Michelle Cerino describes the colors and bling found at this year’s Bianchi Cup
For the third year in a row, I competed at the NRA Midway USA & NRA National Bianchi Cup Challenge. This prestigious handgun event draws shooters from all over the world. Men, women and children of various sizes, shapes and color compete with an array of handguns, sporting a variety of clothing and gear. At most firearms events, photographers concentrate on the obvious – people shooting guns. For my photos this year, I searched for the small details of competitors’ attire, something that doesn’t usually get much attention. I sought out the colors and bling of the Bianchi Cup.
Randi Roger’s displayed a rainbow of Comp-Tac magazine pouches on her belt.
Tiffany Piper was pretty in pink with her hearing and eye protection, not to mention her phone and nails.
Just like the lady herself, Vera Koo’s pistol is both elegant and stunning.
Sometimes even a Bianchi Cup photographer can get her picture taken when there is a spectator with the perfect sunglasses.
Not everyone wears tactical pants when she competes. Dazzling, bling-laden pockets appeared again and again.
Maggie Reese displayed patriotism in her red and blue gear.
My son’s, Colton Cerino’s, individuality showed in his layered wrist attire, which goes to prove that bling and flash are not reserved for competition shooters of the female gender.
Both competitors and spectators just said, “No!”to drab colored sneakers.
Can you guess what Mark Christopher Larwence’s favorite color is?
So, next time you attend a shooting match, or any sporting event, pay more attention. You’ll never know what you’re missing unless you take the time to look more closely for the details.
Michelle Cerino, aka Princess Gunslinger, is the managing and social media editor at The WON. She also is the author of the column "Princess Gunslinger," sponsored by Trijicon. A mother of 2 adult boys, Michelle has been right there beside them hunting youth deer seasons, plinking pop cans with .22s, now it's her turn! Michelle is the president of Cerino Consulting and Training Group, LLC, a firearms training company she built with her husband Chris in 2011. Her path in the firearms and outdoors industries is ever progressing. She is writing, hunting, competing and doing contract work for major manufacturers. When not working, Michelle enjoys shooting sporting clays and competes in prestigious shooting events, such as the Bianchi Cup in Missouri, and major 3-Gun matches nationwide. View all posts by Michelle Cerino