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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Final results for NRA Law Enforcement Competition in Virginia

Tactical Division Shotgun Shooter in the NRA's Virginia Tactical Police Competition

Fairfax, Virginia - Almost 130 competitors filed through the doors of NRA's Virginia Tactical Police Competition this weekend. Split evenly into Tactical and Patrol Divisions (Tactical allows for semi-auto shotguns and/or rifles with an optical sight), competitors engaged threats on six separate real-life stages created by NRA staff.

"Three days of well-spirited competition," said National Police Pistol Combat Competitions Manager Marc Lipp. "We had police officers here from as far as Texas, South Carolina and Connecticut."

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Officers display skills with rifle, pistols and shotguns used on the job

Shotgun course at NRA's Fairfax Tactical Police Competition, 2013

Fairfax, Virginia - Round three of NRA's Virginia Tactical Police Competition (TPC) started early this morning in Fairfax. A test of an officer's ability to run through real-life scenarios and engage targets with rifles, shotguns and pistols, NRA's TPCs are a favorite training tool for the competitors.

"The courses help develop your problem solving skills," said Mark, a police officer from Maryland. "You have to figure out how to get through the course, engage all the proper targets, and do so as quickly as possible. It's challenging."

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