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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When on the Amazing Race, fat and slow overcomes thin and fast

CBS Amazing Race alum Art Velez smiling during the 2012 NRA National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico That stupid sled.

U.S. Border Patrol Agents Art and J.J. had no problems stacking watermelons, landing helicopters or rappelling down side scrappers, but when asked to ride a sled ... that's where everything began to unwind.

"When I got up there, I never thought there would be a problem," explained Velez at the 2012 NRA National Police Shooting Championships in New Mexico. "I needed to pick a sled with the thinnest rails so I could go as fast as possible. The idea of trying to balance on that thing never even crossed my mind. Thought it would be a piece of cake.

"They guys were holding all these sleds. I thought the one with the thinnest rails would go the fastest. If I had picked the other sled that had the wider fat rails, I would have made it down the hill in a flash. But I went for the thin rails. That’s what ended up killing me."

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Smith & Wesson PPC 9 six-inch at NRA's Police Championships

View of Smith & Wesson Model PPC 9 semi-automatic pistol from the right

Albuquerque, New Mexico - A couple of weeks ago, we began a review of guns. The guns used by Chase Blohm to win High Sheriff at NRA's 2012 National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque. Since last time we looked at a revolver, I thought now was the time for a semi-automatic. Presenting the Smith & Wesson PPC 9 six inch.

"About four years ago I purchased this PPC 9," said Blohm. "Originally I shot a five inch and just worked my way up. When I made the change, my points jumped up at least ten."

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Rifles used in World War 1 now used in New Mexico competitions

1886 Lebel rifle and 1891 Mosin Nagant rifles on display at the National Police Shooting Championships

Albuquerque, New Mexico - While in New Mexico for the 2012 National Police Shooting Championships, we ran into one-time NRAblog correspondent Patrick Hernandez. Patrick, if you remember, wrote about his club — the New Mexico Military Surplus Rifles and Pistols Shooters.

That's when it hit NRANews producer John Popp ... who better to perform a Curator's Corner on the fly then Pat? With the invitation extended, Pat ran home home and brought a few of his firearms for the NRANews cameras and crew.

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Kept quiet about his time dancing and rappelling on CBS reality show Amazing Race

Art Velez shoots team events during the 2012 NRA National Police Shooting Championships Albuquerque, New Mexico - For the past couple of Mondays, we've been sharing the story of Art Velez and his time on the CBS reality show Amazing Race. Art is a shooter for the U.S. Border Patrol pistol team. That means we can't help but bump into him every September during the National Police Shooting Championships. He took the opportunity to do something he couldn't do while the show aired ... talk.

"That was probably the most frustrating part," said Velez. "I was allowed to tell my wife and my son but that was it.

"Everybody in the family had to sign non-disclosure agreements. My parents, her parents, my sister. It was probably hardest for my son because he was a freshman in high school. The kids were always on him for the inside scoop."

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Classic Smith & Wesson Snubnose shoots the Off-Duty Sidearm

Smith & Wesson .357 Snub Nose used by Patrolman Chase Blohm of Memphis, Tennessee at NRA's National Police Shooting Championships

Albuquerque, New Mexico - While in Albuquerque for the National Police Shooting Championships, we asked Patrolman Chase Blohm, Jr. of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office if we could take a look at his guns. Why do that? Because Blohm finished off the Championships ranked as the High Sheriff. Whoever accomplishes such a feat probably has an incredible collection of guns. Guns they've used for years in countless tournaments with great stories of competitions and care. Or maybe not.

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