First time at the National Police Shooting Championships for Texas Sheriff's Team
Albuquerque, New Mexico - If you walk the line here at NRA's National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque, you'll find a good mixture of seasoned and novice competitors. Law Enforcement officers from near and far that have traveled a few hours or a few days just for a chance at the title. Or, if you're like Tom Curran of the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, you're here for the experience.
"Our Sheriff, James Wilson, was a big shooter for many years," explained Curran. "He thought we could learn a few things and decided to send us."
As is the case with a good number of competitors at the Championships, Curran and his Texas crew also took part in this weekend's Tactical Police Competition. Though they ended their time on the tactical course without a title, they did leave with a few lessons learned.
"There were some stages that didn't work out the way we hoped, but that's the name of the game. We knew what we were getting into. Except for that Blind Stage. Going around corners, recognizing the fault lines, using the shield. It was tough."
Despite the outcome, Curran heads into the National Championships with a positive attitude and a desire to learn. Probably what Sheriff Wilson had in mind all along.
"We were out on the practice range today. That was very humbling. When you're standing next to guys who can ten ring it all day long, it can be very humbling. But it's also an inspiration for practicing harder."