Robert "Bob" Michael Irwin, born on February 2nd, 1944, began his firearms training after graduating high school at age 17 as a student at Oregon Technical Institute and his trade choice was gunsmithing. That then led to his founding a small firearms design company, doing consulting work for several firearms manufacturers and the granting of two U.S. Patents on firearm operating systems in his name.
During that period Bob’s manufacturing company, Armament Technology Corporation, marketed the ATC “Pocket Rifle” with receivers supplied by O. F. Mossberg in North Haven, Connecticut.
After founding The Survival Store in 1982 that store morphed into The Gun Store Las Vegas, a firearm retail store, training facility and indoor shooting range. Bob remained there until he retired in 2017. He is also a 24 year retired Law Enforcement Officer as a Bailiff for Clark County Justice Courts and Lieutenant with the Boulder Township Constable's Office.
Bob became certified by the National Rifle Association as a handgun, shotgun, home defense and firearms safety instructor and began a long successful career as a firearms instructor. He then advanced to NRA Training Counselor and was also certified by Nevada Peace Officer Standards and Training as a law enforcement instructor trainer.
Over his 50 year career, Bob was also an authorized Concealed Carry Weapons instructor and taught more than 30,000 students the Nevada, Utah, and Florida CCW as well as training some 20,000 armed Security Officers for the Nevada Private Investigators Licensing Board PILB. Bob also taught firearms and use of force in 28 Nevada Law Enforcement Academies, encompassing Officers from 26 different Nevada Agencies.
Bob is also the author of more than eighty published articles addressing firearms safety, training, tactics and use of force issues. He has hosted a firearm education show now on YouTube, “Fired Up with Bob Irwin”, for the past 5 years and is frequently recognized as an expert witness by County, State, and Federal Courts.
On a post via Facebook, Nevada firearms instructor Maggie Mordaunt had this to say: "I had the honor and privilege of co-hosting with him along with many other great people on his show "Fired Up with Bob Irwin". I remember our last conversation on March 18th 2021. My answer to him was, I'll get it done my friend. Thank you for always believing in me and pushing me to always do my best. R.I.P. my friend. See you when I see you".
We have not been able to find the cause of death and/or funeral arrangements or they have not been made public. If we receive those details we will be sure to update this article.
R.I.P Bob! You Will Be Missed!