Who can compete in TPC matches?
are open to the following personnel:
Full-Time Sworn Law Enforcement: Regular
full-time sworn law enforcement officers of a regularly constituted
law enforcement agency of a municipal, county, state, or federal
Full-Time Certified Law Enforcement Firearm
Instructor: Full-time certified Law Enforcement Firearm
Instructors employed by public law enforcement agencies, academies
or private law enforcement agencies.
Full-Time Private Law Enforcement Officer:
Transit police, corrections officers, industrial police, and
individuals working as licensed, armed private security
Reserve or Auxiliary Officers: Officers of a
regularly-organized reserve or auxiliary unit who perform the same
duties as full time officers, have sworn arrest powers, and are
authorized to be armed.
Retired Law Enforcement Officers: Officers who
retire and receive retirement credentials from any of the above
Armed Forces Personnel: Active duty and reserve
personnel serving in the United States Armed Forces or National
Non-US Law Enforcement: Sworn law enforcement
officers from other countries with proof of identity and
Do I have to be an NRA member to
No. NRA membership is encouraged, but it is not required.
Can I shoot any type of duty handgun?
Yes, with a limitation that the participant my shoot either a
semi-automatic handgun or revolver in competition.
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revolvers commonly used as a duty handgun for law enforcement
uniformed patrol. Double Action semi-automatic pistols must fire
the first shot of every course Double Action. No thumb cocking is
||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
||Minimum of 9mm (9x19) for
semi-automatics and .38 Special for revolvers.
||Maximum barrel length of 5.5
inches. No porting or compensators permitted.
||Only fixed or adjustable iron
sights are permitted. Factory or after-market iron sights, night
sights, and fiber optic sights are permissible.
||No magazine used during the
match may exceed the handgun manufacturer's specification 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
||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
||Devices to facilitate reloading
are allowed if the handgun meets the Handgun Size requirements with
the device installed.
What division do I compete in with a
pump shotgun and a rifle with a scope?
You would be competing in the Tactical Division.
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.
What is the minimum trigger pull for a
firearm that I use in the TPC event?
No firearm may have a trigger pull less than 3.5 pounds.
Can I use my competition handgun when
No, firearms designed for competitive shooting, even those based
on duty gun models, and firearms that have competitive accessories
or modifications are not allowed.
What type of ammunition can I use in a
Ammunition: Competitors are financially
responsible for any damage to range props or targets damaged by the
use of unauthorized ammunition.
Handgun: Factory ammunition; re-manufactured or
reloaded ammunition meeting duty ammunition specifications for
bullet weight, velocity, etc. No downloaded or reduced loads
Rifle: No armor-piercing, incendiary, tracer,
or steel core ammunition is permitted. Rifle ammunition will be
checked with a magnet to protect range steel.
Shotgun: Slugs, buckshot or birdshot as
specified by the Match Director. NO steel shot, armor piercing,
incendiary, tracer, sabot, or other rounds that may damage steel
targets or create a fire hazard.
Is there a barrel length restriction
Yes, shotgun barrels may be no longer than 22 inches.
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manufactured and marketed to law enforcement agencies for use as
patrol duty shotguns. Examples include: Remington 870 and 11-87 law
enforcement models, FNH pump and self-loading law enforcement
models, Mossburg 500 and 590 law enforcement models, and Benelli
Super 90, M2 and M4 law enforcement models.
Only law enforcement pump action shotguns are permitted in the
Patrol Division. Models that have duel action systems (pump and
semi-auto) may be used but must be used in pump action mode.
Law Enforcement semi-automatic or pump action shotguns are
||Only 12 gauge is permitted.
||Barrel length may not exceed 22
inches. No porting or compensators permitted.
||Fixed or interchangeable. Choke
size must allow for the firing of slugs.
||Only mechanical fixed or
adjustable sights are permitted. Factory or after-market iron
sights, night sights, or fiber optic sights are permissible.
||Magazine tube may be factory
original or aftermarket. May not extend past the end of the muzzle.
Loading may be restricted by course of fire instructions.
Is there a barrel length restrictions
Yes, rifle barrels can be no longer than 20 inches.
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||Any action type.
Bolt, Semi-automatic, lever, pump, etc. Competitors legally
possessing select fire rifles or pistol caliber carbines may use in
TPC matches but they may not be used in full auto
||Minimum caliber of .223 /
5.56mm. Competitor may use a pistol caliber carbine in rifle
courses (9mm or larger). Match Director may limit maximum caliber
due to range restrictions, steel target limitations, etc.
||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. In no case will the
device diameter exceed 0.95 inches. The device will be considered
part of the barrel when measuring barrel length.
