, is that they are all shot with Military Surplus Firearms.

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New grips and no practice on the High Sheriff's Smith & Wesson Model 66 revolver at the NRA Police Championships

Right profile of the High Sheriff's Smith & Wesson Model 66 .357 Magnum revolver at NRA's 2012 National Police Shooting Championships

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Before heading off to lunch, we return to the sands and sun of New Mexico for the Guns of the High Sheriff. A continuing series, the Guns of the High Sheriff takes a close up look at the firearms used by Detective Charles "Chase" Blohm of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office in Memphis, Tennessee to win the title of High Sheriff at the 2012 NRA Police Shooting Championships in New Mexico.

Now up — a 4-inch Smith & Wesson Model 66 Revolver.

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Shot in 2011 Police Shooting Championship Open Revolver 1500

Robert Vadasz's .38 caliber PPC Bob Jones revolver
A .38 Caliber Bob Jones Revolver - owned by Border Patrol Agent Robert Vadasz

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Around this time last year, we were going over the guns used by U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Vadasz to win his third National Police Shooting Championship title in four years. Specifically, his Bob Jones .38 revolver.

To get the entire story, take a look at our post from 2011 as NRAblog Rewind brings back the Bob Jones PPC revolver.

NRA Club holds a Military Surplus Rifle Match in New Mexico

Patrick Hernandez's 1891 Mosin-Nagant shot at the Guns of August match

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Our friend Patrick Hernandez from the New Mexico Military Surplus Rifle & Pistol Shooters Club (NRA Club # B82119) dropped us a note the other day. Seems Patrick and the crowd at the club recently held a customized match. Not an NRA sanctioned match mind you, but a match that suits the mission of their club — the use of vintage military surplus firearms at long ranges.

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