Brady Speth 0:08
Alright Everybody, welcome to the Riton podcast. Got some really cool guests today, my buddy Rex, my friend Erin. As you kind of know, this is something that we started doing just to kind of get some friends together and and kind of tell stories have fun. kind of let everybody know what everybody’s kind of been up to this year. 2020 has been one of those crazy fun years of not getting to be out and about and not going to do a lot of events and stuff that we do. So we figured let’s bring everybody here and thus the Riton Podcast. So everyone introduce Rex and Erin. I’ll throw it to Erin here quickly and do a little background on both him and Rex.
Jammer Actual 0:45
I’m Erin. And this is this my partner Rex, Rex pretty much goes with me everywhere. Yeah, a little background on me. I grew up in Kansas, small town, Kansas, and then did a stint in the military, the Marine Corps as an O321. reconnaissance marine. I was in there for about from about 2000 to 2004 did just one pump over to Iraq. Pretty uneventful, great group, great group of guys great memories and stuff like that, but came back got out and then did the school thing because that’s what you’re supposed to do when you get our of theMarine Corps is a smart thing. So I went to school for a few years studying college studying engineering and found out that I the desk was no place for me. So I quickly got back into kind of the same field. And I’ve been working with the government in Special Operations capacity for since gosh 2007 nine frames So currently, you know still doing that still active in that get a few more years till retirement and I can actually go on to bigger brighter things. But the meantime that that’s what pays the bills, as far as Rex. Rex here this guy’s got kind of a unique story. I found him at a local dogpound here in Tucson and took him on as kind of a project just because I know that the demand that the the Malinois was have and and
Brady Speth 2:25
They don’t have any energy at all.
Jammer Actual 2:27
No, not at all.
Brady Speth 2:28
Jammer Actual 2:29
But uh took him on as a project and it’s turned out really good. We’ve we’ve done a lot of great things just in the short year and a half.
Brady Speth 2:35
Jammer Actual 2:36
that I’ve that I’ve had him so
Brady Speth 2:38
no Rex is an awesome dog. We’ve had him here a bunch of times we’ve traveled with him. He isn’t he is not joking when he says he goes everywhere with him. We will talk we’ll touch on a little bit later we did tactical games up in Utah Rex came with us. He’s a great dog. So the story of let’s jump into it right now. The story of Rex going from dog pound to as he stares at me because he knows his name and he wants to come hang out dog pound Rex to call of duty Rex Really? Right? So he’s a he’s an amazing dog. And you’ve obviously the time that takes to take a dog from a dog pound kind of thing to, you know, to where he is now kind of dig into that a little bit and the motivation why you wanted to go down that road?
Jammer Actual 3:18
Yeah, so So like I said, I found the with the local dog pound, there was a guy that surrendered him. And I actually met the guy. So it was it was kind of a unique opportunity, I could get a little bit of a background on him and the guy was clearly thought, you know, it’s one of those, you know, the typical case with these dogs where, you know, somebody sees him and you know, john john wick
they come up pre package like that, and they’re just gonna do all that stuff. They have no idea like what they’re getting themselves in, right. So he was surrendering him, you know, because he didn’t have the time or the dedication that it takes with these a lot of these guys so good deal. You know, he didn’t just kick him out on the street, but he had been able to
Brady Speth 4:01
somewhat do the right thing.
Jammer Actual 4:02
Yeah. So so you know, so we took him on. And, you know, quickly I could tell like, this guy wants to work he wants he wants to please he wants to do
Brady Speth 4:12
his work drive is stupid?
Jammer Actual 4:14
Yeah. And it’s worked out great. I have a good buddy. Chris, that that helps me out, you know, just kind of introducing me to kind of how to communicate with him and yeah, and try some training techniques and
Brady Speth 4:30
which is key because I think like you said, most people think they can just immediately start a set stay you know, dance monkey kind of thing. work that way.
Jammer Actual 4:38
Brady Speth 4:38
They have a mind of their own so
Jammer Actual 4:40
So he helped me out a lot in the beginning. I still in we’re still in touch. We still you know if there’s something you know, I recently shot a commercial for black rifle that I think it’s supposed to be you out maybe like in the next month or so hopefully. But you know, there’s some stuff that was required specifically for That Yeah, I was just like I was at a loss. Well I’m at a loss I call Chris up he hits you know, he helps me out and kind of kind of clues me in on some stuff that I can do to kind of fine tune his stuff.
