Wayne LaPierre

As NRAblog first reported in July, Wayne LaPierre is the keynote speaker at the 48th Annual National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC) Awards Banquet, set for 7 p.m. tonight. NRAblog has been reporting from the Championships in New Mexico for the past few days.

The banquet is open to all NPSC competitors and vendors. Tickets will be checked at the door, so don't forget yours!

NRAblog will report first thing tomorrow with photographs and a recap of Mr. LaPierre's remarks. We'll also be reporting live on Twitter throughout the evening. Follow us here!

While the rain falls here in Albuquerque, we thought we'd give you another course from the NRA's New Mexico Tactical Police Competition. Jerry from Perry Nuclear served as our Range Officer and ran the course during one of the breaks.

Glen Hoyer and Kayne Robinson talk to NRA NewsThe match’s Executive Director, Glen Hoyer, and his boss, Kayne Robinson, checked in with NRANews' Cam & Company last night. Watch the episode in the NRA News archives. What did they gave to say about the 2010 National Police Shooting Championships?

“Things are going very well, and Albuquerque Police Department is going out of their way to make things work,” Hoyer said. “Mayor Berry is a great guy and very behind both NRA and NPSC.”

Hoyer emphasized the importance of offering the nearly 400 law enforcement and military marksmen an environment in which to reinforce their training.

“We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – competition is an extension of training,” he said. “And hearing from people who have been coming for several years, and hearing how this match affects their departments in positive ways, is what it’s really all about.

Robinson arrived at the Championships shortly after their start and has been talking to as many competitors as possible. A former 8-time state champion himself, Robinson says he always enjoys meeting “as many of these guys as possible.”

“This is the place to be,” Robinson told Cam. “I spent 34 years as a cop, so being here with all kinds of police shooters is phenomenal.”

In addition to offering participants competition and friendship, Robinson was quick to point out an important aspect of the Championship.

“They exchange information – what’s working good for their training, whats not, how they handle certain situations,” Robinson said. “It’s a whole smorgasboard of activity here.”

Border Patrol agent Robert Vadasz shooting at the National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque on NRAblog Senior U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Vadasz held off all comers here in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to secure his second National Police Shooting Individual Championship in three years. Going shot for shot with the fellow Border Patrol agents and LEOs who share his classification, Vadasz ended the second (and final) round dropping a mere 19 shots throughout the tournament.

"It's an honor to be here, again," said Vadasz. "Your gun jams, it slips off the post, your foot cramps, or your ammunition betrays you; there are a lot of things that can go wrong. This year, everything came together, and it feels great."

Now just because Vadasz won the individual title doesn't mean the Championships are over. Today marks the beginning of the two and four man team trials as well as the last day of Shotgun. That means anyone aiming for the Aggregate Title better find their way down to the far range before the 3:00 p.m. deadline.

After today's competition, shooters will gather again for the 2010 NPSC Awards Banquet. That's where NRA's Law Enforcement Division will hand out the remaining trophies, raffle off the Soltis Rifle generously donated by gun maker Jerome Soltis, and provide available updates for the 2011 competition. There's also a rumor afloat that Gunny R. Lee Ermey will make an appearance. And the keynote speaker for tonight? None other than NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.

Laser Shot Law Enforcement Training SystemsSunday was the official start of the Law Enforcement Equipment Exposition at Shooting Range Park. The exposition spans two buildings and is always a popular feature of the Championships – and one table in particular seemed to be surrounded by folks.

Laser Shot Law Enforcement Training Systems is exhibiting for the first time at the NRA National Police Shooting Championships. The company sent Bryon Corb, who works in Law Enforcement Content Developing and Training, to man the booth.

Early Monday morning, one competitor was excited to find the booth set up.

“What would you like to do? Skills, interactive scenarios? Rifle, pistol?” Corb asked him.

“Whatever you throw at me!” he responded. “I was here yesterday and came back for more.”

Corb said this enthusiastic reception of the product has been typical, and he expects to reach a great many potential customers. “Quite a few agencies have expressed interest in having a presentation to their departments.”

What are the benefits of this sort of training?

“It doesn’t take the place of live fire,” Corb says, “though it gives the firearms instructor the ability to work with the soldier or law enforcement officer in a controlled environment. If the student is having trouble with trigger pull, or sight alignment, this allows for specific, controlled training.”

Corb explained the different options available: “We have interactive scenarios, for example, placing the law enforcement officer in a lifelike scenario, a traffic stop.”

Basic skill training is popular, he continued, as is the “shoot/don’t shoot” situation, where the officer doesn’t know what to expect – a perpetrator with a firearm, or maybe just a cell phone or a flashlight.

Additionally, the system offers a variety of less lethal training scenarios, where officers use tasers or pepper spray.

Learn more about Laser Shot at www.lasershot.com.

Vadasz shooting revolver at NPSC on NRAblog While some have chosen to focus on The Gunny, most of day two at the National Police Shooting Championships have focused on semi-automatic pistol. As competitors venture from tent to firing line to scorers table and back to tent, the conversation tends to focus on scoring. Will Vadasz reclaim his title? Will another member of Border Patrol steal the crown? Or will this be a year for someone (besides Vadasz) outside of Mississippi to be named champ? Well we're just a little bit closer to answering those questions.

For those of you at home, or for the competitors checking for the latest on the hotel computers, this is by no means "official." NRAblog took preliminary numbers posted yesterday and today to compile our own leader board.

Our apologies if we left someone out of the mix. Here are the top three:

Overall Scores
Name Department Results
Robert Vadasz U.S. Border Patrol 895-60x
Enoch Smith U.S. Border Patrol 894-64x
Jerry Eason Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept. 893-59x

First event on the second day of the National Police Shooting Championships was the Open Class Semi-Automatic Pistol 1500. Semi-Auto is comprised of four matches at seven, fifteen, twenty-five, and fifty yards. Add them all up and you get 150 shots fired with the left and right hand at varying distances from the prone, kneeling, and standing positions.

That's a lot of brass.

Gunny R. Lee Ermey at Glen Hoyer at the National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque on NRAblog The door to headquarters swings open with a "Oooh Raah! Semper Fi! Carry On!" That can only mean one thing – the Gunny has arrived.

That's right, “Gunny” R. Lee Ermey is here in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the National Police Shooting Champions. He's made trip to New Mexico so often that it's practically an annual event.

"We love having Gunny come out to spend time with our shooters," said Glen Hoyer, Director of NRA's Law Enforcement Division. "He's been a fantastic supporter of our program and he delivers those gunny-style stories like no one else can."

After a tour of the vendors' hall, he'll make is way out to the scoring tents and the shooting line. All the time stopping for pictures and questions and more. We just hope that they can keep things quite on the range visit. Odds are competitors will be paying more attention to the Gunny then they will to their targets.

Range Director Roy Bergman at the NRA NPSC The high for the Albuquerque, New Mexico area is again in the upper 80s today, and the sun is beating down at the Shooting Range Park, home of the 2010 National Police Shooting Championships.

"Just a reminder to all our competitors and spectators to please bring and wear their sunscreen," Range Director Roy Bergman told NRAblog. He is pictured at right with his chosen brand in SPF 75.

This morning started in the low 60s with nearly 80% humidity. Tomorrow, the high is only 77, but rain is predicted.

"Have you ever been out here in the rain?" a competitor asked us. "The dust, mixed with rain … it's not ideal shooting conditions."

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