On this episode of the Riton Podcast, Riton CEO and host Brady Speth celebrates Cinco De Mayo with long time friend Matt Metzger. Take a listen to the crazy stories these two have had as well as great information on what 3 gun competitions look like.
Be The Riton Revolution
Brady Speth 0:08
Welcome to the Riton podcast as you can see by the decorations in the podcast booth today. It is our cinco de mayo episode. So we we decided to decorate it up. I tried to get some sombreros and stuff, but that was overruled. So get me in my Riton gear and the studio looking like Cinco de Mayo,
And some margaritas so we’re good to go. My guest today, Matt Metzger. The I was kind of thinking how I was gonna introduce Matt, because we’ve known each other for a long time, he holds the distinction actually, of being the first sponsored shooter for Riton Optics. So that’s something cool that we can kind of look back on. We’ve been kind of BS in a little bit here before we went live. So welcome to the show, Matt.
Matt Metzger 0:52
Thanks, man. It’s been, it’s been great hearing you guys, kind of, especially with 2021. And everything that you guys are releasing with the university, the podcast has been great to be able to follow you guys.
Brady Speth 1:05
Thanks, dude, I appreciate it. The It’s been a long growth, which is funny, because you’ve been kind of a part of it, just some of the stories we’re sitting here talking about. So he just brought up Alaska, and we did up there that I completely forgot about, there’s been a lot. So talk a little bit, I kinda want to talk about competition shooting, because that’s kind of that’s what brought us together a little bit. And that’s kind of what we’ve been sponsoring your side of the house. What are you in now? What is it you’re doing?
Matt Metzger 1:30
Kind of like what I mentioned, I’m a jack of all trades, master of none. So, actually, when we first met, was really when we started doing, I was working for an apparel company. And I was running the outdoor brand. And I was getting into three gun to use it as a marketing aspect, a marketing avenue. And that’s when I started competing. And I started out in three gun, which is usually what a lot of people work up to. You work up to the three guns because you kind of kind of have to work on all of them. I jumped right in to three gun and started going with that. Now I’m doing a lot more with shotgun, doing some skeet trap. sporting clays is a big, big one that I’m getting into now. Especially at my home club. They’ve got an amazing sporting clays facility. And it’s it’s great to go out there and shoot. And then just recently, I’ve been doing some of the prs 22 matches. So I’m getting started into that getting, I guess, once again, I’m diving in with both feet,
Brady Speth 2:35
like the deep end.
Matt Metzger 2:36
Yeah, I mean, if you’re gonna go for it, you might as well go for it. But I’ll marry that into the NRL 22. And then I’ll work my way up to the centerfire prs.
Brady Speth 2:46
Nice. So let’s talk about that real quick. So you have a background you were in the Marines, you have obviously not like brand new to rifles, but what’s it like showing up to that first three gun match, when you have never competed at that before?
Matt Metzger 2:59
So it’s kind of weird. So like everybody, they see me as like the gun guy, especially now. Like I walk into the office and, you know, walk in the office and everybody Oh, that’s, you know, you got a question about a gun, you got to go talk to Matt. Yeah. So it’s, it’s not something that’s always been there for me. I mean, I grew up when I was shooting the BB guns and stuff like that in the backyard. But I lived in town. So there really wasn’t a lot like the stuff that I was doing. When I was a kid I you’d never be able to get away with. I grew up in a small farm town. So it wasn’t really that big of a deal. But I mean, I didn’t own I was already in the Marines. And on the back end of my contract before I bought my first handgun, really. So I was basically on my way out before even really getting involved with that at all. And so it was really kind of like a slow step progression and being working for the apparel company. I immersed myself into the gun industry because it was a good avenue for business for me.
Brady Speth 3:58
Matt Metzger 3:58
So I really got to know like companies like yourself, and you know, a lot of them that are out there from the big guys to the small guys. So I really got entrenched really got interested in it started shooting more regularly. And I just got tired of the I’m gonna stay at the range and point and shoot. So I wanted something a little bit more dynamic, something that was involved with transitions, things like that. I was working with some training companies, and turns out that it was like a militia. And I was like, yeah, you know, this isn’t this isn’t my cup of tea right now. So, you know, so I, yeah, I was like, you know, I’m gonna go and challenge as always, you know, competition is always a big challenge for me, and I’m very competitive. So going to three gun route was was something that I was like, You know what, it’s a dynamic range day. And for a lot of the club matches, it’s like 30 bucks. So you know, somebody else’s design and all this stuff for me. I don’t have to go out set it up do all this now a match director. So I am the one that’s going out and setting all that stuff out. Right? Yeah, that’s that’s basically how I started. It was a marketing venture for the company I was working for, and use that to kind of propel myself into a competitor on my own. Okay, so I just kind of branched off from there.
