TLP 258 - THE AK KORNER Part 2: AK-47 Parts & Components

TLP 258 - THE AK KORNER Part 2: AK-47 Parts & Components


Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast's AK Korner presented by Pioneer Arms Corp!  In Part 1 of the AK Korner we hit you with the history of the AK-47 rifle. In our Part 2 episode we will disassemble the AK-47 and break down the componentsLefty's and Shwell's special guest expert is Vincent (Vince) Buckles of Mesa Kinetic Research LLC. 

In addition to schooling us on the parts that make up an AK-47 Vince gives us a lesson on Cast and Forged parts and the characteristics of each.  He teaches us the difference between Milled and Stamped receivers.  Vince also answers some questions sent in by our Lead Head listeners.

All of this and...the first 2 recipients of the Pioneer Arms Corps' firearms are announced.  Was it you?  You will have to listen to find out!

TLP 257-Red White & Mindy Robinson!

TLP 257-Red White & Mindy Robinson!


Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast Lead Heads!  Hold on to your seats for an action-packed, full-speed-ahead, no-holds-barred episode with Mike Sodini (Eagle Imports Inc.) and the sensational Mindy Robinson!  Actress, Patriotic Blogger, Host of Red White and F You! Mindy brings an amazing energy to this week's episode talking about her charmed Hollywood career, unbelievable dealings with extreme liberal fanatics, her candidates for the Talking Lead Jackwagon Train, new Facts To Fight The Myths and lots more!

The Talking Lead Jackwagon Train

This week's culprits include the liberal Facebook page and all their followers Occupied Democrats, liberal feminist that DOX conservatives,  Senator Bill Nelson and his stance on 3D printed guns, Peter Fonda and his encouragement for voter fraud and the teacher that expelled a student for wearing an NRA t-shirt!  To counter all this "Jackwagonness" a hero with a gun stops a mass murder during a back-to-school event attended by over 150 people in Florida.

Mindy in the Movies

Coming to a theater near you! Mindy talks about how she serendipitously got a boost into the movie biz.  Her first film experiences and her latest projects.  We talk about The hilarious Mat Best movie Range 15 directed by Ross Patterson.  In her most recent film, Roe V Wade,  Mindy talks about the major misconceptions that people associate with the Roe V Wade case.  Mindy talks in detail about her character, Ellen Mccormack,  one of the first female candidates for president, and some of her on-set antics with cast members like Jon Voight, Jamie Kennedy, William Forsythe, and John Schneider.

Facts To Fight The Myths & 10 Watches For 10 Vets

Mindy hits us with some new Talking Lead Facts To Fight The Myths specifically related to Hollywood.  We continue the Taking Lead/Defi Watches 10 Watches For 10 Vets campaign by presenting our military, law enforcement & first responders with Defi Watches.  2 more watches get presented to 2 more deserving Veterans!

TLP 256 - Schotzy, Benchmade Knives & Boston

TLP 256 - Schotzy, Benchmade Knives & Boston


Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast episode 256!  This episode Lefty and his guests, Bill and Goody, talk about their recent trip to Massachusetts honoring the memory of Federal Agent Chris Schoppmeyer. We also have Brian Montgomery with Benchmade Knives join us to talk about a few of their new offerings.  And it wouldn't be a complete show without the Gunny dropping in with the Talking Lead Jackwagon Train to haul off a new group of Jackwagons!  More giveaways for our Defi Watches 10 Watches for 10 Vets campaign!


Christian “Chris” Schoppmeyer was many things to many people, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a federal marine law enforcement agent, a member of FLEOA, active in his town’s politics, and a volunteer who helped many kids learn to love and respect the outdoors.

Chris was dedicated to his career, but first and foremost he was a family man. He loved fishing with his son Travis, 33, hunting with his daughter Erin, 27, walking with his golden retriever Shadow, going to baseball games, spending time as “Pop-pop” with his grandchildren, and sharing his life with Terri, his wife, along with his many other family members and friends.

Benchmade Knives

Also during the trip and dedication events honoring Chris, we run into Brian with Benchmade Knives.  Brian does not disappoint when he makes an appearance on the show.  We talk about the newest line of knives and tools from Benchmade and the importance of learning how to use them.

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TLP 255 - Optics Class 101 Part 3: Components Of A Rifle Scope

TLP 255 - Optics Class 101 Part 3: Components Of A Rifle Scope


Thanks for tuning in for another episode of the Talking Lead Podcast!  We continue our Optics education with RITON USA.  In Part 3 Lefty is joined by Jerimiah Alexander (J-Mack) to discuss the parts and components that go into the makeup of a rifle scope and how they all work together.  But! Before Class is called to order The Gunny trucks in with the Talking Lead Jackwagon Train!  Making the TLJWT this episode:  Stand Your Ground Shooting in Florida; Fatal Church Shooting in Nevada; Sacha Baron Cohen & we give an update on a past Jackwagon!

