Team SIG Cleans Up at the United States Practical Shooting Association Area 4 Championships

Team SIG Cleans Up at the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Area 4 Championships
Team Captain Max Michel Takes Home Overall Champion and Area 4 Champion; Teammate Rodney May Takes First in Master Class for Limited Division, Second Place Overall for Limited Division.


EXETER, NH –-( Team SIG Captain, Max Michel, clinched a first place finish for the Open Division, sealing his fate as the Area 4 Champion. Teammate Rodney May came in first in the Master Class for Limited Division and Second Place Overall for Limited Division, in the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Area 4 Championships held May 20-23, 2010 at the Shoot-Out Range in Princeton, LA. The match, composed of over 230 competitors, consisted of twelve challenging courses of fire, including a 50 yard standard, which is a rarity in current competition.

Competing on his home turf, Louisiana native Michel won ten of the twelve courses, finishing no worse than third on the other two stages. This consistency allowed Michel to finish above the 77 competitors in his division with a score of 1409.7433, or 100%, Overall Champion as well as the Area 4 Champion.

“I’m excited to see [Match Director] Tom Drazy and his staff take this match back to where it belongs at the Shoot-Out Range in Princeton, LA,” commented Michel.

“The Area 4 was once known as the most prestigious Area match in the country and with Drazy handling things, it quickly will be again. I’m proud to represent my state, Area and SIG by keeping the title in Louisiana.”

May competed in the Limited Division and narrowly missed first place to Grand Master Blake Miguez, securing his second place overall finish amongst a field of 59 competitors in the Limited Division with a score of 1295.9447, or 95.03%. May beat out six other Masters to secure first place in the Master Class of the Limited Division.

“I came into the Limited Division at a disadvantage, shooting with a minor power factor against the majors. I had to shoot twenty-five percent better than my competition just to stay even with them,” commented May.

“My accuracy had to increase and my game had to be tighter. My SIG ran flawlessly and gave me the accuracy I needed, even at fifty yards away, to overcome my disadvantage and lead me to a second place overall finish for the Limited Division and a first place finish amongst my fellow Masters.”

Michel’s next competition is the Norwegian Nationals in Norway on May 27 – June 6, 2010. May will be competing in the Tennessee Section in Nashville, TN on September 24 – 26, 2010.

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About Max Michel
By anyone’s account, Max Michel, Jr. is one of the best shooters in the world. With three World Speed Shooting Championships (2009, 2007 and 2005), five USPSA National Championships (2009, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004), 2 US Steel National Championships (2009, and 2008), more than 30 USPSA Area Championships, and over 80 Major Championship wins, Max Michel has become a dominant force in the pistol shooting sports. As an international competitor, Michel has represented the United States in the last four International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Shoots and returned home each time with team gold medals. He will again represent the nation in Rhodes, Greece at the 2011 World Shoot and anchor the USA’s Open Division team.

About Rodney May
While working as a Nuclear Technician, Rodney May started his shooting career as a hobby. Impressed by his shooting skills, he was approached in 2003 by Mid-South Institute of Self-Defense Shooting to join their ranks. For the past seven years he has served as a Firearms Instructor, teaching Navy SEALS, Army Special Forces and various Federal Agencies. May specializes in 3-Gun style competitions and has recently won the Alabama Match Overall Limited and placed 2nd in Production at the USPSA Area 6 Championships. May is a Grand Master Production Shooter and is in the process of becoming a Grand Master Limited Shooter.

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