Equipment Needed

There is no need to go out and purchase equipment to compete in a Tactical Police Competition. You already have the gear you need: a duty handgun, a patrol rifle and shotgun are all you need to be successful. Below are the rules pertaining to your equipment.

Be sure to review the full tactical police competition standards.

Firearm Divisions

NRA TPCFirearms used in NRA Tactical Police Competitions must be duty type firearms. Firearms designed for competitive shooting, even those based on duty gun models, and firearms that have competitive accessories or modifications are not allowed.

Based on the features of the competitor's firearms, he will compete in either the Patrol or Tactical Division. While there are other restrictions, the basic difference between the Divisions is:

Patrol Division: All firearms used must have mechanical sights (iron). Shotgun must be pump action.

Tactical Division: Handgun and shotgun must have mechanical sights. Shotgun may be pump or semi-automatic action. Rifle may have one optical sight, such as a telescopic, red dot or holographic sight.

Invitational Division: At the discretion of the Tournament Director persons who do not meet TPC eligibility requirements may be allowed to participate. These may include volunteer match officials, match sponsors, and firearm industry representatives. Invitational competitors are not eligible for awards, plaques, or prizes. Recorded scores are maintained and published separately from regular competitors.


Handgun Type Commercially manufactured semi-automatic pistols and revolvers primarily marketed to law enforcement agencies for use as a duty handgun for law enforcement uniformed patrol. Commercially produced uniform duty holsters must be available for the handgun. Double Action semi-automatic pistols must fire the first shot of every course Double Action. No thumb cocking is allowed.
Handgun Size Unloaded handguns, with unloaded magazine inserted, must fit within a box with the internal dimensions of 8 3/4" x 6" x 1 5/8". The handgun must pass the handgun size test with all magazines used by the competitor. Handguns may be checked before or during a match.
Handgun Caliber Minimum of 9mm (9x19) for semi-automatics and .38 Special for revolvers. Exception: Law Enforcement / Military model handguns, rifles and carbines chambered in the FN 5.7 caliber are approved.
Barrel Length Maximum barrel length of 5.5 inches. No porting or compensators permitted. Exception: Factory produced Springfield Ported XD & Glock “C” Models are approved.
Sights Mechanical fixed or adjustable sights are permitted. Factory or aftermarket mechanical duty sights, including luminescent and fiber optic sights, are permissible. See Sections 5.7 & 5.8 for lasers and mounted lights.
Magazine Capacity No magazine used during the match may exceed the handgun manufacturer’s length and capacity specifications for standard duty magazines for that model. Round capacity may not be increased by use of extended base pads or floor plates. They can be used for grip enhancement but the handgun must meet the handgun size restriction listed above with the extended magazine installed. All magazines must be loaded to capacity unless specified otherwise in the course of fire instructions. In no case can a magazine be loaded with more than 18 rounds.
Grips Factory original or aftermarket grips/stocks of the same size and design. Finger groove slip on grips, grip decals, and grip tape is allowed. Stocks may be modified or changed because of the size of a competitor’s hand. Thumb rest grips/stocks, or weighted grips are not allowed.
Add On Magazine Wells Unaltered commercially manufactured (must be a catalog item) devices to facilitate reloading are allowed if designed for duty use and the handgun meets the Handgun Size requirements with the device installed. Such device cannot increase the original width at the bottom of the grip more than 5/8 of an inch. Magazine wells designed for competition, such as ICE, EGW, and other such magwells, are not permitted, even if milled down to meet the maximum grip width limit.

Shotgun Type Commercially manufactured tube fed shotguns primarily manufactured and marketed to law enforcement agencies for use as patrol duty shotguns. Examples include: Remington 870 and 11-87 law enforcement models, FNH law enforcement models, Mossberg 500 and 590 law enforcement models, and Benelli Super 90, M2 and M4 law enforcement models. Competitors may use a "civilian" or "sporting" version of a law enforcement model shotgun produced by the same manufacturer of the law enforcement model. Examples: A Remington sporting model 870 shotgun could be used instead of the Remington 870 Police shotgun or a Remington 1100 civilian model could be used since it was the predecessor of the Model 11-87 Police model. All other requirements, such as maximum barrel length, must still be complied with.

