San Antonio Marksmanship Unit's Melisse Turner at the NRA
Melisse "Mel" Turner inspects a Roosevelt Revolver at NRA headquarters.
- With one week left until the opening ceremonies for NRA Law Enforcement Divisions's National Police Shooting Championships
, it's time to start looking at some of the competitors we'll be seeing out there in Albuquerque. One of the first that comes to mind is Melisse (yes, Melisse ... or Mel) Turner of the San Antonio Marksmanship Unit.
Mel has been a regular at the National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC) for a little more than three years now. Finding herself in a male dominated profession has done little to slow her down as she juggles life at the office (okay, the airport) and life at home. That's not easy for law enforcement officer. For a single mom ... the challenges are even greater.
As part of the San Antonio Marksmanship Unit, she's required to stay sharp, keep focused and improve her aim. Those requirements have paid off as her scores at NPSC have continued to improve. More in some matches then others, but improved none the less.
She also took advantage of another NRA Law Enforcement Program ... the Armorer Schools. A couple of times a month, the NRA Law Enforcement Division welcomes representatives from firearm manufacturers to NRA headquarters for a tuition free armorer school. Those registering for the seminar spend the day here at NRA learning all the ins and outs of refurbishing and repairing a specific firearm.
Since she was nice enough to come out a day earlier, we decided to provide her with a tour of the museum, down into the vault and even through Museum Director Jim Supica's office for behind the scenes look of what we do here at the NRA. Only fitting as she's served as host and chauffeur to us while covering NRA's San Antonio Tactical Police Competitions.
Soon enough it was time to say goodbye. Goodbye until the Championships start up in Albuquerque next week. How NPSC 2012 ends up for Mel is anyone's guess. One thing you can count on ... we'll be keeping an eye on her.