You’ve heard us talk about Panteao Productions here on Kit Up, more than once. In their ever-increasing library of DVDs (and streaming content options) is a vast amount of accumulated knowledge. This isn’t surprising, given their ‘stable’ of SMEs. You can like the video training option or hate it, but there’s no denying the amount of background and experience Panteao presents taken in total. Paul Howe of Combat Shooting and Tactics, Jim Gilliland of Shadow-6, Louis Awerbuck of Yavapai Firearms Academy, Jim Fuller of Rifle Dynamics, “Chappy” Chapman of LMS Defense…I could go on, but you get the point.

In any case, what you might not know is that the vast majority of their filming is done on location in the Everglades (which is where Matt Jacques of Victory First tried to feed me to what appeared to be the world’s biggest saltwater crocodile, though Panteao HMFIC Fernando Coelho said it was a young alligator). The location is a good one, but it is a lengthy drive from the closest billeting and infrastructure, which cuts down on the amount of work time they have available each day. There are availability limitations, weather constraints and the fore-mentioned reptiles as well.

As a result, Panteao Productions intends to build their own shooting location – to wit, a Pantheon Headquarters (Panteao is Portuguese for Pantheon) in South Carolina. this will include an indoor studio, multiple ranges, armory armory/gunsmithing accommodations, billeting facilities and all the infrastructure required to bring the crew and ‘talent’ in and get to work. Less time on the road, more time working.IMG_6538

In order to build the Panteao Productions HQ quickly (they hope to move in and be filming by October) they are launching a Kickstarter project with a goal of $250,000.

Kickstarter LinkWe just launched a fund raising project on in an effort to help fast track the ranges and studio. The ranges include a 100 yard bay and three 25 yard bays. We already have steel targets supplied to us by our friends over at Action Target. The indoor studio will feature studio sets geared specifically towards instructional videos and interviews, including a green screen set, moveable walls, etc. Instead of traveling to film at a rented studio and bring all of our gear, we will be able to produce more videos in a shorter period of time from our own facility. A phase 1 study has already been completed on the land, designs completed and a contractor selected. Now we need to pull the trigger and get the project rolling.

If the Kickstarter Goal isn’t reached, they’ll phase the ranges and studio facilities as time and funds allow. If they exceed their fundraising goal they will build a ballistic shoot house with the help of Action Target.

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I meant to get this up sooner, so if you haven’t heard, Tac-TV with Larry Vickers is now available on I have known Larry for a lot of years now, and I am happy to see this latest expansion of the Vickers Tactical brand. Larry is a lot of things — he’s a former member of Delta Force, small-arms consultant, carbine and pistol instructor, entertainer. But anyone who has spent any time around Larry knows he is passionate about weapons and is dedicated to teaching sound shooting techniques.

His foray into internet TV grew out his regular television show on the Sportsman Channel, a program that’s geared more toward a general audience than the small-arms aficionado. That’s where comes in, Larry says.

“There’s always tons of content that doesn’t get into the half-hour TV show; you have to edit it down to 22 min because you have eight minutes of commercials,” he says. This extra content often includes nuances of weapons handling that shooting enthusiasts often pay money to learn. “There is training content for someone who really wants to learn to shoot pistol or carbine better that is going to be on there, and if it was on Sportsman Channel,  let’s face it — it would be boring for a lot of the audience.”

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Here’s some great footage of a night CAS (Close Air Support) drop. Another day in the office…


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Medal of Honor recipients Nicolas Oresko and Dakota Meyer, the oldest and the youngest.

This Veteran’s Day I had the honor of being able to act as a liaison for Mr. Oresko at the Veteran’s Day parade in New York City.  At age 94, Mr. Oresko was ordered by his doctor not to attend the parade.   That didn’t seem to deter him much.  After all, Mr. Oresko almost single handedly cleaned out several bunkers full of Nazis during the Battle of the Bulge.  The cold weather wasn’t about to keep him away.  The last ten or so blocks of the parade, Mr. Oresko felt up to getting out of the vehicle for a bit and was pushed down 5th Avenue by his friends and caretakers.  People cheered and clapped as the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient passed them, I think everyone was really in awe of this man. [click to continue…]


Team, we’re getting ready to roll the live chat with Jake Zweig of Top Shot. You don’t want to miss this! Grab a beer and some bandwidth and be ready at 5pm Eastern.