Patrol Division
Only law enforcement model pump action shotguns are permitted in the Patrol Division. Models that have dual action systems (pump and semi-auto) may be used but must be used in pump action mode.

Tactical Division
Law Enforcement model semi-automatic or pump action shotguns are permitted.
Shotgun Gauge Only 12 gauge is permitted.
Barrel Length Barrel length may not exceed 22 inches. No porting or compensators permitted.
Choke Fixed or interchangeable. Choke size must allow for the firing of slugs. Shotguns with interchangeable or adjustable chokes: once the match begins shooters may not change choke tubes.
Sights Mechanical fixed or adjustable sights are permitted. Factory or aftermarket mechanical duty sights, including luminescent and fiber optic sights, are permissible.
Magazine Capacity Magazine tube may be factory original or aftermarket. Tubes may not extend more than ¾ of an inch past the end of the barrel muzzle. Magazine tubes may hold no more than 8 rounds. Loading may be further restricted by course of fire instructions. Rounds may NOT be “loaded” or staged on the shell carrier. They must be loaded into the magazine tube or into the chamber.

Type Commercially manufactured rifles primarily marketed to law enforcement agencies for use as a duty rifle for law enforcement uniformed patrol. Any action type - Bolt, Semi-Automatic, Lever Action, Pump, etc. Competitors legally possessing select-fire rifles, short barreled select-fire rifles, or pistol caliber select-fire carbines may use them in TPC matches but they may not be used in full auto mode.
Caliber Minimum caliber of .223 / 5.56mm. Competitor may use a pistol caliber carbine in rifle courses (9mm or larger & FN 5.7 allowed). Match Director may limit maximum caliber due to range restrictions, steel target limitations, etc.
Barrel Length Barrel length may not exceed 20 inches. Factory installed or aftermarket Flash Hiders and Muzzle Brakes that meet original factory design/specifications for that model, such as a standard M16/AR15 with A2 flash hider, are permitted and considered part of the barrel when measuring barrel length. In no case will the device diameter exceed 0.95 inches or 2.75 inches in length. When measured, attachment levers or clamps, such as for a suppressor, are not included in the overall measurement. SIZE EXCEPTION: Flash Suppressors mounted on Short Barreled Rifles that are designed to reduce side blast to protect nearby personnel during entry work, such as the Noveske KX3, may have a larger diameter. Competitors should contact NRA LE Staff to check on such devices.
Sound Suppressors: May not be used due to inconsistent recording by Shot Timers.
Sights Patrol Division
Mechanical fixed or adjustable sights are permitted. Factory or aftermarket iron sights, night sights, or fiber optic sights are permissible.

Tactical Division
Rifle may be equipped with one optical sight. Sight may be a telescopic, red dot, or holographic type sight. Flip up magnifier devices in line with the optic that have NO aiming reticle are allowed and count as part of the optic it is being used with. Once the match starts, if the rifle is equipped with a magnifier it must remain on the rifle throughout the entire match, whether it is used or not. Rifle may also be equipped with co-witnessed back up iron sights but they must be in-line with the optic and cannot be side mounted, etc.
Magazine Capacity No more than 30 rounds. Magazine loading may be restricted by course instructions. Magazines may be cinched/coupled together. Magazines must be loaded to duty capacity unless specified otherwise in the course of fire instructions (magazines may be downloaded by up to 2 rounds to improve functioning and reloading and still meet the Duty Capacity requirement).

Magazine Well Alterations: Oversize competition magazine well extensions, such as the Arredondo magwell, may not be used. Thin walled tactical duty extensions, such as the Lancer L15 Standard or Tactical models and the C Products STRAC extension, are allowed.