By Lars Dalseide | October 4 2013 12:04

Two and Four man shooting teams from Border Patrol, Germany BDMP, ICE and Venezuela capture final titles

Mason, Smith, Sullivan & Vadasz of Border Patrol Blue at NRA NPSC Team Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Most of what you'll hear about when it comes to NRA's National Police Shooting Championships are the individual achievements. Makes sense. That's what we do when focusing on the sporting world. Find a hero, lift him on your shoulders and sing his praise for all to hear. But what about the teams?

Sure, it can be a difficult concept to grasp. Shooting is an individual sport. One guy (or gal) with a gun shooting at one target. Where's the team concept come into play with that scenario? That's easy. It comes into play when coaching is involved.

"The team matches means there is someone there to watch and correct your performance," explained Match Director Marc Lipp. "They keep track of the time, call out your shots and let you what (if any) adjustments need to be made."

Teams shooting at NRA's National Police Shooting Championships at the Shooting Range Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico

But it's not as simple as that.

Even though competitors shooting in the team matches come from the same department, odds are they probably haven't shot in a team environment before. How close do you get? Where do you stand? How fast are your directions? What do you say. That is always the biggest problem.

"You tell me my shot is at 6 o'clock, well, what does that mean," said Lipp. "Am I 6 o'clock in the ten ring or 6 o'clock in the seven? Are you telling me where my shot landed or where I need to aim? Experienced teams know the answers to those questions and the novice teams tend to get frustrated before figuring it out."

One thing for certain is that team scores tend to be better than individual scores. More coaching, more directing and more adjustments generally means a better overall result. Generally.

Germany's two-man team of Wizofsky and Manthei at NRA National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque

Here are those who listened to their coaches and performed generally well:


NRA's National Police Shooting Championships
4-Officer Revolver

Place Name Department Score
1 Vadasz, Smith, Simmons & Morrow U.S. Border Patrol Blue 2375-162x
2 Kovatch, Mason, Velez & Morrison U.S. Border Patrol Gold 2364-136x
3 Luna, Foote, Barnes & Shumway LAPD #1 2363-140x


NRA's National Police Shooting Championships
2-Officer Revolver

Place Name Department Score
1 Worrell & Sullivan U.S. Border Patrol Green 1188-74x
2 Meador & Brown Fortworth PD 1183-57x
3 McPherson & Baldridge NMSP Black & Grey 1179-67x


NRA's National Police Shooting Championships
Stock Semi-Auto 4-Officer

Place Name Department Score
1 Vadasz, Smith, Simmons & Mason U.S. Border Patrol Blue 1916-154x
2 Kovatch, Morrison, Velez & Morrison U.S. Border Patrol 1911-127x
3 Luna, Foote, Barnes & Shumway LAPD #1 1907-125x


NRA's National Police Shooting Championships
Stock Semi-Auto 2-Officer

Place Name Department Score
1 Worrell & Sullivan U.S. Border Patrol Green 959-84x
2 Michaud & Vasquez ICE Gold 957-70x
3 Wizofsky & Manthei BDMP Gold 954-71x

For more on NRA's National Police Shooting Championships, visit their website at npsc.nra.org

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