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Police Pistol Combat / Tactical Police Competition Tournaments

Police Pistol Combat Tournaments

Police tournaments have increased rapidly in number during recent years. Police officers and departments favor such competition because it complements their training and instruction Hosting a NRA Police Pistol Combat tournament is a simple process and can be done at nearly all shooting facilities. Tournaments can be large or small, can NRA has worked with law enforcement for the last 50 years be conducted once a year, semi-annually, run every month or follow almost any schedule. Tournaments can be held at almost any range facility, such as at an agency range, law enforcement academy range, local gun club, or at a private or commercial range. Even an indoor range can be used for most tournaments. Tournaments may be a half-day in length for a small local Approved Tournament, or span multiple days for a large Registered Regional or Registered State Championship Tournament. What types of Tournaments are there? There are two basic Police Pistol Combat tournament types. They are Approved and Registered Tournaments. There are a few differences, but the main difference from a host’s point of view is that Approved Tournaments do NOT need a turning target system and Registered Tournaments require a turning targets system. The other differences are listed below: Approved Tournaments Turning targets are NOT required Scores are NOT eligible for National Records Scores are NOT eligible for 1480 or 1490 Honorary Clubs Registered Tournaments Turning targets ARE required Scores ARE eligible for National Records Scores ARE eligible for 1480 or 1490 Honorary Clubs Regional or State Championships must be Registered Tournaments

Pictured above is 2010 NPSC Champion Robert Vadasz

To get started, or for more information about hosting a Police Pistol Combat Tournament, please call us at 703-267-1632 or contact the Law Enforcement Competitions staff at

Tactical Police Competition Tournaments

The NRA Law Enforcement Activities Division created the Tactical Police Competition (TPC) program to encourage patrol officers to gain more experience, training and time on the range using their duty firearms. While traditional standard qualification courses of fire are very important, we believe officers need additional practice time, live fire exercises, and challenges to hone their skills and gain additional experience in handling and deploying duty firearms. TPC matches are comprised of four to seven separate courses of fire. Courses may be handgun-only, rifle or shotgun-only, or a combination of firearms. Each course is designed to challenge the officer’s skills in the use of their duty firearms and equipment. Some of the challenges include: assessing threat and non-threat targets; firing

Tournament Operations Guide

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NRA Tournament Operations Guide  

Guide on how to efficiently run NRA Sanctioned Tournaments

NRA Tournament Operations Guide  

Guide on how to efficiently run NRA Sanctioned Tournaments

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