“It’s a skill set that can save lives,” says Robert Vogel, professional marksman, competition shooter and police officer. From an early age, Robert Vogel knew he wanted to be good with a gun. Growing up on a farm in Saint Mary’s, Ohio, he gained a lifelong love of the outdoors, and had the opportunity to get involved in shooting and hunting.
When Robert finished high school he joined a 2-year Police Academy program, and started competing in practical shooting competitions. Since entering his first competition in 1991, he has become a 3-time world champion and 23-time national champion across 3 disciplines of practical/combat shooting, and has traveled all over the world competing and teaching.
“If you’re ever going to accomplish anything great in your life, you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone, bottom line, and that is not a natural thing to do.”
“I’ve been a police officer for 14 years. The reality of it is that people call the police when they’re having a bad day, so you see people at their worst, probably 95 percent of the time,” says Robert. “But sometimes, when you actually get to help people, that makes you feel better, and those are the times I’ve felt most proud.”
During Robert’s career in law enforcement, he spent eight and a half years as a full-time street cop, while also being a member of the county’s joint-department SWAT team. He has also served as a firearm instructor for both the department and the SWAT team.
Robert is the only Law Enforcement Officer ever to win World and National Championships in the Practical Pistol Disciplines of IPSC, IDPA and USPSA.
His titles include:
- 2014 Pro AM Championships Champion
- IPSC World Champion and IDPA World Champion
- 7 – Time IDPA National Champion
- 8 – Time IDPA Indoor National Champion
- 4 – Time USPSA National Champion
- 10 Year Police Officer and former SWAT team member
“Find a passion and chase it. Whether you achieve it or not is not even the important part it’s just the fact that you’re trying to do something in life. It’s in your mind, it’s in your heart, you have to push and go after things in this world if you’re ever going to get anywhere.”