We giveaway 2 Defi Watches as part of the 10 Watches for 10 Vets campaign with Talking Lead & Defi Watches.  We also pick a Lead Head from Instagram at random to win some swag from the Talking Lead Swag Vault!

J-Mack talks about what is coming soon from RITON Optics.  2 new MOD 7 1-8x28 scopes (Hunting version & Tactical Version).

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TLP 254 - Lanxang Tactical 1 Million Elephants

TLP 254 - Lanxang Tactical 1 Million Elephants


Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast!  This episode the Ryan and Travis from Lanxang Tactical join Lefty from the Big 3 East Media event in Daytona Beach.  The guys talk about the history of Lanxang, their precision line of rifles and how Lanxang rifles dominate in sniper challenges across the country.  Riton Optics kicks off their "Summer Of Color" Promotion!  We extend the 10 Watches for 10 Veterans Giveaway and one lucky Lead Head wins some Lead Head Loot!

RITON OPTICS Summer Of Color Promotion

From Monday, July 16 through Friday, August 31 when you place an order for a Riton Red Dot or rifle scope, you will be eligible to select from 1 of 3 available Cerakote finishes.  Magpul FDE, OD Green or Sniper Grey.  Visit Riton's website for terms and conditions.

Lanxang Tactical

Lanxang Tactical's owners fled the communist revolution of Laos and found their way to the states in the late 70’s. They started with nothing, and now own their own machine shop, having worked as technicians and machinists in the aerospace industry for years. Their belief that a society can and should defend itself from a predatory and oppressive government is based in hard experience, and led them to begin the process of making superior firearms. The name Lanxang came about as a tribute to one of the owners’ warrior heritage. It translates from Laotian as “one million elephants,” a phrase that related the military dominance of the ancient kingdom. Naturally, they liked the elephant as a symbol and it looked damn good on the rifle. Lanxang is 100% American owned and operated, their products are designed, manufactured and assembled in Conyers, Georgia, USA.



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Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast Lead Heads!  The Talking Lead AK Korner kicks off this episode with our 1st part of this 12 part series about all things AK-47 presented by Pioneer Arms Corp.  Ancel Robinson, Shwell11 on Youtube and social media, is joining Lefty as your Co-Host for this educational journey.

During this 12 part AK-47 educational series we will cover the history of this 71 year old rifle.  We will dissect the rifle and talk about all of the parts and components.  We will discuss the milled and stamped manufacturing processes along with the difference in cast and forged parts.  We will get in to ballistics and the different variations of the AK-47.

Each episode we will bring in experts of their fields to bring you the facts.  By the end of this 12 part series (1 episode each month) you will have gained a deeper understanding and appreciation of this engineering marvel developed by Mikhail Kalashnikov over 71 years ago which is still being used by militaries and enjoyed by civilians today.

Enjoy this episode of The Talking Lead AK Korner Part 1: The History of the AK-47 Pioneer Arms Corp. will be giving away 12 firearms during this series.  In Part 2 we will be giving away 2 firearmsListen to find out what you need to do to qualify.


TLP 252 - Student Of The Gun & The Defi Watches For Veterans Giveaway

TLP 252 - Student Of The Gun & The Defi Watches For Veterans Giveaway


Happy 4th of July double weekend Lead Heads!  This episode Talking Lead celebrates big with Jerommie Smith of Defi Watches.  Jerommie and Lefty have 3 HUGE announcements to drop.  Also this episode Lefty is joined by the gang over at Student Of The Gun Paul G Markel and Jarrad Markel.  SOTG talks about their recent move out West and Paul's latest books: Examining the Armed Citizen: the Historic Struggle Between Man and the State for the Control of Small Arms , Morning Mindset: a 30 Day Plan for a More Positive and Productive Life & Cigar Etiquette for Barbarians

Talking Lead Jackwagon Train!

Before Lefty and Jerommie drop the big announcements the Talking Lead Jackwagon Train rolls in to haul off this week's load of Jackwagons.  Welcome to the TLJWT Maxine Waters (D-CA)! Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters is inciting "mob violence" with her call for protesters to confront Trump officials in public.  The Talking Lead Jackwagon Train gets it's final load of the day from Lefty and the Markels with  Rhino Poachers on Sibuya Game Reserve, The guy that took Maxine's advice and got his ass kicked, &  the McDonald's hammer attack in Near North Chicago.


Big announcement 1:  ZEW Box is coming!  ZEW Box is a one of a kind membership club, where members receive a premium watch every month -- right to their door!  With 3 different tiers you can pick and choose based on your level of interest.  To celebrate our launch, we're giving away a couple of premium watches to our earliest supporters.  Go to ZEW Box now to enter!

