Opening Ceremonies to NRA Police Championships at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry welcomes competitors to NRA National Police Shooting Championships

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Hundreds of competitors and fans gathered at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park for the NRA National Police Shooting Championship's opening ceremonies. Headlined by Mayor Richard Berry, Monday's opening marked the seventh consecutive time the championships kicked off in Albuquerque.

Along side Albuquerque Police Chief Allan Banks and members of the NRA Board of Directors, Berry expressed thanks and good luck for those who made the trip out to America's Land of Enchantment. Below is a portion of his opening address:

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Downpours in Albuquerque provides another level of difficulty for Law Enforcement shooters

Front loader dumps gravel on NRA Tactical Police Competition course at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Flash flood warnings are the norm in New Mexico this week. With record rainfalls and a continuous deluge, the campgrounds, streets, bridges and local landmarks are experiencing what some refer to as a once in a lifetime flood. Those taking part in NRA's National Police Shooting Championships at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park are feeling the affects as well.

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Albuquerque Police Officer wins New Mexico Challenge and Glock 34

Jeff Macfarlane accepts first place prize from NRA Law Enforcement Director Glen Hoyer at NRA Championships

Albuquerque, New Mexico - While just under a hundred shooters slopped and trudged through the soaked and seeping grounds of NRA's Tactical Police Competition on Saturday, a few hundred more took part in the New Mexico Challenge.

A recent addition to the National Police Shooting Championships, the 6th Annual New Mexico Challenge is a Police Pistol Combat competition reserved for New Mexico based law enforcement officers without a permanent classification. What does that mean? Basically it means the match is only for first time (or very new) New Mexico shooters. If you're new to shooting competitions and are looking to get your feet wet then there's no better place to begin.

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Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park sets the stage for NRA's Tactical Police Competition

Law Vegas Marksmanship Unit preps for a rifle competition at NRA Tactical in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Day one of NRA's Tactical Police Competition at the Shooting Range Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico is done. With only half the scores in, it's still too early to make any predictions. So instead of breaking out the scores, we're going to go with a collection of photos from the day.

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Up to 200 law enforcement officers running 3-gun with duty pistols, rifles and shotguns

Shooter in NRA's New Mexico Tactical Police Competition hits water behind the targets at the Shooting Range Park

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Though the official start of NRA's National Police Shooting Championships is scheduled for Monday, the quasi-official running of the championships has already began. It starts as it does every year with a Tactical Police Competition.

Basically a 3-Gun course, the competition is different in one very significant way — the competitors.

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First time competitor flourishes at NRA's National Police Shooting Championship in New Mexico

Michelle Jochum of the Lincoln, Nebraska Police Department at NRA's NPSC in 2012
Michelle Jochum of the Lincoln PD in Nebraska takes aim during NRA's National Police Shooting Championships.

NRA's National Police Shooting Championships attracts a wide assortment of law enforcement marksmen from around the globe. Last year, we met one of those competitors — Officer Michelle Jochum from Lincoln, Nebraska ...

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Michelle Jochum as been on the job for five years. Just shy of five to be exact. A patrol officer for Nebraska's Lincoln Police Department, Jochum works the third shift in the downtown area known as the center team.

"Right smack dab in the center of the city," she said.

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NRA's Women's Wilderness Escape teaches shooting, hunting and outdoor skills in New Mexico

Welcome sign for the NRA's Women's Wilderness Escape at the Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico

Fairfax, Virginia - Labor Day marks the end of summer. Kids return to school, weather starts to chill and football is back in season. But for the NRA, Labor Day marks the final sprint towards the Women's Wilderness Escape.

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Police Championships being September 16th at Shooting Range Park

Robert Vadasz shoots bullseyes at NRA National Police Shooting Championship 2012

Fairfax, Virginia - NRA's National Police Shooting Championships are only a couple of weeks away. A couple of weeks until almost 800 law enforcement officers from across the globe make camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There they'll spend three full days (four if you shoot teams, up to six if you take part in the tactical) trying to get as close to 6,200 as possible.

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Junior hunters honored for sportsmanship at NRA YHEC in first year of competition

Taos County hunters win sportsmanship award at NRA YHEC

Raton, New Mexico - A team from Taos County, New Mexico, just northwest of the NRA Whittington Center, won the outstanding sportsmanship award at the NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge - their first year competing!

The Taos County Young Guns, competing in their first International Youth Hunter Education Challenge, were honored for best demonstrating the qualities and behaviors of responsible hunters during the 2013 IYHEC July 21-26. The team received the F.E. “Bud” Eyman Sportsmanship Award following competition at the NRA Whittington Center southwest of here.

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