The SIG SAUER Academy will play host to the world’s best practical pistol shooters vying for the United States Practical Shooting Association Area 7 title, starting on September 12 at the Epping, NH facility.
More than 300 competitors will safely fire a minimum of 125,000 rounds of ammunition in six divisions to see who can best balance speed and accuracy. USPSA matches challenge competitors to find the most efficient way to shoot a series of targets accurately and on the clock. Fractions of a second can determine who wins and who loses.
“The SIG SAUER Academy is a big believer in the benefits of competition,” said Adam Painchaud, Director of the SIG SAUER Academy. “Any time spent practicing marksmanship and firearms safety is time well-spent.”
Multiple-time world champion and Team SIG SAUER captain Max Michel Jr. will compete in the match, seeking yet another addition to his already impressive resume. Michel is the only person ever to win all eight Area Championships in a single season.
It’s not just professionals seeking titles, however. “The majority of the field is made up of average citizens who enjoy shooting sports as a hobby,” Painchaud said. “Our sport is one of the few where the professionals are paired up with accountants, homemakers, high school students and retirees. It’s a great activity for the entire family.”
USPSA matches are divided into classifications, based on ability, so that new shooters compete against people of similar skill levels. As they improve, they can move up in the ranks. Unlike many sports, not only do the hobbyists compete with the pros, but the pros are always willing to offer advice or coaching tips along the way.
The match begins on Thursday, September 12 and wraps up on Sunday, September 15. Spectators are welcomed, but they must bring their own hearing and eye protection.
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