Albuquerque, New Mexico - I've only been going to the National Police Shooting Championships for a few years now. In that time, there have been a few constants upon my arrival in Albuquerque. The New Mexico skies will take your breath away, you'll see one of the best collection of shooters to be found anywhere and the NRA Law Enforcement Store will be stocked will goodies for man, woman and child alike.
The top selling item is usually the competition polo. In the color of the year with a logo over the right, those who come up with design tend to out do themselves time and again. Unfortunately for those who wait, they're usually gone by the end of day one.
The long sleeves and jackets with the same look and design are usually next to go. Then there are the speed loaders, dummy bullets, belts and curio.
For the kids, it's the Eddie Eagle doll and Airsoft guns that are a popular
choice. And for the women, especially ICE Agent spouse Lisa
Vasquez, the earrings are something to behold.
Showing off her new 1911 gold danglers, Lisa is all smiles as she stands beside her husband Sean (another constant at NPSC) right in front of the Law Enforcement Store.
"You missed the targets," she said. "You have to get a picture of my target earrings too!"
I stepped a little close, focused on her right ear, and as the Vasquez family chuckled at my efforts for a close-up, snapped that picture to the left – as if I could refuse.