17: Matt Burkett of Predator Tactical on shooting himself, dealing with the ATF and building pistols


Matt Burkett is back for part two of a two part interview where we discuss building all-American race guns, dealing with the ATF on importing shotguns, the future of 3-Gun and why practical shooting should be recognized as a sporting purpose for guns.

Matt is a legend in the shooting sports and we had so much to cover that I broke this interview up into two parts. If you haven’t already, check out Part One and then listen to this one.

 In this Episode You’ll Learn:

  • Why looking down your shotgun barrel to check your choke is a bad thing
  • The dumbest thing Matt has ever done
  • Why a quality control document is KEY to getting your imported gun approved through the ATF
  • How to differentiate yourself as a pro shooter on the interwebs
  • Why I’m going to be changing my name to something more cutesy and creative
  • Plus… Matt Shoots himself! I’m not kidding and don’t try it. But scroll down to see what I’m talking about.
  • And more!

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  • Matt shoots himself (do NOT try this):

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Thanks for listening!

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A big thanks to Matt for being an awesome guest on The 3-Gun Show!


  • steve collen says:

    I listen to your podcast every week. Often on the way to or back from a match. Great job.

    But … 🙂 … don’t suck up to your guests so much. I know you have to sign up new guests, but ask provocative questions from time to time instead of saying everything they do or think is awesome.

    Matt was a great example of this. You could have pushed him a little about the spotty delivery track record of his company. I thought he sounded like a self absorbed windbag, although I will admit he was somewhat entertaining.

    Once again, great job. Thanks for doing the podcast!

    • Dave says:

      Thank you for listening to the podcast Steve and thanks for the feedback. I genuinely appreciate it.

      Replying with “awesome” is just how I am. I do it in normal conversations, email, Facebook, etc. It is a vocal tick just like when I start off every dang sentence with “so”. 😀 Also I say “dude” and “f**k” a lot. Ha!

      RE calling out Matt or other guests:
      I take the “host” and “guest” titles seriously and intend to use the podcast as a platform to positively promote the sport of 3-Gun and educate shooters along the way. I personally don’t like negative, sensationalist or “gotcha” journalism and don’t want the show to be that type of content either.
      And to be honest Steve I didn’t know about Matt’s issues in getting guns out the door other than what he told me on the show. I could have/should have done better research before hand.

      So thanks again for your feedback and for listening to the show!


  • John Pado says:

    Would be nice if you repaid the thousands of dollars you took from a severely wounded Afghanistan Marine veteran. How’s that sponsorship working for you? You’ve 3+ years to repay him and you screen calls and give sob stories. Man up and do what’s right.

  • John says:

    I think you missed your face. Haven’t forgotten about you Matt. Nor has anyone forgotten that you took thousands of dollars from a wounded veteran. Do you think you sponsors and supporters would stay so calm and keep you around if they knew this? Fix it. Do what is right. Contact me directly…oh wait, you like to delete posts on your FB page that show who you are.

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