9mm pistol for the last day of NRA's National Police Shooting Championship

A Springfield XD Sub-Compact at NRA's NSPC in Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico - The first firearm Doug Peoble wrapped his fingers around was a .22 Chipmunk rifle. Tiny fingers you'd expect given that he was all of 3 years old. A gift from dad, he used the .22 to knock down turkey, pig, chicken and ram targets his father crafted out of steel. Back then he barely thought about pistols.

"I was a kid and didn't have much use for them - the rifles were more fun."

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STI pistol almost perfect as Peoble's wins 2014 President's Match

Right side of Doug Peoble's STI Springfield 9mm at the 2014 NPSC in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Doug Peoble grew up in a small mining town in Southwest Arizona. A close community, there were often opportunities to embrace the tradition and passion of the shooting sports. For Doug, it was his father that lead the way. The way that lead this Pinal County Officer to earn the title of High Sheriff at the 2014 NRA National Police Shooting Champion.

One of the firearms he used to accomplish this feat was a 9mm STI Springfield pistol.

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National Police Champion Peoble shares his guns with the NRA

STI Target Master used by Doug Peoble at NRA's NPSC in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - A little more than a month ago, under the sandy skies of New Mexico, NRAblog sat down with Doug Peoble of the Pinal County's Sheriff's Department. He just completed a rare run at the National Police Shooting Championships. Winning High Sheriff, along with the President's Match, puts Peoble on the watch list for next year's match.

Will he be the one to take the Grand Aggregate title away from 6-time champ Robert Vadasz? Maybe. After the way he performed this year he's going to make some waves at least. Now we're going to take a look at the guns he hopes to make those waves with.

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Eight stunning days in the New Mexico wilderness you'll never forget

2014 NRA Women's Wilderness Escape at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico

Raton, New Mexico - This weekend wraps up the second of two 2014 Women's Wilderness Escapes, an eight-day retreat into the high mesa wilderness of northern New Mexico. Raton, New Mexico.

The ladies only adventure teaches the the basics of shooting, hunting, game calling, and survival skills from expert instructors just outside Raton, New Mexico, against the backdrop of the beautiful 33,000 acre NRA Whittington Center. Whether you've never handled a firearm before or you've been shooting since you could stand on two legs, the Women's Wilderness Escape welcomes everyone and is truly the experience of a lifetime.

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Ladies from around the country take part in outdoor shooting, camping and survival camp

On the rifle range at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico

Raton, New Mexico - September brings about the beginning of another season. Temperatures fall, the air grows crisp, and the sun begins to shallow. It's a perfect time to be outdoors. And for those interested in stepping it up in the outdoor skills department, there's no better place to start than the NRA's Women's Wilderness Escape.

"What you'll learn out here in eight short days will set you up for a lifetime of outdoor fun," said Recreational Shooting Specialist Kara Schlifke.

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Top scores in Distinguished Revolver and Semi-Automatic competitions

Douglas Peoble of Pinal County Arizona's Sheriff's Office (c) wins NRA's 2014 President's Match, Glen Hoyer (l) and Andrew Wilkow (r)

Albuquerque, New Mexico - The second most popular name called during NRA's National Police Shooting Championships awards ceremony last week was that of Douglas Peoble. A deputy for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Peoble has all the promise of the rising star in the competition.

"He's a real good shot," said 2014 NRA Grand Aggregate Champion Robert Vadasz. "We've been training him a little and he's coming along fine."

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Final match of NRA championship pits department against department, agency against agency

LAPD Pistol team fires from 25 yards at NRA National Police Shooting Championships

Albuquerque, New Mexico - There's never enough time to squeeze everything in. Time to schedule your shotgun match, zero in your pistol, or (for some) find the right shoes. I know ... but they tell me the right shoes can make all the difference. Who knew.

One event we don't even bother squeezing in until the day after the awards banquet is the team match. Exclusive to those will to wait around for a Thursday afternoon, the team matches are the one and only time competitors are allowed to take or provide coaching. Might not sound like much, but a little insight can do a long way.

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Vadasz captures NRA's Grand Aggregate title by 56 points

2014 NRA Police Champ Robert Vadasz between relays at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park

Albuquerque, New Mexico - In the middle of an otherwise routine relay, Robert Vadasz’s quest for a fifth consecutive National Police Shooting Championship (NPSC) fell into question. His gun jammed. There were two rounds left in the magazine. Precious seconds were ticking away.

“It’s 12 rounds in 20 seconds with 1 reload,” Vadasz recalled. “I get through one magazine with no problem. Reload, come back out, get through 4 rounds and experience a slide lock failure. Rip the magazine, reload, come back up and let 2 rounds fly.”

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Senior Border Patrol Agent hitting all the high points in NRA Police Championship

Robert Vadasz fires from 25 yards in the rain on day 3 of the NRA Police Championships in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Day Three of NRA's National Police Shooting Championships was welcomed with a downpour. The skies of New Mexico opened wide to unleash a constant deluge of wind, rain, and clouds. It was about the only thing capable of slowing Senior Border Patrol Agent Robert Vadasz's charge to a 5th consecutive title down.

"I love shooting in the rain," Mike Lane from the Lewisville Police Department said with a laugh. "The air is cool, there's no glare from the sun, and it gives the rest of us a chance to catch up to the really good shooters!"

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