Tony Miller (Login tm1955) Posted Jun 18, 2015 4:58 PM
Here is Glen Hoyer's response to my email about the Nationals.
Mr. Miller, or Tony, if I may.
Thank you very much for contacting me directly with your concerns. There can be a lot of information and misinformation being passed around and I appreciate the opportunity to respond.
To address first the reduction of the length of the NPSC. For many years we have heard from competitors that it was difficult to get the time off to attend the NPSC due to the overall length of time needed. If you attend the Regional Match immediately before the Championships you would typically arrive on Tuesday so you can practice on Wednesday, then shoot the Regional on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday you would either shoot a Tactical Police Competition and/or attend one of the armorer schools and then the Sunday PPC practice.
You would then compete in the NPSC and if you shot the Team match you were there through Thursday. Now allow for a one, or even two day, drive and you have now been gone for 8-10 days. For each day you are away you are spending money on food, hotel, etc. Very few departments are supporting competitive shooting so the burden of time off and expense is on the competitor.
We have seen a significant drop in attendance at the NPSC since 2012. In 2012 we had a total participation of 590 competitors. Total participation in 2013 dropped to 507 and in 2014 it dropped to 411. I personally spoke to many competitors and the reasons they said other competitors could not come was due to the expense and availability of ammunition and the overall expense of travel (hotel, food, travel, etc.). Clearly our poor economy plays into this.
The future of NRA Law Enforcement Competitive Shooting depends entirely on the new shooters coming into the sport. NRA has invested a lot of time and money to bring in new shooters through the promotion and use of the Stock Semi-automatic pistol. This effort has been extremely successful as the number one entered match for the past 7 years has been the Stock Semi-automatic match.
New shooters not only have a large expense to have an “Open Class Revolver” built, but it is very hard to find a gunsmith who will build one. In the 70’s & 80’s there were 7-8 gunsmiths or shops who built 1500 revolvers, now I know of one, maybe two.
The dates of the 2015 NPSC were posted on our web site in Februaryhttp://npsc.nra.org/ along with our new host hotel information.
If you attended the Competitors Meeting at the last NPSC you know we asked for suggestions to reduce the length of the NPSC. Firing only one 1500 match was suggested at the meeting by several competitors and major Regional Tournament Match Directors and taken up by the Law Enforcement Assistance Committee.
The Law Enforcement Assistance Committee, debated, voted and approved the following:
-The reduction, by one day, the length of the National Police Shooting Championships. The NPSC will conclude at the end of the banquet on Wednesday night. Team Matches will be fired Monday-Wednesday. This will hopefully increase the participation in the Team Matches; Allow more people to attend the NPSC in general by reducing their total time and expense (food, hotel, ammunition, etc.) to attend.
-The phasing out of revolvers in competition over the next 5 years, with the exception of the Off-Duty Match. Revolvers are not common place in law enforcement, except for off-duty carry. Additionally, this reduces the number of firearms needed to participate in the matches and will encourage new shooters to participate, since they will not have to purchase revolvers. For the next four years the Distinguished Revolver Match will still be held during NPSC so shooters who attend NPSC can have the opportunity to earn additional Award Points at NPSC. Competitors can still earn Award Points at approved Tournaments conducting Distinguished Matches.
-The firing of only one 1500 Open Class Division Match. The competitor will choose to shoot either an Open Class Semi-Automatic Pistol or Open Class Revolver in the Open Class Championship Match with National Champions being named in each Firearm Division. This will open up part of the schedule to allow the Team Matches to be fired Monday-Wednesday, as well as, the starting point to phase out the revolver matches (except for the Off-Duty Match).
This was not a staff decision, but a decision by the Law Enforcement Assistance Committee. Additionally, contracts have been signed back in December and we could not extend the dates for the NPSC now.
We have several scheduling options for matches for this year, as we begin to phase out the revolver competitions, except for the Off-Duty Match, and make more time for the Team Matches, however, have not finalized them at this time. It should be noted that there is a new rule that states all Team Matches, must be fired matches, so we have to accommodate this.
Last, but not least, is the range. There are very few ranges in the country that can host the NPSC. We need a 100 point turning target range that has 50 yard capabilities, a shotgun range, bays for the Tactical Police Competition, vendor halls and office space. Before we settled on Albuquerque, we looked for any and all options. The City of Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico spent millions of dollars to build the facility up to our needs. No one else is willing to spend that kind of money to bring our event to their area.
I hope this answers your questions, if not please let me know.
Take care. Stay safe
Glen Hoyer, Director
NRA-Law Enforcement Division
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 267-3834 Fax