by Jason J. Brown - Thursday, August 31, 2017
Hundreds of law enforcement professionals from across the U.S. and around the globe will descend on Albuquerque, New Mexico this September to put their training to the test in the 55th annual NRA National Police Shooting Championship, scheduled for Sept. 18-20, 2017.
Administered the by the NRA Law Enforcement Division, the NPSC encourages officers to practice and enhance their firearm skills via competition. By using NRA-standardized law enforcement courses of fire, officers can assess their skill levels while departments evaluate the effectiveness of their training programs in practice.
The NPSC, hosted by the City of Albuquerque, is open to public and private law enforcement members and select law enforcement members of the U.S. military. Unlike a lottery or qualification-driven match, all eligible officers are welcome to participate in the NPSC. Competitors will use the tools of the trade for law enforcement, including revolvers, semi-auto pistols and shotguns, running through three days of dynamic individual and team matches in accordance with NPSC Task Force Requirements.
No competitive experience is necessary to shoot in the NPSC. In fact, High Master and Master shooters comprise the smallest group of shootings in the event. As in all NRA Police Pistol Combat tournaments, shooters will compete against others in their own skill classification level.
“As a career law enforcement officer, firearm instructor and law enforcement firearm competitor, competing did more to prepare me for a deadly force encounter than almost anything else,” said Glen Hoyer, Director of NRA’s Law Enforcement Division. “In these tight-budget times, training is the first thing to be reduced, when it should be the last. So when an officer gets involved in firearms competition, that equates to training on their own, which not only better prepares them to save their own life, or the life of another, but shows they are a committed professional.”
New this year is a special invitational trial match where competitors can add optics and PPC Rule-approved Open Class Revolvers or Semi-Automatic Pistols. These matches are an alternative to firing the regular Sanctioned Championship Open Class Division Matches. There are no limitations on the type or power of optic competitors wish to use; however, all other PPC Rule specifications must be met, including holster and safety requirements.
This year will also feature the introduction of the Distinguished Production Championship Match, which is fired using the NRA National Police Course with an approved production semi-automatic pistol, allowing competitors a chance to earn Distinguished Award Points. After earning points 30, competitors qualify for the new Distinguished Production Medal.
Training doesn’t end on the range, either. The NPSC will feature tuition-free courses on Saturday, Sept. 16, including armorer schools sponsored by Glock, Smith & Wesson, Double Star and SIG Sauer. Class size is limited and requires online pre-registration.
Interested competitors can register now, sign up for free on-site courses and get more information by clicking here. For more information about the NRA Law Enforcement Division, call (703) 267-1632 or email LEcompetitions@nrahq.org.