By Kyle Jillson | September 20 2012 10:06

You need to be great with more than pistols to win the National Police Shooting Championships

Police Shotgun Championship at the NRA National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - While the National Police Shooting Championships are almost entirely shot with pistols, one leg incorporates another staple of police equipment - the shotgun.

The Shotgun Championship is one of the three main championships that determine the NPSC Overall Championship. It may not be as intense as the Open Championship or even the Service Rifle Championship, but it's an integral part of winning the overall title.

Competitors may bring their own shotgun or, unlike the other matches, can select from a Model 870 or Model 1187 provided by Remington Law Enforcement.

The course of fire begins at the 15 yard line, where competitors have ten seconds to shoot four targets with double-aught buckshot from the hip or shoulder.

Targets for the Police Shotgun Championship at the NRA National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Stepping back to the 20 yard line for the next stage, competitors again fire at four targets in five seconds with buckshot.

The Shotgun Championship switches to rifled slugs for the third stage and moves back to 25 yards. Five shots are taken again, but this time it's all at one target instead of four.

Lastly, competitors move back to 50 yards and put five slugs downrange into one target.

Wondering how to score with buckshot? Each hit within the seven-ring is worth five points; outside are zero. Slugs are scored normally with a value of X, 10, 9, 8 or 7 based on where they hit.

This year's winner of the Shotgun Championship was US Border Patrol Agent Kevin Worrell who shot a 549-4x. Worrell narrowly beat out Jimmie Jones and Jesse Hilger who placed second and third respectively with scores of 548-5x and 548-3x. Congratulations Kevin.

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