Top Gun Options: A Paper Tiger?

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Top Gun Options is an options trading signal service and educational business making big promises regarding profitability. But little in the way of actual proof.

The founder of the company, Mathew “Whiz” Buckley is a former Navy fighter pilot, that appears to be an exemplary person. However, since he apparently only has the courage to trade with a simulator, and admits so, this lends little confidence to his supposed ability to deliver ‘real’ results. He appears to be little more than a ‘paper tiger’.

The style and substance of Mr. Buckley’s investment education and investment strategy appear to be little more than political rants and reactions to whatever he reads in the media. He is a highly political creature. In my opinion, his narrow and overly simplistic worldview appear to hobble and handicap his ability to recognize obvious situations. Does not appear to have the intellectual capacity to digest differing opinions and viewpoints across a varying spectrum.

Thanks for reading today’s review of  Top Gun Options

What is Top Gun Options? The company is an options trading educational company owned and operated by Mathew “Whiz” Buckley, operating out of Florida. As per Archive.Org, it appears that Top Gun Options came onto the trading educational scene in 2010.

Top Gun Options purports to be offering “Supersonic, Military Proven Options Training and Trading Methodologies.” Specifically, the company is offering the following products and services:

  • Full Throttle ‘Defensive Track’ $1,995
  • Full Throttle ‘Offensive Track’ $2,495
  • Full Throttle ‘Max Afterburner’ $2,995
  • Options Weapons School $95 per month
  • Options Weapons School and Weekly Options Picks $165 per month.

Top Gun Options and Mathew “Whiz” Buckley claim truly incredible success for those that simply follow their options trading advisory service. For the year 2016, Top Gun Options claims total combined profits of $409,716 in 100% verifiable trading performance. Screen shot below:


Are these real trades?

Top Gun Options currently occupies the following social media profiles:

A perusal of the Top Gun Options Twitter page also reveals some truly amazing trading results. In fact, since the inception of the Twitter profile (2010) that is apparently managed by Mr. Buckley, we can find no evidence of any losing trades whatsoever! However, you will easily find what appears to be a constant, and never ending stream of supposedly winning trades. With these truly amazing results are Twitter postings that border showboat bravado, including:

  • “$25k in one month”
  • “$1,600 in 30 minutes”
  • “$1000 gains each day. Why aren’t you on board?”
  • “$1,400 in two days”
  • “$12,000 profits in just 3 weeks”

I have only one question…where are the losing trades? Are we simply to believe that all of this is authentic, and 100% verifiable? Do losing trades exist?

Attempting to Verify Trading Performance

During 2017, TradingSchools.Org reached out to Top Gun Options through a series of emails. Several emails were sent from an alias email address, where we portrayed ourselves as ‘someone looking to learn and profit’ just like the supposed performance figures gleefully proclaim. We call this ‘the Lamb’ email, where we act like a newbie with too much money, and too little sense. Top Gun Options was only too happy to correspond, with the hope to wiggle a credit card out of a wallet.

We also made multiple attempts at contacting Mr. Buckley using our official Trading Schools email address. Our official request was non-threatening and very friendly in manner. We simply asked Mr. Buckley if he could verify the truly incredible trading performance of the supposed portfolios: Primary Portfolio, Urgent Alerts, and Accelerated Retirement.

In real time, through link tracking, we could watch as Mr. Buckley would open and view our email requests–but he refused to answer our questions about verifying his supposed trading performance. The silence was deafening. And very disappointing.

About Mathew “Whiz” Buckley

The resume and personal life story of Mr. Buckley appear to be exemplary. He is a former Navy pilot that attended the world famous Top Gun flight school in San Diego, Ca. He flew multiple combat missions throughout the Gulf. Mr. Buckley asserts that the unique experience of being a Navy combat pilot prequalified him to be a successful options trader. He claims that he applies many fighter pilot strategies and techniques to trading. Such as developing a well-defined strategy, supported by specific tactics and predetermined exit points.

All of this sure sounds wonderful. But I have a question–why would Mr. Buckley not have the personal courage to trade with a live trading account? The Top Gun Options website clearly states that Mr. Buckley is only trading with a lowly trading simulator. And his nightly videos, which he loves to tout as proof of his supposed ‘TopGun’ trading greatness are clearly nothing more than a simulated trading account.


Behold the Paper Tiger!

I dont want to be too hard on Mr. Buckley. He is clearly an upright person that served his country and took risks that I cannot imagine. But I am having a hard time squaring this circle–he claims to earn these massive profits, year after year. But no proof seems to exist. The only form of verification seems to be a paper trading account at Options House. He expects us to take his advice-to-task, to risk our money on the front line of battle, yet he is only willing to trade on a simulator? This brusky military man, so full of bravado appears to be little more than a paper tiger.

My niece is a little warrior. She has a dog walking business. Every day she gathers up the local hounds, which include a chihuahua with irritable bowel syndrome and a terrible attitude, a mighty looking pitbull that is afraid of his own shadow, and another dog that is so ugly and stupid that it’s amazing he ever got adopted. She walks these dogs on a triple leash, deftly navigating sprinklers, grouchy neighbors, snarky teenagers on skateboards, and random bits of food particles from the local taco shop. To her credit, she has developed an uncanny ability to avoid threatening situations, in short–she is excellent at risk management. The combined weight and strength of these hound dogs is 3X’s her own.

