Kyle Schmidt

Kyle has experience in both law enforcement and competitive shooting. He spent several years as a patrol officer, S.W.A.T. team member, and firearms instructor. In the realm of competition, he's won multiple championships, notably a 2010 NRA Bianchi Cup .

Recent Posts

First Responder Realities

Posted by Kyle Schmidt

Nov 2, 2018 1:00:00 PM

No doubt - there are more frequent reports of criminals attacking citizens. It has become more commonplace at big events or where large groups of people gather together. These environments make easy targets for the criminals.

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No Shortcuts Taken With the Springfield Armory®  SAINT™ SBR

Posted by Kyle Schmidt

Sep 7, 2018 1:00:00 PM

I really like to shoot the Springfield Armory® SAINT™ Rifles. The guns have such incredible versatility, are easy to shoot and have a wide array of applications; from competition and hunting, to self-defense, law enforcement and even military.

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Topics: Range Life

Priority One With A New Concealed Carry Gun

Posted by Kyle Schmidt

Aug 10, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Recently I had the chance to field test the new Springfield Armory® 9mm XD-S Mod.2®. I was pretty excited when I received the gun, as my 9mm XD-S® is already my go-to concealment gun. After checking out some of the cool new features, like the extended grip safety, the improved grip profile and the Pro-Glo Tritium sights, I immediately took the gun to the range.

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Shooting Tips - Dry Fire Practice With Lasers - Part I

Posted by Kyle Schmidt

Aug 3, 2018 3:46:39 PM

Although some people seem to disagree on whether or not a laser on a pistol is a “good” aiming device for self-defense shooting. One thing about them is undeniable; Lasers are a great training tool.

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Topics: Range Life, Everyday Carry

Have an edge at your next rifle match

Posted by Kyle Schmidt

May 15, 2018 1:00:00 PM

 

One of the greatest benefits about writing these blogs and being involved with Springfield Armory® is that occasionally they will send new products to experiment with before they are released. Normally this process is relatively secretive - if a product has not been released, it CAN'T be shown to the general public.

Also, the secret product may not be in the final stage of development. I have a lot of respect for this process and I'm very careful to make sure I don’t do anything to violate their trust. 

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Topics: Competitive Shooting

Springfield's Newest SAINT™ Rifle Features

Posted by Kyle Schmidt

Jun 12, 2017 10:25:01 AM

Although a stock SAINT™ rifle is perfect for the vast majority of gun owners, there are many who understand and appreciate the value of some slight - but significant - modifications. One of my main uses of the SAINT™ rifle is for competition. Generally speaking, in multi-gun events, the match directors try to test the shooter in a wide array of shooting challenges. Some are challenges of speed, some are of manipulation and some are accuracy-intensive.

There are a few essential modifications that I like to make to my rifles, and I'm happy to see that two of these modifications are now standard in the new SAINT™ rifle.

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Topics: Range Life

Concealment Considerations: Choosing Your Carry Method

Posted by Kyle Schmidt

Jul 13, 2016 2:21:25 PM

Choosing how to carry your concealed pistol is kind of like choosing a favorite movie. There are certainly a number of movies that could be your favorite and many reasons why you might pick that movie. Your buddy also has a favorite and can tell you all the reasons that his movie is better than yours.

This is exactly how the discussion on the best way to carry a concealed pistol goes. Person A likes this or that, while Person B does not agree with Person A’s logic and prefers something completely different. 

Carrying your pistol concealed is definitely not a one-size-fits-all decision.

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Topics: Everyday Carry

A Beginner's Guide to Choosing Pistol Ammo

Posted by Kyle Schmidt

Jun 29, 2016 11:53:11 AM

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

The authors of the Declaration of Independence were brilliant. The wording they used was so profound that it still has a tremendous impact on our lives today.

Sure, all people were created equal - but when it comes to ammunition, not so much.

THE AMMUNITION SPREAD

As a newer shooter, choosing ammunition can be a daunting task. Full-metal jacket, ball, hollow point, wad cutter, round nose, flat point, plated, coated and the list goes on. These terms can seem pretty overwhelming, and these are just common types of pistol bullets.

So, how is a new shooter supposed to know what kind of ammunition to buy?
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Topics: Range Life

Anatomy of the Competition Draw: The Race Holster

Posted by Kyle Schmidt

May 2, 2016 12:08:02 PM

In competition mode, speed and accuracy in every aspect are paramount.  

The competition holster undeniably provides the shooter with the best opportunity for drawing the gun out of the holster and onto the target in the least amount of time. Essentially, the single most important benefit of using a competition holster is consistency. And also speed. And then there's the flexibility. Well... you get the idea. There are a lot of benefits.

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Topics: Range Life, Competitive Shooting

Home-Defense Hero: XD-S® 3.3" with Crimson Trace® Laserguard®, Part I

Posted by Kyle Schmidt

Jan 14, 2016 4:24:11 PM

It’s 2016, and a new shooting season is again upon us.

January always means a few things to me: Bianchi practice, new gun products and SHOT Show. I always look forward to the start of a new year - pulling out my Bianchi guns, setting up my first Bianchi practice match and heading to SHOT to see what’s new and cool. 

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Topics: Everyday Carry


Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.

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