Gunny travels to New Mexico to "hang out with my friends" in law enforcement

Gunny R. Lee Ermey speaks to the crowd at NRA's National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - It took little time for Gunny R. Lee Ermey to become a fan favorite at NRA's National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque. Not because of his Hollywood celebrity status or his years of service in the United States Marine Corps, but because of the way he identifies with the competitors.

"Every year before this event takes place I start getting real antsy, wanting to come down and see my buddies," Ermey told the Awards Ceremony crowd. "It's a pleasure to come on down here, just hang out with you guys."

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Smith & Wesson won at her first championship turned into primary shooting gun

Smith & Wesson Model 64 used by Stephanie Diaz as 1500 gun at NRA National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Stephanie Diaz's first National Police Shooting Championship (NPSC) was almost fifteen years ago. A promising young officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, Diaz performed well enough to win a match or two. The first of many.

One of those wins translated into a hell of a prize — a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson Model 64. A gun she's been carrying at the championships ever since.

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Two and Four man shooting teams from Border Patrol, Germany BDMP, ICE and Venezuela capture final titles

Mason, Smith, Sullivan & Vadasz of Border Patrol Blue at NRA NPSC Team Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Most of what you'll hear about when it comes to NRA's National Police Shooting Championships are the individual achievements. Makes sense. That's what we do when focusing on the sporting world. Find a hero, lift him on your shoulders and sing his praise for all to hear. But what about the teams?

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Revolvers, semi-automatics and a little bit of luck wins National Police Shooting title

LAPD's Stephanie Diaz at NRA's 2013 National Police Shooting Championships

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Stephanie Diaz is a veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. A detective no less. Obviously armed with many a skill to earn such a rank, the one that comes in handy every September when she makes her way out to Albuquerque for the National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC) is ambidextrousness.

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Learn the thrills of the NRA Whittington Center's Adventure Camp

September 2013 NRA InSights

Fairfax, Virginia - The September issue of NRA InSights, the free, online magazine for kids, highlights the thrilling adventure camp at the NRA Whittington Center.

Located in northern New Mexico, the 33,000-acre complex is a outdoors-man's dream, teeming with wildlife and ranges for shooting sports. Those lucky enough to attend go on an adventure of a lifetime and return with many new friends.

High Drama in the High Desert
By Wendy LaFever

For 25 years, adventure has had a name: the NRA Whittington Center's Adventure Camp. There's nothing in America -- maybe nothing in the world -- quite like it. Each summer, the NRA Whittington Center holds 2 two-week Adventure Camp sessions, hosting 56 teens per session for an experience they'll never forget... and can't wait to repeat. In fact, so many campers apply to come back as counselors and counselors-in-training that the Whittington Center has had to introduce a special application process. They spread the word to family and friends so that their younger brothers and sisters can enjoy the excitement when its their turn. What makes Adventure Camp so special?

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Top NRA honors go to the U.S. Border Patrol and the Los Angeles Police Department

Texas lawmen Brent Smith and Lee Biegert enjoying the NRA National Police Shooting Championships Awards Ceremony

Albuquerque, New Mexico - A few hundred competitors, spouses, sponsors and officials crammed into the Crowne Plaza's main ballroom in Albuquerque this week for the NRA's National Police Shooting Championship's (NPSC) Awards Banquet. A celebration of the individual accomplishments achieved at the Shooting Range Park, it was a time for all to forget the pressure of the week and let loose.

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Most powerful firearm in a law enforcement officer's toolbox is often underused

Competitor from the Fairfax County Police Department takes part in NRA Police Championships in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - "It's the most powerful but the least trained on gun."

That's what Mark Fricke had to say when asked how competitors were doing on the shotgun stage of NRA's National Police Shooting Championships. A 28-year law enforcement veteran and owner of American Firearms Training and Tactics (AFTT) in Prescott Valley, AZ, he's a man that knows a thing or two about how to handle a shotgun.

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Senior Border Patrol Agent wins 5th career NRA Police Championship

Robert Vadasz jokes with competitors during NRA National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico - For the fifth time in six years, Robert Vadasz of the U.S. Border Patrol has won the NRA's National Police Shooting Championships. With a final score of 6149-413x, Vadasz finished the three-day event five points ahead of his nearest competitor.

"I felt a little more confident and a little more controlled while shooting. I'm driving the gun better and not wondering what's going to happen. Instead, I know what's going to happen."

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South Carolina and New Mexico law enforcement takes top titles at NRA Nationals

Heath Clevenger wins the Tactical Division at NRA's Tactical Police Shooting Championships in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - After two days of sloshing through the puddles and crawling through mud, the NRA broke down the numbers for their Tactical Police Competition at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park to name the winners. With totals of 400.41 seconds and 435.00, Heath Clevenger and Ferman Ortega won the Tactical and Patrol Division titles.

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