51st National Police Shooting Championship includes competitors from Russia & Venezuela
More than 700 police officers, federal agents and lawmen from around the globe are expected to arrive in Albuquerque this month for NRA’s National Police Shooting Championships. Held at Albuquerque’s Shooting Range Park since 2006, the Championships kick off on September 15th and run through the 19th. Opening ceremonies are scheduled to take place at 7:30am on the 15th at the Shooting Range Park and will feature a welcome address from Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry.
The National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC) are a four day test of real law enforcement shooting skills. Each match begins with the gun holstered and the targets out of view. When the buzzer sounds, targets flip forward for limited amount of time as competitors draw their gun, aim and fire.
“Competitors from as far as Russia, Australia and Venezuela have repeatedly made the trip out to Albuquerque for NPSC,” said Glen Hoyer, director of NRA’s law enforcement division. “Thanks to the continued support of Governor Martinez, Mayor Berry, and the Albuquerque Police Department, we have the ability to stage one of the finest shooting competitions in the world.”
NPSC is divided into three separate scoring categories; revolver, semi-automatic pistol and shotgun. Each match is shot at a variety of distances (7, 15, 20, 25 and 50 yards) from a variety of positions (standing, supported, off-hand, kneeling, sitting and prone). The competitor with the highest combined score from the shotgun, revolver and semi-automatic matches will be named the National Grand Champion. Last year’s winner, Senior Agent Robert Vadasz of the U.S. Border Patrol, returns for a chance at a 5th overall title.
The Championship enjoys tremendous support from sponsors such as Brownells, Springfield Armory, FNH, Smith & Wesson, GLOCK, Beretta and Colt. These sponsorships allow the NRA to offer match and special category winners one of the finest collection of prizes in all of law enforcement competitive shooting. The Awards Banquet will be held Wednesday, September 18th, at the Albuquerque Crowne Plaza.
Longtime NPSC supporter and NRA Board Member R. Lee Ermey, as known as The Gunny, will be on site to enjoy the festivities.
First held in 1962, the National Police Shooting Championship is just one of many programs directed by NRA’s Law Enforcement Division. These programs are supported by the Davidson’s Law Enforcement Endowment and the Law Enforcement Training Endowment of the NRA Foundation, which includes a generous $251,000 donation from Brownells, Inc. and more than 100 other firearm related businesses.
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