Firearm industry & competition shooting lose one of the greatest shooters of all-time with the passing of former USPSA president, 3-Gun Champion, Michael Voigt
The firearm industry and competition shooting world lost a true innovator and icon with the recent passing of Michael Voigt, who lost his battle with cancer, Saturday, March 24, at his home in Corona, CA. Regarded by many as one of the greatest all-around shooters of all-time, Voigt wore many hats during his impressive competition shooting career, including the title of USPSA President for more than a decade, as well as product developer and spokesperson for companies such as SureFire and Safariland.
But it was in competition where Voigt made arguably his greatest mark, dominating in the world of 3-Gun for the better part of three decades. It was in 3-Gun where some of Voigt’s innovative gear choices, such as secondary optics, became groundbreaking, while his shooting performances proved legendary. Voigt’s frequent battles with Jerry Miculek in the Open/Unlimited divisions at 3-Gun matches have given competition shooting some of the greatest displays of action shooting, regardless of discipline.
Voigt leaves a legacy of numerous national and world championships in pistol, rifle, shotgun and 3-gun; Voigt was an incredible long-range shooter as well, displaying remarkable skill in competitions outside the realm of practical shooting. If one could think it, build it, shoot it, or compete with it, chances are Voigt could do it better than most – as such, a litany of products, concepts and techniques, as well as those championships, will help Voigt remain long-remembered in the shooting world.
But there was something else about the man, something greater than even his remarkable shooting. Whether sitting around with friends and a cold beer after a match, or tearing down a fellow competitor’s 2011 to go over the finer points of what makes a good trigger, when Voigt spoke, everyone around him seemed to listen. He had an impact upon the games we play, and for those that knew him well, he had an even greater impact upon their lives.
Voigt was with 3GN through many of the early incarnations of the shoot-offs, the Pro Series, and our efforts to grow the sport. We had many long talks, where Voigt both agreed with us, or told us we were completely crazy, depending on the subject, in a way only Mike could. 3GN will forever be grateful to Mike and his influence, wisdom and support.
From everyone at 3GN, our hearts go out to Mike’s wife, Maggie Reese Voigt, their family, and all of those saddened by the loss of one of our sport’s greatest. Maggie has asked that to honor Mike, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to support the USPSA Junior Program.