Taran Butler was born in Hollywood and grew up in Southern California on a horse ranch. He spent his days watching cowboy western films and shooting single-action revolvers and lever-action rifles at cans with his brother. His first taste of competitive shooting took place at a local indoor event with a Glock-24 borrowed by legendary stuntman Bruce Barber (The truck driver from First Blood with the m60 in the back of the truck ). He shot his first Southwest Pistol League match in January 1995 placing 7th out of 118 shooters. He went from unclassified to Grandmaster in just a little over a year and was the first person in USPSA history to do so using a Glock. Over the years, Taran has gone on to win 23 consecutive South West Pistol League Championships in the open and limited division. For his excellence, he was honored with the covetous title of Combat Master; A title only held by 18 other legendary shooters such as Jeff Cooper ( First Ever Combat Master), Ray Chapman, Mickey Fowler, and Mike Dalton. He has won major pistol championships in USPSA Open, Limited, Limited 10, Production, and Single Stack divisions. He has won IDPA National titles, Steel Challenge World Championships, and IPSC World Shoot Gold Medals in countries around the world.

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