2011 world shoot award

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Robert Vogel is a professional marksman, competition shooter, and National/World champion. He is the only Law Enforcement Officer ever to win World and National Championships in the Practical Pistol Disciplines of IPSC, IDPA and USPSA.

Robert was born and raised on a farm in rural Saint Mary’s, Ohio where he became heavily involved in shooting, hunting and the outdoors from a very young age. After graduating high school he went immediately into a 2-year Police Academy program. It was also at this time that he began competing in practical shooting competitions. Fast forward a couple decades and at present Robert is now a 3-time world champion and 23-time national champion across 3 disciplines of practical/combat shooting and has been all over the World competing and teaching.  Besides this, he has been a Police Officer for over 13 years. Eight and a half of those years were spent as a full-time street cop while also being a member of the county’s joint-department SWAT team. During that tenure he also served as a firearm instructor for both the department and the SWAT team.


Some other of Roberts highlights/experiences include:

-Police Academy Valedictorian

-Overall winner of over 90+ State, National and World Championship matches

-3-Time member of USA Mens IPSC Gold team (Indonesia and Greece)

-Has shot matches and conducted classes/demonstrations in over 20 states and 6 foreign countries

-First Law Enforcement Officer of any kind to win a USPSA  Handgun National Championship

-In the International Defensive Pistol Association (20,000+ current members) is the only person to have won a National Championship in all 3 auto pistol divisions making him the only person to achieve the rank of 3 time “Distinguished Master”.

-Is the only person to have won the Open “Professional” division at the National level Pro-Am match with an iron sighted limited division pistol.

-Has been featured as a guest “Expert” on the History Channel show “Top Shot”

-Is featured in 3 instructional DVDs

-Has a “Vogel Trigger system” available for Glock Pistols

-Has written articles for several National publicized gun magazines

Along with all this Robert has a deep and undying passion for excellence in shooting.  While capable of having both a competitive and tactical point of view he is always trying to stay on the cutting edge of what is happening in the shooting world.  He strives hard to maintain a realistic approach to everything and believes strongly the most important skill is “performance when it counts.”  As of May 2012 Robert went from full-time Law Enforcement to part-time in order to focus more on his shooting/instructing career.

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