Team SIG Puts Up Solid Performances at the (USPSA) Area 5 Championships

Team SIG Puts Up Solid Performances at the (USPSA) Area 5 Championships
Team Captain Max Michel Secures Area 5 Open Division Champion; Teammate Matt Cheely Takes Fourth Place in Limited Division.


EXETER, NH –-( Team SIG Captain, Max Michel, secured his sixth first place finish of the 2010 competitive season in the Open Division at the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Area 5 Championships, held June 10-13, 2010 at the Tri County Gun Club in Polo, IL.

Teammate Matt Cheely also had an impressive match, coming in fourth place in the Limited Division. Despite on and off rain showers throughout both match days, over 330 competitors turned out to face the twelve difficult stages of fire.

Michel won eight of the twelve stages in the Open Division, finishing above the 84 division competitors with a score of 1416.1820, or 100%, to become the Area 5 Champion in the Open Division.

“This years Area 5 Championship was an amazing event. The stages were fun yet extremely challenging and the range was a great venue,” commented Michel. “The competition was top notch as I went head to head with a former US National Champion. My SIG SAUER custom 1911 yet again gave me the advantage as I won my sixth major championship this year.”

Cheely came in fourth overall amongst a field of 97 competitors in the Limited Division with a score of 1359.1312, or 95.20%. Cheely placed within the top ten in each stage of competition in the Limited Division, securing first place finishes in Stage 6 “Paper Paper Paper” and Stage 8 “No Shoot Nurses.”

“The match was a technical one with many off balance shots, but the stages were interesting and tested many different skills,” commented Cheely. “I concentrated on shooting clean, and didn't have any penalties or Delta's for the whole match, which helped in the tough crowd of Grand Masters that showed up for this competition. I'm happy with my performance for my third major match of the year, and look to continue building up for nationals in the fall.”

Michel’s next competition is the USPSA Area 1 Championship in Idaho Falls, ID on June 24-27, 2010. Cheely will be competing in the USPSA Area 8 Championship held August 26-29, 2010 at the Fredericksburg Rod and Gun Club in Fredericksburg, VA.

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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 Matt Cheely
Matt Cheely has been competing for the past five years in USPSA National Championships and has garnered multiple Top 10 National finishes. Cheely has also won multiple major IPSC matches in Canada and three Division Grand Master (GM) in Production Limited and Limited 10. A born and raised native of Michigan, Cheely graduated from the Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors degree in Product Design and Development. When not competing for Team SIG, Cheely works as a Diesel Engine Performance Engineer for Detroit Diesel.

About SIG SAUER, Inc.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is the largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes J.P. Sauer & Sohn and Blaser GmbH in Germany and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland. This global network of companies gives SIG SAUER a world-class firearms knowledge base, unparalleled design expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enabling the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its military, law enforcement, and commercial markets worldwide. SIG SAUER is an ISO 9001: 2000 certified company with over 386 employees. For more information on SIG SAUER or any of its products, or the SIG SAUER Academy, log on to

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