Only mechanical fixed or adjustable sights are permitted. Factory
or aftermarket iron sights, night sights, or fiber optic sights are
Rifle may be equipped with one optical sight. Sight may be a
telescopic, red dot or holographic type sight.
Rifle may also be equipped with co-witnessed back up iron sights,
but must be mounted in-line with the optic.
||No more than 30 rounds. Magazine
loading may be restricted by course instructions.
Can I use a C-Beta Mag in my patrol
No, magazine capacity for rifles is limited to 30 rounds.
Can I use my off-duty holster with
no retention device in a TPC match?
No, the holster must be manufactured and marketed as a law
enforcement duty holster for uniformed patrol or plain-clothes
duty. The holster must have at least one active locking retention
mechanism that must be manually disengaged by the primary hand to
draw the firearm. Friction-only retention holsters are not
Can I use a thigh
Yes, a tactical thigh holster is permitted as long as it meets
all other requirements.
Do I have to use my snap or Velcro
covers on my magazine pouches?
Yes, the magazine must have a retention system, such as a flap
that secures with a snap or Velcro, or friction retention system.
Magazines must be retained by the retention system when the
magazine pouch is turned upside down.
Can I carry extra magazine pouches on
my duty belt?
Additional spare magazines may be carried in secondary magazine
pouches, carried in pockets, mounted on thigh rigs, etc.
Belt-mounted secondary magazine pouches must be located to the rear
of the center line of the leg, and meet the same requirements as
primary magazine pouches. Spare magazines may not be
carried in the hand, mouth, or other non-secure manner.
Can I use an ammunition carrier
mounted on the rifle?
Rifle and pistol caliber carbine spare magazines may be carried
in rifle-mounted ammunition carriers, in pockets, belt-mounted
magazine pouches, thigh carriers, etc. Spare ammunition may
not be carried in the hand, mouth, or other non-secure
I am issued a pistol-caliber carbine,
can I use this in a TPC event?
Yes, competitors may use a pistol-caliber carbine in rifle
courses (9mm or larger).
Can I use a bi-pod on my rifle during
Rifles may be equipped with a bipod, mono-pod or other
stabilizing device. However, such device may only be
used when firing in the Tactical Division. At the beginning of the
course, the device must be in the stowed position, and cannot be
deployed until the RO gives the course of fire Start Signal. Rope,
cord, or other material cannot be attached to the device to speed
deployment of the device.
What is a penalty for a
Paper targets must have at least two scored hits. For each
missing hit, a 10-second penalty is added to the fired time. Any
steel that fails to fall, or is not called as a hit by the RO, is
scored as a target miss.
Must reloads be done from behind
No, there is no requirement to reload from cover when available.
The tactical decision when and where to reload is the competitor's.
However, if the shooter is firing from a position providing cover,
he cannot leave the position unless the handgun is loaded and ready
to fire. A round in the chamber is considered loaded. Leaving cover
with an unloaded handgun will result is a 10-second procedural
penalty. Course instructions may exempt this requirement.
What happens if I drop any firearm
during a course of fire?
If a competitor drops a loaded or unloaded firearm during a
course of fire they may not retrieve the firearm. They must
immediately STOP the course and await instructions from the Range
Officer. Dropping a firearm during a course will
result in the competitor being disqualified from the course, and
may be disqualified from the match based on the circumstances of
Would I get credit for a hit if half
of the bullet breaks the scoring line on the edge of the
In real life, we know that a round that strikes a lethal threat
with part of the bullet (an edge hit on a range target) will have
little effect. A round that only strikes the edge of the vital zone
being aimed at cannot be counted on as being effective in stopping
In keeping with the NRA Law Enforcement Division's training
philosophy of making range training and qualifications mirror
street realities where possible, breaking rounds are scored
differently in TPC. In TPC scoring:
- Rounds partially breaking a scoring ring are scored the LESSER
- Rounds partially breaking the edge of the target are scored as
Do I need to take a class to
participate in a TPC event?
No, there is no course required just be proficient in the safe
handling and use of the firearms used in the TPC events.
Do I need to be classified to
No, as there are no participant classifications in TPC
Can I use my competition equipment in
In most cases, no; but you may be able to remove or alter your
equipment to fit within the TPC rules. Contact the TPC staff if you
have any questions regarding your equipment.