We had the good fortune of connecting with Max Michel, Jr. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Max, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I’m from New Orleans, LA and in the south, shooting is a way of life. My Father was always involved in firearms but mostly just casual range days once or twice a month. However, once he found competitive shooting it quickly became a passion of his and when I was old enough, we began shooting together 4 days per week (2 training days and 2 match days) as well as dry fire, cleaning guns, loading ammo, and preparing for the next event. Therefore, from the time I was just 8 or 9 years old, I was competing and doing all I could to become the fastest man in the World with a handgun. The time and effort over the past 30 years have paid off as I have reached all of my goals and continue to find ways to stay at the top of the game while coaching many others.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m currently one of the most winningest Action Pistol Shooters in the history of my sport. It wasn’t easy but it’s always been a passion of mine to shoot since I was just 5 years old. Someone once told me, “find something you love doing and never work a day in your life”. I took that to heart and followed my passion of the shooting sports and was fortunate enough to be a part of the US Army Marksmanship Unit from 1999-2009. During that time I was able to set several world records and win multiple National/World shooting titles. But more importantly, I was able to grow as a person. I learned so much from some amazing leaders that molded me into the man I am today. My Father helped me realize my potential and then push me toward those who could take me to the next level. I am forever grateful for all of them. After 10 years on the US Army Shooting Team, I was blessed to receive several offers to join some high end gun companies and open my own business as a full time shooting pro, instructor and industry consultant. I chose to work with SIG SAUER back in 2008 just before I left the service and it was truly the best decision of my life. I wanted to be a part of the company for who they were, what they stood for and more importantly, the people behind the product. Over the past 13-14 years the company has exploded and I couldn’t be happier with my role within SIG SAUER. I not only shoot matches to help promote their products but I also am very involved within their Shooting Academy as a trainer and I really enjoy helping develop new products and co-branding products together such as the SIG SAUER P320MAX and Romeo3MAX Optic.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The city of New Orleans is obviously a very special place that most have visited. If you haven’t, you totally should! It’s full of culture and rich in history. You can’t beat the food but the people are great and truly know how to have a good time. The French Quarter is a cool place to see, Jackson Square among many other spots but If you’re looking for something more low key, the World War II Museum is pretty incredible along with NBA/NFL or college sporting events.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Over the years I have trained and worked with so many that have helped me get to where I am today. That said, I made it a point to create a circle of folks around me that were like minded in wanting more out of life… whether it was business, sports, or anything at all. It was critical to my success to have these and continue to have a small group around me that want to reach the top together. That said, there is no ceiling to our potential, we just reach the goal and set a new one… Never Settle.