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Max Michel Training Academy

Max Michel Gives Back To The Youth At His Junior Clinics In Georgia and Idaho

Michel uses his position within the competitive shooting world to give back to worthy organizations that are near and dear to his heart. As a young junior shooter, Michel was extremely passionate about the sport, but didn’t have many people his same age with which to share it with. While he enjoyed being around the “older crowd” for their insights and wisdom, he was always searching for that peer to whom he could relate.

Max Michael Is Dedicated To The Sport

Once Michel reached a point in his career where he could help others, he wanted to give back to the sport and create the environment he longed for in his youth. In the early 2000s, Michel created the Max Michel Junior Clinic near his home in Ft. Benning, GA. MGM Targets stepped up within a few years and offered their support and people for the Clinic. They now produce and manage the event in Parma, ID where Michel continues to be a lead instructor at the camp every year.

Whether it’s on the field, in front of a camera, or on the range with future shooters, Michel has made the sport of competitive shooting his life.

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Max Michel’s Experience Makes Him One Of The Top Trainers In The World!

With a background like this, it is not hard to see how Michel has become one of the best shooters in the world. With five World Speed Shooting Championships (2014, 2013, 2009, 2007 and 2005), seven USPSA National Championships (2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005 and 2004), four US Steel National Championships (2014, 2011, 2009 and 2008), nearly 50 USPSA Area Championships, and over 100 Major Championship wins, Michel has become a dominant force in the pistol shooting sports in. 

Sig Sauer Academy Rifle TrainingMichel 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 five International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Shoots and returned home each time with team gold medals. He will again represent the nation in Frostproof, FL at the 2014 World Shoot and anchor the USA’s Open Division team. 

Max Michel Is A World Class Shooter

Currently, Michel is featured on the high-profile, prime time television show, Hot Shots on the Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American Sportsman. Hot Shots, Presented By Cheaper Than Dirt, is a documentary-style television series that offers behind-the-scenes access to three of the greatest shooters in the world as they prepare for and compete in the most prestigious events in shooting. 

The series stars The Louisiana Legend, Jerry Miculek, who’s widely considered the greatest all-around shooter in history; world champion Max Michel, a seven-time USPSA national champion and five-time World Speed Shooting champion who’s currently the most dominant pistol shooter alive; and 3-Gun champion Clint Upchurch, the only pro shooter sponsored by iconic firearms manufacturer Colt. The series was created by multiple Emmy winning producer Brian Speciale, whose track record of success in outdoor television includes four seasons as host and producer of Outdoor Channel’s Impossible Shots. 

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Max Michel Helps SIG Sauer Develop Competitive Gun Offerings

Born on December 15, 1981, Max Michel was raised in New Orleans, LA. Growing up he enjoyed many sports, but it was in 1991 that he discovered his passion for shooting when his father introduced him to the competitive sport of Practical Shooting. In the years that followed, Michel proceeded to shatter most of the records held by the top juniors in the nation. It was at this point that the famed US Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) took notice. 

Max MichelBased at Ft. Benning in Georgia, the USAMU is renowned for taking young shooters developing them into National and World Champions in a variety of disciplines. Michel’s prominence in the Practical Shooting arena made him a top recruit for the USAMU’s Action Pistol Team and in 1999 he began his career as an Army shooter and trainer. 

During his 10 year US Army career, Staff Sergeant Michel’s duties included serving as the Military Coach of the Action Pistol Team. He was responsible through his training programs for insuring the combat readiness of soldiers fighting the Global War on Terrorism. Utilizing his vast competitive shooting experience, Michel developed one of the most dynamic training programs for today’s soldier and elite warrior. 

Today, Michel is involved with several key segments of the SIG Sauer business, as well as many of his other partners. In addition to competing in shooting events, such as USPSA and Steel Challenge as the SIG Sauer Team Captain, Michel manages SIG Sauer’s involvement in the competitive shooting market. 

These efforts include working with other shooters, match sponsorships and co-marketing efforts. Michel also works with SIG Sauer’s Product Managers to further strengthen SIG Sauer’s competitive gun offerings and teaches select shooting courses at the SIG Sauer Academy™ as a member of their prestigious group of highly experienced instructors. 

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