Brady Speth 5:18
Nice. So what a couple things with three gun that comes to mind. One is obviously the transition between you know, rifle, pistol shotgun. What’s the hardest for you?
Matt Metzger 5:32
So when I started, I didn’t know my head for my tails with a shotgun. I had like a Remington 870. Yeah, like nothing special. But when I was getting into three gun, I said, You know what, I’m going to save up and I’m going to buy you know, the Rolls Royce. I’m going out with that. Benelli M2, three gun edition. Everything all worked up. I’m just going to dive right in. Yeah. And so I saved up for so when I got it. I was absolutely horrible quad loading. I couldn’t load it. I couldn’t do anything. But eventually I worked and I worked and I worked and that’s now I would probably say my favorite which is why I’m now branching into the shotgun stuff. More like the I wouldn’t say necessarily like tactical shotgun matches but there’s other like shotgun only matches that are more three gun style. So it’s but it’s not like Skeeter trap. Yeah, so it’s a little bit different. But I’m looking forward to doing some of those and obviously right now with the ammo situation and the shotgun ammo is a little bit more available, less pricey than your 9mm or 223. So yeah, so it’s something that I’m I’m having fun with right now to
Brady Speth 6:41
the like the the thought of trying to master all three of those is tough to just jump in. because like you said, a lot of people come from the pistol competition world or the rifle competition world and then they put it all together. So that learning curve is
Matt Metzger 6:53
you know, it really humbled myself because I was like, I was a marine. I know how to work a rifle, like this is gonna be a piece of cake. Yeah, pistol, it’s not that easy. It’s not that hard. You just point and shoot. And then when you get into a match, and that timer goes off, everything kind of goes right out the window. So it’s like training yourself under pressure under stress. It’s It was definitely a humbling experience thinking you’re gonna walk in there and do fine. And, like, timeout on every stage. Yeah.
Brady Speth 7:26
Get through all of it.
Matt Metzger 7:27
Yeah, I was I was a rough couple of goes but it’s it’s worked itself out a little bit.
Brady Speth 7:31
You know, what’s crazy is we did the tactical games, we had a group that went up and did him in Utah. Price six, eight months ago now. And I’ve shot geez, hundreds of 1000s of rounds through pistols, right through, you know, military side, and then law enforcement and law enforcement training through the federal side. And I’m a good shot. I’ve got marshman I got expert martial every time right? But it’s it was sitting or it’s kneeling or it’s barricade. Then all sudden, I threw that three gun or the competition with tactical games in there. And I was like, holy shit, like,
Matt Metzger 8:00
Yeah, and that’s another level of crazy there. That’s that’s an insane,
Brady Speth 8:07
But to your point that that competition side is like, it’s amazing how quickly you get stripped back to those fundamentals. And usually they’re either there or they’re not.
Matt Metzger 8:16
It definitely is, you know, you’ve got, um, there’s a lot of schools of thought and arguments online, and I’m not going to get into it with it, which is like, is the competition good for the tactical training side? Yeah, it’s definitely a benefit. It’s not a replacement, but it’s definitely a benefit, because you do have that added stress. Yeah. So like I said, it can ignite all kinds of internet threads on there. You just search long enough? You’ll find them by Yeah, it’s not. I’m not saying that it’s a replacement for it. But yeah, definitely adds that stress factor.
Brady Speth 8:47
I personally like the stress side of it, because it quickly gets rid of all the fluff. There’s a lot of fluff when it comes to training when it comes to shooting. And if you want to know if that works, put it under some pressure. Go put it in a competition. That’s easy way to do it. You can’t get in a gunfight. Yeah, right. So go put it in some competition. That’s the only way to actually get your adrenaline up. That’s the weirdest I did a podcast the other day talking about some training and he was he’s an expert in like hand to hand and pistol and stuff like that. And that was one of the things we talked about was how do you simulate in training? that adrenaline dump that oh shit you know, fight or flight type thing when you’re just standing at the range in a range bay, you know, so I personally liked the competition side of them. It sucks the tactical games kick my ass, but it was worth it. Because it was like, wow, I thought I was doing pretty good.
