|Known for||Professional shooter, USPSA Grand Master|
Taran Butler is a competitive shooter and world champion. He was born in California where his mother encouraged him and his brother to learn shooting.
Butler began his shooting career in 1994, after winning a Bowling pin match at a local indoor range in the Los Angeles Valley. He competed with a Glock-24 he borrowed from stuntman Bruce Barber, who encouraged him to shoot at the Southwest Pistol League.
In January 1995, Butler went to the Southwest Pistol League in Piru, California, with a Glock-21, and finished #7 overall, out of 118 shooters. He continued to practice and became a USPSA Grand Master in 14 months. He was also the first Glock Grand Master shooter in the history of the sport.
During his shooting career, Butler has accomplished the following:
- 23x Southwest Pistol League Champion
- 10x California State Three-Gun Overall winner
- 5x USPSA Multi-Gun National Tactical Champ
- 3x Rocky Mountain World Champ
- 5x Fort Benning Multi-Gun winner
- 11x SMM3G Champion
- 2x IDPA National Champion
- USPSA Multi-gun First Ever Triple Crown Champion
- 19th (Current) South West Pistol League Combat Master
- Multi-time Steel Challenge World Champion
Recently, Butler gave a free Handgun skills class to active duty soldiers at the Annual Shoot for the Troops Charity event.
In 2011, Butler appeared as a trainer in the second and third season of History Channel's marksmen competition show, Top Shot. Butler is one of the handful of shooters that appears on Shooting USA's Impossible Shots. Butler has also served as a technical adviser on films like Michael Mann's Public Enemies.