By Kerrin Brinkman | April 14 2009 13:58

Tyler Payne shooting 3-gun for the US Army Marksmanship Unit

Park City, Kentucky - At just 20 years old, Tyler Payne is relatively new to competitive shooting. Despite his age, Payne is a rising star in the world of 3-gun, placing 9th in this year's Tactical Division at the LaRue Tactical 3-Gun Competition in Waco, TX.

Shooting against seasoned competitors, including active duty military and law enforcement officers, Payne held his own.

Outranking experienced shooters isn’t new to Payne. At the age of nine, Payne’s father, a police officer, held a match for other law enforcement officers. The youngster tagged along and the results were surprising.

“I ended up beating three of the officers,” said Payne, who hails from Princeton, Minnesota.

Payne credits his father with getting him involved in competitive shooting. “He’s basically the whole reason why I got started [competing],” said Payne. Both Payne and his father will be competing in the upcoming Sabre Defence Blue Ridge Mountain 3-Gun Championship in Park City, Kentucky April 24-26.

Check back with NRAblog for the latest news in 3-gun competition and to see how Tyler Payne ranks in the Sabre Defence Blue Ridge Mountain 3-Gun Championship!

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