Matt Metzger 9:33
That’s definitely something when you walk into it for the first time and you know, it’s something that we invite a lot of those people out. We’ve got guys that, you know, first time shooters in my club, we’ve got guys that have basically touch their firearm for the first time and they want to come out and shoot. Yeah, well walk before they can run. But at the same time, it’s like, you know if these guys can do it, and we invite the tactical people, hey, come out and test the skills that you’re training other people or that you’ve experience in a class come out and put it under that stress. See how you do so.
Brady Speth 10:04
So talk to me a little bit about i i’ve never shot with a bunch of guys within Riton that have on the 22 side that is so precise. And like the measurements of these guys, I’ve kind of seen some of the outcomes of competitions, and they’re talking like, minute fractions for the results of some of these competitions. Yeah,
Matt Metzger 10:25
it is, um, it’s definitely that precision side and not having the centerfire work up and like working your way down. I’ve only shot really one match with it. So far, we’ve had a couple train up days where we’re kind of practicing and simulating what a match would be. But actually getting in there and trying it out. Yeah, some of these some of these plate racks they have the know your limit plate racks you’re shooting at, basically a target the diameter of the 22. So like a half inch target. Yeah, he may only be shooting it at 50 yards or whatever. Yeah, yeah. I was one of the I think the four the last match that we had, where I was able to hit the 325 yard plate, which was a 12 by 12 plate. Yeah. 325 yards with a little 22 Yeah, I never would have thought that’s a possibility. But you know, some of the stuff is is tiny you’re doing it once again under stress, running the bolt fixing your malfunctions and and making it work. So
Brady Speth 11:26
the I think it’s crazy to some of the the rigs that these guys show up with because I think everybody naturally thinks, oh, it’s a 22 it’s it’s cheaper, it’s less expensive. I can get into it. Yeah, yes, and no, you can get into it with your Ruger 22 and go have some fun with your 1022. But some of these guys are running three, four or $5,000 22 setups,
Matt Metzger 11:47
it you know, it’s really amazing. So I kind of thought the same thing like, Oh, just go pick up a cheap gun. Yeah, you know, throw an optic on it, and I’ll be ready to go. It’s not quite that simple. What I do really like is prs separates their classes by open production basically off the value of the gun and the optic.
Brady Speth 12:05
Matt Metzger 12:06
So it’s, it’s something completely different in three gun, whereas three gun it’s more on how the the firearms operate. And optics, again, on, you know, pistol, and shot gun puts you in a different class, for instance, but with with the prs 22, it’s based on price. So you have like a $1500 limit, where you’re you’re maxed out and if you go over that, then it’s open class. Okay, so you do have those guys that are out there with their, you know, essentially like a budget build.
Brady Speth 12:33
Matt Metzger 12:33
And you go out there, and they’re competing in their own class, and I’m not really competing against those guys with those $5000
Brady Speth 12:40
Okay, that makes sense.
Matt Metzger 12:41
Yeah. I mean, you have those guys that are out there that they can put the rifle on a barricade, run the bolt and just lightly touch the trigger. And it’s it’s amazing to see the precision on some of this stuff, but from talking to a rimfire 22 you never would really expect it. But then again, you’re often not using your Remington Thunderbolt. Yes, it’s, it’s a little bit different. So yeah, I mean, my dad was surprised when I was telling him about this because I was like, come on, and get into it. Like, let’s see what you got it Oh, yeah. He’s like, well, how much do you pay? And I was like, well, this box cost me like 10 bucks. He’s like, for 22? And I was like, yeah, it’s it’s not like that. Yeah, so yes, definitely different different stuff that I’m taking my kids out shooting right then what I’m shooting with? Yeah.
