Chris Tilley (marksman)

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Michael Christopher Tilley
Personal information
National teamUSA
Born6 May 1985 (1985-05-06) (age 33)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
ResidenceRaleigh, North Carolina
OccupationFirearms retailer and instructor

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 exhibited fascination and skill with firearms from a very young age. When he was eleven years old, his father built an indoor shooting range in Raleigh, North Carolina, affording Chris the opportunity to train and immerse himself. A year later, Tilley started competing at matches hosted by the IPSC and IDPA.

Tilley mentions one of his father's first employees, an ex-Marine named Cazz, as a significant influence in his sport shooting career. Cazz brought Tilley to his first IPSC match, drawing him further into competitive shooting. Tilley became a USPSA Grand Master before he was sixteen, making him one of the youngest Grand Masters in history.[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 three National Championships (2006, 2008, and 2016). 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]

Further accomplishments include first place in the 2016 IPSC Australasia Championship in the Open division of the Handgun discipline, [5] and placing in the top-three in two divisions of the 2007 USPSA National Handgun Championships.


  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[permanent dead link] on World Shoot 2011
  5. ^ IPSC Match Results on (July 29, 2018)

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