Exeter, N.H. September 4, 2011 — Team SIG SAUER Captain Max Michel, Jr., brought his United States Practical Shooting Association regular season to close this weekend with a second-place finish at the Area 8 Championship in Fredericksburg, Va.

Competitors came into the match concerned about the range conditions in the aftermath of last week’s hurricane Irene.

“Luckily, the brunt of the storm missed the range,” Michel said. “Jeff Salzberg and his staff made sure all the facilities and stages were in great shape.”

The courses also ran on the large side, requiring a good deal of movement from competitors. With a fairly moderate round count, the challenge was on movement between shooting positions.

“The stage designers definitely put the “run” in “run and gun” with these stages,” Michel said. “This really put a premium on my footwork as well as how I planned out each stage.”

Michel finished with 1174.5309, just 4.51 percentage points behind the winner.

Michel now turns his attention to the USPSA Open Nationals, to be held Sept. 15-21 in Las Vegas. After that, Michel finalizes his preparation for the International Practical Shooting Confederation’s World Shoot XVI. Michel will be representing the United States as a member of the Open Division team. The match will be held in Rhodes, Greece, in late September.

“The World Shoot has been in the back of my mind all year, guiding my physical and mental training,” Michel said. “I can’t wait to get back to Greece and represent my country once again.”

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About Max Michel, Jr.

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), three U.S. Steel National Championships (2011, 2009 and 2008), 37 USPSA Area Championships, and nearly 100 Major Championship wins, Max Michel, Jr., 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.

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: 2008 certified company with over 450 employees. For more information on SIG SAUER®, any of its products, or the SIG SAUER Academy®, log on to www.sigsauer.com.

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