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Max Michel Comes Home With Two First Place Finishes in European Competitions

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

NEWINGTON, N.H., (June 20, 2019) –SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG Captain Max Michel on his two first place finishes in European competition. At the European Steel Challenge Championship, Max placed first in the Open Division held May 30 – June 1 in Winterswijik, Netherlands, and at the Infinity Open, he placed first in the Production Optics Division held June 7-9 in Phillippsburg, Germany.

“As Max begins to prepare to defend his titles at the IPSC World Shoot in 2020, it’s great to see him go into these European competitions and come away with first place finishes,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer, and Executive Vice President Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc.  “His performances continue to dominate across the various divisions he competes in and his ability to compensate for various styles of shooting, depending on the match, is really impressive.”

For competition Max used a SIG 1911MAX at the European Steel Challenge, and a SIG P320X5 at the Infinity Open.  In both competitions he used the soon-to-be-released ROMEO3MAX, and SIG SAUER 9mm Match Elite Competition Ammunition

 “The IPSC style of shooting is very different in the fact that they use a target which is 30% smaller and a different shape than the USPSA target that I am accustomed to.  The courses are also formatted in a way that accuracy is more heavily weighted that raw speed unlike U.S. matches,” added Michel.  “Overall, despite the differences in style, I accomplished everything I wanted to and my SIG equipment was a huge factor in elevating my performance to these first place finishes.”

The ROMEO3MAX used by Max Michel in competition is a compact, open reflex sight featuring a 30mm Max round lens design for superior field-of-view, a special red-notch filter for a vivid red dot and unrivaled optical clarity, 6 MOA dot size for rapid target engagement, twelve illumination intensity levels, MOTAC activation, and up to 20,000 hours of runtime.  The sight is machined from aircraft grade aluminum in a matte black finish, with a side-loading battery tray, and waterproof (IPX-7 rated).

The SIG SAUER Match Elite Pistol Competition Ammunition used by Max Michel at the European Steel Challenge and Infinity Open is available for purchase at


U.S. Pistol Athletes Named to 2019 Pan American Games Team

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – June 13, 2019) –

Seven U.S. Pistol athletes, including four Olympians, have earned the opportunity to compete for Team USA at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. The XVIII Pan American Games will be contested July 26 – August 11 and will feature over 6,500 athletes from 41 nations.  

Athletes were determined based on results of the 2019 Spring Selection Match that took place March 25-30 in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Previously earning quotas by winning the 2018 Championship of the Americas was Alexis Lagan (Boulder City, Nevada) and James Hall (Colombia, Missouri) in Women’s Sport Pistol and Men’s Air Pistol.  Given that there are still quotas needing to be obtained in each of those events, Lagan and Hall both declined their invitation to participate, freeing up spots for their teammates to go and try to earn a quota. Lagan won Spring Selection while Hall was second.  Earlier this year, Henry Leverett (Bainbridge, Georgia) earned a quota in Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol after a fifth-place finish at a World Cup in Beijing, China. He finished second at the Spring Selection Match, but would give up his spot after the achievement.

The Pan American Games will be a critically important match to a pistol program eager to prove itself with a mix of young and proven talent. In search of five Olympic quotas, Team USA will include three-time Olympian Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colorado) competing in Rapid Fire Pistol, 2016 Olympian Jay Shi (Phoenix, Arizona) competing in Men’s Air Pistol, and 2012 Olympians Nick Mowrer (Butte, Montana) and Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Alabama) competing in Men’s Air Pistol and Women’s Sport Pistol respectively.

Joining this veteran squad is two-time Pan Am Games participant Nathalia Tobar (East Northport, New York) competing in both Air and Sport Pistol, Miglena Todorova (Miranda, California) setting her sights on Air Pistol, and 19-year-old Jackson Leverett (Bainbridge, Georgia) competing alongside Sanderson in Rapid Fire Pistol. Todorova and Mowrer will team up together in the Mixed Team Air Pistol event.

