By Kyle Jillson | September 21 2012 11:46

First time impressions of the NRA Police Shooting Championships

Shooter from Team Germany during the NRA National Police Shooting Championships Revolver match

Albuquerque, New Mexico - So that's it. My first National Police Shooting Championships have come and gone. I saw a lot this past week and am already looking forward to my next visit to Albuquerque for the 51st NPSC.

There were a few familiar names from my trips to the MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup - Robert Vadasz, Kevin Worrell, John Pride - but there were far more new faces. The NPSC is a longstanding tradition among law enforcement officers and I've now seen first-hand how much they respect and enjoy it. Dozens of local, state, federal and international departments converged at Shooting Park Range this week and they all treated each other with the utmost respect.

Scoring targets at the NRA National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Anywhere you went - even on the firing line - there were plenty of smiles, laughs and mingling. This was a competition first and foremost, but it was also about camaraderie.

Vadasz added another title to his name, The Gunny treated us to a part of his opening monologue from Full Metal Jacket and I met a lot of great people.

ICE pistol shooter at the NRA National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico

This wasn't the first pistol championships I'd been to, but it was the first with exclusively law enforcement officers and it couldn't have gone better.

These officers take great pride in their accuracy with both pistols and shotguns. Hopefully they never need to use them, but if it becomes necessary I am sure they will be effective and quick. Possessing great accuracy with a firearm is a necessity of a law enforcement officer's job. Training for these matches directly benefits their job performance.

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

It may have only been my first time out here, but I felt the sense of accomplishment in the air at reaching the 50th anniversary. Here's to 50 more.

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