EXETER, N.H. (March 23, 2011) — SIG SAUER, Inc., the leading manufacturer of commercial, law enforcement and military firearms, is pleased to introduce the 2011 Team SIG SAUER® competitive shooting team, led by Team Captain Max Michel, Jr.
The 2011 team features some returning shooters and welcomes two new faces to the squad. The team’s main disciplines will be United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) action pistol, 3-gun and Steel Challenge events.
By anyone’s account, Max Michel, Jr. is one of the best shooters in the world. With three World Speed Shooting Championships (2009, 2007 and 2005), five USPSA National Championships (2009, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004), two U.S. Steel National Championships (2009 and 2008), 37 USPSA Area Championships, and nearly 100 Major Championship wins, Michel has become a dominant force in the pistol shooting sports. Michel also owns multiple World Speed Shooting records and is also the only action shooter to win all eight 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 has 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.
A Michigan native, Matt Cheely graduated from the Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors degree in Product Design and Development. When not competing for Team SIG SAUER, Cheely works as a Diesel Engine Performance Engineer for Detroit Diesel. Cheely has been competing for the past five years in USPSA National Championships and has garnered multiple Top 10 National finishes. Cheely has also won several major IPSC matches in Canada, and is a three division Grand Master (GM) in Production, Limited and Limited 10.
Rodney May started his shooting career as a hobby while working as a Nuclear Technician. Impressed by his shooting skills, he was approached in 2003 by Mid-South Institute of Self-Defense Shooting to join their ranks. For the past eight years he has served as a Firearms Instructor, teaching Navy SEALS, Army Special Forces and various Federal Agencies. May specializes in 3-Gun competitions and recently won the Alabama Match Overall Limited and placed second in Production at the USPSA Area 6 Championships. May is a Grand Master Production Shooter and is in the process of becoming a Grand Master Limited Shooter.
New to Team SIG SAUER, Kepa Zubizareta currently works for a medium-sized police department in the northwest as a patrol officer. He has been shooting all of his life and started shooting competitively in 2005. Since then he has risen to Master Class in both Limited and Production Divisions, and holds several state Championships in both USPSA and IDPA in Idaho, Utah, Missouri and Nevada. He has finished in the top 16 at the USPSA Nationals, and has won the Gold Medal at the Western States Police and Fire Games for Individual Handgun Competition. He recently won the USSA Pro-Am amateur division title and finished this year’s match with a stage win in the Pro division. He has traveled across the country each year for numerous USPSA matches and looks to expand his competition to include
3-Gun and IDPA matches.
New to Team SIG SAUER, Petros “Pete” Milionis is a Chicago Police Officer with more than 14 years of experience, including serving as the primary firearms/carbine instructor for the S.W.A.T. team for the past 10 years. Milionis was also a full-time operational member of the team, serving as an element leader in the execution of Hostage Rescue/Barricaded Subjects and High Risk Search Warrants. He currently serves as a subject matter expert and lead instructor for the U.S. State Department Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program in the training of high-threat protection details responsible for the protection of national leaders. Milionis has been competitive in USPSA for the past decade, earning the classification of Grand Master. He has won numerous championship titles, including being the four-time Steel Challenge IDPA World Champion and two-time Steel Challenge IDPA National Champion, as well as High Law Enforcement USPSA National Champion.
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About SIG SAUER, Inc.
Headquartered in Exeter, New Hampshire, SIG SAUER, Inc is an ISO 9001 certified company with over 385 employees. It 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. For more information on SIG SAUER, its products, or the SIG SAUER Academy, log on to www.sigsauer.com.