Sanderson will be making his first appearance at the Pan American Games since 2007 when he earned silver in the Rio de Janeiro. The 44-year-old has competed in four World Championships and 50 World Cup matches, earning medals in 10 of them.

Mowrer is a 2012 Olympian in the now discontinued event of Free Pistol that will be competing in his third Pan American Games and looking for his first Pan Am medal after previous finishes of fifth, sixth and ninth. He finished fifth at the Championship of the Americas in 2018.  

Shi, Uptagrafft, Tobar and Todorova proudly represent Team USA as naturalized citizens. Shi was born in Beijing, China and finished 18th in Air Pistol at the 2016 Olympic Games. He helped earned his spot to Rio de Janeiro by placing second in the event at the 2015 Pan Am Games and earning the Olympic quota for Team USA.

Uptagrafft was born in Singapore and will be competing in her fifth-straight Pan Am Games, having previously earned gold medals in Sport Pistol in 2003 and 2007 while earning silver in 2011 and 2015 and adding a bronze medal in Air Pistol as well in 2011. She finished third at the Championship of The Americas in 2018 in Sport Pistol.

Tobar competed for the Columbian National Team through 2011 before becoming a U.S. citizen.  She has participated in two previous Pan American Games in 2003 and 2007, earning a bronze medal in Sport Pistol at the 2003 Pan Ams in the Dominican Republic. Her father, Bernardo, is a Columbian shooting legend, having competed in four Olympic Games and finishing sixth in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Todorova competed for Bulgaria as recently as 2006, participating in two World Championships. She finished second at the 2002 World Cup in Milano.

Henry Leverett declining his chance to compete in Peru opens up the chance for his older brother, who finished third at the Spring Selection Match in Rapid Fire Pistol.  Jackson finished 12th at a World Cup event in 2018 and was eighth at Championship of the Americas.

The Pan American Games are the world’s third-largest international multi-sport Games featuring athletes from countries in the Americas. The first Pan Am Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951, and are held every four years. From July 27-August 3, shooting competition will take place at the Las Palmas Air Base. The U.S. Shooting Team earned 13 medals (four gold, six silver, three bronze) at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.

2019 U.S. Pan American Games Pistol Team

Women’s Air Pistol

• Miglena Todorova (Miranda, California)

• Nathalia Tobar (East Northport, New York)

Women’s Sport Pistol

• Nathalia Tobar (East Northport, New York)

• Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Alabama)

Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol

• Jackson Leverett III (Bainbridge, Georgia)

• Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Men’s Air Pistol

• Nick Mowrer (Butte, Montana)

• Jay Shi (Phoenix, Arizona)

Mixed Team Air Pistol

• Miglena Todorva / Nick Mowrer

 *All Pan American Games roster nominations are pending approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee. 

Canik’s Nils Jonasson Wins USSL Multigun Championship Tactical Optics Title

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

DELRAY BEACH, Florida – (JUNE 3, 2019) – Canik, manufacturer of handguns and accessories used around the world and imported to the U.S. exclusively by Century Arms, is excited to announced Nils Jonasson recently won the United Sports Shooting Leagues (USSL) MultiGun Championship, Tactical Optics Division in Boulder City, Nevada. Held in conjunction with this event, Jonasson also placed second in the USSL Grand Championship, Tactical Optics Division.

Jonasson joined Team Canik in May 2019 and these events represent his first national competition shooting the Canik TP9SFx. The USSL MultiGun Championship was a 15-stage match with every stage requiring the use of multiple guns including rifle, shotgun and pistol. The USSL Grand Championship required shooters to compete in five multigun stages, five rifle, five shotgun and five pistol stages. Jonasson used a TP9SFx with factory iron sights on his way to the wins.

Jonasson is a 15-time winner of national and world championship events, one of an elite few that compete in different divisions across many styles of competition shooting, all while maintaining high level finishes.

Canik and Century Arms are proud to support Nils Jonasson and congratulate him on his recent wins.

