Texas Longhorn at the Austin Tactical Police Competition

Austin, Texas - Practically a hundred members of law enforcement gathered at the Best of the West Shooting Range last weekend for the NRA's Spring Texas Tactical Police Competition. With Tactical (optics permitted for rifles and semi-auto shotguns allowed) outnumbering the Patrol (iron sights and pump-action shotguns only) competitors by a count of nearly three to one, there was plenty of guns, grit and gear to go around.

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With all the excitement generated from the ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio this weekend, NRAblog decided to reach back into the archives to see if we could drum up a little more San Antonio styled fun.

In the above video, Daniel Earnest of the San Antonio Marksmanship Unit was nice enough to wear one of our GoPro cameras while running through a course at the NRA's San Antonio Tactical Police Competition last November. And in case your wondering, yes — the starting position is on the ground with the gun a few feet in front of you.

11 paper and 7 steel targets on NRA Tactical Police course

View from the top of NRA's Louisiana Tactical Police Competition course #4

Anderson, South Carolina - Though the sun rose high last Saturday at the Skip J Range, the shadows loomed even larger during NRA's Louisiana Tactical Police Competition (TPC). Hiding the fears and frustration of competitors as they made their way through the seven courses, our cameras were only able to capture so much. What we captured on Course #4 (pictured above) – titled "Suspect on the Loose" – was almost close enough to taste the gun powder.

It began as shooters stood on the starting line — duty gun holstered and ready to go.

Running down the hallway in NRA's Suspect on the Loose course

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Shooters start on their bellies before picking up their pistols

Anderson, South Carolina - NRA's Tactical Police Competition in Anderson, South Carolina was comprised of seven different courses that challenged the competitors speed, accuracy and mobility. The second course, housed in the second bay of the Skip J Range, focused on the handgun.

Starting in the prone position with their pistol (muzzle down range) just out of reach. When the bell sounds, they recover their firearm and engage eight separate targets from three different firing positions.

The average score on course #2 was 36 seconds.

More than 90 law enforcement officers compete at the Skip J Range

NRA Tactical Police Competition winners Eric Eckhardt and Marc Scroggins
Eric Eckhardt, on the left, and Marc Scroggins, on the right, pose with NRA Law Enforcement Competitions Manager Marc Lipp after winning their divisions at NRA's South Carolina Tactical Police Competition.

Anderson, South Carolina - After a full day of pistols, rifles and shotguns at the Skip J Range, Marc Scroggins and Eric Eckhardt won their respective divisions at NRA's South Carolina Tactical Police Competition in Anderson. Seven courses that test the skills of law enforcement officers and military personnel, Tactical Police Competitions (TPC) place competitors in real-life situations that test their mobility, accuracy and decision making process.

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Leaders in NRA's Tactical Police Competition after two rounds

NRA TPC's office shooting simulation in South Carolina Officer firing his rifle during the NRA's Tactical Police Competition at the Skip J Range.

Anderson, South Carolina - NRA Law Enforcement Division's Tactical Police Competition is almost at a close. As competitors finish up the final rounds, preliminary scores are finding their way to the public. As participants are moving from one stage to another, a comprehensive breakdown of the preliminary scores is not possible. Instead, we offer top registered scores (so far) from stages 4 and 5 for the Patrol Division and stages 2 and 3 for the Tactical Division.

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NRA match simulates real-life situations for Law Enforcement

Shooting from a seated position at the NRA Tactical Match

Anderson, South Carolina - The seven courses here at the Skip J Range for the NRA's Tactical Police Competition (TPC) in Anderson, South Carolina put competitors in real-life scenarios. In fact, Law Enforcement Competition's Manager Marc Lipp and his staff will sometimes pluck a scenario right out of today's news. Such was the case in course # 3 — Sonic Blast. Here's how it goes

Shooting around the corner at an NRA Tactical Match

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Stage seven at the NRA Tactical Police Competition in South Carolina

Anderson, South Carolina - The morning air welcomed us with a chill. Footsteps in the frost are making the transition to dew and complete dryness as the sun begins it's rise. The darkness accompanying competitors on their way to the Skip J Range for the second NRA Tactical Police Competition (TPC) of the year is gone and all that's left is the shooting. And that started around 8:30 this morning.

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