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Team SIG Captain Max Michel Continues Award-Winning Streak at U.S. Steel National Championship

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Newington, N.H. (April 5, 2018) – SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG Captain, Max Michel, on continuing his award-winning 2018 competitive shooting season at the U.S. Steel National Championship. Michel took home the grand prize of overall Main Match National Champion at the 2018 U.S. Steel National Championship in Covington, Georgia, March 28th through the 31st. Additionally Michel took second place in the carry optics division, and third place in the rimfire division.

To claim the 2018 National Championship title Michel completed eight courses of fire, with five steel targets ranging in size and distances, in 78.28 seconds using a 9mm SIG SAUER 1911 outfitted with a SIG ROMEO3 optic. “With limited time to train for this event I decided to enter into three divisions. I felt shooting in the rimfire and carry optics divisions gave me the opportunity to get into the match mindset leading up to the overall main event,” said Max Michel on his 2018 U.S. Steel National Championship performance. “My strategy proved to be effective. While my score in the overall event wasn’t my fastest, I was very happy with the way I battled mentally to bring this title to SIG SAUER.”

The 2018 title is Michel’s sixth overall main match U.S. Steel National Championship title. Team SIG Captain Michel also owns seven World Speed Shooting Championships, and is the “most-winning” action shooter in steel challenge history. “We are extremely proud of Team SIG Captain Max Michel and his accomplishments. His commitment to his sport is exemplary of the SIG SAUER brand and our mission – to never settle for our past successes. Together, Max and SIG SAUER will continue to set the bar in both sport and industry,” added Tom Taylor, chief marketing officer and executive vice president, SIG SAUER, Inc.

Team SIG Captain Max Michel will compete next at the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Area 6 Championship in the carry optics division in Okeechobee, Florida from the 13th through the 15th of April, 2018.

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SHOT Show 17 – SIG 1911 Max

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

During SIG SAUER’s Media Range Day, I got a chance to check to out the 1911 Max, a signature version of the 1911A1 for Team SIG’s Captain, pro-shooter and Guinness World Record holder Max Michel, Jr.

Offered in .40 S&W as well as the more traditional .45 Auto, this full size 1911 features a stainless steel frame and Nitron finish slide. These are built in the SIG Custom Shop where they install a Koenig Speed Hammer, EGW sear ans firing pin and a Dawson diver optic front sight and adjustable rear. It also incorporates a flat trigger and competition magwell along with Hogue custom G-10 Chainlink grips featuring Max Michel’s logo.

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SIG SAUER Pro Shooter Max Michel Establishes New Guinness World Record

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Last Fall I was asked by SIG SAUER to witness pro shooter Max Michel’s establishment of a new Guinness World Record at SIG Academy, near Exeter, New Hampshire. Max’s effort resulted in a new category for action-pistol shooting, with the fastest speed for hitting six target plates with a 9mm handgun. Despite it being a cold day, Max did it in 2.05 seconds as his best time in three attempts. Below, you can see him getting his head in the game with numerous dry runs.

Max Michel accomplished this feat with his full-size SIG SAUER P320 in 9mm topped with a ROMEO3 mini reflex sight, ran with SIG SAUER Elite Performance Ammunition. Interestingly, the P320 comes equipped with a ROMEO1, but Max prefers the ROMEO3.

Born and bred in Louisiana, Max Michel is a very fascinating guy. Although he served for many years in the Army Marksmanship Unit, Max has been shooting since he was a kid. In fact, he told me that he started out cleaning plates just like in the Guinness World Record and related that it was a fitting challenge, bringing him back full circle to where he started.


“Since he began shooting at 5 years old, Max has won numerous world, national and regional titles in a variety of shooting sports disciplines,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales. “While Max’s skill and proficiency with a pistol is well known in the shooting sports world, his latest performance transcends the competitive arena and places it squarely in the public domain. There are many great shooters out there, but a Guinness World Record title adds documented validity and notoriety, elevating Max’s credentials to an even higher level of distinction.”

Max successfully engaged an official Action Target plate rack consisting of six adjacent shooting plates measuring 8 inches in diameter at a distance of 7 meters. Under the guidelines of Guinness World Records, Michel was given three attempts in which to set the world record. Witnessed by an approved Guinness World Records judge and verified by two experienced timekeepers, Michel’s attempt was also photographed and recorded on video which will be available soon from RecoilTV.

“Growing up, I remember seeing the Guinness Book of World Records and wanting to be a part of it,” said Michel. “To receive its stamp of approval and to be recognized by your peers is one of the biggest honors I could imagine. Now, after finally having the chance to achieve a world record, I consider it to be one of the major highlights in my 25 years of competitive shooting.” Michel continued, “Perhaps one of the biggest joys I’ve experienced since setting the Guinness World Record has been the feedback I’ve received from my kids. For years I’ve been telling them about certain matches, how I performed and what it meant to me, but to see their reaction when I showed them the certificate from Guinness was truly unbelievable. I’m extremely blessed to have this opportunity and I look forward to seeing how my fellow competitors and recreational shooters respond to this new challenge. I hope it encourages them to set their own records as I will certainly be ready to match their performance whenever the time comes.”

Here you can see Guinness official Jimmy Coggins presenting Max Michel his official certificate for his World Record.

As you can imagine, Max is proud of his accomplishment. It’s not only good for him, and SIG, but also for shooting sports. Consider that shooters all around the world will be vying to beat his record. Now that we’ve heard about his accomplishment, let’s see it.

As you can see, Max Michel is definitely fast. Maybe you’re faster. Look for details soon on how you can take on Max’s Guinness World Record.

Also on hand to capture the event was RecoilTV. To watch the full documentary of Max Michel’s world record performance, visit