10 Watch Giveaway

Big announcement 2:  To say thank you for being a Lead Head and your support of the Talking Lead Podcast and Defi Watches listen to this episode for a huge limited time DISCOUNT just for you Lead Heads on all Defi Watches!

Big announcement 3:  Veterans that listen to the show or if you are a listener and want to nominate a Veteran, Talking Lead & Defi Watches is giving away 10 Defi Watches to 10 Veterans that either listen to the show or a listener nominates to receive one.  Tell us about you and your service and why you listen to the Talking Lead Podcast.  Send your submissions to put in the Subject/Heading "I Want The Watch"

Student Of The Gun

Paul and Jarrad join Lefty to talk about their decision to move from the hot humid climate of Mississippi to the cooler and majestic climates of Wyoming and Utah.  They talk about the pros and cons and life at their new digs

Paul tells us about his latest book: Examining the Armed Citizen: the Historic Struggle Between Man and the State for the Control of Small Arms and his thoughts that went into writing it.  We also talk about his other recent books: Morning Mindset: a 30 Day Plan for a More Positive and Productive Life & Cigar Etiquette for Barbarians

Other topics the guys discuss:  DALLAS MOM STOPS CARJACKING BY SHOOTING SUSPECT IN THE FACE, COPS SAY ,  The police are not there for your protection, Gun bans in other countries, Does the Flat Earth Society believe in UFOs & more!

TLP 251 - Eliminating Terrorists, Stern Defense & Pioneer Arms Corp

TLP 251 - Eliminating Terrorists, Stern Defense & Pioneer Arms Corp


Still bringing you Lead Heads spectacular interviews weekly!  Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast.  This episode we have Staff Sergeant Paul Martinez, Ranger Sniper with the 75th Rangers & Author to talk about his book When the Killer Man Comes: Eliminating Terrorists As a Special Operations Sniper.  Stern Defense brings us their new MAG-AD series of pistol caliber adapters for your AR-15.  The Big 3 training facility crew joins Lefty to talk about all the new features of their facility & Pioneer Arms Corp makes a big announcement for a new sponsored Talking Lead Podcast monthly segment...The Talking Lead AK Korner

Stern Defense

Sisters, Kristin and Andrea join Lefty during the 2018 Big 3 East Media Event to introduce their MAG-AD series.  Convert your standard AR 15, M4, M16 lower assembly to use Glock or M&P Magazines in seconds. Features a last round hold open mechanism, made of aircraft grade aluminum, lightweight with ergonomic design.

Stern Defense offers complete 9mm and 40 S&W conversion kits for your ARs.  Bolts carrier groups, barrels and most other components you will need to fully convert your AR-15.

The Killer Man

SSG(RET) Paul Martinez former Army Ranger Sniper, Sniper Instructor,  Author, Cattleman and Veterans Advocate drops by the "Leadquarters" to talk about his book When the Killer Man Comes: Eliminating Terrorists As a Special Operations Sniper

America has one force with the single mission of direct action to capture or kill the enemy. That force is the 75th Ranger Regiment. Staff Sergeant Paul Martinez was a Ranger Sniper with the 75th Rangers during the desperate fighting in Afghanistan in 2011 when the United States made the decision to try to withdraw from Afghanistan.

Paul Martinez was one of the deadliest snipers assigned to this unit, dubbed “Team Merrill,” after the Marauders of World War II fame. Martinez and his fellow Rangers faced near-impossible odds taking on an enemy who knew they were coming and who employed every conceivable tactic to kill these Rangers. In When the Killer Man Comes, Martinez tells the harrowing true story of how he and his team hunted America's enemies in an operation that would have repercussions that are still felt today.

The Talking Lead AK Korner Presented by Pioneer Arms Corp!

We have Vice President of Pioneer Arms Corp CJ Johnson on to announce Talking Lead's up-coming segment called the Talking Lead AK Korner presented by Pioneer Arms CorpWith this new segment we will discuss all things Ak.  We'll discuss history, design, use, variants, maintenance, people and more in this 12-episode monthly segment.  Coming soon!

TLP 250 - Prym1 Camo, Charlie Melton & Drop Leg "Knee-Brace" Holsters

TLP 250 - Prym1 Camo, Charlie Melton & Drop Leg "Knee-Brace" Holsters


Welcome to the 250th episode of the Talking Lead Podcast!  5 1/2 years and over 250 episodes and STILL bringing you Lead Heads new information, fun entertainment and great personalities each week.  This week we deliver again.  Joining Lefty is Stacie Walker, creator of Prym1 CamoNavy SEAL sniper, Charlie Melton and developer of the Tejas round Brad Stair to talk about their next world record-breaking longest rifle shot.