Brady Speth 5:10
Jammer Actual 5:12
Now you know he’s so we started doing some some still photography with one of the companies I work with on the side tacgas. Yes, you’re familiar with. And we kind of got into that. And then him being on set for a lot of those shoots. It could be one of our big clients is his call of duty, which everybody usually knows. And so when it came time that they needed some canine stuff, some dog stuff, you know, he’s already there on set. So come on, he hooked it up nice. Any, you know, anytime the camera comes on this dog? Oh, yeah,
Brady Speth 5:49
he flip’s the switch.
Jammer Actual 5:50
Stupid. But yeah. So he’s just kind of fell into that. And it’s been it’s been great. So he’s, he’s now. He’s now featured a lot of like the calling cards and some of the opening screen
Brady Speth 6:01
From dogpound to call of duty.
Jammer Actual 6:03
Yeah, so his Instagram, his call of duty Rex. He’s blown up on there a little bit.
Brady Speth 6:08
Even my son, he’s eight years old, only fire up Call of Duty. And you see Rex walk. And he’s like, Yeah, he’s excited. He is awesome. So now that’s super cool to kind of have that story and that dedication to man, that’s a full time job for you to take on. You know, so the that’s cool to have that want that dedication to do it. So kudos to you for taking him to this, this point.
The ah, so Rex obviously, the company has done a lot of stuff. Why don’t you go back you kind of kind of did a little bit of your history. So Marine Corps right around 911, early 2000. So what you said kind of small town growing up from from small town, Montana, kind of I think what we do is small town boys, you go join the military. So seemed like a natural progression for me. What made you want to go into the Marine Corps back in 2000?
Jammer Actual 6:54
Well, you know, I was gonna I wanted to go be a Navy SEAL like everybody else. Right. So yeah, it’s kind of funny. I was I was at I was 20. I actually went in late I was 24.
Brady Speth 7:04
Jammer Actual 7:06
I was working at casino just, you know, as a limo driver. valet. And it was kind of the, you know, I kind of had a turning point was parking cars one day, I had my old football coach from college show up and I parked his car. And I was like, man, we I’m really doing big things here.
Brady Speth 7:32
Jammer Actual 7:32
so I felt like a real dumb ass so yeah, you know, and just kind of a reality check man. Yeah. Like Dude, you’re 24 you know, I did well in school leading up to that I was you know, into sports quite a bit in successful and I was like, I’m parking cars at 24 man I’m not kidding on anybody that’s out there doing that man. But you know, for me, I was like, man, I gotta be doing something you know. So So I decided hey, I’m gonna go into the Navy. I’m going to be a Navy SEAL just like Casey Ryback yeah so yeah, so I you know, I went to go and list I did you know a bunch of paperwork and stuff when it came time to actually you know, no shit sign up. I still remember as cold as hell. I’m sitting there in Kansas City outside waiting outside of the recruiting station for them to show up. Yeah. And about about 30 minutes have passed. I’m still locked outside as you know, the guys weren’t there yet. And you know, steps this you know, hard charging Gunnery Sergeant, you know from the Marine Corps recruiting station. He’s like a devil. He’s like, what are you doing out here? I was like, Well sir, he goes here’s well here’s Let me guess you’re gonna be a Navy SEAL you’re waiting on the Navy to show up I’m like oh yeah yeah, so he’s like Alright, well if you’re waiting the cold just come on in here you know so
Brady Speth 8:57
he got you
Jammer Actual 8:58
so I went in there you know and he shows me you know that this Hey, we got this you know force recon on us doing all this video puts on you know he’s even quoted like the movie The Rock yeah you remember the the guys that went in there and kicked all the Navy SEALs asses Yeah, yeah, it was it was a force recon guys I’m like I’m basing my life decisions right now so he said he showed me a bunch of videos and whatnot you know and and the pitch he gave me the cat you know? Kind of gummies is like yeah if you you know if you if you do get injured in training man like worst case scenario you end up in the infantry right? Am I okay? And you still get a total gun or in the Navy if you break your ankle or something. You can go be a cook or a freakin you know, Chip paint on a ship for five six years. And then all you know, he also did say you can you know what sounds better, you know, Corporal, Sergeant, or Seaman. like okay, dude, I get it. Yeah. So So I sold you know, Needless to say, I signed up and ended the the pipeline for Navy
Brady Speth 10:06
to get four showed up late.
