Top Shot's Game of Horse brings out a belt fed and slows down a shooting gallery
They probably wanted to leave the audience wanting more. Why else bring out some World War II relics for the opening challenge only to come to screeching halt in the elimination round? But you've got to give it to them ... there was nothing but tension at the end.
With that in mind, here are my five quick thoughts on episode eleven of Top Shot All-Stars:
- The initial challenge put competitors behind the trigger of a Browning M1919. That sound like fun? Well put it in the back of an M2A1 WWII Halftrack and you've got a barrel of monkeys at the ready. While there was a touch of marksmanship involved with this challenge, it was more about smart ammo usage and target selection.
Almost everyone aimed at the first target — big mistake. Hindsight suggest the gun should have been pointed forward — where you're going — instead of behind. They were too busy trying to hit what they missed instead of aiming at what was coming down the pipe.
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A Wheel of Fire, a Zip Line, and a double elimination on History's Top Shot
Maybe last week's break from Top Shot was good thing. Spend time family, catch up with friends, maybe finish up that project you've been waiting to tackle for weeks. No matter what the reason, the show came back with a vengeance tonight.
With that, here are my five quick thoughts on episode 10 of Top Shot All-Stars:
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Big Boom starts with high energy action ends with lazy reloads on Top Shot
It was great start. High energy, lots of action, tense situations that had viewers on the edge of their seats. Then it was time for the elimination round. How did it end up? Well, here are my five quick thoughts on episode nine of Top Shot All-Stars:
- With eight remaining shooters, Top Shot finally broke out the shotguns. In a twofer, kids would split into teams of two - one to hit a launcher while the other hit two launched birds. When the cycle completes, competitors change firing positions and go again. After a practice session, teams were picked and the shoot was on.
This had to be a troubling revelation for some as their future was tied to the performance of others … a performance neither could count on. For the viewer, however, we were going to see some action.
Despite warning Phil that he was a poor shot on ariel targets, Chris Cerino was the first overall pick. While they were impressive enough at first, an even more impressive performance was put on by William and Pete. Chris was true to his work and ended at the proving grounds with Brian Zins and Joe Serafini.
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Pistols, Rifles and Cannons? Tricks shots and big guns come out for Top Shot
Apparently the producers for Top Shot had quite the bit of action left in their History Channel quivers. With three trick shots and a mountain gun awaiting, here are five quick thoughts on episode eight of Top Shot All-Stars:
- The initial challenge, a trick shot three-fer, meant it was time to put the individuals into teams. Three teams of three to be exact. Two things jumped out during the selection phase as Joe Serafini was picked in the first round and Kelly Bachand didn't hit the wire until round three.
Huge surprise given the way each has performed up to this point.
No sooner do I open my big mouth about who was picked when than Serafini comes up big (2 for 3 in the throwing a can of soda in the air and hitting it with a Schofield Revolver) and Kelly goes one for three on the "opening a bottle with a Volquartsen task.
Nice bit of foreshadowing as Kelly opened the night saying team competitions never work out well for him … all to true here.
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From Barrett's MRAD to a Henry Rifle to a stick, Top Shot tries for all corners in long range challenge
After taking a break for the 4th of July holidays, Top Shot returns to the History Channel airwaves. Feeling a need to fill in the blanks, here are five quick thoughts on the rifle and atlatl play in episode six of Top Shot All-Stars:
- George Reinas returned to Top Shot as a expert for the long range sniper shot. And wouldn't you know, he was even more George than ever. Though underutilized in the final cut, he was on hand for tips and pointers along the Craig "Sawman" Sawyer. George had him beat hands down … especially when it came to the hair.
Jamie Franks was first to go and knocked it out of the park. Nailing a one mile shot in 30 seconds, he finished the competition with the top overall score. Kelly Bachand was a close second (due to his competitive rifle experience and shooting glasses). As for the others, well, there were a variety of strategies involved. Chris Cerino shot, waited and adjusted. Brian Zins fired, reloaded, fired, reloaded, fired … you get the picture. Any guesses as to who performed better?
