Training & practice produce luck & wins for San Antonio Policeman
I’ve never won anything in my life.”
Those were the words of San Antonio Police Officer Lee Biegert after breaking the drought. And this win was just the beginning.
A frequent flier at NRA’s National Police Shooting Championships out in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Biegert has found greater rewards on the tactical courses then on the practical pistol. Given his current assignment, on the city’s Gang Unit, that’s probably a good thing. Problem was that he always seemed to finish out of the money. But he was improving.
After finishing in the top thirty over the past few years, Biegert made it all the way up to #15 at this year’s Tactical Police Competition in Albuquerque this September. That’s when the magic started.
Following tradition, NRA’s Law Enforcement staff makes sure that every competitor walks away with something. Top scorers get first crack at the prize table — that’s usually where all the guns go. Then all the names are put into a hat and picked at random. When your name is called, you run to the table and grab whatever catches your eye. That wasn’t the magic. This was.
Thanks to Greg Foster and the good people at SIG SAUER, there was a special drawing/raffle this year’s Tactical Awards Ceremony. All the names went back into a hat. One name would be picked. That name was Lee Biegert. The prize? A SIG SAUER P250 Compact 9mm.
“It’s the only way I could win,” Biegert said with a laugh. “I didn’t shoot well enough to win on my own, so this is awesome. The first thing I’ve ever won.”
Then it happened again. Only this time, he did shoot well enough. Not just well enough to finish in the money, but well enough to finish at the top of the NRA’s San Antonio Tactical Police Competition in November.
“Did a little more training, felt good,” said Beigert. “You never know how it’s going to turn out. Just have to keep trying.”
More training and a better performance meant he’d be going home with a nice big trophy and another gun(*). A Bushmaster AR-15 rifle.
Not a bad year for a guy who’s never won anything in his life.
NRA Tactical Police Competition rules mandate that competitors may only win one gun in a calendar year. As Biegert’s win in Albuquerque came by way of a drawing/raffle, that rule did not apply.
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