By Kyle Jillson | September 6 2012 10:45

How unique is the NRA's National Police Shooting Championship?

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Enoch Smith competes at the 2011 NRA Bianchi Cup

As everybody is gearing up for this year's National Police Shooting Championship I realized I'm not quite sure what to expect since this will be my first year covering the matches. I've always been told that it's 'different' from our other championships, but different how?

It's in the desert but I've been to New Mexico for a championship before - most recently a couple weeks ago for the NRA Black Powder Target Rifle Championships. It's a pistol match but I've been to the MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup. The competitors are law enforcement officers but I've been upstairs to the Law Enforcement Division (aka the Cop Shop) plenty of times. So what's in store for me in a couple weeks?

I read the blog posts from the championship every year and know what I'm going to see, but as for the experience all together I'm in the dark. Law enforcement guys can be a quirky bunch and I've never been present when this many get together.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the championship and there's sure to be a lot of focus on the event's past. A lot of our nation's law enforcement officers have taken a shot at the title over the years and there are a lot of great moments to remember.

One thing I'm really looking forward to is the Tactical Police Competition (TPC). I've never been to one and tactical matches like this really seem like the future for competitive shooting.

A sneak peek at the guns on the NPSC prize table

I'm also curious to see who comes out on top at NPSC this year. Obviously everyone else is excited about that too, but the story behind this year's race is shaping up to be an interesting one. US Border Patrol Agent Robert Vadasz has dominated the championship for the past few years (and the MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup) but his teammate Supervisor Enoch Smith is looking to usurp him. Enoch has been a up-and-coming talent the past few years and his near-unmatched accuracy will likely win him a championship one day. Will this be Enoch's year?

I've also never been to New Mexico this late in the year. The weather is apparently "perfect" in September but that's a pretty subjective opinion and I'll have to judge for myself.

My first NPSC is going to be a great time, but just how great of a time I don't know.

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