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About Taran

taran-imdb.jpgTaran Butler was born in Hollywood and grew up in Southern California on a horse ranch 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.

Taran is the first ever USPSA multigun National Tactical Champion. He is considered one of the most versatile shooter in the world. He is also the first and only USPSA Multigun Triple Crown National Champion by winning the Limited, Tactical, and Open Divisions. He has won the SSM 3-G Championship for eleven years in row; the longest winning streak in 3-gun competition history. Taran is the only person to every win the Arizona Triple Crown by winning the Western States Single Stack Championship, SSM 3-G Championship, and Area 2 in Limited and Open divisions in the same year. He has won all three of these matches, three years in a row. Taran won the Ft Benning Open Championship against the best Open Division shooters in the world.

Taran has trained movie producers, directors and actors including James Cameron, Michael Mann, Keanu Reeves, Shemar Moore, Michael B Jordan,  Jennifer Garner, Collin Farrell, Chris Hemsworth, and Josh Duhamel. Taran has worked on location or hosted movie training at his 20 acre range for many films including Public Enemies, Miami Vice, Transformers, The Kingdom, Avatar, and Savages. Taran is a reoccurring guest expert on History Channel’s Top Shot.

 

It’s this commitment to competitive excellence that inspired Taran to found Taran Tactical Innovations; A company created with the single goal of providing superior products guaranteed give you the competitive edge. Whether you shoot competitively, for tactical defense, or recreationally, Taran Tactical offers industry-leading products used and trusted by professional shooters such as Bob Vogel, Jesse Duff, Nils Jonasson, Keith Garcia, Randi Rogers, Jerry Miculek, Julie Golob, Katie Harris, Blake Miguez, Shane Cooley, Allie Barrett, Max Michel, KC Eusebio, Travis Tomasie, JJ Ricaza, Shannon Smith, Manny Bragg, Clint Upchurch, Chris Tilley, Mike Viogt, Maggie Reese, Todd Jarrett, Dave Pruitt, Phil Strader, Mike Seeklander, Ian Harrison, Dustin Ellermann, Chris Cheng, , Ron Avery, Bennie Cooley, Rob Romero, Jansen Jones, Kurt Miller, Michelle Viscusi, BJ Norris, Patrick Kelly, Chris Sechiatano, Daniel Horner, and the AMU Action Shooting Team.

 

Competitive Shooting Accomplishments

  • 11-Time Superstition Mountain Mystery Multi Gun Tactical Champion
  • USPSA Multi Gun Triple Crown National Champion
  • 4-Time USPSA Multi Gun National Tactical Champion
  • 1-Time USPSA Multi Gun National Open Champion
  • 1-Time USPSA Multi Gun National Limited Champion
  • 3-Time IPSC World Shoot Standard Gold Medal Team Champion
  • Rockcastle Shotgun Championship – Overall Winner
  • 3-Time Rocky Mountain World Tactical Champion
  • 5-Time Ft. Benning Multi Gun Tactical Champion
  • 1-Time Ft Benning Multi Gun Open Champion
  • 1 -Time Ft Benning Multi Gun Team Champion
  • 2-Time LaRue Tactical Overall Champion
  • FNH Midwest Tactical Champion
  • FNH Midwest Open Division 1st Grandmaster
  • 2-Time IDPA National Champion
  • 3-Time Western States Single Stack Champion
  • 2-Time USPSA Single Stack Nationals First GM Champion
  • DPMS Tri Gun Challenge Tactical Champion
  • AR15.com Pro-Am Match 1st Grandmaster Tactical
  • USPSA Limited 10 Shootoffs Champion
  • 2-Time USPSA INFINITY OPEN Limited Champion
  • 5-Time Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Champion IDPA
  • 2-Time USPSA Area-1 Limited Champion
  • 1-Time USPSA Area-2 Open Champion
  • 4-Time USPSA Area-2 Limited Champion
  • 1-Time USPSA Area-2 Tactical Champion
  • 1-Time USPSA Area-5 Tactical Champion
  • 1-Time USPSA Area-6 Tactical Champion
  • 1-Time USPSA Area-7 Limited Champion
  • 1-Time USPSA Area-8 Limited First Grandmaster
  • 2-Time R&R Racing Multigun Challenge – Overall Match Winner
  • West Coast Production and Single Stack Dual Championship ââ?¬â?? Single Stack
  • Latin American Championships in Ecuador First GM Standard Division
  • Texas State Limited [First Grandmaster]
  • Texas State 3-Gun Tactical Champion
  • Texas State Open Championship
  • Michigan World Shoot Qualifier – Overall Winner Standard Division
  • West Coast Championship Limited Champion
  • 3-Time USPSA Linea De Fuego Limited Champion
  • 7-Time USPSA Golden Bullet Limited Champion
  • 10-Time USPSA Silver Buckle Limited Champion
  • 1-Time IDPA California State Championship [SSP Champion]
  • 3-Time IDPA California State Championship [ESP Champion]
  • 10-Time California State 3-Gun Championship – Overall Match Winner
  • X-3 Multi Gun Championship – Overall Match Winner
  • 4-Time West Coast Championship Limited Champion
  • XD Challenge Overall Match Winner
  • GSSF Glockmeister Challenge StockMeister, Unlimited and Competition Division’s “Never Ending” Champion
  • 21-Time Southwest Pistol League Champion