NRA's National Police Championships begin with 150 shots and semi-automatics

Female competitor shots while sitting at NRA's National Police Shooting Championship

Albuquerque, New Mexico - 100 competitors made way for the firing line this morning at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park to kick off the 2014 National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC). First held in 1962, NRA's Police Championships have been called Albuquerque home since 2006.

"The intent of PPC competitions is to provide police officers with a competitive program that improves both their skills and competences," said Match Director Marc Lipp. "NPSC does just that."

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Louisianan and Texas police officers win NRA's Tactical Police Competition

Thomas Noto, winner of the 2014 NRA New Mexico Tactical Police Competition's Tactical Division

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Officers Thomas Noto and Ting Sun left Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park yesterday as champions. Winners of their respective divisions in NRA's Tactical Police Competition, it was their accuracy, speed and attention to detail that made the difference.

"Every little thing counts," said Match Director Ken Naffziner. "You have to be at your best to win either division in an NRA tactical."

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Speed, accuracy, and staying simple are the keys to flourishing at Tactical matches

Rifle starting this course at NRA's Tactical Police Competition

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Every plan is great until you're punched in the mouth. It's what you do after that that matters.

That's true for all manners of athletics; even the matches here at NRA's Tactical Police Competition. A pregame walk through provides competitors with plenty of time to plan their assault - then something happens.

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First-time semi-automatic pistol event draws heavy, inspires more training

Justin Jones of Albuquerque Police Department wins NRA's 2014 New Mexico Challenge

Albuquerque, New Mexico - With a score of 459-20x, Justin Jones of the Albuquerque Police Department laid claim to the NRA's 2014 New Mexico Challenge title. Besting fellow APD officer Matt Groff by 7 points, it's a win that hopefully inspires Jones to contemplate the benefits of competitive shooting.

"This even was created to bring first-time shooters into the shooting sports world," said NRA Law Enforcement Director Glen Hoyer. "Any excuse to improve your shooting skills is a good one, and if you walk away with a trophy or two, that's not too bad either."

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Skill based course with five firing areas for shotgun and pistol

ICE agent settles on shotgun during NRA Tactical Police Competition

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Tactical Police Competitions were created for one thing and one thing only - training. They simulate relatively the same amount of stress and tension as law enforcement officers might face on the streets every day. Relatively. Because there is no substitute for the rush of adrenaline accompanied in a real life or death situation.

This weekend in Albuquerque, the National Rifle Association has put together six courses to test our men and women of law enforcement. Each come with their own set of obstacles.

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48 shot match brings new participants to the sport of competitive shooting

The New Mexico Challenge welcomes unclassified competitors to the sport of Police Pistol Combat

Albuquerque, New Mexico - The National Police Shooting Championships take place the third week of September every year. But that's not the only competition NRA arranges for that week. Actually there are two. The first is the New Mexico Challenge.

Reserved for New Mexico officers without a permanent Police Pistol Combat (PPC) classification, the New Mexico Challenge is a 48 shot competition designed to bring new shooters to the sport ... that or bring former competitors back into the fold.

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500+ law enforcement officers from around the globe heading to New Mexico

Robert Vadasz shows his empty rounds at NRA National Police Shooting Championship in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Monday, September 15, hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officers from around the United States (and the globe) will come together at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park for the 2014 National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC). Three days of individual matches followed by a team event on Thursday.

2014 marks the 53rd year of NPSC - the 9th in Albuquerque.

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Top International NPSC shooter Manthei comes to Vegas for a look at ammunition

Axel Manthei shooting at the National Police Shooting Championships

Las Vegas, Nevada - Who did I come across while running through the makeshift lanes of the Sands Expo Center here at SHOT Show than Axel. Not the uniquely gifted lead singer Axl Rose of the quasi-defunct rock band Guns and Roses. No this Axel was Axel Manthei. Who is Axel Manthei? I'm glad you asked.

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Remington 11-87 Police Shotgun gets attention on the range

Left barrel view of Patrolman Charles Blohm's 11-87 Remington Police Shotgun

Albuquerque, New Mexico - The National Police Shooting Championships usually earns a spot in the highlights every year. 2013 is no exception.

Way out west under the Albuquerque sun we were there to see Border Patrol Agent Robert Vadasz returned to successfully defend his title, Stephanie Diaz won her 5th overall Women's Championship, and Jose Ortiz walked away with his first Shotgun Crown.

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