Brady Speth 13:37
Talking about matches because you shoot in them but you run one as well. And we talked about that in a little bit. walk people through there’s a lot of people probably I’ve never competed in three gun. What’s a match look like? What are some of the actual shooting events look like what’s uh, obviously they vary from from competition competition, but just run through like a sort of stereotypical,
Matt Metzger 13:58
so it’s like, I guess it’s it, every match is different. You’re gonna have different styles based on geography based off of natural train, and based off of what the club has available. For instance, my club is typically just bay style matches 50 yard bays for eight of our stages, we typically have a 200 yard, jungle run area where we kind of mow out, we let the grass grow, we mow out a path. And we have that and then we have a 600 yard range. So then there’s a long range stage that we incorporate. But when you go into some of these other ones, like for instance, the Great Lakes match that I shoot every year, that is more of a natural terrain match, where you’re going through ravines and you go through the woods and you know, you’re gonna pass grandma’s house, but it’s shooting through trees, and it’s it’s a lot more of that dynamic of, well, this is what it would be like running through the jungle right now. So it’s different every match is different, you’re gonna have different flavors. But once you’ve been in it for a while, you’re going to realize, I like this match because it’s tailored this way. It’s more of a speed match where I’m shooting 32nd stages, you’ve got some of these endurance matches where the Blue Line match, for instance, it’s another charity match out there. It is more time on the clock in one stage, then you’ll be on the clock for an entire match.
Brady Speth 15:27
Matt Metzger 15:27
Oh, yeah. So you’ll be, you’ll be on on the clock. I think I haven’t shot the Blue Line. But I used to shoot Rock Hard. Bruce Davidson’s the match director was the match director for both of them. He’s still the match director forBlue Line. So he’s got that flair, but it’s extreme kind of endurance matches. They’re no joke. They’re tough. So but you’re on the clock, I don’t know if it’s part time, or two and a half minutes or five minutes. But in a normal three gun match a major match, If you’re on the clock for three minutes, you’re probably losing. We’re not gonna you’re not very quick. So one stage there is an entire match of shooting. Okay, so it’s, it’s a little bit different. Yeah.
Brady Speth 16:09
When so when you talk about the stages to just to kind of dive a little deeper into that, is it rifle only pistol only are a lot of the stages where you’re using all three of your guns in one stage.
Matt Metzger 16:20
A lot of them, I would say most of the stages that you’ll shoot in a three gun match will have three or you know, they’ll have multiple guns, I guess like once again, it’s kind of that flair of the match. A lot of them will have like, this is your pistol only stage for this match. This is your rifle. This is your shotgun only sometimes it’s just a rifle. Sometimes it’s rifle/shotgun. So it all depends on what they’ve got going for you. But most of time, you’re using at least two or more guns in a match or single stage.
Brady Speth 16:57
That’s fun. That makes it tricky. I know you grab a drink of water for a second before asking another question here. I know you run a an event. So why don’t you dig a little deeper into that. And it’s a charity event where I was a part of it. There’s a lot of good good groups that support that. So talk a little bit about what you run.
Unknown Speaker 17:14
Yeah, so I run the Mission 22, Multi Gun Championship, we hold it every year in September, we do it so all the proceeds go to Mission 22 is a nonprofit organization, the money raised for the organization, not just by us, but throughout the country. It’s a nationwide organization. They create programs for veterans, and then those programs are meant to find an avenue to prevent suicide. So it’s something you know, serving in the military, having lost friends to suicide, it’s something that’s really near and dear to my heart. Because you know, 22 Yeah, there’s just too many, right? So
Brady Speth 17:56
So and for those of you don’t know that 22, kind of 22 a day, which is kind of the average, unfortunately, the average rate of veteran suicide. So everything that goes into that, man, we’re always happy to help. So thank you for stepping up and being a part of that and running that. So that’s super cool.
Matt Metzger 18:11
Thank you. I appreciate that. Yeah, it’s something that we’ve been running for a couple years now we got, we got guys really all across the country that come out for it. It’s in Illinois, which the communist state of Illinois, but we run a different aspect to it too. So there’s obviously that match the match the single participant aspect of it, everybody wants to win their division. But we also hold a state match, so to speak. So we take top five competitors from each state. And they form a state team, per se, as we add up the points. And the top points is the top team for that year. So there’s special designation for the top team. And then just making the state team there’s a lot of people that are just trying to make the state team as a goal of theirs, because it’s it’s a great time. So I said something different that we always like to use as like bragging rights. Yeah, Missouri is going to be talking crap to Michigan, and I’m definitely there to fuel that fire.
