Swainsboro PD takes Top Shot Challenge honors
by Emanuel County Live | March 27, 2012 5:49 pm
On March 22, the Swainsboro Police Department, Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office and the East Georgia College Police Department each sent their four best shooters to compete in the first-ever Top Shot Challenge.
Hosted by the Swainsboro Police Department, the event was designed to promote fellowship and camaraderie among area agencies. Middle Georgia Probation sponsored the Top Shot Challenge.
“We’re very appreciative of them coming forward and doing that,” said Swainsboro Police Chief Randy Ellison.
The event was made up of several rounds involving several different firearms. The first round was shooting an AR-15 semi-automatic .223 rifle. The second round involved a 12-gauge shotgun. The third round was a challenge to most of the newer officers, as it featured a moving and shooting exercise with the old Model 10 .38 revolver. The last two challenges used the modern-day Glock .40 semi-automatic handgun.
“A lot of the guys had never seen the Model 10 .38 before, so there were a lot of guys who weren’t sure how to use the revolver,” explained Chief Ellison. “We also made sure that none of the guys used their own guns or a gun they had used before.”
“The revolver and the AR were hit and miss for some of the guys,” said Chief Ellison. “We were dealing with the best four shooters from each agency, so everyone did really well.”
“Some of the events were very, very close,” he continued. “In the time challenge, it was just seconds apart.”
Swainsboro Police Department’s team ended up taking home the top honors, as well as a trophy, which they will display for the next 12 months… until the next Top Shot Challenge. Winning team members were also awarded a lock-blade military knife.