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SAN DIEGO DEPUTY SHERIFF

Bill McMillan setting his concentration in preparation to fire his .308 Remington in the Counter-Sniper Rifle Match. McMillan emerged from the SWAT competition as the top overall shooter.

SWAT Teams Compete At Vandenberg

by Roger Bleile
Santa Barbara S.O.
S.W.A.T. Teams Compete at Vandenberg

SANTA MARIA
On July 12, S.W.A.T. teams from California and Nevada arrived at Vandenberg A.F.B. near Santa Maria, California sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriff's Association.

It was the first event of its kind in the U.S.A.

Each team consisted of four officers who were each required to fire four weapons over a course of fire. Executive Officer and innovater of the competition, Roger Bleile, devised the course of fire to encompass the four basis S.W.A.T. firearms: pistol, countersniper rifle, assault rifle and shotgun. The shooters comppeted simultaneously as individuals and team members in five categories. One category for each weapon plus a Grand Aggregate.

The Grand Aggregate team trophy went to the officers of the Huntington Beach Police Department. Team Captain Val Birkett with officers Pat Gildea, Chuck Poe and Dennis Martin took the trophy with a score of 5805x77 of a possible 7200 points.

Deputy Bill McMillan of the San Diego Sheriff's Department was the top overall individual with a score of 1662x48 of a possible 1800 points. McMillan received gold medals in the Grand Aggregate, Pistol, Countersniper Rifle and Assault Rifle categories as well as a presentation Model 29 Smith and Wesson revolver for his overall skill.

PORAC Newspaper, August 1975

Grand Aggregate (Individual)
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Pistol Countersniper Rifle Assault Rifle Shotgun Grand Aggregate Total
1 Bill McMillan San Diego Sheriff 567x21 268x9 565x16 262x2 1662x48
2 Steve Franks Las Vegas M.P.D. - - 544x11 - 1555x28
3 John Hoffman San Bernardino Sheriff - - - - 1528x29

(Source: PORAC Newspaper, August 1975)

Grand Aggregate (Team)
Rank Service Branch/Agency Pistol Countersniper Rifle Assault Rifle Shotgun Grand Aggregate Total
1 Huntington Beach Police - - 2088x20 - 5805x77
2 Ventura Police 2190x68 821x12 2010x31 - 5771x104
3 San Bernardino Sheriff 2188x70 - - - 5708x105

(Source: PORAC Newspaper, August 1975)


Pistol (Individual)
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 Bill McMillan San Diego Sheriff 567x21*
2 Monroe Simpson Ventura Police 567x21*
3 Cliff Cox Ventura Police 566x20

(Source: PORAC Newspaper, August 1975)

*Standing Determined by Tie Breaking Rule 12.5 (c)

Pistol (Team)
Rank Service Branch/Agency Score
1 Ventura Police 2190x68
2 San Bernardino Sheriff 2188x70
3 Santa Barbara Sheriff 2148x46

(Source: PORAC Newspaper, August 1975)


Countersniper Rifle (Individual)
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 Bill McMillan San Diego Sheriff 268x9
2 John Campbell San Bernardino Sheriff 238x2
3 Dave Heins Ventura Police 232x0

(Source: PORAC Newspaper, August 1975)


Countersniper Rifle (Team)
Rank Service Branch/Agency Score
1 Ventura Police 821x2
2 San Barbara Sheriff 793x4
3 San Diego Sheriff 780x11

(Source: PORAC Newspaper, August 1975)


Assault Rifle (Individual)
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 Bill McMillan San Diego Sheriff 565x16
2 Steve Franks Las Vegas M. P. D. 544x11
3 Val Birkett Huntington Beach Police 542x6

(Source: PORAC Newspaper, August 1975)


Assault Rifle (Team)
Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 Huntington Beach Police 2088x20
2 Las Vegas Metro Police 2064x23
3 Ventura Police 2010x31

(Source: PORAC Newspaper, August 1975)


Shotgun (Individual)
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 Dan Olivier Santa Monica Police 270x0
2 Joe Maes San Diego Sheriff 266x1
3 Bill McMillan San Diego Sheriff 262x2

(Source: PORAC Newspaper, August 1975)


Shotgun (Team)
Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 San Diego Sheriff 970x4
2 Las Vegas Metro Police 942x5
3 Santa Monica Police 926x2

(Source: PORAC Newspaper, August 1975)



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