Champion Shooter Matthew Burkett Falls Farther From Grace… Arrested for Meth

We’ve been following the harrowing saga of former champion shooter Matthew Burkett for some time. As early as 2014 we covered the ongoing alleged fraud and earlier this year reported on the first arrest of Mr. Burkett on those same fraud charges. With the federal fraud case pending, it would seem that Mr. Burkett could not help himself and in three separate instances tested positive for the use of methamphetamine.

According to the Phoenix New Times, the arrest was made after his temporary detention and arraignment on the fraud charges. Burkett told the New Times that the indictment is “factually incorrect”… and that, “he never stole his customers’ money.” He further admitted to the paper that “several customers” are “waiting for his company to deliver custom-built shotguns or .45-caliber pistols.”

This will be difficult for him since a term of his release is that he is forbidden from possessing any guns or weapons. Then again, he was likewise forbidden from using illegal drugs…

In light of the ban, Predator Tactical and Mr. Burkett has previously spoken to offering scope mounts costing around $130 to $140. At the time of this writing, the Predator Tactical website is offline and all traces of product offerings have mostly vanished from online sources.

I think it’s possible that Mr. Burkett has hit rock bottom and decided it wasn’t deep enough.





Frank.K

TFB’s FNG. Completely irreverent of all things marketing but a passionate lover of new ideas and old ones well executed. Enjoys musing on all things firearms, shooting 3-gun, and attempting to be both tacticool AND tactical.


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  • Bill

    If that’s a recent picture, he’s nowhere near rock bottom, which is toothless, skinny and with tats on his face, “working” at a recycling plant sorting glass from paper and trying to steal the aluminum cans to sell back.

    • Dougscamo

      Don’t forget the “meth bug” sores on his arms….

  • Anonymoose

    He hit rock bottom and started drilling for oil.

  • Raginzerker

    *scratches teeth* I’ll do a custom trigger job for some cyrstal

  • M.M.D.C.

    “…Mr. Burkett has hit rock bottom and decided it wasn’t deep enough.”

    Addiction to drugs like meth is akin to demon possession. Decisions aren’t made on the basis of good or bad, but on feeding the habit that controls the addict.

  • RSG

    I’m not going to kick him while he’s down. I hope he resolves his outstanding issues and gets off the poison as quickly as possible.

    • Blumpkin

      you must be new to the internet……

      • Blumking

        He can’t hear you from his safe space

  • Raptor Fred

    Just a lil Predator CrackTickle

  • Tim

    Do not resuscitate.

  • mosinman

    coke is better

  • Swarf

    As MMDC stated, meth addiction is a real hard road to be on, and I wish him well.

    The “faces of meth” aren’t all the scagged out end of the line folks you see in the scare ads. Just like alcoholism, there are plenty of people who don’t look like your cliche of an addict.

    I’ll bet plenty of you know an addict or alcoholic and aren’t aware of the struggle they are going through every damn day.

    Some of you may know that struggle intimately.

    • BravoSeven

      Meth and opiates are destroying America. Sadly there isn’t much we can do about it at a national level. We just to have to watch out for our friends and family, help each other when help is needed. Hopefully this guy’s family will stand by him and fight the addiction with him.

  • Sermon 7.62
    • Cymond

      How much of that is related to availability and frequent of use?
      I’m guessing alcohol rates so highly because it’s so common.

      • Sermon 7.62

        “Alcohol’s regulated availability means that many more people have access to it than most drugs, which will have an effect on its levels of harm. Conversely, the controlled status of many drugs elevates their harm profile – unregulated production leads to chemical contamination and their stigma to practices such as needle sharing.”

      • int19h

        Alcohol rates so highly because it has a very dangerous combo effect: it slows reaction time AND agitates and stimulates aggression AND affects reasoning to the point where the person will adamantly refuse to believe that they’re influenced by the first two effects.

    • Brad

      I always love fake graph’s used to make a fake point. They always seem to leave off the most important number, exposure rate.
      “Look Ma, LSD is 10 times safer that alcohol!”

      • int19h

        In terms of health effects, including addiction potential, LSD is indeed significantly safer than alcohol.

        • Brad

          “Long-term Effects of LSD on the Brain
          According to the Cleveland Clinic, the exact effect of LSD on the brain remains unknown. But the drug is believed to affect your brain’s response to serotonin – a neurotransmitter that involves your emotions, moods and perceptions.

