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Meet the Team of Firearm Product Innovation Consultants

Bachstein Consulting has been a driving factor in developing firearm technology for over a decade. We are proud to support the American citizens, Law Enforcement, and Military Professionals who protect our way of life.  We are a small business registered in the state of New Hampshire.


Kyle J Bachstein, President

Kyle graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Military Studies. He also studied Systems Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. While working for the US Army as a Lead Test Officer, Kyle validated new products before soldiers carried them into combat. This includes sniper rifles, grenade launchers, ammunition, and optics. This mission is carried through into all projects, ensuring every product is ready for battle. Kyle led Engineering Research and Development efforts at Sig Sauer, winning contracts with customers such as the US Army, USSOCOM, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies. Currently, he leads the BC team in developing new products for commercial and military markets. BC participates as a Sub-Contractor on a number of US Army efforts related to new firearms technologies

Kathryn Hack, Chief of Engineering

Kathryn graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Applied Mathematics. She started her career at Sig Sauer where she was a member of the Special Weapons Development Group, winning contract awards with her products designed for military applications. She holds patents for design work on both handguns and rifles, for multiple companies in the firearms industry. Her experience in Quality Assurance is invaluable in writing processes and procedures for Quality Management Systems. Kathryn ensures open communication with our vendors, leading to high quality parts in all our products. Kathryn has also trained inspectors in GD&T and written inspection reports and processes.

Kathryn is a Certified ASME GD&T Professional

Jesse Carr, Lead Pistol Engineer

With more than 16 years of experience in the firearms industry, Jesse has designed firearms for some of the world’s foremost manufacturers. He holds several patents for firearm designs and has been the lead engineer on pistols, suppressors, and rifles for US and foreign military, law enforcement, and commercial end users. His commitment to excellence and passion for the defense industry drives robust and innovative designs that set the industry standard. Jesse has his bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from UNH with a focus on fluid dynamics.

Mike Guttridge, Engineer

Early in his career, Mike spent a decade in the construction industry with a mechanical plumbing firm that focused primarily on large municipal projects. Pivoting to the firearms industry in 2016, Mike utilized his existing technical background and quickly established himself as a capable designer and product manager. In his role as Director of Product Management for a rapidly growing firearms company, he managed development of a complete pistol product line. Now based in Boise, Mike focuses his passion for firearms on supporting the industry as an engineer with a focus on industrial design, manufacturability, and end user acceptance.

John Meehan, Engineer

John Meehan started his design experience outside of the firearms industry, working for BAE Systems, where he worked closely with vendors on FAI, working through non-compliant issues and overall quality control. After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, John was a founding member of the Special Weapons Development Group at Sig Sauer. This group was responsible for expanding Sig’s portfolio of firearms, by designing of new products to target Law Enforcement and Military contracts. John then spent time working at Caracal UAE and Desert Tech, where he held the role of Engineering Manager. He managed the design and production of new platforms. Before joining Bachstein Consulting, John held the role of Director of Engineering at Dasan USA. John was responsible for coordinating engineering efforts between new customers and their suppliers. He was also tasked with establishing the Quality Management System to increase efficiency and decrease scrap costs. John’s decades of experience bring the unique ability to support our customers at all phases from concept to production

Pat Sherwood, Business Development

Pat has many years of experience in the firearms industry including retail sales, testing, prototyping and project management. Pat has been active in shooting sports for over 20 years. Pat’s passion in shooting sports is long range precision and he has experience shooting out to 1000 yards. Pat graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in management.