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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
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Round 3: Archer Enemies
June 20

(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.)

For the last two weeks, it's been all firearms all the time. But how will the 14 remaining shots take on a historical centerpiece like the longbow? We'll find out as the Red Team reels from Frank's ouster at the range.

Peter wanted Brad to go home, comparing competition shooting to Marine sniping.


For the last two weeks, we've had some technological wonders that made bullets go really really fast. This week, something relatively low-tech... the longbow.

- Fiberglass Longbow (modern version of historic longbow)

Some of the shots are excited. Others are out of their comfort zone.

Chris Palmer, archery expert, will be on hand to help the teams practice. Unlike trigger weapons, this requires a lot of upper strength. JJ on the blue team is a natural, especially having never seen it.

But like all weapons with a velocity, gravity will eventually take over, so you have to shoot at an arc if you want to reach bull. On the red, Kelly shows that he's very meticulous, bringing in his rifle training for this new challenge. He has the best instincts.

Back at the house, Bill avoided Kelly entirely. Kelly thinks Bill hates him.  Kelly brings up a sticky point... that Bill's ex-wife's fiance shot himself in the chest. And Kelly said... "Wow, was she that bad?" He did apologize, but Bill didn't accept that. Kelly tries to open up the lines of communication... "I am not enjoying the man you are on your way to be." Bill thinks that it's very insincere and weak at best.


Testing strength, precision, and speed, the shots will take aim at a 30-foot diameter target with a 36-inch bullseye. They will have 30 seconds to get off as many shots as they can. The closest arrow counts. The closest arrow will win the competition for their team. The losers will go to the Nomination Range.

Red Team decide that Chris and Adam on the blue. will sit out the challenge.

The blue strategy starts with weak shooters, then finishes with the strong. The red team... goes the opposite direction.

Kelly's mark at the yellow ring is the mark to beat. JJ is up for the Blue. He misses, then Bill doesn't even have to compete. JJ's first shot... downrange. Second... Over... Third... short...Fourth.... Long. Fifth... lands in the yellow. Sixth... time.

This is going to be close. And upon further review.... Bill will shoot for bullseye. He has to beat 26 inches. Does he do it? NO! BLUE WINS!

Three challenges... three losses. How are the teammates going to vote? Peter thinks that Brad was going to pick him. Andre thinks he's going to pick Brad, because he loses, then hangs around with the Blue Team. It's a loyalty thing. Brad doesn't want to go out because he can't shoot a bow-and-arrow. Kelly is trying to swing Denny's vote. If they don't vote together, they waste their votes. Kelly decides that he wants to vote for Bill.


For three times in a row, the Red Team fail to deliver. Denny says that he has his own way of evaluating how to vote. Bill is going to "let his bullet do the talking".

Bill: KELLY (purely personal)
Kelly: BILL (also purely personal)
Andre: BRAD
Peter: BRAD
Denny: BILL

Denny says it wasn't easy, but Brad and Bill will return to the range for elimination. Brad is whining about having to compete with a "(bleeping) bow-and-arrow. Why don't we just play pool for it instead?" But this is Top Shot, you have to be good at shooting everything. And about Bill? Andre hopes he whups his tail. Bill wants to take out Brad, then "that little douche punk Kelly".  He says that the voting bloc today has to do with a team that is starting to crumble.


Bill and Brad will be using a similar weapon to the longbow...

- Modern Crossbow (based on medieval crossbow)

Designed for speed, trajectory, and pinpoint accuracy, the crossbow will be the weapon of choice as Bill Trowbridge trains them. The secret is to cock it right. If you don't cock it right, the arrow will fly off in a weird direction, or even worse, the arrow's going to fly upwards and outwards into your face.

Now comes the challenge. Inspired by the William Tell legend of 1307, the players will shoot at apples at 10, 20, 30, and 50 yards. The person who hits all the apples first will win. The loser... will be executed... from competition.

Brad gets his first shot off, a miss, but Bill, though he takes a while to cock his arrow, scores two shots in two arrows. Brad takes the lead at apple #3. The wind starts to pick up, and the shooters start missing easy shots. It all comes down to the final shot.

And that's game. Cease fire. Brad will return to the house, but Bill Carns... has taken his last shot.

We're down to lucky 13, but they all have a target on their back. Will the red team come back and put the blue team on the nomination range for once? Find out next week.

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