Jammer Actual 10:07
Yeah. So it worked out it was I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything. That’s great greatest. I still you know, I just came back this last weekend from Vegas we did the Marine Corps ball up the air and, and retirement ceremony for one of one of the best, you know, recon Marines that I know and just kind of who’s who of recon Marines up there for the ball and have no idea why I was there.
Brady Speth 10:30
Someone snuck me in there, but it was cool. That’s cool. It’s hard to like, like you said, once you leave that you can always still crave that that was a hard thing for me leaving the military was like, I went to school. I did that whole thing. Like you said, like, that’s what you do when you get out. And as soon as I got out of college, I was like, Huh, I kind of miss all my buddies. I kind of miss like having a purpose. I kind of miss you know, and that’s what led me to law enforcement. And then you know, and that’s kind of the same attitude we have around here at write on is like, you know, we want to have that camaraderie want to have that fun one have that this isn’t a place where you come sit in a cubicle and waste eight hours a day, you know, so yeah, man, I get it completely. So the it’s it’s funny how a lot of our stories are similar as far as how you get to present day so. So Tucson, so I got to tell a story this was was about six months or so ago. Now. I call Baron. I was like, Hey, dude, we’re doing tactical games. You want to do it? And he was like, Yeah, I don’t see why not like no hesitation, no anything. So anybody that doesn’t know what a tactical games are, you got to look them up. It’s essentially two or three days, depending on the competition of kind of just working out and shooting. So I’ll give Aaron a ton of credit, because literally, I there wasn’t even like a second of hesitation. He’s like, that sounds great. Let’s do it. I was like, I didn’t even get to finish telling you so. So when was that October, we end up in Utah, which oddly enough, I feel like me and Aaron hang out more in Utah, right in weird towns in Utah that we do at Arizona. But so we go to Utah, we get a couple of two or three of his buddies and we get a team of six together, you would actually done more, that was my first time doing that. So why don’t you tell me a little bit about kind of the tactical games and some of the stuff we did up there and some of your kind of past history with kind of competing and shooting and kind of working out and doing all that prep.
Jammer Actual 12:11
So so i i don’t know why I always sign up for these things. Because it’s always it’s always the most miserable experience. But I guess we love it. It’s also awesome, you know, because it’s really, it’s really a check to see where it’s at. For me, I use it as kind of a baseline to see where where I’m at, you know, this kind of the firearms and tactical industry being such a large part of my life that I kind of use it to gauge like, Hey, man, are you still are you still an asset or
Brady Speth 12:39
Jammer Actual 12:42
But yeah, I mean, going back I saw it. A friend, a good friend of mine, Tess, she she kind of introduced me to it a couple years ago, guys, it was light years last year, and said, Hey, you know, come check it out. It’s in taxes. So I signed up and we went out there and we’ll we’ll give a shout out. She’s
Brady Speth 13:01
a badass. Oh, shoot for gold on Instagram. She’s Yeah, I think he did the national championship last week or something that I saw some her pictures. So I think
Jammer Actual 13:08
she Yes, podium there.
Brady Speth 13:09
Yes. Which is badass. Oh, yeah.
Jammer Actual 13:11
That’s where that’s where you actually, you know, I turned to her for a little pointers and stuff, because she knows all the ins and outs and all the little, you know, and you know what the tactical games man, there’s, you’d be a great shooter, a great athlete, but there are some little things that, you know, you gain that experience by doing a few of them to see like, what works.
Brady Speth 13:29
It was an eye opener for me for sure. Yeah.
