TLP 291 - Royce Gracie



Thanks for tuning in for another episode of the Talking Lead Podcast! This week we bring you a very special guest for our Riton Optics Optics 101 Class: Proper Scope Maintenance and Care. Joining Lefty is mixed martial artist, a UFC Hall of Famer, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner & trainer Royce Gracie. Royce is also an avid hunter and leisure target shooter. Royce tells us about his love of hunting, shooting sports and his new custom Armalite 300 Blackout rifle.

No Talking Lead Optics 101 class would be complete without Lefty's right-hand-optics-man, J-Mack. The guys share some tips and tricks on keeping your scopes and red dots in optimal condition so they will last you a lifetime. But not before the Gunny drives in the Talking Lead Jackwagon Train to haul off some deserving Jackwagons! And we give away our last Talking Lead-Buck Knives-Streamlight-FLEOA EDC Pocket Dump Rewards package.

TLP 290 - THE AK KORNER Part 9: James Yeager Tactical Response

“Leaducating The UnLeaducated”

“Leaducating The UnLeaducated”

Welcome back to Part 9 of the Talking Lead AK Korner presented by Pioneer Arms Corp. Lefty's friend James Yeager is our guest this episode. James is the MFCEO of Tactical Response, host of the James Yeager Of Tactical Response Podcast and creator of LiberTV. In this episode Lefty and James talk about things to look for in a quality AK-47, the importance of training, good ammunition for the AK and other important life lessons! Plus anther PAC AK-47 Hellpup goes to one lucky Lead Head!

TLP 289 - Filson, Real Avid, HatPoint, Geissele & The Morgans

“Leaducating The Unleaducated”

“Leaducating The Unleaducated”

Welcome back to the Talking Lead PodcastLead Heads! We have a little something for everyone in this episode. For you gunsmiths and DIYers, Bryant with Real Avid mission specific gear and tools joins us. For the hunters that are into fitness and healthy eating we have Steve and Jennifer Morgan drop by. For those of you into quality American made clothing and goods Jeff with Filson Outfitters fits the build. For your target stand needs we have John with HATPOINT Target and for our AR-15 freaks, Diego with Geissele Automatics hits us with news about their new line of AR-15 super duty rifles.

TLP 288 - Women Of The Outdoors: Kristy Titus, Morgan Mills, Norissa Harman

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Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast. Buck Knives is the Official 2019 SHOT Show "Leadquarters". In this wild episode we bring in the class, talent, intelligence and beauty of the outdoors industry! Hunter, conservationist, and TV star Kristy Titus, Women's Outdoor Clothing mogul Norissa Harman & helping Lefty host this interview is Country Music Artist, and a Lead Head herself, Morgan Mills.

Kristy Titus - Pursue The Wild

Kristy Titus is passionate in the support of wildlife, habitat conservation and outdoor education. She Host the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's "Pursue The Wild" digital series airing on RMEF's Elk Network, Amazon TV & YouTube. Kristy actively volunteers, supporting local RMEF chapter events and youth hunts across the country.  Some awards Kristy has earned include the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation World Elk Calling Championships- 2012, 2nd Place Women's Division, 2013, 3rd Place Women's Division, 2014, 2nd Place Women's Division.

Norissa Harman - Girls With Guns

Norissa Harman is the co-founder of Girls With Guns Clothing & co-host of
Girls with Guns® TV. GWG is a perfect combination for women with passions for the sport of shooting, hunting and fashion. GWG clothing and accessories give women the opportunity to show their love for hunting and shooting in an edgy way. GWG clothes are designed by women for women. Created for all women–from the avid hunter and shooter, to the fashionista, to allow them to pursue their passion, while being functional and looking feminine! GWG is your everyday, outdoor lifestyle apparel.

Morgan Mills - Let's Ride

Morgan Mills is a Country Music Artist, Outdoor Personality and former Host of "On Location" NRA Country. Morgan's passion is all things country music, country lifestyle and the outdoors.

TLP 287 - The Legend Of The BUCKMASTER Survival Knife

“Leaducating The Unleaducated”

“Leaducating The Unleaducated”

Thanks for tuning in for another episode of the Talking Lead Podcast! CJ Buck joins Lefty to host this episode down memory lane. We bring in Buck Knife historian Richard Neyman and Navy SEAL Commander Tom Coulter to talk about the highlights of Rich's book "BuckMaster Knives: The Authorized History of Models 184 & 185". A story of how a string of random and improbable events and people came together to produce one of the most iconic survival knives ever made. We also get a "Talking Lead Exclusive" on the new BuckMaster Knife 2.0 project.