Brady Speth 19:16
what you? come on? Yeah. So a glimpse into and I know, obviously, you have a life and kids and families and what’s it like to try to get to these events? How much time do you put in to training to get into the range? And then we you know, what would you like to be putting in to get to a level of you know, what, what does it actually take, I think is what I’m getting at,
Matt Metzger 19:38
what it actually takes is a lot more than what I can provide.
Brady Speth 19:41
Matt Metzger 19:42
You know, I’m a real estate agent. And my day job and a lot of that stuff takes place on nights and weekends and scheduling and I got a wife and two kids and just got my kids into jujitsu and stuff like that. So they’re they’re out there rolling around, and I really want to encourage that and encourage their growth and different social aspects and physical aspects to with COVID shut downs and things like that they haven’t gotten out of the house either.
Brady Speth 20:07
Matt Metzger 20:08
So taking time away from real estate activities that typically happen night and weekends is really kind of difficult. So, luckily, the brokerage that I work for, we really operate well as a team. So even today, when I was flying, and I had another agent that is in the same office with me covering a showing for me, okay, I know I’ve got some of that back up. And we all work together. I mean, she was in she was in Vegas, and I was covering showings for her so it’s a it’s a definitely a team mentality where work, which, which really helps, yeah, because I wouldn’t be able to do it all on my own and shoot as many matches a year as I do without help, you know, without things like that. Yeah. So juggling it all is difficult. I don’t get to go out as often as I’d like. like to say that I use my club matches as practice but yeah, it’s not really a good thing. Maybe the club matches that I put on because I really don’t don’t care where I score. Yeah, we got a lot of great guys. Yeah, it’s just practice and really proving a lot of the stages for how well did we do you know, so that’s that’s kind of like a satisfaction aspect there. But you know, I shoot the Indiana Multi Gun Series, that’s a great one. I like shooting that. It’s a whole point series too nice. And I filter it with some different club matches, and then the majors are where I go out, but I never get enough time to practice beforehand, with ammo cost me and the way it is, it’s probably gonna be even less a lot more dry fire time.
Brady Speth 21:38
Right. Trigger control. Working on that.
Matt Metzger 21:40
Brady Speth 21:41
The because that’s one of the hard things I think we all struggle with is take away the ammo prices, just this. It’s not one of those sports, like I picked up archery recently, right. So I’ve always hunted my entire life. We finally got like, I got into archery this year, I got my first archery hunt under my belt. But I can do that here. We have an archery range next to the building, right? I can’t just shoot, I can’t practice shotgun in the backyard. You know. So that’s one of the hard things about that sport is you have to have the dedication to get out you have to constantly getting out getting to the range, get to a range, and a lot of times that’s not easy. Take away ammo prices and all that other shit. You know,
Matt Metzger 22:15
yeah, you got a lot of the top guys that shoot three gun that are lucky enough to live on a farm, you know, some acreage for me. I live in suburbia, you know, I’m on less than a quarter acre. So luckily for me, it’s only a half hour drive to the club. Okay, but it’s still a half hour drive there half hour drive back, you know, yeah. So it definitely adds up.
Brady Speth 22:39
The where would you like to go? Is this something that just kind of fun? And you’re, you’re happy right now with doing that? Or is this something you’re trying to, I mean, where do you find that extra time and you know,
Matt Metzger 22:49
right now juggling it, it’s, you know, for for a while, when I was working for the apparel company, it was, it was a job. So it was, you know, all that travel and stuff was was kind of calculated into the work time and, you know, getting better. And, you know, luckily back then I was able to get some ammo paid for, get travel expenses paid for now that things are kind of out of pocket. You know, it’s really a time where I’m, I’m having fun, and I’m still improving my craft. So as long as I can go out there, I can continue to see improvements in myself. And I’m getting better. I’m reaching a couple you know, I get a lot of the guys that I shoot with regular in the Indiana Multi Gun Series. You know, we’re all big shit talkers. Right? Yeah. It’s just like being in the military. You’re all shit talk to each other. So when I’m finishing out I know, a couple of top slots in a match every year. Yeah, I’m happy with that. I’m qualifying for the shoot offs. I’m happy with that. So, you know, um, you know, the only match that I’ve actually won was that Alaska match winner an FN AR from it. But you know, that’s the one thing that I hold on to is like, well, I want that match in Alaska.
