Fireside Chats Episode 7: Conversation With Michael Sodini of Walk the Talk America


Michael Sodini of Walk the Talk America
Michael Sodini of Walk the Talk America

USA – Michael Sodini is a former Abercrombie & Fitch model and the President and owner of Eagle Imports. Eagle Imports is the importer of brands such as Bersa, MAC, and Llama. They are one of the biggest gun companies in the world, but Mike is the “ungun gun guy.”

He grew up in the liberal haven of San Francisco before moving to New York for his modeling career. He met his model ex-wife and the mother of his children while traveling the world, but he needed a change which led Mike into guns. A chance meeting in a restaurant years later and coming across a proposition paper by Mental Health America inspired him to try to combat the stigma of mental health and help those who need help the most.

He founded “Walk The Talk America” ( to accomplish this mission.

According to their mission WTTA “is to fund research and development for outreach and promotion of mental health to reduce the misconceptions and prejudices that exist when it comes to mental illness and firearms. We believe we can be a catalyst for change by working with experts in the mental health industry.”

Mike accepted an invite by Mental Health America on behalf of WTTA and went to their conference. This led to a partnership between the firearms industry and MHA. He was able to show them a side of the firearms industry that the mainstream media refuses to share with the public.

They want to make a difference in the mental health of society and protect gun rights at the same time. No one should have to suffer in the dark and their mission is to be there to help those that need it the most.

Being a sufferer of anxiety makes this topic very near and dear to my heart. I had to have him on the podcast. This topic isn’t always an easy topic to deal with, but one that is necessary to confront.

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Fireside Chats is a weekly podcast presented by the Patriot News Podcast which can be found on

On the show, Firearms Journalist, John Crump, talks to the difference makers in and out of the firearms community. He digs deep into these people’s minds to find out what makes them tick. Each free form conversation is one to two hours in length and covers a variety of topics.