June's National Patrol Rifle Championships welcomes 122 competitors to Michigan

Competitors walk to the starting line for the National Patrol Rifle Championships

Commerce Township, Michigan - More than a hundred competitors gathered on the tall grass and rolling berms of the Multi-Lakes Conservation Association in lower Michigan this month. Law Enforcement all, they arrived from as far as away Oklahoma and Virginia to take part in the 2014 National Patrol Rifle Championships. Talking and laughing while waiting to drop off their entry forms, each stopped at the whitewashed registration building window as equals. That would not last long.

The goal was clear; beneath the unseasonable searing Michigan sun, battle back the heat, the exhaustion, and the frustration to stay on target.

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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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Officers and agents from as far as West Virginia and Washington state vie for Top Shot honors

Pistol phase of the National Patrol Rifle Championships in Michigan

Commerce Township, Michigan - As the sun begins to set over fields and lakes of Michigan proper, competitors in the National Patrol Rifle Championships are packing up their rifles, stocking up their gear and making way for the Suburban Collection Showplace Convention Center. By sundown all will have returned to conference headquarters for the Annual Awards Ceremony Banquet.

Headlined by former Secret Service Agent turned author and commentator Dan Bongino, the banquet promises to eventually give way to the awards. Recognition of those who drudged through the courses, ignored the elements and eventually found a spot at the top of the leaderboard. Not as easy as it sounds.

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Log dragging and tourniquet application starts second stage at Michigan rifle Championships

Competitor applies a tourniquet at the National Patrol Rifle Competition in Michigan

Commerce Township, Michigan - In November of 2013, members of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department came under attack. The life of one officer was saved thanks to a simple device — a tourniquet. The fourth police officer shot in the attack, her comrades gave aid (saving her life) and returned fire.

This was the inspiration for Course #2 at the National Patrol Rifle Championships … Albuquerque Lesson.

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Law Enforcement from the Great Lakes and beyond take on five course for Patrol Rifle title

Prepping to take on course #1 at the National Patrol Rifle Competition

Commerce Township, Michigan - Law Enforcement agents and officers from around the country came together this morning at the Multi-Lakes Conservation Association for the opening of the 2014 National Patrol Rifle Competition. Five courses of fire concentrating on, what else, the patrol rifle.

“We’re expecting somewhere between 100 and 150 competitors to run through the match today,” said competition Chairman Jeff Felts. “It’s going to be a good year.”

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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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Up to 200 competitors expected at Patrol Rifle Competition in Detroit

Competitor takes aim at the National Patrol Rifle Championships in Novi, MI

Novi, Michigan - In less than a week, almost 200 competitors from across the nation will gather at Multi-Lakes Conservation Association for the 2014 National Patrol Rifle Competition. While the competition promises to unleash the same rugged courses of fire as before, there is a new element to the mix — the NRA.

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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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NRA Law Enforcement Division's Tactical Competition simulates injury during a gun fight

Fairfax, Virginia - You've all heard the phrase; traffic stop gone bad. A simple speeding or failure to signal stop can turn a law enforcement officer's good instincts into a potentially tragic event. What happens next can mean the difference between life and death.

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