Rich Neyman's passion for knives is a lifelong addiction. He is a Hunter, outdoor enthusiast, avid Buck and Military knife collector. Rich is helping design the next generation BuckMaster 2.0. Rich is the leading expert on BUCK Military knives so it may come as no surprise that Rich also authored the book: " M9 Bayonet The Authorized History". The enduring, venerable M9 Bayonet is the longest running bayonet in our US Military History. He has lectured on US Military knives at Buck Knives Collector’s Club events and written articles in the worlds largest Survival Magazine "Survival Quarterly".

Originally researched, developed, and then issued to serve the U.S. Navy SEALs of Team Three (Then SEAL Team Six), the BuckMaster became and is a 1980’s American icon of survival edged knives.

TLP 286 - Taylor Guitars/Buck Knives: The Ebony Project

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Taylor Guitars is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of acoustic guitars. Co-founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, the company is based in El Cajon, California. The company’s refined approach to crafting guitars has spawned many innovations and established new standards of quality. In addition to Bob Taylor’s decades of expertise in creating a world-class guitar production facility in the U.S. and Mexico. Taylor is not only committed to providing clients with quality wood products but his mission also involves respecting the environment, and improving the livelihood of those men and women in Cameroon, Africa who harvest the wood.

Bob and Luisa talk about the ebony sawmill they purchased in 2011, called Crelicam™,  that is an international supplier of ebony and how they are setting a new standard of social and environmental responsibility around Cameroon's forest resources. They are committed to cultivating a better future within Cameroon by producing high-quality ebony products and supporting scientific research and replanting efforts that help safeguard Cameroon’s forest resources.

Buck Knives has recently started using ebony again in their knife handles. The 110 folding hunter & 110 auto knives and the 112 Ranger & 112 Auto knives currently feature the ebony from Crelicam's sawmill in Cameroon.

TLP 285 - The Kryptek Story: Battlefield To Backcountry

“Leaducating The UnLeaducated”

“Leaducating The UnLeaducated”

Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast Lead Heads! This episode we continue our stellar 2019 SHOT Show interviews form the Buck Knives Leadquarters with Butch Whiting co-founder of Kryptek Camouflage and Kryptek Outdoors Group. The Talking Lead Jackwagon Train stops by to pick up a fresh load of Jackwagons. And we giveaway the 7th EDC Pocket Dump Rewards package provided by Talking Lead, Buck Knvies, Streamlight & FLEOA

Lefty and Brooksy have a great conversation with Butch about how he and Josh Cleghorn took an idea they came up with while serving together, in the Ninewa Providence in Northern Iraq and began their journey in what would result in the world renowned Kryptek Outdoor Group. We get to know Butch in a way that only Talking Lead can bring out in people through the "New Guy" questions. Butch shares everything from his first gun to his days as an Apache Helicopter pilot to his favorite kind of game hunting. Listen now for the whole exciting story!

Jackwagons this week are courtesy of the Lead Head Brigade and include two SHOT Show gun thieves, Connecticut Dem Jillian Gilchrest a big box store that punishes heroism and more...

TLP 284 - THE AK KORNER Part 8: Accessories

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Welcome back to the Talking Lead AK Korner presented by Pioneer Arms Corp! Part 8 of our educational journey into the world of AK-47s leads us to the land of Accessories. And what a vast land it is. Joining Lefty and Shwell to help explore the topic of AK-47 accessories is Sven Jonsson of Manticore Arms and coming back for a third visit we have AK-47 expert Brian Keeney of Occam Defense Solutions.

From stocks, to magazines, to handguards, to muzzle devices and everything in between we discuss the many different options, where to get them and what to keep in mind when purchasing and adding accessories to keep your AK 922r compliant.

Sven and Brian offer some fantastic listener-only-discounts from Manticore Arms' and Occam Defense Solutions' online stores. And we give away another Pioneer Arms Corp AK-47 Hellpup to our 8th lucky listener.

TLP 283 - CMDR Tom Coulter: Navy SEAL Teams Explained

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Thanks for tuning in for another episode of the Talking Lead Podcast. Bringing you more great interviews from the 2019 SHOT Show at the "Official Leadquarters" of Buck Knives. This week Lefty's special guest is Commander Tom Coulter Navy SEAL (retired). The Commander enlightens us on the differences of each SEAL Team and East Coast vs West Coast Teams. Lefty hits the Commander with the Talking Lead "New Guy" questions. Some highlights include motorcycles and a 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351.

