Butler's career began in late 1994 after winning a Bowling Pin match at a local indoor range in the Los Angeles Valley with a borrowed Glock-24 from Legendary Stuntman Bruce Barber. He said “kid you got to go shoot the Southwest Pistol League”. In January 1995 Taran went to the Southwest Pistol League in Piru California with a Glock 21 and was able to come in 7th overall out of 118 shooters. He was immediately hooked on competition shooting. "I acquired a Glock 24 of my own and went from unclassified to Grandmaster status in 14 months, making me the 1st Glock Grandmaster shooter ever in history of the sport." It also certainly helped to have his own shooting range in my backyard. During those months he shot every match he could afford to go to. "Over the years getting to shoot side by side with shooting greats like Jerry Barnhart, Rob Leatham and Todd Jarrett, I came to the realization that it was not all about "how fast you pulled the trigger" but more about your "target to target" transitions and calling your shots. This was the wake up call to help me reach my goal as a successful competition shooter."