Smith & Wesson PPC 9 six-inch at NRA's Police Championships
Albuquerque, New Mexico - A couple of weeks ago, we began a review of guns. The guns used by Chase Blohm to win High Sheriff at NRA's 2012 National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque. Since last time we looked at a revolver, I thought now was the time for a semi-automatic. Presenting the Smith & Wesson PPC 9 six inch.
"About four years ago I purchased this PPC 9," said Blohm. "Originally I shot a five inch and just worked my way up. When I made the change, my points jumped up at least ten."
As an eight year veteran of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Blohm has followed a somewhat traditional law enforcement career path. Moving from the City to the County Department, he joined the pistol team in the spring of his first year. Now he's back in the learning mode as he goes for a Masters in Psychology. Luckily he's mastered the psychology of shooting a revolver and semi-automatic in competition.
"Most people shoot the revolver better. Me, being younger, the semi-auto is something I'm a little more use to. It's easier to grasp. For me, I fire it in the distinguished match and also for the 1500. "
Using the Smith & Wesson PPC 9 in this year's Open Class Semi-Automatic 1500 and Distinguished Semi-Automatic Championships, Blohm's point total reached a 1468-77x in the 1500 and a 589-27x in the 600 point possible Distinguished.
"I've done better and I've done worse. But this is the gun that I helped me make the 1480 club."
The 1500 Semi-Auto Open is a five stage match shot at seven, fifteen, twenty-five and fifty yards while sitting, standing, prone and supported. The Distinguished is a forty-eight round match shot at three, seven, fifteen and twenty-five years under the same circumstances.
"I use to shoot a five-inch. That helped me learn.
"Back home, you shoot regional and state matches pretty quick. See, we don't have the time for three or four days of shooting. So you pick a gun, shoot your 1500, and hope for the best. Hopefully it's good enough."
Good enough to take this year's title of NRA's High Sheriff.