Competitive Shooting

Top Shot All-Stars — Shooting Dice

Down to 12, the next challenge for the All-Stars was a throwback to Top Shot season 4, but first, teams had to be chosen. Colby drew Kelly and Jamie as squad captains, who would get to pick their teams after practice. At practice, the weapon was the Remington new-model Army 1875 revolver. Again, the field of shooters is very high quality, and everyone does well, with the exception of Adam, who struggled. Kelly and Jamie were taking notes, and when it came down to picking teams they pretty much got who they wanted. It looked like a good, close competition was in the works. As for the challenge, 50 feet downrange, paired dice were painted on plywood, with glass-paned pips as targets. The dice were paired at six stations, from snake-eyes, to double boxcars. One shooter from each team manned each of the stations, and the shooter who cleared his die first won that station. Points were awarded to both shooters based on how many pips they shot out. Here were the teams and how they fared:

  • Adam – Gabby; Gabby wins quickly, 1 – 0
  • William – Joe; Joe wins after both shooters have to reload, 2 – 0
  • Jamie – Kelly; Kelly smokes it, 3 – 2
  • Phil – Alex; Phil crushes Alex and pulls his team within one point, 4 – 1
  • Peter – Gary; Pete wins 5 – 4, and now both teams are tied with 11 points each!

The last pair is Chris and Brian, or as Adam put it, “these are the big hitters, like King Kong and Godzilla.” It wasn’t as close as I thought it would be; Brian lost a little focus, and Chris knocked em’ down, 6 – 2. Proof that nerves can affect anyone.

At the proving ground, the losing team had to use a Volquartsen .22 scoped rifle to attempt to shoot through the center of a CD from 25 feet. Kelly went 3 for 3, and Gary went 2 for three. Brian hit one, and the other little piggies had none. Joe, Alex and Gabby shot for closest to center, which sent Alex and Gabby to compete in elimination.

This was another fun one, a bottle shooting gallery! This was the last challenge I participated in before being eliminated. It was a head-to-head elimination, with both shooter’s getting two minutes with a Ruger 10/22 to see how many they could destroy. The action was fast-paced and fun to watch, but after two minutes, Alex walked away with the victory, 58 to 45. Hated to see Gabby go, but she had a great attitude about the competition. She said a very wise thing, which I’ve heard before, “You learn a lot more from defeat than you do from victory.” Have you been keeping up with Top Shot All-Stars this season? Who are your picks to win? Tell us in the comment section.

About the Author:

Daryl Parker

Daryl Parker is a combat veteran and retired U.S. Marine. He is also a 2002 Rifle Gold Medalist, Texas Peace Officer, firearms and law enforcement instructor, and standout marksman from History Channel's Top Shot (Season 2). Parker is the author of Sacrifice of the Season, The Death of More and Journey of Fear.
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