          While immediate LSD use causes a variety of disorienting, distorted and emotional effects, there are also some potentially troublesome longer-term effects of LSD abuse:

          Persistent psychosis – there are reports of lingering symptoms of psychosis (more below).
          Recurrent hallucinations – even after you’ve stopped taking the drug.”

          https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/pcp-phencyclidine

          See, scientific facts, not internet feelings.

          Yep, perfectly safe. And that is only one on the list of “things safer than alcohol”.

        • Brad

          If you don’t count permanent psychosis and other potential brain damage, from one use, it MAY be safer. I’m not rolling the dice to find out.

          “Long-term LSD use results in a demonstrable tolerance phenomenon. As a result, long-term LSD abusers may require large doses of LSD to elicit the desired effects. This can be dangerous, as large LSD doses of more than 400 mcg have been reported to result in life-threatening toxicity. This dangerous situation may comprise:

          Hyperthermia, or overheating.
          Cardiovascular collapse, or sudden heart failure.
          Death or severe injury due to impaired judgement while intoxicated.

          According to the Cleveland Clinic, the exact effect of LSD on the brain remains unknown. But the drug is believed to affect your brain’s response to serotonin – a neurotransmitter that involves your emotions, moods and perceptions.

          While immediate LSD use causes a variety of disorienting, distorted and emotional effects, there are also some potentially troublesome longer-term effects of LSD abuse:

          Persistent psychosis – there are reports of lingering symptoms of psychosis (more below).
          Recurrent hallucinations – even after you’ve stopped taking the drug.”

          See, scientific facts not internet feelings.

          • int19h

            I didn’t say that LSD is safe. I said it’s safer. Everything that you wrote also applies to alcohol: long-term use of alcohol results in tolerance, requiring large doses to get drunk – and alcohol is even more toxic in large quantities.

            Really, the only reason why we don’t treat alcohol same as other similarly dangerous drugs, is because of how culturally established it is. We’re conditioned to just deal with its effects when we consume it, and accommodate others who use it. If it was discovered in, say, 1960, I bet it’d be Schedule I.

      • Sermon 7.62

        The point is to show that alcohol does more harm, and that it happens also because of its higher exposure rate. But no people get arrested for using alcohol.

        • Brad

          No, more people are exposed to alcohol use so it appears that alcohol is more dangerous. Even the above graph shows that heroin, which probably has a much lower exposure rate, has close to the same stats as alcohol overall.

          We agree that there is more exposure to alcohol. So let’s look at Ohio stats.
          There were 3288 alcohol and alcohol attributed deaths on average, based on numbers from 2006-2010.
          There were 2020 opioid related deaths in 2014.

          Speaking from personal experience (at one time I was prescribed 120 Oxy tabs a month) I am a much more functional person drinking my 3-4 beers a night. On Oxy I was a drone. I took myself off it and turned in almost 200 tabs to the VA doctor and told him he could keep that stuff. I never have driven on any drug, alcohol included, because I believe in self control and self responsibility.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Yes and it has the correlation that the graph shows. That means alcohol is a more important problem than drugs beause it does alone more harm than heroin cocaine and meth together.

      • Phil Ward

        This was an entirely scientific study carried out in the Uk, over which DAvid Nutt lost his job, because the results didn’t match the prejudices of the government of the day.
        “We should legalise X because it’s less harmful than alcohol, so we should legalise and Control it”
        to which the tauolgical response was:
        “We can’t legalise X because it’s illegal”

    • mazkact

      Graphs prove that charts are accurate.

    • Ranger Rick

      Synthetic Cannabinoids are missing, K2/Spice gas done wonders for both the addicted community as well as their victims.

  • jonp

    I’m not going to kick someone that has hit Meth Bottom. He is in real trouble as a human being not just a businessman

  • RICH

    Matthew Burkett needs to spend some quality ‘rehab’ time in prison….. “Bunkin’ with Bubba .” IMHO.

  • mazkact

    Heizenburg has struck again. Phoenix is still Breaking bad.

  • Roha Waha

    The unintended consequences of legalizing marijuana ! took all the profit from pot sales from Mexico. So what does does Mexico do ? Answer: become the worlds largest Methamphetamine Manufacturer to make ends meet. Jan-June of 2016 600 lbs of Meth.
    were caught crossing the southern border. BUILD THE DAM WALL !