Chris Tilley (marksman)

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Chris Tilley
Born Michael Christopher Tilley
(1985-05-06) May 6, 1985 (age 31)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Residence Raleigh, North Carolina
Nationality American
Occupation Firearms retailer and instructor
Known for Professional shooter, USPSA Grand Master

Michael Christopher "Chris" Tilley (born May 6, 1985 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is a professional shooter and USPSA Grand Master. He is also known for competing in the second season of History Channel's marksmen competition Top Shot.


Tilley was born on May 6, 1985 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He showed interest in firearms since a very young age. When he was eleven years old, his father built an indoor shooting range in Raleigh, North Carolina. A year later, Chris started shooting IPSC and IDPA.

Tilley mentions one of the first employees of his father, an ex-Marine named Cazz, as one of his biggest influences. Tilley says that Cazz took him to his first IPSC match. Tilley became a USPSA Grand Master before he was sixteen, becoming one of the youngest Grand Masters.[1][2]

In 2002 and 2005, Tilley won the World Junior Champion title. In 2003, he won the Point Series Champion, among other titles. He has won over 50 major matches and two National Championships (2006 and 2008). Tilley currently works at his family shooting range as a retailer and instructor.

In 2011, Tilley appeared in the second season of History Channel's marksmen competition Top Shot. During the first half of the competition, Tilley competed as part of the Blue Team. His team ended up winning two challenges during his tenure, and Chris was nominated for elimination once. He was eliminated during the sixth week of the competition.

In April 2011, Tilley won the USPSA Area 6 Open Division Handgun Championship.[3] In October of the same year, he competed at the IPSC World Shoot XVI in Greece, finishing #6 overall.[4]


  1. ^ Chris Tilley on Infinity Firearms
  2. ^ Chris Tilley on Guns & Ammo; Tarr, James (September 24, 2010)
  3. ^ Tilley Upsets Michel for USPSA Area 6 Open Title on ChrisTilley (April 20, 2011)
  4. ^ Overall Match Results: IPSC World Shoot XVI on World Shoot 2011

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