Top NRA honors go to the U.S. Border Patrol and the Los Angeles Police Department
Albuquerque, New Mexico - A few hundred competitors, spouses, sponsors and officials crammed into the Crowne Plaza's main ballroom in Albuquerque this week for the NRA's National Police Shooting Championship's (NPSC) Awards Banquet. A celebration of the individual accomplishments achieved at the Shooting Range Park, it was a time for all to forget the pressure of the week and let loose.
Honored guests included New Mexico's First Gentleman Chuck Franco, Albuquerque Police Chief Allan Banks, and long time NPSC favorite Gunny R. Lee Ermey.
"I've been making it to this event for about five years now," said Ermey. "It's got to the point where I coming down here to hang out with my friends."
Friends, families and coworkers were on the edge of their seats as dinner plates were cleared and the ceremony began. As has been the case in recent years, a number of trophies ended up in the hands of the U.S. Border Patrol.
Top prizes went to:
- Grand Champion Robert Vadasz of the U.S. Border Patrol
- 2nd Place Overall Enoch Smith of the U.S. Border Patrol
- 3rd Place Overall Kevin Worrel of the U.S. Border Patrol
- High Woman Stefanie Diaz of the LAPD
- High First Time Shooter Robert Gowan of the LAPD
- High International Karim Bernoti of the Federacion Venezolana de Tiro
- Semi-Automatic Pistol 1500 Champion Robert Vadasz of the U.S. Border Patrol
- Revolver 1500 Champion Robert Vadasz of the U.S. Border Patrol
- The 3000 Champion Robert Vadasz of the U.S. Border Patrol
After a few words from Robert and a few more from Gunny, the evening came to a close with a last minute drawing for NPSC giveaways. A Remington 870 shotgun, a Ruger 22 rifle, a K-Bar knife and an AR-15 were among the items a few lucky winners added to their collection. Not a bad way to end the evening.
Then it was time to go. Promises to return for the Championships next year, to come to Texas for a match next month or to call next week were made. Most will be kept, some will be forgotten and others will reside with the best intentions we all hope not to forget.
Hope to see you there.
For more on NRA's National Police Shooting Championships, visit their website at npsc.nra.org