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What Happened to Taran Butler at the 2012 IDPA Nationals?

Recently Taran Butler, (well known professional shooter) joined Matt Burkett on Burkett’s Practical Shooting podcast (Which is really good by the way, I wish Matt would crank out weekly episodes). They talked about several topics, such as Taran’s new business, 3-gun nation, shotguns, and the 2012 IDPA Nationals which took place right here in Eastern NC.

Taran began to talk about the 2012 IDPA Nationals, and stated that in the past the Nationals have been great, but this year it went back to the “stone age mentality” of IPSC vs. IDPA, and that he felt that the RO’s were not fair in their calls, etc. Several times he mentioned that he will not go back to the IDPA Nationals if it is held at The Range again.

I shoot IDPA at The Range quite frequently. In my opinion it is a great facility, and the matches are generally run well, so I’m curious to know what exactly happened. Looking at the scores from the match, Taran took a massive amount of procedurals, which seems odd for a shooter of his caliber.

I’d like to hear from those of you that were at the match. Listen to Matt Burkett’s podcast here, (Taran’s rant starts at about the 14 minute mark) and tell me what you think in the comments below.


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  1. He's a cry baby. I was not overly impressed with him or Dave Olhasso simply because of their attitudes, read: poor sportsmanship. I saw Olhasso argue with an SO over a valid call on cover. Then get behind the shooters on the stage and sounded like a 3 year old having a tantrum. If he doesnt want to shoot IDPA again then thats fine. I hope that he and Olhasso join Sevigny and stay away.

  2. I finally listened to the interview…my prior post was just off observations from the week. Like I said cry-baby. In his interview he mentions being able to shoot a 3-gun match in 2 days and come home with $3000 in prizes. He then mentions he will be on TV 5 times. He's been in hollywood and likes to hear his own whistle blow. He's a great shooter…such a pity to have a shitty attitude.

  3. Just out of curiosity after listending to the pod cast; How DOES one get or give a cover violation to a shooter who is shooting through the slats in a picket fence?

    • Hey Speed Shooter, I'm not really sure to be honest. I've watched several different videos of Nationals, and it looks like just about everyone shoots through the slats on that stage.

      • The fence is the vertical cover line, your entire lower body and half your upper body has to be behind it. It doesn't matter whether the gap is 6 inches or 6 feet, you can't stand in the middle of it…

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