Talking Lead Jackwagon Train

This episode's Jackwagon is brought to you courtesy of a fellow Lead HeadDrop Leg "Knee-Brace" holsters do not exist.   Learn how to properly wear your rigs before going out in public.  Stacie and Lefty talk about the proper way to wear a drop leg holster.

Charlie Mike Precision World Record Shot

During our time at the 2018 NRAAM we did many interviews from the Official "Leadquarters" studio at the Eagle Imports Inc. booth.  Charlie Melton, Charlie Mike Precision, and Brad Stair, Tejas cartridges /owner inventor Performance Guns, drop by to talk with Lefty and Mike Sodini about their upcoming attempt at a 7000 yard rifle shot shattering Charlie's previous record of 5025 yards!  While there Mike and Lefty have some fun with the guys and hit them with some off-the-wall questions.

Prym1 Camo

Stacie Walker, creator/owner, of Prym1 Camo is Lefty's guest this episode.  Stacie talks about how her love of hunting, the outdoors and painting inspired her creation of the Prym1 Camo pattern.   We learn more about Stacie from the "Talking Lead New Guy" line of questions.

PRYM1 is a series of patterns that utilize the colors and tones of nature combined with the organic shapes and motion of wildlife to effectively imitate a predator in the wild.

TLP 249 - Trick Shots, Alpha Foxtrot & Gun Safety for Kids

TLP 249 - Trick Shots, Alpha Foxtrot & Gun Safety for Kids


Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast!  During Talking Lead's coverage of the 2018 NRAAM event we did a lot of interviews so this week we are giving you more of those!  This episode we talk trick shooting with Rick Rehm, children's firearm education and safety with Yehuda Remer, aluminum lower frames for your glock 19 with Alpha Foxtrot and more!

Trick Shots with shooter1721

Rick Rehm, trick shooter extraordinaire, stops by the Eagle Imports Talking Lead "Leadquarters" studio to talk about his wildly entertaining YouTube channel, shooter1721.  Rick is a very talented trick-shot artist using rimfire, centerfire, airguns but what makes Rick's channel even more entertaining is he performs amazing acts of precision with bladed instruments as well.  Listen in as Rick talks about how he got started in Trick Shooting and who his inspiration to be the best is.

The ABC's of Guns

Next up is author and 2nd Amendment advocate Yehuda Remer.  Yehuda brings by his latest book titled SAFETY ON.   SAFETY ON is a unique book catered to children that delves into the subject of proper gun safety protocol as well as teaching kids what to do if they find a firearm somewhere it is not supposed to be.  Whether you own a gun or not, whether you are pro-gun or anti-gun, gun safety is not something to be taken lightly.

Built Alpha Foxtrot

Joe and Kenny with Alpha Foxtrot bring something by the "Leadquarters" that will excite the most discerning gun enthesitis.  The AF-C is a forged aluminum lower frame for your Glock 19.  With features like steel rail inserts, machined thumb index rest, bite-proof beaver tail you can take your G19 to the next level.  Also coming soon from Alpha Foxtrot is a AF1911 and AF15...stay tuned!

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TLP 248 - Night Hunting, Lacey Caroline, Life Jackets for Guns

TLP 248 Night Hunting, Lacey Caroline, Life Jackets for Guns


Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast Lead Heads!  We have Nick and Bill with Beastmaster Hunting to talk about their recent productive, but hilarious, night varmint hunt.  Country Music recording artist Lacey Caroline talks about her new EP release and MSE Worldwide introduces the Life Jacket gun lock.  The Talking Lead Jackwagon Train has a load to haul off this week as well!

Talking Lead Jackwagon Train

This week's Jackwagon Train was much needed.  The dancing FBI agent definitely earns his seat on the TLJWT.  A "mountain man" has his day in court to explain why he we fishing without a license...whos the Jackwagon here, the Judge or the Mountain Man?

Life jacket Gun Lock

Alan Teichelman of MSE Worldwide stops by the Eagle Imports "Leadquarters" during the 2018 NRAAM to tell us about the Life Jacket.  The Life Jacket provides a safe secure storage option for your pistol during transportation.  It provides full action coverage and a heavy-duty locking mechanism that impeds tortuous attempts to break it.

The Life Jacket is designed to be mounted wherever you need quick access: in closets, under a bed, in an automobile or your motorcycle. When mounted properly, the Life Jacket device becomes a virtual gun safe, without the bulky size and allows you the quick access you need, when you need it.

