The 2011 National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC) kick off this weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Starting on Saturday with the New Mexico Challenge on and the NPSC Tactical Police Competition, the Championships promise to bring more than 500 competitors to the Land of Enchantment to put their skills to the test against the top Law Enforcement marskmen in the world.
"In the past years, we've had competitors come from as far away as Russia and Venezuela," said NRA Law Enforcement Director Glen Hoyer. "While they're going up against each other out there on the range, there's a great deal of comradery when they come off the line. Sharing tools, equipment, tips on how to improve their shot. It's a real brotherhood."
2010 winner Robert Vadasz of the US Border Patrol will be there to defend his title against a rising field of new and seasoned shooters. With two championships in the past three years, he's definitely the man to beat.
"I haven't trained as much as I'd like, but I'm looking forward to the challenge," said Vadasz.
Opening ceremonies take place on Monday the 19th with a few words from Mayor Richard Bailey at Shooting Range Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico and conclude on Thursday with the Team Matches. And, if all falls into place, we'll be seeing Gunny R. Lee Ermey before the Awards Banquet on Wednesday. It should be quite a week.