Team SIG SAUER Captain Max Michel Jr. Wins U.S. Steel Nationals With World Record Performance

Team SIG SAUER Captain Max Michel Jr. Wins U.S. Steel Nationals With World Record Performance


EXETER, NH –-( Max Michel, Jr., captain of Team SIG SAUER, continued his strong start to the 2011 shooting season by setting a world record en route to victory at this weekend’s U.S. Steel Nationals in Titusville, Florida.

As the first Steel Challenge match of the season, the U.S. Steel Nationals attracts the top speed shooters from around the world. Competitors are often separated by razor-thin margins, as confirmed last year when Michel finished second, a mere 1/100th of a second behind the first-place winner.

“This match always pushes me to the limits,” Michel said. “The level of competition here allows practically no room for mental or equipment errors. Today, everything came together perfectly.”

Michel posted an overall time of 75.68 seconds, beating the previous record set in 2008. This is Michel’s third U.S. Steel Nationals victory in the past five years.

Next up for Michel will be the USPSA Area 6 Championship in Frostproof, Florida, April 14-16.

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About Max Michel:
By anyone’s account, Max Michel, Jr. is one of the premier shooters in the world. With three World Speed Shooting Championships (2009, 2007 and 2005), five USPSA National Championships (2009, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004), two U.S. Steel National Championships (2009 and 2008), 37 USPSA Area Championships, and nearly 100 Major Championship wins, Max Michel has become a dominant force in the pistol shooting sports. Michel also owns multiple World Speed Shooting records as well as the only Action Shooter to win all USPSA Area Championships in the same season (2010). 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.

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