Also dropping in to make a SPECIAL announcement is Rob Pincus. A new collaboration with I.C.E. Training and Talking Lead has been made. You know that means savings for the Lead Head Brigade. Listen in to find out the details.

Commander Coulter is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL commander who served as a SEAL for 27 years, and is considered one of the world’s leading technology security experts. He retired as Chief of Staff, Naval Special Warfare, Group 2, the East Coast Command for SEAL Teams 2,4, 8, and 10 and started the high tech procurement arm for Naval Special Warfare. His other postings included Commanding Officer for SEAL Team Three in Southwest Asia. He was also involved in the training of more than 7,000 foreign Special Forces operators and more than 70% of today’s top SEAL team commanders.

Two more recipients of the Talking Lead-Buck Knives-Streamlight-FLEOA EDC Pocket Dump Rewards Program is announced.

TLP 282 - CJ Buck & WWII Vet Albert Mampre (Band Of Brothers)


We are back with a loaded Talking Lead Podcast episode Lead Heads! Fresh from the Official Leadquarters of Buck Knives we bring you all the cool gadgets, guns & people from the 2019 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

Lefty kicks off Talking Lead's 4 days of interviews with the owner of Buck Knives himself, CJ Buck. CJ fills us in on the history of Buck Knives spanning back four generations beginning in 1902. CJ and Lefty talk about Buck's new line of Cerakoted knives and some special environmental projects they are involved in with Bob Taylor of Taylor Guitars.

Next up CJ and Lefty have a very special guest join them at the Buck Knives' Leadquarters studio. World War II veteran Staff Sergeant Albert (AL) L. Mampre of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division drops in and delivers a memorable interview. Al shares some of his personal war stories and give us the secrets to living a long and happy life.

Another lucky Lead Head is announced to receive a EDC Pocket Dump Reward from Talking Lead, Streamlight, Buck Knives and FLEOA! All this and lots more...Listen now!

TLP 281 - Optics 101: Choosing the Correct Scope Reticle


Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast. On the eve of our travels to SHOT Show we drop an information packed episode on you Lead Heads. J-Mack with RITON optics joins Lefty to talk about scope reticles and some factors you want to consider when choosing the right reticle for your scope.

Also joining the conversation Lefty invites Ranger Sniper and Author Paul Martinez to add a professional shooter's perspective and expertise. As all ways before we get to the meat and potatoes of the show the Gunny comes to the rescue with the Talking Lead Jackwagon Train to haul off a new bunch of Jackwagons. This episode's Jackwagons are: A crooked Chicago anti-gun city official found with 23 guns in his office, a cop killer in Provo & TSA sending guns to Tokyo.

After our course on reticles Paul talks about his new book "When The Killer Man Comes: Eliminating Terrorists As a Special Operations Sniper". Paul is giving away two autographed copies of his book to a couple of deserving Lead Heads and we giveaway another EDC Pocket Dump Rewards package from Talking Lead, Buck Knives, Streamlight & FLEOA. So tune in and get "Leaducated"!

TLP 280 - THE AK KORNER Part 7: 922r Compliance


Welcome back to the Talking Lead AK Korner 12 part series presented by Pioneer Arms Corp. Part 7 Shwell is back to help Lefty host another information packed AK Korner episode. Our guests this week include CJ Johnson president of Pioneer Arms Corp USA and Andrew Breneman with Century Arms (Drew is an all around gun guru). We embark on discussing 922r compliance: Section 922r of US Code, Title 18 is a regulation which pertains to building or modifying a semiautomatic rifle or shotgun from imported parts. This law impacts importers, manufacturers, gunsmiths and consumers who assemble their own firearms.

  • (r) It shall be unlawful for any person to assemble from imported parts any semiautomatic rifle or any shotgun which is identical to any rifle or shotgun prohibited from importation under section 925(d)(3) of this chapteras not being particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes except that this subsection shall not apply to—

  • (1) the assembly of any such rifle or shotgun for sale or distribution by a licensed manufacturer to the United States or any department or agency thereof or to any State or any department, agency, or political subdivision thereof; or

  • (2) the assembly of any such rifle or shotgun for the purposes of testing or experimentation authorized by the Attorney General.

We also discuss go/no-go gauges, what they are for and how to use them. And we giveaway another Pioneer Arms Corp. AK-47!

