The 2019 Sig Sauer World Speed Shooting Championship just took place in mid-May. This is a competition that routinely attracts a high caliber of competitive shooters, and is nicknamed the “Steel Challenge.”
Taking place at the CMP Marksmanship Park in Anniston, AL, this event accepts shooters as young as ten-years-old to show off their skills. Over events from May 15-19, many different competitors from all over the country got to do just that, but it was one specific person that showed exceptional speed once again this year.
A Shooter Like No Other
One of the best competitors at the event is clearly Max Michel. He actually set not one, but two world speed shooting records this time around in the competition over a four-day span of shooting excellence. People look forward to watching him be a part of this sport each year.
He managed to complete the Roundabout stage in just 7.17 seconds. Another of the records he smashed was the Smoke and Hope stage in just 7.29 seconds. To complete the challenge, he used the Sig Sauer P320 X5 9mm and the Sig Sauer open reflex sight, called the ROMEO 3Max.
Max Michel is a Busy Man
Max Michel is one of the top competitive shooters in the world today. He runs his own training camp called the Max Michel Training Academy in New Iberia, Louisiana — his home state. Currently, he is the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Champion, and has a considerable number of world speed records under his belt. He is the only “action shooter” to have a record in the Guinness Book of World Records currently.
It’s also his partnership with Sig Sauer that allows Max to oversee the company’s involvement in the competitive shooting market. That includes matching up other competitive shooters with sponsors, and being an overall representative for the brand.
His love of shooting dates back to when he started in the sport at the age of ten in 1991. The competitive edge was given to him by his father when he started entering him into Practical Shooting competitions. As a junior shooter, he was already smashing records that most kids his age couldn’t even touch.
A Military Career With Honor
In 1999, the Army took notice and recruited Max to USAMU’s Action Pistol Team. That begin a ten-year career in the armed services where he was a shooter and trainer. With his knowledge and experience over the years, he was able to develop programs that boosted combat readiness among his troops, including a training program that is used for the most elite of soldiers.
It’s hard to say how many additional records Max will go on to set, but considering that he’s only 37-years-old, he has a long career of competitive shooting ahead of him. Next up, you can see him compete in the 2019 IPSC World Shoot XVII that will take place in France this August.