The fundamental argument of Mr. Buckley is that being a fighter pilot uniquely qualifies him to be an expert at making money in the stock market. But this same argument could also be applied to my little niece. Or the plumber, with his hyper-efficiency at clearing a turd from a drain pipe.

The bottom line is that the financial markets could care less about whether a person is a fighter pilot or a burger flipper. A dog walker or a doorman. The only thing that matters is the bottom line. Can profits be verified? With Mr. Buckley, as impressive his resume exudes, simply cannot or is unwilling to prove any of claims of success.

Top Gun Options Complaints

In the past three years, TradingSchools.Org has received several complaints about Top Gun Options. One complaint, in particular, is troubling. A person wrote to us describing that they were promised a full refund within 30-days if they were not completely satisfied with the trading service. The only “catch” was that the customer had to execute 2 trades per week using only a simulator. If the customer simply took the trading recommendations and was not happy, then a refund was assured. Supposedly.

The customer followed the instructions as per the agreement and decided that the service was not suitable. They requested a refund. However, Top Gun Options simply refused to acknowledge the refund request and ignored the customer. Not good. The customer then filed complaints with the Better Business Bureau and filed a claim of fraud with his credit card company.

This apparently got the attention of Mr. Buckley and he then aggressively attempted to fight the refund. Mr. Buckley argued that the customer did not use the preferred Trade Monster simulator. However, the customer did use a simulator provided by Think Or Swim and documented that he, in fact, used a Think Or Swim simulator.

The credit card company ruled in favor of the customer and refunded the customer his money. In my opinion, the refund request was valid and showed a high level of callousness and disdain for the customer. To hustle a client over a technicality shows a lack of integrity.

The remaining complaints concerning Mr. Buckley are in regards to his highly politicized nature. Nearly all of his You Tube videos are political rants, where he attempts to infuse whatever the daily political gossip into a ‘mish-mash’ investment strategy and financial blubberings. He seems to have little regard for the legitimate concerns and opinions of others. I would consider his investment style to be a cross between an angry and vengeful Jim Cramer of Mad Money and a delusional conspiracy theorist like Alex Jones of

During our own investigation of his “investment updates” posted on his YouTube channel, he advocated the murdering of journalists, that US citizens should be summarily shot by firing squad, and anyone not agreeing with his narrow worldview should “get the fuck out.”

One gets the opinion that if Donald Trump were to squat upon his golden plated commode and squeeze…then a wet, moist, and highly agitated creature would appear. This creature is my best description of Mr. Buckley.

Wrapping things up

In the past several years of writing trading reviews, I have come across quite a few interesting characters. A common theme is that the career experiences of the trading educator supposedly make them uniquely qualified to be a trading mentor. That since they were an excellent doctor, lawyer, engineer, pool cleaner, ice cream lady (true story), farmer, or even fighter pilot…that this somehow transferred to superior trading skills.

On the contrary, I have found this theory to be complete and total hogwash. In my own research, the best traders seem to be Apolitical in nature and are highly observational people with a deep curiosity of the world. They seem to have a deep level of humility and have a genuine sense of their own infallibilities. They are quick to admit to themselves when they are drifting away from the hallowed grounds of factuality and wandering towards the trap of rapidly melting opinions.

Thanks for reading. And of course, I would love to know your opinion.

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I served briefly with Whiz as a fellow aircrew member in one squadron. He was never one who impressed me much. He always seemed to have the inside track reserved for himself. I suppose the Navy served him well and he’s still capitalizing on his service.


I figured that Whiz must have been bashed by someone because he recently did a video explaining why he only shows simulated trades – he says it’s because if he showed his actual trading account, he could be nailed by the SEC for giving trading advice and since he’s not a registered financial advisor, could be in hot water for doing so. ??? Maybe, maybe not, but it sounds like bullshit to me. Whaddya think?


1000% incontrovertibly agree with the scammer comments here. I’m a retail options trader and was perusing different services across the web and came across Top Gun Options. I joined TGO’s Full Throttle Max open free week end of January 2020 to get a sneak peek of the framework, content offered and methodology. To say the least, Matthew promises huge, almost get rich quick and retire type conjecture and results displaying massive gains across various portfolios. He states he’s the only one who has made career calls and has been right and lead to large profits. The company offers multiple types… Read more »


Headline – Dow just logged its worst 2 day point slide in history. Why didn’t you wait until March 1st before making your comment ?


Completely agree with this review. Top Gun options is a sham. 1) simulated, 2) always claiming wins, 3) the political ranting is truly repulsive and is actually the reason I finally quit the program. Was irksome listening to this cocky political irrelevant ranting on a day to day basis. Focus on trading and stay objective. Contrast an EXEMPLARY trader Scott Redler who I follow and who is humble, acknowledges the losing trades, and yet is a phenomenal, learned, disciplined trader who stays focused and inscribe. The Whiz is terrible and don’t waste your money


Why should we believe anything put out by a self-admitted con man who has been convicted and served time for securities fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud, to name a few? You do not even have the guts to give anyone your phone number or address on this site or anywhere else that we can find. I know for a fact, that you are continuing your fraudulent methods by threatening to write negative reviews unless those approached by you pay “a fee”. Is that not called extortion? This has been verified by multiple trading sites that refused to pay you… Read more »