About Oberle Enterprises Staff
Robert – President(updated 11-13-2020)
I will clear this up right away, I have 6 kids(10-30) and three beautiful grandbabies, and another on the way. Yes, we know how that happens. Yes, I own a TV and Yes I am Catholic. None of that has to do with why I have 6 kids. I just like kids for some reason (my lovely wife talked me into having them and liking them). They make me laugh and scream. Okay, sometimes I just scream because I can’t control myself.
How did we get to where we are now?
I like going fast and always have. Years ago, before I learned of competitive shooting, I heard there was a go-cart track just 20 miles from my home. It was close, we had to go check it out. While at the track, we talk to people/kids who raced about go-cart racing. It sounded great, There was a used go-cart for sale. I looked at my then young son (now 30 and a daddy of 2, soon to be 3), and I saw the next Tony Stewart. I was hooked on go-cart racing. He was going to drive, I was going to work on his go-cart and eventually his race cars until he raced for NASCAR. Maybe, I would get to drive really fast in/on one of them. We were set for life! Well, then reality set in. Three Hundred dollars, we can’t afford that!! Dream bubble busted. I had no money. We moved on.
Fast forward a couple of years, we get into Shooting. Go figure, we could not afford a $300 go-cart but now we are buying $3000,$4000, $5000 rifles and I don’t get to drive a race car. However, every now and then I get to lay down and shoot some prone. I do alright and have some fun, but most often I get to be beaten by little kids, but that’s another story. Not quite the same thing as working on and driving race cars, but it’s close. Right? Something seems to have gone wrong. Life is funny that way, as I found out. I am not in charge.
So today 3 of my six kids (#4, 5, and 6) are competing in Air Rifle and Smallbore with USA Shooting and NRA. Four of the six have made it to Junior Olympics several times. One was recruited and graduated from the United States Military Academy. He would not have been able to do that had it not been for shooting sports and his great Coach, my friend, and mentor Gary Trisdale. My oldest three have since stopped shooting competitively to make a living, but all have continued to be very active in the gun-rights world. My oldest daughter continues to coach and is an incredible resource for the business. Not too bad for a guy who was just hoping to have a race car driver in the family. Instead, I got heroes who want to help others. That makes me more proud than I could have imagined. Anyway, back to shooting.
With shooting, I get to coach, hold equipment, write checks, but most importantly I get to hang out with my kids 3-7 days a week on a range and at home. Ya, other shooters are nice to hang out with sometimes too. I think I write the biggest check at every event we attend. I also get to spend a fortune on the latest and greatest shooting equipment on the market. I still don’t get to use much of it, but I do get to touch it and send out a bunch of it to my customers. I am not going to lie, I still sometimes say, “I should have bought the go-cart.”
If my math is correct, I have been part of this sport we call shooting since at least 2003. WOW, time really does fly. I have been coaching my kids and others ever since. Shooting is a great sport and done right it can teach a lot more than just how to shoot. I have gotten a pretty good education. I have learned a lot from many others along my shooting journey. I hope I have passed some on to others along to others as well. I hope to continue to pass on to others. I have volunteered in many youth organizations over the years and most included some sort of coaching and many have involved shooting. I currently run a Junior Shooting Club mostly with my kids these days, but hope to expand that soon. I am a USA Shooting member, volunteer, coach, and official. I am a life member of the NRA with instructor certifications in rifle, pistol, and coaching. I believe if we do not continue to grow this sport, we will lose our right to keep and bear arms. Kids are growing up wondering why anyone would want to own firearms. Shooting sports is a sport in the same way basketball is, but without having to run after a ball and jump. Shooting is a sport for all ages and needs to be promoted. If we do not keep people interested, people will forget why we are allowed to own guns.
My family and I hope we will be able to make a difference and help others do better in their sport. We all want the sport to be appreciated for another lifetime. We hope that we can help beginners through high masters get the equipment they need and never regret not buying a go-cart. Okay, I still think the go-cart would have been really fun, but I would not have traded this ride for another! Back to how we got here.
During the 2017 Junior Olympics, I ran into a certain 2016 Olympic Air Rifle Gold Medalist. She was looking to a Monard Junior Glove. I tried to get a hold of the previous Monard distributor and found out that he went out of business. Before I left the Junior Olympics, I was in contact with the Monard Shooting Sports. I ended up begging them to let me be their new US Distributor of all Monard products. They were apprehensive because, at one time, Monard was one of the top-selling equipment brands in the United States, but over the past several years, they were poorly represented. Once I convinced Monard to come back to the United States, I ordered a few hundred dollars of the world-famous Monard Proliner Pro+ gloves and the rest is history. Orders for these gloves skyrocketed Oberle Enterprises head first into the shooting sports business and we have not looked back. The next thing you know, we were buying products from all over the world. We started by turning Jake’s room into a warehouse, then we moved into a 16-foot trailer and we just kept expanding, until we took over the entire house, garage, and yard. We decided we needed to expand, so we loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly . . Sorry I got confused. We did load up the truck and we did move, just not Beverly Hills.
June 25th, 2019 we moved the business from Colorado to Oklahoma, for more space. The Oberle Enterprises Staff was great. We all moved and the business never skipped a beat. We have since build a warehouse with a three-lane air rifle range, expanded our inventory beyond our imagination. The inventory expansion has grown to the point we are wondering if we need to add on or up to the warehouse or just retake Jake’s room for overflow inventory. We are currently working on building a five-lane outdoor smallbore range where we hope to shoot a few matches and get lots of practice. Since moving to Oklahoma, we have purchased 20 acres, 9 rabbits, 20 Chickens, 9 ducks, 11 head of cattle, and found a dog named Highway on the highway. Most of the animals are still alive. It has been a very busy year at Oberle Enterprises, and we only expect it to get busier. We have built buildings, fences, corrals, piles of tree limbs, fires (oops, one tree in particular), relationships, friends, and satisfied customers. My Number 2 son, his wife, and sweet baby have since moved to Oklahoma to join the crowd. We now just need to be patient for the day the others get here. Covid slowed us down for a while, but like all good American’s we kept moving and pulled through! We hope to continue building. Remember, “If I’m awake, I,m working! Call me”
We are here to help, let us know if we can help you shoot or coach better, because as someone once said, “It is all about winning!” We continue to grow our inventory in number and brands. Our staff is listed below, and we hope some time in the future you will get to meet here or in person but in the meantime:
Maxine – Creative Director, Web admin, President of everything important and Mom
Maggie – Director of Bookkeeping, – so, if something goes wrong, blame Maggie
Jacob – Director of Entertainment (AKA Comic relief), Warehouse VP, and Building maintenance/expansion. So, if you are not happy, I can put Jake on to tell you a joke. Jake spent his summer building steel buildings and roofs.
Jesse-Anne – VP of Spiritual Leadership, Shipping and Receiving, Warehouse, and Animal whisper. Jesse is the girl to talk to if you are wondering what the chickens, ducks, or cattle are thinking
Emma-Leigh – Continues to be our “Administrator of Sass”. Emma helps wherever a little sass is needed and somewhere it is not. She keeps us all on our toes and never gives up trying to get what she wants. This girl will go far someday. I can not wait to see it!
Highways – Head of Security and Needless Barking. Walker/Biter of the company President, chaser of squirrels, rabbits, chickens, ducks, cattle, and any bird he sees. If you are looking for some chaos in your life, you are looking for Highway.