Brady Speth 23:59
So we were we were talking about that before the show. So it’s funny that two sides to the same story. So my side of this Alaska event that we were at was apparently different than yours. So it was what time of year was that it had been summer
Matt Metzger 24:14
June, June, right? It was fine. I was I remember, I was gone for Father’s Day.
Brady Speth 24:18
Okay, so it’s June, actually, I had a buddy that was stationed up there in the Air Force. So I was crashing at his place. We had an event up there. And I literally in this panic, I wake up at like, 2am right. And I look out it’s brightest shit. And I’m like, Oh, dude, we we missed the event. Because I’m like, thinking I was supposed to be there at 7am like events like Oh, shit, if it’s this bright out, it’s got to be like noon, right? So I jump up, I get dressed. Apparently I was making a shit ton of noise. Cuz I’m on the second floor. I get dressed like I’m running down. And my buddy like, walks out his bedroom. He’s like, Dude, what are you doing? And he’s half asleep. I was like, Let’s go, you know, grab your stuff. Let’s go and he was like, Dude, it’s 2am. And I was like, What? What? What is happening right now. I was like, Oh, the midnight sun. And I’m pretty sure that’s what the event was called.
Unknown Speaker 25:05
Yeah, it was midnight shine, because I noticed, you know, the sun doesn’t set. But you know, your story sounds a lot more responsible than my story. My story. I was actually lucky I went up there with with my boss who was my chief operating officer, or marketing officer, excuse me. So we were up there. It was nice, because he’s like, yeah, I’m gonna, I’m gonna go to Alaska. And I remember what we were doing. I think we went out to dinner. And then we went out, but I remember getting back at 2am and seeing the sun in the windows, and I was like, Man, it’s two o’clock in the morning, and it’s still bright outside. So this is pretty crazy. I guess I should probably get some shut eye before this event.
Brady Speth 25:49
just waking up in a pancic. You’re like, man, I got five hours of sleep. This will be perfect.
Matt Metzger 25:53
Yeah, there’s, yeah, don’t even get me started on SHOT Show.
Brady Speth 25:58
Oh, man, we’ve had some fun times. So we’ve done. We’ve done some other events I was thinking about when we did in Atlanta. I think it was like an NRA or something. I remember and neither of us are fans of humidity. Like I’ll be I’ll go on record and say that right now. I’ve been stationed in Mississippi, I went to the Federal Academy in southern Georgia. I hate humidity. That’s why I live in Arizona. And I remember we both walk into this event in Atlanta, just sweating our asses off. And I was like, Dude, why are we here? This is so miserable. We’ve had some we’ve been doing this for a while this has been fun. So I’ll kind of before we reminisce too much on stories people don’t probably want to hear besides making you laugh. I just wanna say thanks, man, you’ve been a huge help for Riton. I appreciate your loyalty to go on record and say that right now the math been a huge help for calling and saying hey, man, this doesn’t work on this scope. Or what if we did this, or Hey, I beat the shit out of it. And it did this, but it didn’t do that. And you’ve been a big part of our kind of our growth of our production and our product development. And even to this day, you still talk with Jeremiah, product development, guys. And so thank you, because that’s been a huge, huge growth for our company is having guys like you out there beating the hell out of our stuff. And if you let me look at the camera and say this, if you want your shit beat up, give it to a former Marine and let him go to three gun and he will find out what doesn’t work
Find out what doesn’t work real quick. Yeah,
Matt Metzger 27:18
you know, that’s, that’s definitely something you’re doing some, Well, I mean, even this, this, this match. I’m running. I’m still running a prototype 1-8 that you gave me a couple years. Yeah, it’s still going strong. So it’s like, you know, it’s it’s unbelievable. And I’m the first one to call up and say, Hey, this is wrong with this. Yeah, this is wrong with that. You need to fix this. But yeah, I’m still running one from two years ago that was a prototype.
Brady Speth 27:47
I remember though, like, hey, check this out. Tell me what you think. So
Matt Metzger 27:49
yeah, two years later, I’m still running it.
Brady Speth 27:52
So but now I appreciate that, man. I know, I know your friends, a lot of people in this industry and you could probably work a lot of other optics companies. So it’s not lost on me the loyalty and I appreciate that.
