By Kyle Jillson | September 28 2012 14:48

NPSC is sporting brand new shooting mats this year and you can get your name on them

National Police Shooting Championship Legacy Shooting mats

Albuquerque, New Mexico - One of the things that makes Albuquerque such a great location for the National Police Shooting Championship is its impressive 100-point turning target range. Competitors make use of shooting mats while in the prone position during 50 yard stages to pad their knees and, most importantly, elbows. Albuquerque's hard-packed desert ground isn't very forgiving on human joints, let alone the concrete firing lines competitors shoot from, which is why these mats are needed.

NPSC's mats were due for an upgrade and in honor of the Championship’s 50th anniversary they were replaced with quality US Peacekeeper mats. Getting 100 shooting mats is a costly endeavor and the NRA could not afford it alone. The cost would simply be too great to the members, but replacing the mats was well worth the cost - this is a National Championship after all.

National Police Shooting Championship Legacy Mat sponsored by Rob Sloan

To help with the cost and add a little flavor to each mat, sponsorships for all 100. For only $250 you get two NPSC Legacy Shooting Mats. Both mats will have an embroidered Championship patch sewn on the dust flap and your name, shooting team or business name will be screen printed next to the Championship patch. One mat will actually be used in the championship while the second will be sent to you to proudly display your sponsorship at local and regional tournaments.

"We had to rush to get them in because I really wanted to have them for this year," Law Enforcement Competitions Manager Mark Lipp said. "That's why some don't have sponsors yet."

That's right, there are still about 40 sponsorships available so you can still get sewn in and join the program.

National Police Shooting Championship Legacy Mats being loaded into storage at day's end in Albuquerque New Mexico

"The comments from the shooters were just awesome," Lipp said. "Before this they were laying down on a little piece of quarter-inch carpet, but now they have quality shooting mats."

Eventually the mats will wear out through use and must be replaced. Lipp told me they're planning to keep this run of 100 for at least five years. But when that happens, each sponsor will have first dibs on renewing their claim on the mat before it's open to the public.

Want to sponsor a mat? Get in touch with NRA Law Enforcement Competitions' Tiffany King or Eric Forcier at (703)267-1632 or TKing@nrahq.org and EForcier@nrahq.org respectively. Once they've sold all 100 that's it until someone doesn't want to renew their sponsorship down the line so you better get at it.

NRA National Police Shooting Championship Legacy Shooting Mat sponsored by Brownells

Looking for a little more info about US Peacekeeper's NPSC Legacy Shooting Mats? Here you go:

  • The mat’s four sections overlap when folded for easy carrying and storage.
  • Because of its flat sectional design it always remains flat. You don’t have to weigh the mat down with your shooting box and ammo boxes to try to get the curl out as with rolled mats.
  • When not firing you can simply flip one of the back sections of the mat onto the front sections to keep dirt, and rain off the mat. This also keeps the sun from heating up the mat and making it unbearable to use.
  • The straps that secure the closed mat have been modified to ensure that they are out of the way when firing PPC positions and the plastic buckles have been replaced with low profile metal buckles to prevent breakage if accidently stepped on.
  • Made with OD green 1000 denier abrasion resistant nylon for years and years of use.
  • Fully padded with high density closed cell foam.
  • Front quarter section is fully covered with a textured, non-slip surface to prevent slipping.
  • Meets the requirements of PPC Rule Section 3.11 for Ground Covers.
  • Extra width and length for full shooter support - 36” x 81.5” when open.
  • Folds for easy carrying and storage.
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