Lacey Caroline

Up and coming Nashville Country Music recording artist Lacey Caroline joins Lefty & Mike Sodini at the "Leadquarters" next.  Lacey talks about her new release "Ain't That Girl", what it was like singing the National Anthem in front of President Trump, the music business and much more about Lacey.  Go show Lacey the Lead Head Brigade support by helping her promote her songs at

Hunting with the Beastmaster

You don't want to miss this hunting adventure story!  Nick Atkinson, Beastmaster Hunting, and LeadHead-Bill tell us about their recent hog and predator hunt in South Texas.  We talk about their gear, guns and ammo.  We find out what it means to do a "Billdo".  And of course we get side tracked and talk about leopards, crocodiles and more!

TLP 247 – BDH 1911, Wilder Tactical, Warne Scope Mounts


Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast!  We have a great show this episode from the Kel-Tec SHOT Show "Leadquarters"  featuring Big Daddy Hoffman 1911, Jody Baucom with Weapons Junkie , Josh Van Heusen with Wilder Tactical, Leilani, Cory & Justin with Warne Scope Mounts & my Co-Host Chad Enos!

Big Daddy Hoffman 1911

Jody Baucom and Big Daddy come by to share some cool things they've seen at SHOT.  The Kel-Tec RDB-S and the Sig Sauer P365 being among them.  Big Daddy talks about his restaurant called RO's BBQ, best Curb-Service BBQ in North Carolina!  Big Daddy talks about some of his shooting range upgrades he's done using ground concrete as backstops. Video with range overview coming soon from Big Daddy!  Chad drops a knowledge bomb on us about Kel-Tec's  P11 9x19mm subcompact semi-auto pistol they released over 15 years ago.

Wilder Tactical

Josh Van Heusen, former Army Ranger Medic, joins the show next.  Josh brings his field experience in designing his gear.  Using a bungee cord retention system with his kydex magazine holsters sets Wilder apart from others you've seen.  By implementing the bungee system their holsters are flexible for use with magazines, first aid equipment, walkies/radios, handcuffs, pepper spray or even recording devices.  Wilder's articulating drop leg holster system moves when you move or bend.  Compatible with most holster manufacturers.  Their low profile belt systems features vertical laser-cut slots that accommodate ANY belt (up to 1.75”). The textured neoprene interior creates a comfortable non-slip system that eliminates the need for a velcro inner Belt.

Warne Scope Mounts

Leilani, Cory & Justin drop by the Leadquarters to talk about what's new.  Warne's fabled bipod is getting closer to market.  Legs are easily manipulated with one hand. It features ball and socket for full adjustment and movement.  The gang talks long-range precision shooting which Warne's Mountain Tech billet aluminum rings were made specifically for precision shooting.    All product backed by Warne's Lifetime warranty.

Lefty hits the Warne gang with some "New Guy" questions.  John Wick, Jerry Miculek, Pre 1964 Winchester model 1894, Glock 41, Aluminum Frames for Glocks, Mystery Ranch and more come up during this segment.

TLP 246 - Defi Deal, Gnat Warfare, CP Tactical & Republic Forge

TLP 246 Defi Deal, Gnat Warfare, CP Tactical & Republic Forge


Welcome back to the award-winning Talking Lead Podcast!  Just in time for your Memorial Weekend festivities.  Joining Lefty this week is Pepper to talk about her recent European Vacation and Jerommie Smith with Defi Watches dropping another spectacular Lead-Head-only-deal on his new "Classic" Field Watch.  Also this episode is Gnat Warfare, CP Tactical Solutions and Republic Forge.

Pepper's European Mis-Adventure!

Fresh from her tour of Paris, Athens & Rome Pepper shares some of her adventures with us...and mis-adventures...watchout for grabby cabbies!

Defi "Classic"

Jerommie Smith of Smith and Bradley/Defi Watches drops by to hit you Lead Heads with another astonishing deal on Defi's newest watch the Springfield "Classic" Field Watch.  You have to listen to get this limited time Lead-Head-Only-Deal!!

The Classic is under the Defi brand, but is the S&B manufacturing answer to the classic American field watch that has donned the wrists of men for almost 100 years.  Inspired by the same watch US infantry was issued standard during World War II, the Classic is a tribute to the heroes of the greatest generation.

Gnat Warfare, CP Tactical Solutions & Republic Forge

We continue Talking Lead's coverage of the 2018 NRAAM in Dallas at the Official "Leadquarters" Studio from Eagle Imports Inc. booth in this episode.  Joining Lefty is George Ford, CEO, of Gnat WarfareChance Paris, Owner, CP Tactical Solutions and Robert Maw, President, Republic Forge LLC.

Gnat Warfare: GNAT WARFARE was started by three friends who wanted more than fixed targets and clay pigeons to shoot at. Several cases of beer later, they devised a system of aerial and ground targets, powered by remote control.  hey now manufacture and sell ground & aerial tactical targets for purchase by military, law enforcement, and shooting ranges. And they host shooting events for groups.

