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Officers compete for top gun honor

Terry Mason, independent law enforcement contractor, and Nathan Lane, of the Homewood Police Department, square off in the head-to-head round of Friday's Steel Range Shoot while Byron Russell, of the Greenville Police Department, keeps time. (Advocate Photo/Austin Nelson)

Around 15 law enforcement departments from around the area gathered off Highway 31 at the Greenville Firing Range Friday to find out who had the surest shot.

This marks the second year the Steel Range Event had been held, said Capt. Randall Courtney with the Greenville Police Department.

“It’s a great event, and we plan on continuing this every year from now on,” Courtney said. “Last year, we had about 23 shooters and this year we grew to about 40.”

Officers started with a steel challenge course, which required shooters to hit five targets while standing still.

For the second event, Courtney said, shooters had to run through hitting fall-down targets before moving onto the third event, dueling trees, where officers battled head-to-head to see who could knock down all targets the fastest.

The final event takes the winners of all three events and puts them in a combat style course to determine who has the top gun.

“It’s great to get all these guys together, and get some camaraderie going along with some networking between departments,” Courtney said. “Plus, it’s a lot of fun, and it’s a training event, give them a chance to work on their shooting skills.”

The event’s main sponsor was Wal-Mart. Other local sponsors included Century Steps, F.O.P. Lodge 39, Poole and Poole Attorneys, Steve Townes Attorney Office, Charlotte Tessmer’s Attorney Office, District Attorney’s Office, Greenville Glass, Tri Rivers Bank, Sellers Law Firm, Polka Dot Café, Newton Oil, Gems Ambulance Service and Dunklin and Daniels Funeral Home.