Not only did Philip Hemphill manage to hold on to his first place finish from last year during the Distinguished Revolver Match, but he also broke the national record.
This year's third place finisher, Officer Greg Abraham with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, held the previous record from his performance in 2006 with a score of 281-10x. In the 2008 Distinguished Revolver Match, Hemphill came very close to breaking the record with a score of 281-7x, but he would have to wait another year. During the match yesterday, Hemphill fired his way to a score of 286-10x, a substantial lead over the previous national record.
Hemphill is not new top honors, being the nine-time winner of the National Police Shooting Championships as well as the 2007 NRA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.