Jay Schmitt has served as a uniformed police officer for the City of Minneapolis for eighteen years and as firearms instructor for the department’s range. Certified through the Sig Sauer Academy, he regularly assists in teaching department handgun, patrol rifle and shotgun. As an active 3-Gun shooter, Jay is able to bring a great deal of information to his LE training, leaving no stone (or unique shooting position) unturned.
Along with fellow JP shooters Brian Payne, Jomar Villamor, Chris Cazin and others, Jay started the MN 3 Gun Group to keep the sport alive after an unfortunate range closure. With the support of JP Enterprises, this group has been very successful. 3-Gun participation has grown exponentially in the North Star State along with the rest of the US.
Jay has shot many matches over the years, starting with the DPMS Tri-Gun Challenge of old, his first ever 3-Gun. His first major 3-Gun win was the Blue Ridge Mountain 3-Gun in 2012, a major victory after numerous 2nd and 3rd place finishes. The Ozarks, Blue Ridge and Rocky Mountain rank as his favorite shooting locales.
The 2014 JP Enterprises Rocky Mountain 3-Gun World Shoot marks what Jay calls “the match of his life,” thanks to his win in the Limited Division. Target engagements for all three guns at this match were exceedingly challenging. With fifteen stages to shoot over five days, he racked up only three penalties for a total of 25 seconds. This was instrumental to his success, along with good, quick rifle hits, including a one-shot hit at 550 yards with his 1x dot.
Jay also won Limited at the 2015 Missouri 3-Gun Championships with fellow MN3GG team shooters Jomar Villamor winning Heavy Metal and Chris Cazin winning Heavy Optics, all with JP rifles.
Currently, Jay shoots Tac Iron/Limited Division using a Leupold Prismatic on his JP CTR-02. He also shoots a Benelli M1 shotgun and a CZ SP01 handgun for 3-Gun matches.
Check out the MN3GunGroup Facebook Page for local Minnesota 3-gun matches and information.
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