Jammer Actual 13:31
But uh, yeah, I started so I started doing those. I did, Texas last year did Texas this year, and then Utah. And I, it’s, it’s just great. You know, it’s a couple days, it’s it’s high. I would say it’s highly competitive. But it’s a great. It’s a great atmosphere. Yes. It’s good, friendly competition. And I would say, more than anything. I mean, I think a lot of people yeah, you’re competing against other people. But for me, you know, I’m also competing against myself to to overcome a lot of these obstacles. And like I said, just kind of see where the hell I’m at and, and see what my weaknesses are. And I did find those so I can I know I can go back or come back here to Tucson and focus on on those weaknesses. And
Brady Speth 14:16
yeah, that’s a that was a huge eye opener for me, cuz I’ve shot my whole life, right. And I’ve worked out my whole life. And then I work here now. So I was not as in good shape, but I wanted to so then I was like, Alright, I got three months, I’m gonna get in shape. I got in really good shape. I get up there thinking that this is, you know, a workout competition. And I kill the workouts and then I’d spent so much time focusing on the workout part that I knew I was a good shooter, but man, it quickly highlighted some flaws with you know, a longer distance pistol shooting and kind of some different things where I had kind of overlooked so yeah, it’s a it’s an eye opener for sure. When you start putting that kind of stress. And then I came home and I was like, man, I suck at shooting. Like it’s a work to do. So yeah, that’s the cool part. It’s kind of a definite check on yourself. The funny thing I thought is like day one kind of tag on you’re, like the group of people at these things, right? day one, everybody’s nervous, no one talks to each other. Everybody’s like a competition, right? Like serious. And literally, by the middle of day two, like everybody’s screwing around and joking and having a good time. And everybody, you realize that you’re all the same personality, right? Everybody wants to have fun, and everybody wants to compete, but not one person was like, you know, screw that guy, I want to do better than him, like everybody wanted to help. And it was funny, once that ice got broken, it just like opened up the floodgates for, like, really good group of people. So like a competition like that. So hopefully, the next big one we want to do we’re gonna finally get one here in Arizona next year looks like so. I don’t Aaron doesn’t know this yet. But I’ve already recruited him for that one. So we’re gonna have a team right on. So if you want to be a part of a team, right on for the tackle game next October. So I know you’re gonna do that we had to ask the So yeah, that’s something to do with that I kind of like you had a good point. And I think this is a good thing to kind of touch on for people is like, it’s different for everybody, right? The the industry you work in, you need to be at that high level, you need to you know, and so something like a competition kind of tests, am I still there. But touch on that a little bit. It’s hard to stay, I know, I go up and down and up and down. I’ll go I’ll work out hard for a year and be in great shape. And then all sudden, something hits I’m on the road for, you know, six weeks in a row and he just fall off. So touch on that a little bit if you don’t mind cuz I know fitness to you and stay in shape and working out. And you know, one is part of your job, like you need to be at that high level. But what does that kind of mean to you? And how is that kind of helped you through your career?
Jammer Actual 16:37
Yeah, so yeah, the workouts, it’s definitely, you know, as I get older, too, you know, I’m, I’m creeping up I’m masters division. Masters division next. Love it next month. So but yeah, it’s, it’s, it’s, it’s crucial, especially, you know, with this guy, he makes me run I hate I’m not a runner at all,
Unknown Speaker 16:59
you know, the club. But, uh,
Jammer Actual 17:00
you know, I have no choice, you know, to, but to get him some mile, you know, log some miles with him. And then most of my peers, most the guys I work with are, gosh, I think I have a guy now, one of one of my new guys is, I think they say he’s like, 22 or 23. You know, so, yeah, he’s keep up with a 20 to half my age. Right. You know, and, and there’s no, there is no, there is no age curve, or, you know, there is, you know,
Brady Speth 17:26
not in the real world, there’s
Jammer Actual 17:27
no, I mean, it’s, it’s, you either perform, or you don’t so, you know, for me being, you know, my mid 40s and, and, you know, 20 years of wear and tear of doing the stuff that we do, you know, everything aches, you know, everything hurts, but you know, still got to get after it and, and get out there and, and PT every day, it’s just part of what we do, you know, to stay sharp.
Brady Speth 17:52
I think that’s the thing that you got it like, just show up every day, just show up and do it. That’s, that’s a huge one for me is it’s easy to find excuses, Oh, I got to work longer I got to go in or they’re gonna stay late. But it when I’m in my best shape, it’s just show up, just do something every single day and, and make it a routine that you can actually rely on you know, so that’s a good word of words of advice, try to stick to a little easier said than done sometimes. But I’m kind of jumping around here because I know you touched on a little bit when we started and I don’t want to go too long, but talk about Call of Duty so for people who don’t know the character ghost and some of that kind of go into how that came about. And your creepy ass bass that shows up sometimes.
