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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Your concealed-carry Shield can easily become your home-defense handgun

The newest—and smallest—member of Smith & Wesson’s M&P semi-auto pistol family. Shooting Illustrated Handgun Editor Dick Williams takes Smith & Wesson's M&P Shield on a test run ...

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield
Our Handgun Editor gets trigger time with the newest—and smallest—member of Smith & Wesson’s M&P semi-auto pistol family.

If I could use only two words to describe the original Smith & Wesson M&P semi-automatic pistols, those words would be “superb ergonomics.” And if you were to object with my conclusion because the gun didn’t fit your hand, I would simply tell you to switch backstraps until it did. Among the three different size backstraps provided with the gun, there’s one that will fit just about everyone.

In whatever chambering you choose (9 mm, .40 S&W or .45 ACP) the original M&P makes a great duty, home-defense or car/truck gun. Concealed carry, however, is a different matter. For many of us, pistols using double-stack magazines aren’t that easy to conceal, at least not if we’re going to move about in society and look reasonably normal. Cutting the wide-body pistol down in length and height may help, but that alone doesn’t get the job done.

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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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Trijicon and Peacemaker succeed in creating championship that offers variety of shooting experiences

Trijicon World Shooting Championship American Rifleman

American Rifleman's Brian Sheetz breaks down why the Trijicon World Shooting Championship is such a hit ...

Trijicon World Shoot Winds Down
After such an unqualified success as the Trijicon World Championship, it's obvious that Peacemaker has succeeded in its mission to bring excellence in a variety of shooting experiences to the masses.

From a wide range of competitors in both pro and amateur categories to sponsors and staff, the inaugural Trijicon World Shooting Championship appears to have been a success if it is to be judged by the enthusiastically affirmative responses that arose from the informal survey question, “Would you shoot it again next year or recommend it to a friend?”

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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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Official scores from NRA Police Championships scheduled for 11am MST

German competitor fires Distinguished semi-auto at NRA Police Championship

Albuquerque, New Mexico - After a morning firing 150 shots for score, competitors were released to the friendly confines of the National Police Shooting Championships' vendor hall. A few stop at a food truck parked outside for a burrito and coffee. Green chili if you're feeling that southwestern spirit.

It's a morning routine meant to calm the nerves, fill their bellies, and ready for the next round. The round of Distinguished Semi-Auto.

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U.S. Border Patrol's Robert Vadasz leads Semi-Automatic 1500 at day's end

Robert Vadasz reviews his performance at NRA's Open Class Semi-Automatic 1500 Championship in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Open Class Semi-Automatic Pistol 1500 is not only the first showdown for the National Police Shooting Championships, it's also a heck of a barometer for the Grand Aggregate title? Why is that? Because today's average law enforcement officer is more likely to carry a semi than a revolver. That means if you're going to pull ahead, you better get to it when the getting is good.

That doesn't mean you're out of the aggregate title hunt if your semi numbers aren't stellar. No, there's a shot (pun intended) if you rack up some serious numbers in the shotgun and revolver categories, but why race from behind when you can lead from the lead. I know, but it sounded good in my head.

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NRA's National Police Championships begin with 150 shots and semi-automatics

Female competitor shots while sitting at NRA's National Police Shooting Championship

Albuquerque, New Mexico - 100 competitors made way for the firing line this morning at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park to kick off the 2014 National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC). First held in 1962, NRA's Police Championships have been called Albuquerque home since 2006.

"The intent of PPC competitions is to provide police officers with a competitive program that improves both their skills and competences," said Match Director Marc Lipp. "NPSC does just that."

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