Matt Metzger 28:01
I appreciate that. And I appreciate you guys support too. I mean, Riton is a family. Yeah. So one thing you see all the trade shows at all of the events that are out there everybody that’s on your crew is a family Yeah. And that’s what makes me bring it on to it is because I’m I’m like I said I’ve been loyal to you. I’m loyal with all my sponsors. I’m not somebody that jumps around, you know, sponsors here and there every year. So a lot of them I’ve had since I started getting sponsors so it’s something that I hold true that like a you take care of me I want to take care of you and however, it’s benefiting a mutually beneficial relationship is where I am happy.
Brady Speth 28:41
Nice dude, appreciate it. Well, don’t worry, we got a new patriotic for his his one day. So we’ll maybe you send that other one back. And we’ll we’ll put it up beat up and scratched and yeah. We’ll put that one at the front room. So you’ve listened to the podcast before so before we close out, I get a I get to ask you our fast fire five questions here. So I know you prepared for this because you listened to it. So Alright, here you go. You know the rules. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Matt Metzger 29:08
It’s a Sunday school answer, but it’s flying.
Brady Speth 29:10
Now. That’s a good answer. I like that one. If you could have margaritas on Cinco de Mayo with one person, who would it be?
Matt Metzger 29:20
So as a mutual friend of ours, I think I’d have to go with Ron Bellan. Nice. Still, to this day, the best Super Bowl I ever had. We were in Pennsylvania for the Great American Outdoor Show. It was my first time meeting Ron. And it was me and my sales manager at the time. And Ron and he recruited like 10 of the Dodge Ram cheerleader model girls that were there. and we are eating in this Bdubs and it was like it was just the best conversation. It’s like, you know, Ron passed away a couple years ago and it was it was hard for everybody who knew him because they knew how great of a guy he was.
Brady Speth 30:01
that’s a great answer. Dude, you get tugged on my heartstrings on that one. Ron was a great dude. So if you don’t know look up look up Ron Bellan and you can google his name the guy the sacrifices he made for this country and he was a great dude so good answer man. Now hate to go on with more questions got to end it right there. Getting all emotional um, if you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what are you picking?
Matt Metzger 30:26
I probably have to go stay. Yeah, I built a big outdoor kitchen and I’ve got a I’ve got a smoker on there go into the Blackstone flat top grills, I got a nice gas grill out there. So it’s something I make a lot and I’m perfecting it every, every time I try. So you guys heard that steaks at Matt’s house?
Brady Speth 30:50
What is the title of your biography gonna be?
Matt Metzger 30:55
The title will be the amazing adventures of an ordinary guy. Because I’ve done a lot of crazy shit, that people don’t believe. That, that people don’t believe. But it’s hard to believe that I’ve done everything I’d done. It’s I’ve been blessed in that fact. And yeah, I’m no different from anybody else walking down the street. So I’ve been extremely lucky.
Brady Speth 31:19
That’s a good one. He can’t say build an outdoor kitchen. But what’s the first thing you’re gonna do? You have to buy something, you got to spend it today. If I give you a million dollars, right now.
Unknown Speaker 31:28
Normally, I’d say rental properties because I’m a real estate agent. And I see. And I know that where that money is, but it’s uh, it’s gotta be a big gun guy. I’m always buying guns. Nice. My wife when I finished my gun room, my wife was like, when did you get this one? And when did you get that one? I don’t I remember seeing this one before. I was like, Oh, yeah, I won that one. Don’t worry. She’s gonna hear this now and be like, Oh, good one.
Brady Speth 31:57
Don’t listen, that’s why Okay, what gun go with one specific what’s what gun is the dream gun that you don’t have it?
Matt Metzger 32:07
I would build a a centerfire 65 creedmoor setup for prs. Okay. That’s probably the next long term, gun that I’ll be be looking at. But like, that’s a little ways away.
Brady Speth 32:24
Nice. I like it, dude. Well, thanks for being a friend. Thanks for being its friend of Riton. So and thanks for coming to Tucson and actually being a part of the podcast in person, man. Yeah.
Matt Metzger 32:32
Happy cinco de mayo.
Brady Speth 32:33
Cheers, buddy. So thanks for being here. And good luck. I guess Good luck in the competition tomorrow. Thanks, man. Have fun with your seven year seven stages of one day. I’ll talk to you tomorrow. Let me know how that goes. Yeah, but no, I appreciate it and report back next time. We’ll say he did. Alright. Thanks, man. Cool. Thank you.
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