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:

Chee Kwan falls to favorite Gabby Franco and the 1875 Schofield Revolver Top Shot All Stars
Gabby sends Chee Kwan home on Top Shot - photo courtesy of History Channel.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Top Shot Gabby Franco taking trick shots on History Channel - photo courtesy of History Channel

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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History Channel breaks out the Trick Shots for second show of Season 5

We'll have a full rundown of the History Channel favorite in due time, but until then … here are five quick thoughts on the trick shots in episode two of Top Shot All-Stars:

Blake Miguez is the second to go home on Top Shot All Stars
Blake Miguez is sent back to Louisiana on Top Shot - photo courtesy of History Channel.
  1. The theme of tonight's episode was trick shots. Everything from splitting a bullet on an axe head to an Annie Oakley over the shoulder to hitting a corncob pipe in a mannequin's mouth. No easy task.
  2. Out of the fifteen possible contestants, Jamie Franks was chosen last over all. To rub their nose in it, Jamie was the only one to go a perfect three for three in the paint can challenge (shooting one sends can on top in the air, hit the flying can too). Will he get a little respect next week?
  3. Though a trick shot episode, the Proving Ground was a simple Henry Lever Action at a bullseye target in a supported prone position. Not all that tough. None the less, the two who were sent to elimination were more than five and seven inches out. Gabby Franco, on the Ground for the second week in a row, scored the closest shot.
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NRA regulars return to compete in TV's #1 shooting sports reality show

Sign welcome competitors to Season 5 of Top Shot All Stars - image courtesy of History Channel

More than a year has passed since the last round was fired on History Channel’s Top Shot. Fans of the show will remember Chris Cheng passing Federal Officer Gregory Littlejohn on the grenade launcher stage of the final run. Now both are back for Top Shot All Stars.

Also back are past favorites like Joe Serafini, Kelly Bachand, multiple NRA Pistol Champ Brian Zins and Bianchi Cup regular Chris Cerino. Back for their chance to earn the title of Top Shot.

"Coming to Top Shot again, a second time is like that, a second chance to win," said Season 4 favorite and NRA Certified Instructor Gabby Franco. "I don't think anyone comes to a competition to lose."

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Premier of History Channel show returns past favorites and new elimination round

We'll have a full rundown of the History Channel favorite tomorrow, but for now … here are five quick thoughts on the premier of Top Shot All-Stars:

Gregory Littlejohn is the first to go home on Top Shot All Stars
Greg Littlejohn goes home tonight on Top Shot - photo courtesy of History Channel.

  1. All four Top Shot winners returned for the opening round. Each provided insight on the competitors and the challenges. While it was good to see the gang all together, would have been nice to see them shooting.
  2. The initial challenge was an obstacle course - over a rope and shoot, up a telephone pole ladder and shoot, under razor wire onto an unstable platform and shoot. Gary Quesenberry was first to go and took forever. Turns out that performance was not the standard. By showing a lot of Gary cutaways, thought for sure he was on his way out.
  3. Producers added a "Proving Ground" round which decided who would go to the elimination round. Take a Colt Peacemaker, shoot once and the two furthest away from center go to elimination. Gary and Greg Littlejohn were on the outside. As Greg said, he couldn't get enough meat on the gun.
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Winners and favorites from History Channel competition teach kids the basics in Houston

Top Shot favorite Gabby Franco laughs with kids at the NRA Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas - On the first day of May, the Annual Meetings' NRA Youth Day welcomed more than a thousand kids to the second floor of the George R. Brown Center. Walking through the blue and white gateway, families were instantly greeted with a special wrist band, bags of popcorn, and tons of information about the shooting sports. A few steps more revealed crowns of faux antlers, vendors with samples and a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from the best in the business.

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After Top Shot, Terry Vaughan planning to embrace the open range and mountain tops of Wyoming

Top Shot Terry Vaughan at the 2012 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada

Earlier this week, told you about Top Shot Englishman Terry Vaughan and his experience after the History Channel show. At the end there was talk of his move to Wyoming. Here's how it happened:

Las Vegas, Nevada - Moving from one end of the pond to another doesn't sound like that big of a deal. But it is when the pond you're referring to is the Atlantic Ocean. That's what Terry Vaughan — former dancer, British Royal Marine Commando and Top Shot contestant — did a number of years ago.

Now in the states, as a nationally recognized expert on non-verbal communications and an experienced NRA Certified Instructor, he is making another move. Not across the pond, but across the nation. That's right, he's picking up the business, the wife and the kids and moving them all to Wyoming.

Apparently Top Shot colleague Tim Trefren is to blame.

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Taking non-verbal and body language techniques on the road after Top Shot

Terry Vaughan from Top Shot Season 4 at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada - Terry Vaughan was a busy man back in 2011. Father of three, motivational speaker and an NRA Certified Instructor ... you get the idea. There were never enough hours in the day. But things really took off after his appearance on Season 4 of Top Shot on the History Channel.

"Since the show aired, the increase in personal safety seminars as well as the non-verbal and body language classes has gone up exponentially," Vaughan told NRAblog at the 2012 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. "It's a sign of the shift in people's desire to learn personal safety."

Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, the former British Royal Marine Commando spends his professional days traveling the country to perform such a task. Teaching the lessons he learned through his years dealing with "a bugger of childhood", as well as his time as an actor, as a dancer and as a Commando. ... more on Terry Vaughan's experience after Top Shot ...

Four Seasons of History Channel competitors meet outside Volquarsten booth at SHOT Show

Four seasons of Top Shot Competitors reunite at SHOT Show

Las Vegas, Nevada - Love them, hate them, wouldn't miss a Top Shot episode staring them during the History Channel's short four season run.

If you're a fan of the show, and who in the shooting community isn't, then there had to be at least one competitor in the mix that stirred some sort of emotion. William Bethards who cornered the market on the catch phrase "Hey diddle diddle, right down the middle". Gabby Franco, the first female to reach the green shirts. And Brian Zins, eleven-time NRA Pistol Champion and Top Shot runner-up.

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