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Sixteen sharpshooters will face off projectile against projectile for a shot at $100,000.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host Colby Donaldson
Creator Ralph Wikke
EP Ralph Wikke
Craig Piligian
Dirk Hoogstra
Paul Cabana
David McKillop
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Round 10: The Final Shot
August 15

(C-Note: The challenges that you are about to read have been designed, tested, supervised, and played by experienced marksmen operating on a closed course. They are extremely dangerous and should never be attempted by anyone, anywhere, at any time.)

Eight weeks ago, we met sixteen of the nation’s finest sharpshooters. Of that original group, only four remain: Iain Harrison, the former British Army captain; Peter Palma, the Marine sniper; JJ Racaza, the Homeland Security agent; and Chris Cerino, the firearms instructor. They will all run a gauntlet of challenges, but only one will make it through to the other side. Waiting for that one, $100,000 and the title of the first Top Shot.

On the last day, there are three back-to-back challenges.


Using a Beretta 92F, you will have 60 seconds and 40 rounds to flip 12 targets to your designated color, while your opponent will be trying to do the same on the same range. The two winners of the first round are safe, while the two losers will face off to determine who will be the first player eliminated from the season finale.

Heat 1: JJ (Red) vs. CHRIS (Blue)
WINNER: JJ, 11-1

Heat 2: PETER (Red) vs. IAIN (Blue)
WINNER: Iain, 7-3

Elimination Heat: PETER (Red) vs. CHRIS (Blue)
WINNER: Chris, 11-1. Peter Palma has taken his last shot.


Choosing amongst six previous weapons, multiple targets, distances and stances, the players will take their shots. The other players must duplicate that shot. Hit targets are 1 point. Call it an old-fashioned game of horse. Most points go to the final challenge.

JJ is first. He picks the Schofield, bottom window pane, 50 yards, one-hand standing.

Iain: HIT (1)
Chris: MISS

Iain takes the S&W, M&P, shot glasses at 50 feet, two hands.

Iain: HIT (2)
Chris: HIT (1)

Meaning that Iain is locked into the final. Chris orders up the HK39 with a mug of colored beer at 100 yards. If Chris makes the shot, then JJ goes home.

Chris: MISS
JJ: MISS. JJ Racaza has taken his final shot. And your final matchup is set.


Chris and Iain walk to the final challenge... and notice that the five eliminated players from the individual challenges have returned to watch.

It all comes down to this. In a moment, one person will win $100,000. The other is going to get capped. It is a weaponry gauntlet...

1) Throw one Bowie knife at a wood block 11 feet away.
2) Hit a bullseye with a longbow at 50 yards.
3) Hit five bottles with the Colt Peacemaker at 25 feet.
4) Sever a rope at 35 feet with the Winchester ’73.
5) Fire a Beretta 92F through a 1.5-inch tube at 25 feet.
6) Hit six targets with the AR-15 at 100 yards.
7) Hit two targets at 100 and 300 yards using the M-14.

The first person to finish all seven stations will earn the title of Top Shot.

Shake hands... Come out shooting.

This is for money. Marksmen ready... Set... GO!

This is Chris’ first shot at the bow. It shows, as Iain easily beats him in one shot. Chris catches up at the bottles. Iain already drills two. Chris catches up and passes while Iain is reloading. Iain catches up... and passes! He goes on to the rope shot first. Chris passes the rope first, Iain catches up. Both are at the Beretta now. And Iain hits with his first shot. Two stations left. We’re tied again. And... Iain goes to the final station first! Chris follows...

Iain hits his first target first. Chris misses... then connects!

This is going to come down to the final shot.

CEASE FIRE! And the first winner of Top Shot is...



IAIN! Congratulations, you’ve won $100,000 and the title of Top Shot! Per a post-script in the show, he has no plans for the winnings. Oh, and Quisla has a message. “For Queen and country, pop a cap.”

Oh yeah, two things. 1) Chris Cerino, you’ve fired your last shot. And two, a post-script. Tara left the competition due to her father’s declining health. He has since died. This finale is posted in his honor.

The question now... who’s next? Stay tuned for Top Shot 2, coming soon.

For more information on "Top Shot 2" or to view this episode in its entirety, visit www.history.com/topshot.