By Kyle Jillson | September 18 2012 13:55

Breaking down the NRA Police Championships in New Mexico

Los Angeles Police Department competitor at the National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Keeping track of the matches that make up NRA National Police Shooting Championships can be a little confusing. If you're lost about which match or matches make up certain championships, then maybe you could use a visual aide.

Luckily for you, we have a chart right here.

National Police Shooting Championships broken down by match

The overall National Police Shooting Championship (Match 21) is made up of the Police Shotgun, Open Class 3000 and Service Pistol Championship.

The Shotgun championship is simple enough — it's a single event shot over the course of the championships as competitors have the time.

Branching out from the Open Class 3000 Championship we find that it's made up of two 1500 aggregates: the Open Class Revolver and Open Class Semi-Automatic Pistol championships. Each of those championships are comprised of five matches that vary in the position fired from, the hand they're shot with and the distance shot.

Things get a little more complicated with the Service Pistol Championship. Each of the five matches that make up Service Pistol are their own championship with specific rules about the type of pistol can be used. Differences between the championships include barrel length, duty sights and type and amount of ammunition it can chamber.

Those championships are Service Revolver, Stock Semi-Auto, Off Duty Sidearm, Distinguished Revolver and Distinguished Semi-Auto. The Distinguished championships are combined to decide the President's Match, where medallions and brassards are awarded to the top 15% of competitors.

The team matches, all the way on the right side of the chart, are shot during the last two days of NPSC. Their outcomes have no effect on the Grand Aggregate Championship.

As of this afternoon, Open Semi-Auto has been finished since yesterday and we are in the midst of Open Revolver. Two of the five Service Pistol championships have been wrapped up and the last one will finish on Wednesday, the last day of the individual championship.

Any questions? Once you familiarize yourself with the layout of the matches it's pretty easy to keep track of what's related to what.

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