TLP 279 - The New CP33 Pistol & KS7 Bullpup Shotgun


It's time for another episode of the Talking Lead Podcast! We live up to our reputation as being the podcast the Firearms Industry goes to for their exclusive releases of new products. Chad Enos with Kel-Tec Weapons drops some sweet news on the Lead Head Brigade by telling us about their new 22lr pistol the CP33 and their new bullpup shotgun the KS7. But before we get the low down on these new offerings from Kel-Tec the Gunny storms in with the Talking Lead Jackwagon Train. Jackwagons this week include: Dianne Feinstein and her underhanded crew of Senators. The legacy seeking witch is back at it with her new "Assault Weapons Ban",  an Ohio man steals a gun from a man dying at the scene of a motorcycle accident, Trolls on social media and more.

We give away our second Talking Lead-Buck Knives-Streamlight-FLEOA EDC Pocket Dump Reward! We still have 8 more to give away so listen up and take part!


TLP 278 - New Year, New Gun Bans, Same Old BS


Happy New Year Lead Head Brigade! Talking Lead is back with our first episode of 2019. Helping Lefty bring in the show is fellow Lead Head and friend, Bill Hampstead with the FLEOA. Before Lefty kicks off the show he gives a big "Thank you!" to all the support and participation you listeners have given Talking Lead over the past 6 years.

Happy New Year Lead Head Brigade! Talking Lead is back with our first episode of 2019. Helping Lefty bring in the show is fellow Lead Head and friend, Bill Hampstead with the FLEOA. Before Lefty kicks off the show he gives a big "Thank you!" to all the support and participation you listeners have given Talking Lead over the past 6 years.

The first Talking Lead Jackwagon Train of 2019 rolls in with the Gunny ready to haul off our new batch of Jackwagons. A teen shoots her foot off with a stolen AK-47. A want-to-be celebrity named Tom Arnold gets lashed by Dana Loesch and a new ban on bump stock devices slaps us in the face to start off our New Year.

We discuss some initial plans and activities for SHOT Show.. We hint at a few guests that will be dropping by the Buck Knives booth which is the Official 2019 SHOT Show"Leadquarters" Studio. One very special interview that is confirmed will be with the last living member of Easy Company's Band Of Brothers... All this and more, listen now!

TLP 277 - Light Up Your EDC With Streamlight

TLP 277 - Light Up Your EDC With Streamlight


Merry Christmas Lead Heads!  Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast!  We are making your Christmas bright this episode with our guest Brian Osborn of Streamlight Inc.  A former Olympian and S.W.A.T. sniper Brian talks about the importance of implementing a flashlight into your every-day-carry kit and your firearms training.  Lefty and Brian also discuss the right light for the right situation, the benefits of having more than one flashlight, the benefits of duel fuel lights and the variety of lights Streamlight offers to meet your needs.

House-to-house magazine searches in New Jersey?  Harvard student kicked out of her home for legally owning firearms?  Banning Christmas song classics?  What is going on?  Find out as the guys take care of a new load of Jackwagons during the The Talking Lead Jackwagon Train segment.

You'll see infrared in a whole new light during this episode's Talking Lead Facts To Fight The Myth segment.  Casey Betzold joins us to talk about the upcoming Anteris Alliance Try and Buy event at the Progun Club in Las Vegas, more on the EDC Pocket Dump Listener Rewards Program and lots more so tune in, relax and enjoy!

TLP 276 - THE AK KORNER PART 6: Travis Haley, Jim Fuller & Brian Keeney

TLP 276 - THE AK KORNER PART 6: Travis Haley, Jim Fuller & Brian Keeney

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It is that time of month when we talk all things AK-47 on the Talking Lead AK Korner presented by Pioneer Arms CorpPart 6 is all about training with your AK-47.  Joining Lefty this episode is Brian Keeney of OCCAM Defense.  Brian brings with him two of the industry's most revered AK-47 experts Travis Haley of Haley Strategic Partners and Jim Fuller of Rifle Dynamics to talk philosophies of training.  After we get some great training tips from Travis, Jim and Brian, Lefty hits the guys with your "Lead Head" submitted questions.

Next Brian talks about OCCAM Defense's new ODS-1775 AKM pattern rifle and his journey that ultimately led him to building this beast of a rifle that is capable of shooting 1 MOA and better at ranges not typical for an AK-47.

Haley Strategic Partners: Bringing together the leading tactical, strategic and design professionals in the world, Haley Strategic harnesses experience and passion to raise the bar and drive action leading to greatness in every project the Company undertakes.

Led by Special Operations Forces veteran CEO Travis Haley, the Haley Strategic team delivers a wealth of services, from dynamic hands-on live fire training to high-level product stress testing and development, to precision-targeted experiential marketing and PR.