CP Tactical Solutions:  An advanced certified Cerakote applicator, CPTS offer a wide range of designs and patterns from the exotic to the clean and simple.  CPTS can cerakote just about any surface except rubber.  There are about 90 different colors to choose.  CPTS also has trained and certified gunsmiths on staff for all your gunsmithing needs.

Republic Forge LLC:  RF builds world-class 1911 pistols made by Americans for the Republic. Their pistols are truly made in the USA, by hand, with American-made parts, one gun at a time, not by ten assembly line workers. RF pistols are not built for beginners. They are built for shooters.  RF puts a lot of rounds through each gun to make sure everything functions properly. They include a target from this first test firing to show you the incredible accuracy of their 1911s.  RF pistols deliver a unique blend of cutting-edge technology and custom craftsmanship.

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TLP 245 - Kris "Tanto" Paronto


Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast Lead Heads!  This episode we get to talk with the legendary Kris "Tanto" ParontoBroadcasting live on Talking Lead's social media from the Eagle Imports Inc. booth the Official "Leadquarters" of Talking Lead during the 2018 NRAAM (go to our Facebook page to watch the live feed). Much to the chagrin of Tanto's publicist what was supposed to be a 15 minute interview turns into a fun-filled full hour with this warrior.

With a standing room only audience we talk about everything from running to post traumatic stress (not a disorder: Kris explains) to Gangsta Rap, to Musicals, to being the best you can be to his new training company Battleline Tactical and much more!  We also get an exclusive #TantoTwerk

Kris "Tanto" Paronto

Tanto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the US Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, September 11th, 2012, helping to save over 20 lives while fighting off terrorists from the CIA Annex for over 13 hours. His and his 5 surviving team members story is immortalized by the book and movie “13 Hours” written by Mitchell Zuckoff

Before he was a security contractor, Tanto was a US Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. Rangers are trained to lead by being pushed to their physical and mental limits so that they can perform against impossible odds in punishing situations.  In his book, THE RANGER WAY, Tanto shares stories from his training experiences that played a role in his team's heroic response in Benghazi as he explains the importance of demanding excellence when you commit to improving your life.


TLP 244 - NRAAM 2018 1-2 Full Conceal, Aklys, Inland, Hi-Point

TLP 244 NRAAM 2018 1-2 Full Conceal, Aklys, Inland, Hi-Point


Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast.  This episode we bring you part 2 of our first day coverage of the 2018 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Dallas, Texas. from the Official "Leadquarters" at Eagle Imports Inc. booth.  Lefty and Mike Sodini host great guests like Aklys Defense, Full Conceal, Bersa Chat, Inland Mfg & Hi-Point.

Aklys Defense

Friends of the show, Joe Meaux and Charles Watson stop by to talk to us about their recently released AKSV Integrally Suppressed AK Rifle  "Velociraptor" and some new suppressors they have in the works.  Pilum M modular pistol can, Atlas 30 caliber user serviceable suppressor & the Kopis TI (titanium version of Aklys's proven .22LR suppressor).

MKS Supply

Bringing the firearms industry great products from Hi-Point Firearms and Inland Manufacturing, LLC, Charlie and David sit down at the "Leadquarters" to talk about 10mm carbine, Pistol Caliber Competitions (PCC) and Era correct shooting competitions.

Full Conceal

New guy to the show but fit right in from the start, Trey Gingles with Full Conceal brought over their new M3D and M3S super concealable pistols for Mike and Lefty to gawk over.  Full Conceal has taken the popular G19 & G43 pistols and vastly improved concealability, comfort, safety, and firepower through their innovative reengineering process. Trey walks us through that process and the benefits of their pistols.

Bersa Chat

Eagle Imports Inc brings America great firearms from around the globe.  Bersa, Grand Power, Metro Arms Corp, Comanche, SPS, Llama and more.  With that many brands it just stands to reason you are going to have a large user and fan base.  Enter TuxAir owner and administrator of Bersa Chat the largest Bersa forum on the Internet.  JL shares his story of how and why Bersa Chat started and the great information available from this tight-knit fan forum.

Bonus question for you Lead Heads:  If you could be President for the day what would be your first Presidential act?


TLP 243 NRAAM 2018 1-1: TriStar, Ammo Inc., Ultradyne, SnagMag, MagFix


TLP 243 NRAAM 2018 1-1: TriStar, Ammo Inc., Ultradyne, SnagMag, MagFix

Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast!  This is our Kickoff episode to the 147th National Rifle Association's Annual Meetings and Exhibits.  With 87,154 patriots and 800+ exhibitors it is the biggest Annual Meeting yet!  All these great interviews took place at the Official Talking Lead "Leadquarters" studio from the Eagle Imports Inc. booth #5921.  Our guest Co-host all week was Michael Sodini, President of Eagle Imports Inc.

