Tucson, Ariz. - The Tucson Sector Border Patrol's Action Pistol Shooting Team represented the Sector in the United States Practical Shooting Association's National Back-to-Back Handgun Championship in Las Vegas Sept. 16, bringing home prestige for the U.S. Border Patrol.
The Tucson Sector's team was comprised of five agents from the Douglas, Naco, Tucson, Nogales and Willcox Border Patrol Stations who specialize in action-pistol style firearms competitions that emphasize speed, accuracy and firearms handling skills.
Three agents earned four top-four finishes in the following events:
Action shooting involves shooting numerous steel and paper targets from various positions with multiple shots. Courses of fire incorporate drawing the gun from the holster, making magazine changes and requiring the shooter to manage a variety of props in a safe manner. The time it takes shooters to maneuver a course of fire or stage is recorded along with their scored hits. The time is then divided into the hits scored. The fastest, most accurate shooter wins. IPSC competitions vary; each match is unique. More than 700 civilian, law enforcement and military competitors vied for top honors in this year's match.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.