Rifle Dynamics (RD): Over a decade ago Jim Fuller fell in love with the AK. It was simple, reliable, and the most produced rifle in the world. It was also far from perfect and not well liked in the U.S.  RD was founded in 2007, in Jim Fuller’s garage, with the express purpose of producing a line of “…fighting rifles anyone could count on.”

Jim's mission is to help popularize the AK platform in the United States by taking away the "bad guy" gun stigma it has carried over the decades in America .  Jim builds AK's that handle with ease, are supremely reliable, incredibly accurate, beautifully crafted, and always deliver.

Occam Defense Solutions Inc. : ODS was born out of a desire to make simple, reliable, and practical weapons for the American Rifleman.  We look for real problems and design elegant solutions for them.  Our name comes from the scientific principle of Occam’s Razor: “All things being equal, the simplest answer is the correct one”.

ODS is located in Idaho, one of the most free states in the union.  ODS loves liberty, and firmly believes that individual access to quality weapons supports liberty on a personal and national level.

TLP 275 - The SHOT Show "Leadquarters" Royal Announcement

TLP 275 - The SHOT Show "Leadquarters" Royal Announcement


Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast!  We hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday.  This episode we reveal where the 2019 SHOT Show LEADQUARTERS will be hosted.  To help with the big announcement Lefty brings back a guest from episode 273???  Listen to find out the big news.  Also this episode Lefty interviews Art Cason from Royal Range USA, the premier indoor gun range and retail store for the Southeast United States.  Joining in on the conversation is our friendly neighborhood Squatch and Master Of Arms host Zeke Stout.

We take care of a whole train load of listener submitted Jackwagons as The Gunny races in with the Talking Lead Jackwagon Train.  Next Lefty and his guest host re-announce the new LEAD HEAD BRIGADE EDC Pocket Dump Rewards Program and clarify what you need to do to participate.

TLP 274 - 4th Annual Black Friday/Cyber Monday Hot Dish Of Deals

TLP 274 - 4th Annual Black Friday/Cyber Monday Hot Dish Of Deals

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Happy Thanksgiving!  The show you Lead Heads have been waiting for all year has finally arrived!  We are serving up the hottest deals from the best companies.  This is our biggest Black-Friday-Cyber-Monday-End-Of-Year deals show ever.  Enough reading, now listen to the show, get the codes and take advantage of the hot-dish-deals these companies have cooked up exclusively for the Lead Head Brigade:

Sheep Dog IA

Tactical Shit

Occam Defense

Royal Range USA

Aklys Defense

Modern Spartan Systems

Obsidian Arms

X-Steel Targets

Night Fision

Tactical Rx

Operator Coffee

RITON Optics

Palmetto State Armory

Altai Boots

Prym1 Camo

Dipstick Coatings

1776 United


Talking Lead 273 – Chris Spence Horse Soldier & EDC Pocket Dump Rewards


TLP 273 - Chris Spence Horse Soldier & EDC Pocket Dump Rewards

Welcome back to the Talking Lead Podcast Lead Heads!  Joining Lefty this episode is Bill Hampstead with the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) to help make an announcement that you will not want to miss.  Also along to help with the big announcement & co-hosting is Chris Brooks Director of Brand Management for Buck Knives Inc.

Before the guys drop the good news Lefty has Master Sergeant Chris Spence on the show.  Chris was part of The Special Forces team (Task Force Dagger) deployed to Afghanistan just weeks after 9/11, known now as the “horse soldiers,” made famous by Doug Stanton’s book Horse Soldiers and the movie 12 Strong. We talk about their mission and learn more about Chris with the Talking Lead "New Guy" questions.

The Talking Lead Jackwagon Train rolls in to pick up a new batch of Jackwagons that includes a trio that stole over $400k by using stolen valor, a day care that doubles as a "fight club" and some Canadians that one of you Lead Heads nominated.

Talking Lead, FLEOA, Buck Knives and Streamlight are pleased to announce a new Listener appreciation rewards opportunity for you Civilian & Sheep Dog Lead Heads.  Listen to the podcast to find out the details!

TLP 272 - THE AK KORNER Part 5: Jim Fuller Rifle Dynamics

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It's time for Part 5 of the Talking Lead AK KORNER presented by Pioneer Arms Corp.  Grab a comfy seat fill a glass with your favorite adult beverage because we have the legend of the American AK-47 build, Jim Fuller!  Lefty has the privilege of picking Jim's brain on everything AK.   Jim tells us how he was first exposed to the AK and what really hooked him on this tough-as-nails rifle.  We go into the history of Rifle Dynamics and talk about some of their newest projects.  And we go to you, the Lead Head listener, and ask Jim your questions you sent in via email and social media posts.