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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
Packager Pilgrim Films & TV for History Channel
Web history.com/topshot 
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Round 1: The Long Shot
June 6

(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.)

It's often been said that history was written not by those who have the bigger guns, but by those who have the stones to use them. Okay, I just made that up, but the logic is sound. Time is ripe with the stories of those whose aim was truer than the other guy's.

And now, 16 people have come together to see whose aim is truest of all, as they compete in a one-of-a-kind marksman shooting contest for $100,000 and the title of Top Shot.

The 16 sure shots...

- Kelly Bachand (22; Student; Kent, WA)
- Adam Benson (44; Construction Project Manager; Baltimore)
- Frank Campana (47; Retired Police Officer; Yonkers, NY)
- Bill Carns (40; Radio Gun Show Host; Pahrump, NV)
- Chris Cerino (40; Law Enforcement Trainer; Wadsworth, OH)
- Denny Chapman (41; Wild West Performer; Ocala, FL)
- Brad Engmann (26; I.T. Project Manager; San Francisco)
- Caleb Giddings (27; Insurance Sales; Fishers, IN)
- Iain Harrison (42; Construction Manager; Sherwood, OR)
- Blake Miguez (28; Semi-Professional Shooter; New Iberia, LA)
- Andre Robinson (28; Soldier, U.S. Army; Pittsburgh)
- Mike Seeklander (38; U.S. Shooting Academy; Owasso, OK)
- Jim Sinclair (48; Historical Firearms Collector; Dover, NH)
- Peter Palma (29; Plumber/Marine Sniper; Norristown, PA)
- Simon "J.J." Racaza (29; Homeland Security Agent; New Milford, NJ)
- Tara Poremba (36; Police Officer; Chicago)

The contestants are put in two teams: RED and BLUE.


Every round has a team challenge and an elimination challenge. Each round will also have a practice session leading up to the team challenge. The winning team is safe from elimination. The losing team will nominate two of its own to go head-to-head in elimination. Winner stays, loser pays. And in the end, there can only be one.

Some of the competitors know each other from the competitive shooting circuit.


The firearms to be used in the next challenge were all used during the 20th Century.

- M1903 Springfield (USA) - World War I
- SVT-40 (USSR) - World War II
- Mosin-Nagant (USSR) - Korean War
- M-14 (USA) - Vietnam War. It is still used today.

Assisting the teams today is Ex-Navy SEAL sniper Craig Sawyer. He'll practice with the red team first, then with the blue. During practice, a shooter will practice with a spotter.

Mike's taking charge of the red team, given his experience, but no one has really asked him to. The red team seemed to have a little more fun with it, while the blue were a little edgier.

That night, everyone was tired of listening to everyone else's war stories.

The next morning, the teams strategize about who is going to take what assault rifle. The reds think that they have the upper hand.


The first challenge is a relay race with obstacles and shooting stations. In four pairs, the teams will have to maneuver their way to the stations and shoot off the exploding targets with the assault rifles at each. Each person will shoot and spot. The first team to shoot all eight targets wins. The strategy is to match the best shot with a weapon with the best person for each obstacle.

First heat is the barbed wire heat. Andre & Mike are first out of that. Iain & Tara follow. Blue is first to hit something, as Tara scores, but Andre gets his first hit. Tara can't find the second target... but finally gets Iain to the right target.

Caleb & Blake start on the brush phase, as the Red Team is still stuck at the first heat. Blue passes the SVT and moves on...

... to the Mosin-Nagant at the end of the rope bridge. They hit the first target... and the second.

Adam & Chris make it through the mudbog to the M-14. The red team is still at the '03 Springfield... and it's over. BLUE WINS! The red team has two hours to decide who will play the Elimination Challenge.

Andre & Mike are literally in the crosshairs. Andre says that it's BS that Kelly thinks about "reputation" above ability. On the other hand, Brad is prepared to nominate himself IF Mike is put in said position. A lot of people were sticking up for Mike over Andre, which leaves a bad taste in their mouth.


At the range, the Red Team will vote for someone to eliminate by shooting a target with their name on it. Their vote will be known by EVERYONE. And you cannot vote for yourself. The two with the most hits will compete in the elimination challenge.

But first, Mike says it straight up: "Shot a lot of bullets. Didn't hit a target."

Andre: MIKE
Denny: BRAD
Kelly: BRAD
Blake: MIKE
Peter: MIKE

So Mike and Kelly will face off in...


Accuracy at various distances, 200, 400, and 600 yards, will be tested via a sniper challenge. Each player will be using the Remington 700 (USA, 1962), a firearm currently being used by the US Marine Corps.

Kelly's feeling confident, so much so that he shot a smiley-face into the target during practice. Cocky much?

First shot to hit all three targets stays in the game. The other will be left for dead. At least in terms of their chance at $100,000.

Mike has Bill as a spotter, while Peter will spot for Kelly.

Mike is the first to hit a target, but Kelly is not far behind. Kelly takes the lead at the 400, leaving only the 600. And... CEASE FIRE! Kelly lives to shoot another day, while Mike Seeklander just took his last shot..

Fifteen shooters are left, but fourteen of them are just shooting off their mouth. Only one will be named Top Shot. Next week, we get pistol whipped.

For more information on "Top Shot", visit www.history.com/topshot.