Anderson, South Carolina - The morning air welcomed us with a chill. Footsteps in the frost are making the transition to dew and complete dryness as the sun begins it's rise. The darkness accompanying competitors on their way to the Skip J Range for the second NRA Tactical Police Competition (TPC) of the year is gone and all that's left is the shooting. And that started around 8:30 this morning.
After Range Safety Officers walk participants through their respective courses, the adrenaline has some bouncing on their toes with anticipation. Testing their skills against friends, colleagues and complete strangers who've made their way here to South Carolina for this event. But it's not just about the competition … it's about improving and examining what these law enforcement officers and military personnel are called on to do every day.
"It's great training for all law enforcement and military," Said Todd Rose, Captain with the Durham Police Department in North Carolina. "It focuses on accuracy and moving and shooting and everything that law enforcement should be practicing."
With seven courses calling for the utmost in pistol, rifle and shotgun proficiency, there'll be plenty of moving and shooting to fill the day.
As the day rolls on, we'll share images of these men and women in action along with scoring updates from the match. Buckle in … this is going to be fun.