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Pistols turn to Rifles as Gabby ends up with snake eyes on History Channel's Top Shot
We hope to have more on the latest episode of History Channel's Top Shot soon, but until then … here are five quick thoughts on the pistol and rifle play in episode five of Top Shot All-Stars:
- The show kicked off with a team challenge centered around the Remington Model 1875, a single action revolver. The single action messes with the aim as the gun has to be cocked before it's fired … thus mandating an adjustment after every shot. Made a bit of a difference for some.
It was a dice game. Six stages where each stage is a different side of a die. With their captains randomly picked from the ammo box, it was Kelly, Brian, Gary, Alex, Gabby and Joe versus Jamie, Chris, Peter, Phil William and Adam. Though taking an early lead, Kelly's team fell off at the end as frequent Bianchi Cup competitor Chris Cerino handed 11-time NRA Pistol Champ Brian Zins his head on the six.
This had to make Jamie's day as he was constantly his season's punching bag and picked last in the last show. Redemption baby.
- You only had enough rounds to complete your round. So miss once and you have to reload. That's where the challenge really turned. Those that fumbled the reload, Gary Quesenberry for example, eventually lost the round.
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Think the Long Bow is boring? What if they follow it with a Bulldog Gatling Gun on History Channel's Top Shot
We'll have more on this week's episode of History Channel's Top Shot soon enough. Until that day … here are five quick thoughts on the pistol play in episode four of Top Shot All-Stars:
- Challenge round was a long bow at 100 yards. Immediately you start identifying the archers. Joe Serafini, Adam Benson and Kelly Bachand immediately come to mind. While Kelly and Adam perform well, taking second and third respectively, Joe barely escaped elimination. That from a man with 26 archery titles in six states. That's pressure for you.
- Gabby Franco, the undersized pixie that she is, appeared to be in big trouble. Her practice round produced little by way of results … unless you count the open wound that developed on her forearm as the string scrapped away the skin. True to Season 5 form, she defied the odds, found her aim, and ended with a third place finish. Gary Quesenberry finished in first
- The Proving Ground, finally without the afore mentioned Franco, had four shooting a Styer at 200 yards. Assumed the Police Commander would have an easier grasp upon the rifle than others. That's what assumptions get you. With a shot that landed further out than anyone else, he's joined by Rescue Swimmer & Season 2 punching bag Jamie Franks in the elimination round.
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Pistol competitions sends Gabby Franco to elimination round on History Channel's Top Shot
We'll have a full rundown of the History Channel favorite in a day or two. Until then … here are five quick thoughts on the pistol play in episode three of Top Shot All-Stars:
- The initial challenge, first one to nail three targets in a head to head shootout, looked completely underwhelming. Then the first group hit the line. The underwhelming apprehensions disappeared. What could have been a huge goose egg turned out to be big winner. Props to the producers.
- Names written on spent rounds were drawn from an ammo box. If Colby draws your name, then you get to name your opponent. Most choose poorly as only two beat out their handpicked opponents.
- The final round in the opening challenge was between Phil Morden and Chee Kwan. Maybe it was me, maybe it was the editing, but it seemed to take forever. Thought for sure they were going to reload before hitting all three targets. When Chee said, "I really hate this gun", you could empathize with the man.
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Splitting bullets on axe heads and upside down revolver shots on History
Looking to maintain momentum from the blockbuster return to the television airwaves, History Channel’s Top Shot All Stars took off on Wednesday night with a trick shot bonanza. Host Colby Donaldson, teeth ablazing, smiled and welcomed the remaining fifteen competitors back to the hills of California.
With the help of guest expert Taran Butler, the All Stars split up into three teams of five to figuring out the who and the how. Who would take the shot and how would they actually accomplish it.
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