Jammer Actual 18:30
Yeah, so I got hit up to do that from my buddies over attack as you know, with my with my ugly mug. They always you know, always give me these rolls, put on a mask, you know, so, but I know that’s Yeah, so I did that for this past season. Modern Warfare. And then you actually there’s you know, there’s a guy that they there’s actually a voice actor I obviously don’t have the British accent there’s a voice actor that’s done the the voice that goes for years. So yeah, so I can’t take credit for the voice at all. But yeah, so I just got into that and
Brady Speth 19:17
what’s it like trying to film some of that stuff like give people an idea of what you actually have to do? Okay, come a character.
Jammer Actual 19:23
Yeah. So so that that I do have a kind of an interesting story on that as a man there’s, you know, once you when you do put that mask on, you put on all that all that kid that read that cape and all that stuff, or the it’s actually like a poncho that looks like his cape or whatever, but it’s due, it’s a lot of stuff maybe I mean, I’m used to carrying a lot of kids and stuff. But then on top of that, you know, there’s one I’m thinking back to one shoot that we did specifically as for a video, and we’re in this this location, it’s it’s a very industrial location. There’s like 100 foot rappelle that is supposed to do while they’re filming, you know, it’s like a multi camera thing multi levels. And it’s it’s actually it’s in one of the intros to one of the seasons. I think I saw it it’s all the work that went into it. Yeah, I mean, it was a lot of work and it was it was like a one second not even a one second flash of me zipping down this line. And but yeah, he’s climbing up through this you know, this catwalk and there’s no light up there at all. And, you know, there’s this British dude up there rigging the, you know, the faster for me, and he’s like, Are you good with this? I’m like, I’m sitting there and so you know, the little mask that you make with you know, when you were a little kid that’s what it looks like when you’re wearing everything so picture doing that. Yeah. And then and then you’re in its darkest shit. And then you look down and everybody looks like a little ant. Yeah, below you cameras and it’s like dark. And now you got this cape that’s all around the ropes and stuff. And it’s like, are you getting in? This is why my buddy is I think he recruits me for half this stuff because he knows Hey, man, have you done Fitz? Yeah, man. How do you know well, what are we doing? I don’t I don’t just we’re in Yeah, but yeah, going down that rope dude. I was like oh, we’re gonna need you to free you know like stop and break halfway down hold it there for the cameras to get you know this Yeah. So I did it the first time let’s and then of course you know there’s never just never back up there second tape or second take I burned down and I mean hands starting to heat me on getting exhausted. And so it was I think we did three takes but yeah, it was the most cool freakin half a second clip
Brady Speth 21:42
god that’s a tough five as you do all that that’s what 567 hours of work five hours of prep work and then you get the second clip like yeah, the there’s probably a ton of cool stories back but I don’t think people fully understand what goes into even like the video game production is insane. So the work you guys have to do just to get to that point and so the um So here we’ll kind of did says we slowly kind of wrap up um, let’s talk about Rex a little bit I know you guys have some new initiative you’re kind of wanting to get get everybody’s attention on and get out there. Something that we talked about a little bit beforehand. I’m a huge fan of a ton of people that that work on canine departments around the country and the department i was i was on and the Capitol Police and even here in Tucson so I’ll give you the mic a little bit tell us a little bit about kind of your new initiative and what you’re doing with racks
Jammer Actual 22:28
so this is and this is you know as you know we This wasn’t planned Yeah, there’s a pot this on you right before but we’re I’m teaming up with one of my sponsors Bravo Axwell and Ray Allen to what we’re doing we’re gonna call it like the RX project which you know, it’s it’s kind of a thing I’m so lucky to have have him and I’ve really kind of hit the hit the jackpot with him and so we’ve had all these opportunities come our way and as you know, I’m sitting there looking I’m like, you know, people hit us up for pictures and do it you know, right kind of promo stuff and I’m like man, he’s starting to get a little bit of a platform like we need to do I want to do something to give back so there’s a couple agencies that are that are near and dear to our hearts that have had canines shot in the last year one of them fatally and then and then one of