NEWINGTON, N.H. –-(Ammoland.com)- SIG SAUER team captain Max Michel knocked off the best Open Division shooters in the nation and brought home the title at the United States Practical Shooting Association’s Open National Championship Sept 27-29 in St. George, Utah.
This marks the seventh time Michel has won the national title, and the win comes after three days of close competition. An already tight Open Division race was made even closer after one of Michel’s best stages was removed from the match after another squad protested the design. In the end, the match was decided by less than two percentage points, or roughly 45 match points, over the runner up.
“This match was as much a test of mental strength as it was speed and accuracy,” Michel said. “Twenty-two stages over three days is a pretty taxing match, but I knew if I held up my equipment would as well.”
Using his SIG SAUER custom race gun, Michel claimed nine stage wins outright, and was rarely out of the top five on any stage.
“Max’s consistency and competitive fire is just such a great fit for SIG SAUER,” said Jarrod McDevitt, SIG SAUER Rifle and Competitive Shooting Program Manager. “We’re proud to be the choice of a champion like Max.”
With the win, Michel locks down a spot on Team USA for the next World Shoot, where the Open Team will defend their world title. This victory also makes Michel the first person to win the Pro-Am, the Steel Challenge and the USPSA Nationals in the same year.
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About Max Michel, Jr.
By anyone’s account, Max Michel, Jr., is one of the best shooters in the world. With four World Speed Shooting Championships (2013, 2009, 2007 and 2005), seven USPSA National Championships (2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004), four U.S. Steel National Championships (2013, 2011, 2009 and
2008), more than 40 USPSA Area Championships, and nearly 100 Major Championship wins, 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 five International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Shoots and returned home each time with team gold medals.
About SIG SAUER, Inc.
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