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 of decades and at present Robert is now a 3-time world champion and 24-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 15 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 100+ State, National and World Championship matches
-4-Time member of USA Men’s IPSC Gold team (Indonesia, Greece, Florida,
-Has shot matches and conducted classes/demonstrations in over 35 states and 15 foreign countries
-First Law Enforcement Officer of any kind to win a USPSA Handgun Nationals and an IPSC World Shoot
-Holds an unprecedented record of winning a combined 20 straight IDPA National, Indoor National, and World Championships
-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” and “World Champion” sights available for Glock Pistols
-Has written numerous articles for Nationally 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.” In May 2012 Robert left full-time Law Enforcement in order to focus more on his shooting/instructing career…….he continues in Law Enforcement though as a “Reserve” Officer.
WORLD CLASS PISTOL SKILLS
In this course, the student will be given insight into what it takes to develop truly World Class shooting skills. Starting out with the fundamentals and then delving into a heavy dose of technique that goes well beyond the basics, the student will learn the dynamics involved in driving a pistol to the highest level. This course is designed around the ultimate and equal balance of accuracy and speed that is applicable just as much to LE/Military training as it is to competition. Aside from the techniques and skills taught this course also has aspects that require the student to truly “think” while operating on a course of fire. A balance between competitive shooting and tactical applications will be maintained. That being said, performing under pressure is paramount. Outside of actual real-life situations competition is one of the few ways pressure can truly be induced. If you carry or use a handgun in any way, shape or form you will benefit from this course.
PRACTICAL PISTOL APPLICATIONS
This course is geared towards the LE/Military Operator who must continually go into harm’s way. Being able to operate and truly “run” a pistol is the primary focus here. Pistol shooting fundamentals and especially techniques are covered extensively. The proper balance of accuracy and speed is discussed in detail and will be put to the test in various shooting exercises. Many exercises are designed to improve the skill and comfort level of an Officers ability to shoot on the move….as well as just move efficiently with a pistol in their hands. The most important aspect in all of shooting though is the ability to perform under pressure; it is of course absolutely paramount. However, there are few ways to truly induce pressure on someone to perform with a “real” gun in a controlled environment. This will also be discussed and put to the test in various “competitive” exercises that may be beyond the comfort zone of many. If you’re seriously looking to become a better more confident pistol shooter you will benefit from this course.