UPDATE: 5pm eastern: Team, stand by, we’ll get started shortly.

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Alright Gents-

I pulled questions from your comments and sent them off for Jake to answer. I can tell you this, from working with him during this interview process he has been nothing but first class.

We will be up live today at 5pm Eastern 2pm Pacific for a live Q&A with Jake. We will have our chat software up and running thanks to Charlie my badass right hand IT guy…This will allow you guys to log in with a username and ask questions directly in real time.  I’ll moderate so keep it fairly clean!

See below, some of the questions posted were redundant so I went with the original question (usually). Anyway, not a perfect system but here you go…..Brandon

1. From Dave

Jake, Do you believe your behavior on Top Shot was what was expected of a former officer in the U.S. military?

The bottom line is it was a total TV show….I did what I had to do to stay on the show. In combat, as a Navy SEAL officer behind enemy lines it would  have been 1000x times worse. People fail to realize that the show is a GAME, not WAR. If you would have seen all the raw footage, you would have seen more of my leadership and teamwork skills in action. However, because it’s edited, they only include the footage that shows me as an aggressive Type A dude, because that’s what makes for good television.

2. Meeeee

As the first Navy Seal on top shot you represent every frogman out there. Navy Seals are known to be extremely team orientated why were you unable to build that relationship with your teammates? Did you feel overqualified?

The team functioned well….you have to see beyond the TEAM because it made no sense for me to take my whole team of winners to Green team.  This is an individual show…the team part is purely for the sake of television. All of the elimination style shows are like that…Survivor, The Contender, etc. At the end of the day it’s every man for himself. Overqualified yes…but it does not have anything to do with the team work part…. Mike Hughes led right next to me but you never saw any of that.

3. Farmboy 7.62Why did you quit?

I left the show because it wasn’t the competition I expected it to be when I started. Period. Had nothing to do with my performance in the last challenge.

4. JamesviniQuestion @ Jake,

Looking back on your whole military career, is there anything significant that you would go back and change or do differently? 

 I would have hunted for a great minority Mentor in the SEAL teams enlisted or officer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5. BuckarooMedic

My question would be; “Sir, why did you demean yourself by agreeing to be on a show such as this?”

I wouldn’t say that it was a demeaning experience…I thought it was a shooting show that would be fun…just not the case.  I wanted to up my exposure for college coaching.


6. DGR

I guess if I had to ask this man a question, I’d like to know what would possess a person to ever want to be part of a show like this and be subject to pure stupidity and public humiliation?

Good question, because you do not get paid. If I had to do it again I would because of the exposure but I would have had a different take on it.  Live and Learn.

7. Roger WildermuthMy question for Mr. Zweig would be based upon a statement he made in another interview (; “When the Commandant wanted to see it (his custom BLACK class ring) I told him I had lost it because as soon as I got it I sent it home to Washington because I knew there would be hell to pay for it, so no one ever saw until after I was out of the academy “.
Were you Lying to your commanding officer, while a midshipman (a violation of the Honor Code) in order to avoid the consequences of your actions then, or were you lying to the interviewer. In either case, why should we believe anything you are saying now?

Great question!!!! I can neither confirm nor deny the comments above.

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Jake Zweig of Top Shot


Hi everyone-

Former Navy SEAL Jake  Zweig will be “live” and logged-in on Kit Up this Saturday from 5-6pmEST.  You guys will have a chance to post questions and get answers in real time from Jake himself.

I’ll post your previous questions (I pulled these out of the comments) and have Jake’s answers up on the Saturday Interview/Post as discussion points.  If you have anything else to ask, please turn in your questions before tomorrow so I can forward to Jake.

There’s a lot of opinions out there both bad and good but, let’s remember to be respectful during this forum and remember he’s giving up an hour of his personal time for us at Kit Up.

Thanks guys-