TriStar Arms

Ryan Bader joins us at the "Leadquarters" to tell us about a new 12ga bullpup shotgun called the TriStar Compact that is compatible with Saiga AK style magazines.  TriStar, known for their shotguns, offers a wide selection of quality firearms for hunters and recreational shooters alike.


Christine Rogers, President, of SNAGMAG LLC is up next with their innovative product that helps the everyday conceal carry person carry extra magazines in their pockets.  The SNAGMAG was invented by a plain clothes LEO who wanted a better option for carrying a spare magazine while off duty.   Listen to the interview to get a special Lead Head Brigade discount!


Ultradyne has made utilizing barrel mounted front sights easier by pairing together their C-4 Dynamount folding Front Sight with their line of Compensators (.223/5.56). By mounting the Front Sight to the barrel, the user cuts down on movement making for consistent aim every time.  The C-4 Dynamount Folding Front Sight is available with any of the three compensators from the Compensator line, including Athena, Mercury, and ApolloDon't miss the Talking Lead exclusive deal offered by Ultradyne


Jay Grdina, CMO/Genius, drops by the "Leadquarters" with a non-incendiary solution to tracer ammoSTREAK visual ammunition is the answer.  STREAK is safe for indoor and outdoor use.  STREAK rounds are non-flammable phosphor material that utilize light emitted during the discharging of the round to make STREAK glow.  The glowing material used is applied only to the aft end of the projectile, making it only visible to the shooter and those within a 30-degree viewing window.


Paul Carlson introduces us to the MagFix.  The MagFix is a performance enhancing part for your Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. The MagFIX is carefully designed to do these 3 things:

  1. locks your extended magazine sleeve and the base pad firmly together to make sure the sleeve stays in place so that your reloads are smooth and fast.
  2. provides enhanced gripping steps on your oversized base pad to make sure you have a solid grip on the gun while shooting and an improved purchase should you need to deal with a malfunction.
  3. features an enhanced profile which helps your empty 8 round magazine to drop free, ensuring that your reloads will be as fast and efficient as possible.

TLP 242 - The Sodini, Abe & Moe, Geissele & NRAAM

TLP 242 The Sodini, Abe & Moe, Geissele & NRAAM


Welcome back to another loaded episode of the Talking Lead Podcast Lead Heads!  This week Lefty's co-host is Mike Sodini, President of Eagle Imports.  Eagle will be the "Official Leadquarters" for the 147th NRA Annual Meetings in Dallas.  Mike and Lefty talk about all the exciting and fun events, giveaways and interviews they have planned for NRAAM.  The Talking Lead Jackwagon Train screams in to haul off a big load of Jackwagons.  Guest this week is Diego Muya with Geissele Automatics.  Diego joins the show to talk about Geissele's new complete uppers, SSP single stage trigger and introduces us to a new knife company called Abraham & Moses Survival Equipment.

The Talking Lead Jackwagon Train

The Gunny can't wait to haul off this week's bunch of Jackwagons on the TLJWT.  First up; Nashville, TN (Lefty's neck of the woods) had a mass murder by a complete nut-job at a Waffle House.  The firearm he used was previously taken from him by the FBI but his father gave it back to him, WTF!?  Mike and Lefty talk details about it.  Joining the Waffle House nut-job is the acting Mayor of Nashville, TN David Briely because of his leftist mentality of "never let a crisis go to waste" using this tragedy, blatantly, as a platform for his mayoral election campaign.   Mike's friend Mindy Robinson actress, model and huge 2A proponent (girlfriend of Randy Couture) has been going head-to-head with a hollywood-socialite-butterfly-social-media-troll, Lysa Heslov.  Find out what happens!

Geissele Uppers and Abraham and Moses Knives

 There is no such thing as too much DiegoDiego Muya joins us at two different events to keep us updated on all the great new products Geissele Automatics is offering.  Don't miss the new complete upper by Geissele called the URGI or their new Super Speed Precision single stage triggersDiego tells us all about them during the 2018 SHOT Show at the Kel Tec booth.  Next we catch up with Diego during the Spring Big 3 East Media Event to talk about Giessele's new knife company called Abraham and Moses (Abe & Moe)Diego tells us about their full line of survival knives and sheaths.

Eagle Imports is the Official Leadquarters for the 2018 NRAAM

Lefty and Mike talk about all the reasons you need to plan on being at the 147th NRA Annual Meetings in Dallas, Texas May 3-6.  The main reason is WE WILL BE THERE and we will be giving aways firearms and Talking Lead swag!  Make plans to join us at booth 5921 The Official Leadquaters!

