The New Mexico Challenge was created to welcome first timers to the sport of competitive shooting. NRAblog announced the winners last night and this morning we're going to show you some of them.
For those unfamiliar with the Challenge, here are the basics; any first time shooter can compete in the New Mexico Challenge (Those who shot last year can shoot in the alumni competition) as long as they arrive with their duty handgun, holster, magazines, and fifty rounds of ammunition. With that ammo, you'll shoot six at three yards, six at seven yards, six at fifteen yards, and from twenty-five yards you shoot six from kneeling, standing left hand, and standing right hand.
Monico from the San Antonio Police Department agreed to help us out as he took his turn on the #6 course at the 2010 Tactical Police Competition here at the National Police Shooting Championships.
He wore some special glasses: the iKam Extreme Shooting Glasses, produced by Hunter's Specialties and available at MidwayUSA and other fine firearm retailers. The eye protection records both audio and visual and makes for exceptional footage.
Watch this Tactical Police Competition course of fire -- from the competitor's perspective.
Don't go anywhere -- this is just the beginning of this new technology. Our next challenge is talking legendary NPSC champ Captain Phil Hemphill into wearing the glasses on the practice line today. We want to see how the champions shoot police pistol competition.
We received confirmation from Hemphill yesterday that he won't be competing at the 2010 National Police Shooting Championships. But we'll be checking in with him soon for his perspective on the match.
Congratulations are in order to the following competitors, who placed in this year's New Mexico Challenge, which precedes the National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
NRAblog brings you the latest news and results right from the range:
- 1st place: Mark Quintana, Department of Energy: 469-23x
- 2nd place: Jason Roane, Department of Energy: 466-23x
- 3rd place: Doug Day, Department of Energy: 466-20x
Sig Sauer is a major player here at the 2010 National Police Shooting Championships. Earlier today we met Greg Foster, Federal Sales Manager for Sig Sauer, here exhibiting at the Law Enforcement Equipment Expo.
“I’ve known Greg for longer than I care to admit,” Law Enforcement Division Director Glen Hoyer said by way of introduction. “He knows our industry, he cares about our community, and NPSC is thrilled to welcome him and Sig Sauer to the competition.”
Sig Sauer originated in Germany, but is now a U.S. based company with about 90% of its manufacturing at its New Hampshire factory. “In the past five years, we’ve grown from 100 employees in the U.S. to more than 400,” Foster said, "and recently added a second manufacturing facility."
In addition to supporting the NRA’s Law Enforcement Division, Sig Sauer also sponsors the NRA Bianchi Cup.
A resident of North Carolina, Foster says he’s been around guns “since I was old enough to hold an air gun,” and considers firearms an integral part of his life.
Foster was working at JC Penney as a sporting goods manager when inspiration struck. “I always loved guns, and realized I wanted to work with them,” he said. “I sent letters of intent to my three favorite companies, Remington, Ruger, and Colt.”
He was 24 years old when Remington hired him, and, 26 years later, he retired as the Director of Law Enforcement and Miliary Sales. While he was with Remington, he was introduced to the NRA’s Law Enforcement Division. “I realized the opportunities were endless,” he said, pointing out the contributions manufacturers can make to competitions such as NPSC.
The Tactical Police Competition was developed to supplement Practical Police Competition. The 2010 National Police Shooting Championships feature a two-day Tactical Police Competition, Sept. 18-19.
Today, teams competed in several "stages," where scenarios were created. Above, an officer must exit a vehicle, load his firearm, and aim at paper and steel targets. He is faced with a variety of situations and must decide how to best proceed -- while the clock is running.
an officer is pictured in a pistol stage. More
Nearly 100 new competitors from the state of New Mexico took part in the National Police Shooting Championships' New Mexico Challenge. An exact number of competitors is unknown, but a volunteer confirmed at least 80 targets have been scored. Results are on their way in, so stay tuned!
The New Mexico Challenge is designed as a precursor to the National Police Shooting Championships, which are underway in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It invites non-classified military and law enforcement shooters who live and work in the state of New Mexico to compete in the NRA's stock semi-automatic pistol course of fire.
