There is no question that Merle is one of the most well rounded shooters competing today. His competitive shooting career began in 1987 at USPSA matches in South Carolina when he was stationed at Ft. Jackson. Fast forward some years and his shooting accomplishments included: competing at two IPSC World Championships (London, Brazil), the North American Championships, winning the USPSA Championship, a third place finish at both the Limited Nationals and the Single Stack Nationals, winning the IPSC European Championships in Sweden, and The Masters International Pistol Championship.
During his 20-year military career (retiring in 1999 from the JFK Special Warfare Center at Ft. Bragg, NC) he was able to hold a number of different positions that helped to form his knowledge and experience in firearm usage and competition to include:
Sniper Platoon Seargent
Founding member of the US Army Action Pistol Team
Member of the 3rd Special Forces Group
Instructor at Special Forces counter terrorism school
While primarily focusing on USPSA, he is also a distinguished NRA shooter, has competed in several Masters Pistol Championships (including winning the International title), earned Top 5 at the NRA Bianchi Cup, IPSC international matches (to include 2 World Shoots as a member of the US Gold Team), Chevy Truck Challenge, and numerous state and regional sporting clays tournaments.
After retiring from the military Merle retired from actively competing. After relocating to Kansas City in late 2012, and stopping by a local indoor match, he couldn’t resist getting back into the shooting sports. Apparently he hadn’t forgotten everything as 18 months later he won the Single Stack classification at the Area 5 Championships and several state titles.
Merle is currently a 5 Division USPSA Grand Master, a AA class NSCA shooter and certified NSCA instructor based in Lenexa, KS.