TLP 241 - Godspeed To Gunny, DEFI Watches & Southpaw Tactical

TLP 241 Godspeed To Gunny, DEFI Watches & Southpaw Tactical


Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast!  This episode is dedicated to The Gunny, R. Lee Ermey.  May he rest in peace.  Semper Fi Godspeed Gunny.  Bringing you LEAD HEADS amazing deals this week from my special guests former SWAT guy Jerommie Smith, now President/CEO of Smith & Bradley Watches & Joe Dasilva from Southpaw TacticalListen for deals ONLY available to you the Lead Head listenerWe also announce the release of our new Talking Lead Tumblers: Pre order by clicking this link.

Talking Lead Jackwagon Train

This week's Talking Lead Jackwagon Train is a somber one as we mourn the loss of R. Lee Ermey, The Gunny.  Lefty and Jerommie make Gunny proud with a well deserving load of Jackwagons that includes snowflakes, country music artists and pneumonia.

Southpaw Tactical

Joe Dasilva of Southpaw Tactical drops by the Kel Tec Weapons "LEADQUARTERS" during the 2018 SHOT Show.  Southpaw specializes in offering the left-handed shooter the latest and greatest in firearms' accessories available on the market.  Lefty and Chad talk to Joe about what products caught his eye at SHOT and the difficulties they have to overcome by being a California based firearms accessories business.  Joe offers an exclusive LEAD HEAD Discount, listen to find out how you can get it.

DEFI Watches

Jerommie joins Lefty this week to talk about a new company under the Smith & Bradley banner called DEFI Watches. Jerommie wanted to get back to his roots and give back to those who selflessly serve or have served at home and abroad.  The objective:  build a mission quality watch, load it up with technology & features and set a game changing affordable price.  Enter the BATTLEFIELD and the SCOUT.  Get super special LEAD HEAD pricing on these watches and more by listening to this episode


TLP 240 - No Other Choice

TLP 240 No Other Choice


Welcome back to the Talking Lead Show Lead Heads!  This episode's special guest is Kevin Dixie owner of No Other Choice (NOC) Firearms Training.

Lefty and Kevin start of the show having a good time throwing Jackwagons on the Talking Lead Jackwagon Train.  This episode's TLJWT is dedicated to crazy chicks.  That thug-wanna-be facebook live chick in Texas that shot her friend in the head, the crazy exercise chick that shot up the YouTube headquarters because they censored her account and that whinny, cowardly, disrespectful,  child-puppet chick from Parkland Florida David Hogg.

Since this is Kevin's first time on the show of course Lefty hits him with the Talking Lead New Guy Questions.  As we find out more about Kevin we also learn more about N.O.C. in the process.  N.O.C. Firearms Training is much more than a firearms and self-defense training company; they are a change agent for all communities.  N.O.C.  provides a much-needed sledge-hammer to break down barriers to get all good people to understand that freedom, prosperity, and liberty is for ALL;   N.O.C. executes this by promotion and preservation of the Second Amendment and will do all we can to make sure our freedoms to be armed remains intact.  “We are more than guns; we are a community”

Aiming For The Truth

Another great initiative Kevin has started is  "Aiming For The Truth".  "Aiming for the Truth"  helps enrich lives to grow equity. Once people have equity, it's easy to teach them to defend it. This is the platform that has been missing from our communities including the 2A community. "The goal is to show people we care about them and can relate to their struggles, assist, invest, and then of course hold people accountable for their actions moving forward." "We have to do more than say guns are cool, Merica, and bacon! If we want to win the fight, we have to invest in lives! The most important capital is HUMAN capital!"

TLP 239 James Reeves, Targetize & Sonic Gun Cleaning


TLP 239 James Reeves, Targetize & Sonic Gun Cleaning

Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast! Coming back strong from a long Easter break we bring you powerful and informative interviews at the 2018 SHOT Show "Leadquarters" from the Kel-Tec booth.

Joining Chad Enos and Lefty first this week is our 2018 SHOT Show man on the street, James Reeves of The Firearms Blog, bringing us his report on all the coolest products at SHOT.  Some highlights include the Franklin Armory Reformation, IWI Tavor 12ga shotgun and the new lighter Hudson h9a (34oz to 26oz).  Also joining in the pow-wow is Mat Rogers from DAC Technologies bringing us an awesome dry-fire training tool called "Targetize".

For our next round of interviews Lefty has long time Lead Head Nick Dooley of Dooley Defense. Nick brings his buddy Calvin Christie of River City Arsenal to talk about his mobile sonic gun cleaning service. Nick and Calvin share a couple of funny stories during their service in Iraq over a round of Talking Lead "New Guy" questions...homemade Gun Trucks anyone!?

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