The Max Michel BB Pistol from SIG SAUER

SIG 1911 Max Michel

SIG SAUER announced a 1911 style BB pistol that is modeled after the 1911 Max handgun used by Max Michel Jr. Michel is the captain of the company’s competition team: Team SIG. Michel is also a World Speed Shooting Champion and served in the US Army as part of the Army Marksmanship Unit.

The 1911 Max Michel BB Pistol has the same weight and size of a SIG 1911 Max pistol and will fit existing 1911 holsters. According to the company, the controls are the same and the slide functions as it would on a centerfire pistol. In addition to potentially being a fun gun, it looks as if the company set up this BB gun to be a training tool as well.

“Many people don’t have the time, opportunity or finances to train as much as they should,” said Michel. “The 1911 Max Michel BB Pistol gives you the flexibility to train anywhere, anytime with measurable results. Dry fire training is always recommended, but can be boring and sometimes misleading. This is a great way for those who typically shoot a 1911-style pistol to work on accuracy, speed and drawing from concealment.”

These air pistols run on 12g cartridges and, depending on temperature and altitude, can throw a .177 caliber projectile up to 410 fps. The gun’s magazine holds 16 BBs. These BB guns carry a suggested retail price of $110.99.

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  • This is certainly an odd product to release a month after disbanding Team SIG. “Hey guys– you’re fired! We’re still puttin’ your team captain’s name on the side of a new BB gun, though.”

  • Terje

    Didn’t Dan Bedell from Bedell Custom actually make all of Max’s competition pistols? Sig just emblazoned their name on the side of pistols after getting them back from Bedell Custom. Dan makes some fine competition pistols.

  • spencer60

    This just shows how out of the blue the whole thing about disbanding the team was…

  • Cymond

    Interesting. I am looking for a realistic BB gun. We’re buying our first house. We have neighbors and the backyard is about 1/4 acre, so a suppressed 22 is not an option.

  • Karl Vanhooten

    Why are BB guns designed to resemble real guns? Haven’t we already had enough problems with criminals and felons buying cheap $100 BB guns to use in crimes? Haven’t enough youths been killed flashing or playing with BB guns that are mistaken for real guns by police? Air guns need to be designed to clearly identify them from real guns. If you just want to plink in your back yard, why does your gun have to “look” like the real thing?