In this episode, they brought back the Wheel of Fire challenge from TS3. This was a good display of skilled shooting, in challenging conditions, and now that only five remain, it really is coming down to the wire. Read this to learn who zipped and who shipped.
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The “Great Eight” divided into pairs, with each pair using two shotguns, a Benelli Vinci and a Benelli M4. Read this article to learn Top Shot All-Star got sent home.
The Top Shot All-Stars are back shooting the Volquartsen TSS5 .22LR custom rifle and Schofield .22LR revolver. The challenge was a series of three trick shots, which are always entertaining to watch, and usually require great shooting skill.
This week the competition for the remaining 10 shooters was to spin a wheel with a (as Adam noticed) Colby-esque silhouette on it. Whatever orientation the silhouette was in when the wheel stopped was how that shooter had to make his shot. Each competitor was strapped onto a large wheel, spun a few times, and stopped in a position matching the silhouette.
Okay, now THIS is why people watch Top Shot! It was nice to see the producers mix it up last night by introducing a long-range rifle challenge. With only 11 competitors left, this was a good event to test their marksmanship skills. Let me set this up; Marines complete their marksmanship training at the 500-yard line, with iron sights, and no bipod. That’s a hell of a long shot, and small errors easily throw the round off target. I’ve never shot at a target a mile away, but I know that even with a scope and bipod, the slightest deviation will cause a miss of several feet. Make no mistake; this was a high-level marksmanship challenge. Long-range shooting is half art and all science.
Who will stay, who will go? Top Shot Season 5 All-Stars “shooting dice” — Chris and Brian are the big hitters, like King Kong and Godzilla. Brian lost a little focus, and Chris knocked em’ down, 6 – 2. Proof that nerves can affect anyone.
In Top Shot All-Stars episode 4, they chose a primitive weapon, the longbow. I love primitive weapon challenges on Top Shot, because they prove a shooter’s versatility, and level the playing field. Upon seeing the longbow, Chris Cerino called it “the great equalizer,” and it definitely was. For anyone not familiar with shooting bows, and particularly primitive bows, there is an art to it, and it takes a lot of practice to be really good.
Last night’s Top Shot episode consisted of a fairly straight-forward challenge, but it was more difficult—and telling—than at first glance. The action started, and Gabby DEMOLISHED Chee! She got on her sights and methodically worked her way down each row, only having a couple of misses. Chee in the meantime, cleared his first row, then died on the second row, scoring miss after miss, each resulting in the row being reset. Chee also blew a lot of time by breaking open the Schofield after each miss, completely reloading six rounds instead of shooting the live rounds still in the cylinder before reloading. By contrast, Gabby didn’t reload until the gun was empty, and she cleared her fourth row before Chee cleared his second.
Her victory made Gabby the first and only woman in the Top Shot franchise to win an elimination round, and she did it in a decisive, impressive fashion.
I watched with satisfaction last night as the gang nailed up Littlejohn’s target, along with a Top Shot range flag…Read More >
Having all four of the season winners present to kick it off was a nice touch. They explained the rule changes—no more teams, no more alliances, a completely individual competition, with the losers determined by the results. NOW it’s a shooting match!