Opening day gitters come out in NRA's Virginia Tactical Police Competition

Russ Pearce of the Richmond Police Department on the Blind Stage of NRA's Virginia Tactical Police Competition

Fairfax, Virginia - It started early in Fairfax.

Tucked away in the outer regions of the Northern Virginia county, members of NRA's Law Enforcement Division assembled volunteers and Range Safety Officers for a first run at this year's Fairfax Tactical Police Competition (TPC). Right down the road from Headquarters, this event holds special meaning for NRA staff.

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Fairfax, Virginia - At the beginning of every year, NRA's Law Enforcement Division puts together a video touting their contribution to police departments and federal agencies throughout the nation. ... more on NRA's Law Enforcement Division ...

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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Tactical Police Competition provides training for Law Enforcement

Melisse Turner of the San Antonio Marksmanship Unit at an NRA Tactical Police Competition

When you're out on a Tactical Police Competition course, the only thing you're thinking about is time. Time to identify your target, time to fire on target and time to move onto the next one. Any mistakes are penalized with time and ultimately ... you're ranked by time.

Whenever I'm out on a Tactical Police Competition course, the only thing I'm thinking about is staying out of the way. That's because I'm just there to capture the moment. The only think I'm shooting are pictures and videos. To share the moment with those who read NRAblog.

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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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Austin, Texas - Instead of running a dozen or so videos from the NRA's Spring Texas Tactical Police Competition at the Best of the West Shooting Sportsin Austin, we decided to compile a collection of highlights.

Here you go.

As with many of us here at the NRA, Law Enforcement Director Glen Hoyer is required to travel. He hits the road to meet with sponsors, scout locations, negotiate with local municipalities and oversee competitions. While in Austin last week for the Spring Texas Tactical Police Competition, he added camera man to his list of duties.

Using a collection of the ever popular GoPro Cameras, Hoyer placed a few throughout the tactical course to capture the competitors as they zoomed by.

We're still working on the videos, but until then ... here's a taste of what's to come.

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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