The following is a 5.11 Challenge Press Release:
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Team Selected to Compete in 2005 5.11 Challenge
Two representatives of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have been selected to compete in the 2005, 5.11 Challenge. Brian Neilmeyer and Matthew Coe of St.Walburg, Saskatchewan, Canada, were randomly picked to compete for up to $100,000 in prizes for the RCMP on July 28, 2005. Brian and Matt have won an all expense paid trip out to the 5.11 Challenge range facility on a remote section of the Big Horn River in Montana, where the competition will be held.
So far sixteen, two man teams have been selected to participate in this unique shooting event. A total of 32 teams will…
be picked to represent their department at the competition which is held over an eight week period during July and August of 2005. The RCMP team is the first international team selected this year.
The 5.11 Challenge was designed to give officers who normally would not have an opportunity to compete in a high end shooting event a chance to experience the thrill of such a competition. It was also established to give the men and women of Law Enforcement a chance to win a well deserved vacation away from the job. Each two person team is flown out to the facility in Montana. On the first full day of the vacation they compete in a 3 gun shooting competition using pistols, rifles and shotguns. After the shoot is concluded each group of officers is taken on a tour of the Little Bighorn Battlefield (the site of Custer’s Last Stand) where they get a first hand historical look at the importance of sound tactics. On the second day of the vacation each team spends a day drifting down the Big Horn River with a professional fishing guide where they can expect to catch some of Montana’s best Rainbow and Brown Trout. The teams stay in a 5 star lodge and are fed gourmet meals while they share experiences, tell stories and decompress. Each member also receives a gift bag from the sponsors of the event valued at over $1,500.
The top three teams of the season are flown back out to the Lodge for a finals event which appears on The Outdoor Channel as an episode of the Shooting Gallery in the Spring of 2006. The officers will compete for up to $100,000 in products prizes. Second place wins up to $50,000 in product and third place will receive up to $25,000 in product and represent their departments on a nationally televised show.
The Mounties are very excited about the opportunity to represent Canada this summer and are looking forward to testing their skills against the American teams. In last year’s event, two representatives from the Toronto Police Service gave it their best shot but fell a bit short of the top prizes. The RCMP guys are hoping for a better showing this year.
The sponsors of this event are very supportive of Law Enforcement and are excited about the chance to give back to the men and women of the Law Enforcement Community. The sponsors of the event are 5.11 Tactical Series®, Aimpoint®, Blackhawk Products Group, Bianchi, American Police Beat, Blackwater U.S.A., Buck Knives, CamelBak®, First Choice Armor, Glock, Law and Order, Police and Security News, The Outdoor Channel, Dupont Teflon, The Outdoor Channel, The Police Marksman, Eye Safety Systems, Police, PoliceOne.com, Remington, Tactical Response, Streamlight and the National Rifle Association, Operational Skills Group, LLC, Trident Concepts, LLC, and Tactical Waterborne Operations.
For more information about the 5.11 Challenge visit their website at www.511challenge.com. The 5.11 Challenge is open to all sworn police officers. Teams are randomly selected from all officers who have signed up for the chance.