them here locally that actually recovered which is awesome. But we wanted to do something so I reached out to a couple of canine departments and and we’re looking to raise money to to provide some of these departments stuff that they’re lacking you know, for example, like some ballistic vests for dogs which will you know, in one case could have possibly saved save the dog and then and then other there’s other little things that you know that that they’d ask for assistance with if if if if this you know does take off but we’re starting out real small man we’re just gonna do that we’ve we’ve been working with a designer to come up with some kind of cool little patches perfect patches stickers who slap stickers and stuff like that and then kind of see how that goes and see how see how much money we can raise and kind of go from there but perfect no gonna be kind of unique because you know he didn’t he’s not wearing his little tactical yeah helmet today and trying to incorporate that’s nice for those of you that
Brady Speth 24:33
don’t know Rex has a helmet and goggles that are probably worth more than any of our helmets or goggles and he looks way more badass if he’s got any super comfortable with it to cruise around with that have the day odd so yeah, he’s got a full ballistic helmet and everything so so the Rex project I love it dude. You know that you got my personal sport and write downs always
Jammer Actual 24:52
Why should I think
Brady Speth 24:53
like that. So that’s near and dear to me family and really close friends on on all a bunch of canine departments and stuff. So anything we can do You definitely let us let us know because we’re behind that for sure. So anything else I like to kind of give you a little bit of free anything you want to talk about anything we missed? And then I got a little wrap up for you that will put you on the spot. Always makes people happy. Man,
Jammer Actual 25:15
I’m not like I said, I just appreciate the guys. You guys your support obviously through the tactical games, and everything else that you know you guys are always cool it’s like family on business and we always love coming in here and just hanging out and whatnot. But thanks to the boys a Bravo actual for for helping me with this project. Cool for them to stop. So couplers let’s see. Ray Allen. They’ve been they’ve been great with helping out with all the canine gear for racks and everything. They’ve really stepped up on that. And and then yeah, I mean, the boys over tak gas Of course, you know, they always have those guys.
Unknown Speaker 25:55
Yeah, so perfect.
Brady Speth 25:58
Ready, so I’m getting a cheat sheet for this one. So we like to do some rapid fire questions. It turned this off to some a little fun note. So and I love it because the the answers to these just vary so much that it’s it’s hilarious. I can’t wait to get a compilation of everybody. All right, so first thing comes your head. Don’t think about it. Just answer the question. Okay. If you have one superpower, what would it be? flight? Perfect. That’s actually mine too. I’d love to go fly. If you could have beer alive, dead anything with one person? Who would you have a beer with?
Jammer Actual 26:31
Man, that’s good. Man. Can we come back to that? All right,
Brady Speth 26:43
I’ll give you a password.
Unknown Speaker 26:45
There’s a lot of choices.
Brady Speth 26:47
All right, we’ll get there’s like there’s an easy way there’s a follow up. If you had eat one food for the rest of your life. What would it be? Man?
Jammer Actual 26:53
That would be have to be steak.
Brady Speth 26:57
Like Okay, good answer. All right, here you go. Cuz you need to write what actually so this would be good. What would the title of your biography be?
Jammer Actual 27:06
My biography probably something like you know how not to live.
Brady Speth 27:17
What not to do?
Jammer Actual 27:18
mistakes but mistakes by error.
Unknown Speaker 27:22
Brady Speth 27:22
If I handed you a stack of a million dollars right now what first thing you would buy?
Jammer Actual 27:27
stock of a million dollars a million
Brady Speth 27:28
dollars. What’s the first thing you walk out and buy? can be anything?
Jammer Actual 27:32
I buy that new Batman now you’re just talking about new pets? Yeah,
Brady Speth 27:38
love it. Alright, beer. Are you gonna drink a beer with
Jammer Actual 27:41
Brady Speth 27:42
I knew I was coming. I was answered that earlier. I love it. Cool, dude, I appreciate it. Thanks for thanks for being on here. racks has fallen asleep on us. So he’s chillin. It’s comfy chair. Thanks for coming, buddy. So it’s always good time, man. I appreciate it. Morning with us and you guys are always welcome. So and we’ll we’ll put links up to the next project and everything else and let people know and kind of go from there. So appreciate it. Awesome, man. Thanks for being here.