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August 14 2013 22:23
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:
- Colby Donaldson opened the show with more than just a challenge. Sure, shooting an HK SP89 from a spinning Wheel of Fire 33 feet in the air is enough to catch anyone's attention, but not this time. This time the story was about an auto elimination. Come in last and you go home. No proving ground, no elimination, just a bus ticket to the reruns.
But that's not the only guy going home. There's still a proving ground, still an elimination, still one man to leave as the final credits roll. Here's to making up for lost time.
Adam Benson went first … things went downhill for the man from there.
He opened fire after one spin of the wheel. Least that's what the host, Colby Donaldson, said he was doing. From the viewer's standpoint, it looked like Benson was spending more time aligning his shot than pulling his trigger. As a result, he seemed to be pulling a great deal slower than the other guys. Results? Hasta la vista Adam.
The Proving Ground. One shot for either salvation or the abyss. William, by way of blowing 13 targets to smithereens in the opening challenge, had a pass. That meant Cerino, Quesenberry, Morden, Palma and Zins would be firing an M1A rifle at a target 200 yards down range. Easy enough. Not for some.
Ques and Cerino were fine. Palma and Morden were more than six inches out. That mean Gunny Zins, a man who spent hour/days/weeks plinking away with rifles of all shapes and sizes with the greatest of ease, would have no problem. Guess that collection of rifles didn't include an M1A.
Zins and Plama "The Pants Man" are off to elimination.
- Here's a big wet kiss for the return of the zip line.
Handed a Browning High Powered 9mm pistol loaded with 14 rounds, the boys were strapped to a sled which was strapped to — you guess it — a zip line. Five targets on the right, five on the left, shoot 'em all before reaching the end.
This is where you start to appreciate the week off. Sure it was tough going through our collective Top Shot withdraws, but when they compensate you for such a loss with such a display, you have to admit ... it was worth it.
Palma went first. No crazy pants, no clip on ties, just a set of shooting glasses and off he went. And boy did he go. Hitting nine out of ten targets, it felt like a lock. Like Gunny was going to be bested by the firearm he loves best. By the one that won him 12 NRA National Pistol titles.
While gliding through the air on his flying trapeze, Zins nailed one after the other. Boom, boom, boom. He was a machine. Why did we ever doubt him? Ok, why did I ever doubt him. I know. I've learned. I'm better now.
Pete packed up his goodies, battling dolphin shirts and all, and made for home in Valley Forge. Welcome back boys.
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