US Army Marksmanship Unit Celebrates New Service Rifle Record – 1st Ever in History

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Sgt. Benjamin Cleland from Swanton, Ohio set a new National Record by shooting the 1st ever Perfect Score of 800 with a Service Rifle at the 2019 Charlie Smart Memorial Regional in Oak Ridge, Tennessee this weekend.

What a week Sgt Cleland is having. First, he was selected for promotion to the rank of Staff Sergeant and now he obliterates the standing record and shoots the first ever 800!

The Soldiers and Civilians of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit are unbelievably proud of this young Soldier and look forward to a successful 2019 Individual and Team Summer Season for our Service Rifle Team.

In the 4-man Match, USAMU Craig-coached by Sgt. 1st Class Walter Craig led the team consisting of Sgt, 1st Class Brandon Green (not pictured), Staff Sgt. Cody Shields, Sgt. Benjamin Cleland, and Sgt. Lane Ichord to a 1st Place Finish! The team shot a 1980-81x!

Way to go Service Rifle Team!

Story and photos by USAMU.

ZEV Technologies Congratulates K.C. Eusebio’s Latest Wins!

Friday, May 24th, 2019

May, 2019 – ZEV Technologies is proud to announce sponsored competitive shooter K.C. Eusebio won both the Open Division at the 2019 World Speed Shooting Championship and Production Division.

On his way to placing first overall in each division, K.C. used his competition OZ9.

Match- 2019 World Speed Shooting Championships
Location – Talladega, Alabama
Placement – 1st place Open Division, 1st Place Production Division
Equipment – ZEV OZ9 KC Competition Model

K.C. had this to say – “This is another special victory to be able to compete on the world stage with the new KC OZ9. Not only am I able to bring home a win with ZEV Technologies but I’m able to do it with my model in the production division. I truly love competing with my OZ.”

His next match will be in Dunbarton, New Hampshire – June 21-23 at USPSA Area 7

Team SIG’s Max Michel Continues to Dominate in Carry Optics at the 2019 Magnus Cup

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

NEWINGTON, N.H., (May 10, 2019) –SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG Captain, Max Michel for his first-place finish in the Carry Optics Division at the 2019 Magnus Sports Cup held May 1-5, 2019 at the Southern Utah Practical Shooting Range in Washington, Utah. 

“It’s great to see Max continue his win streak in the Carry Optics Division, and do it with the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO3MAX Optic,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer, and Executive Vice President Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc.  “Max was not only the fastest shooter at the Magnus Cup within his division, but one of the most accurate shooters amongst all 450 competitors as well.  His determination to continually better his performance in carry optics, and dedication to his training shows in the results, and his continued wins for Team SIG.”

To claim his first place finish at the 2019 Magnus Sports Cup, Max competed through 17 courses of fire using his P320X5, the soon to be released ROMEO3MAX open reflex sight, and SIG SAUER 9mm, 147 grain, Match Elite Competition Ammunition. 

“This was the first ever Magnus Cup and it did not disappoint.  The match challenged all of the physical and technical skills an IPSC shooter would need to possess in order to be at the top of their game,” added Michel.  “My gear ran perfectly.  The SIG Match Elite Ammunition was extremely accurate, and my ROMEO3MAX optic continues to turn heads because of my performance, and my P320X5 ran beautifully.  I’m really proud to say that everything that helped me take first in the Carry Optics Division was a SIG SAUER product.”

The soon to be released ROMEO3MAX is a compact, open reflex sight featuring a 30mm Max round lens design for superior field-of-view, a special red-notch filter for a vivid red dot and unrivaled optical clarity, 6 MOA dot size for rapid target engagement, twelve illumination intensity levels, MOTAC activation, and up to 20,000 hours of runtime.  The sight is machined from aircraft grade aluminum in a matte black finish, with a side-loading battery tray, and waterproof (IPX-7 rated).

The SIG SAUER Match Elite Pistol Competition Ammunition used by Max Michel at the 2019 Magnus Sport Cup is available for purchase at