"This shows folks what we're all about, brings them out to the range," Law Enforcement Director Glen Hoyer said. "The benefit of this match is a cop can come out and shoot with his or her carry gun. There's really no expense."
"The NRA Law Enforcement Division is focused on the future of the sport, and that means recruiting new folks," he continued. "We're very grateful to both Remington and Sig Sauer for helping us do that through their sponsorship of the 2010 New Mexico Challenge.
Many military competitors signed up this year, including a group of military police from Kirkland Air Force Base. Ebony and Shannon, pictured above, said they did okay this morning. Neither woman had shot in a police pistol competition before today.
"Now that we know what to expect, we will definitely do better," Ebony said, adding she sees a side benefit to competing in the championship. "As someone interested in criminal justice, this sort of competition is timed, which will help us learn to shoot faster."
Shannon said she'll be back to shoot the actual Championship if she can. "It really depends on our work schedule," Shannon said. She carries a pistol every day in her work with the Air Force. "I could definitely stand to practice more, and this provides exactly that."
The 2010 NRA National Police Shooting Championships started this morning in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Match Director Marc Lipp, pictured to the right, welcomed competitors to the TPC -- Tactical Police Competition -- portion of the tournament with a thanks, an update, and a warning.
"We're all about safety up here," said Lipp. "When you're dealing with your magazines, when you're running through the course, it's safety, safety, safety. If we see you acting careless, or an RSO finds you at fault, then we'll have to disqualify you."
A crowd of about a hundred gathered round the makeshift podium as Lipp explained the difference between scoring in police competitions and standard shooting tournaments.
"Regular matches, if you hit the line between nine and ten, then you get a ten. Here, you get a nine. That's because if you're in the field, and you're returning fire, there's a lot of difference between a nine and a ten hit. "
Also on today's agenda is the New Mexico Challenge - a competition opened only to non-classified new shooters residing or working in New Mexico. We'll be back soon with pictures, stories, and more.
Last year at the 2009 National Police Shooting Championships, NRAblog ran into the
Police Marksmanship Unit from San Antonio. This rambunctious group of shooters formed their team just days before the event took place. NRAblog decided to check in as they prepared for this year's competition.
"The team has traveled to Dallas and Florence, Texas, just to shoot their minimum 300 rounds to get classified to shoot the PPC matches," explained coach Monico Meneses. "Although some of us will have to walk in their scores on registration day, at least we'll be able to shoot as classified shooters."
Not only did they invest time in their classification trails (they failed to do so in 2009), but they've also invested in their equipment.
"Dan and I bought our guns for those PPC shooting events while Lee borrowed one from a 'retired' PPC shooter," said Meneses. "The ammo we are shooting for our PPC revolvers are coming from the same manufacturer where the Captain Hemphill gets his. Maybe we can steal a little magic."
There's also a change in the lineup. Two of last year's stars are out of action and a newbie has been drawn in to fill the void. "Nathan will sit this one out because he has to teach the TAC MEDIC course for our department's Police/Medic Officers," said Meneses. "John was activated to duty because he is also serves as a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps."
But two vital aspects of last year's experience are right on cue. Ipac Nissan loaned the guys an RV for the second year in a row -- and some Texas style cooking will be found outside said RV when the shooting day is over.
"Tonight we meet to find out who's cooking on what days and what they are cooking," explained Meneses. "This time I'm bringing my 'secret' sauce's so we can have some authentic Filipino food!"
Kayne Robinson serves as the Executive Director of NRA General Operations, which encompasses the NRA’s non-political programs. From Competitive Shooting and Hunting to Firearm Instruction and the National Firearms Museum, Robinson oversees the divisions that produce programs of the NRA.
Robinson spent more than 20 years on the police force in Des Moines, Iowa. He also served in the U.S. Marines.
Robinson, a former law enforcement pistol champion, addresses the Meeting of the Members at NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. Above, Robinson speaks at the 2010 meeting, held in Charlotte, North Carolina.
He’s not alone in his law enforcement service – watch the clip to hear more about current NRA Board Members and staff who have honorably served their communities and the nation as local, state, and federal police.
The 2010 National Police Shooting Championships begin September 18 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and NRAblog will have the chance to speak with many of these past and present law enforcement officers. Stay tuned.
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