Round 1: 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 about to begin again... A
new batch of 16 marksmen are about to take to the field for a
shot at $100,000 and the coveted title of... Top Shot.
Alex Charvat (38;
structural engineering business owner; Conifer, CO)
Billy Rogers (33; restaurant operator; Virginia Beach, VA)
Dustin Ellerman (28; Christian camp director; Zavalla, TX)
Jake Zweig (39; motivational speaker & football coach; Steilacoom,
Jarrett Grimes (42; DHS agent; Atlanta)
Mike Hughes (38; firearms training equipment company president;
Paul Marinaccio (31; detective; Fairfield, NJ)
Sara Ahrens (38; police training sergeant; Beloit, WI)
Amanda Hardin (33;
firearms instructor & nurse; Birmingham, AL)
Chris Collins (26; US Shooting Academy instructor & sales
coordinator; Chanute, KS)
Cliff Walsh (41; airport driver; New York City)
Drew Shprintz (27; firearms instructor & bartender; Philadelphia)
Gary Quesenberry (41; DHS agent; Sylvatus, VA)
Mark Schneider (45; customer service professional; Largo, FL)
Michael Marelli (28; NY State court officer; Long Island, NY)
Phil Morden (25; video producer; Milford, MI)
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. That much has not yet changed.
And this season... the infamous Gauntlet
is in the first round. But first, take a look at this...
- The Smith & Wesson 500 Magnum (USA;
2003), a modern-day version of Dirty Harry's famous peacemaker.
Competing in pairs, you will shoot a
loaded 500 and fire at targets 30, 50, and 70 feet. First person to hit
their three wins. Winner sit to the left, losers to the right.
As you can expect, the winners are on the
BLUE team, and the losers on the RED. And the Blues waste no time in
talking the smack.
TEAM CHALLENGE: Up the Pole
We start with the Gauntlet to be run
- Larue Tactical OBR (USA, 2010). The
most advanced sniper rifle in the world, allows for quicker follow-ups;
popular with special ops.
Climb onto the platforms using 16-foot
poles weighing 220 pounds. On the range are two targets for each team.
Each team must carry their pole to the platforms and then assign a
shooter and a sight to take out the 75-yard and 100-yard targets. You'll
switch for each target. When both targets are hit, go to the next
station. First team to four stations wins.
STATION #1: Billy/Dustin vs. Phil/Michael
STATION #2: Paul/Jake vs. Drew/Cliff
STATION #3: Sara/Jarrett vs. Mark/Gary
STATION #4: Mike/Alex vs. Amanda/Chris
The Reds start by not even making it a
contest... Unfrotunately the Blues catch up and pull ahead to take the
game. On the back of Cliff getting easily winded, the Blues win...
AGAIN. Reds take a total of 27 shot, hitting 7. The poorest shot:
Amanda, who took 10 and missed 9.
The Reds decide early that Amanda is
going up to the Elimination Challenge. Who will join her?
Chris doesn't vote... Chris doesn't have
to. Amanda and Mark will take to the Elimination Challenge.
ELIMINATION CHALLENGE: Stagecoach
We're putting the History back in History Channel with..
- Winchester '73 (USA, 1873)
You will shoot in a sitting position to
practice. The elimination challenge will require you to shoot rapid
fires in a sitting position. Assisting you will be specialist Jim "Long
Hunter" Finch. He's looking for effective snap shooting, acting cleanly
The challenge: You will be shooting from
an actual stagecoach, "riding shotgun" to shoot 10 targets from
concealed positions along the course, with positions ranging from 15 to
25 yards away. You will have only 10 rounds to do so. Most successful
shots wins. The winner will also receive a $2000 gift card from Bass Pro
Shops. The loser is going home.
Amanda is placed in isolation. Mark will
Amanda: 1. Amanda Hardin has fired her last shot. Meanwhile, Mark earns
$2000 from Bass Pro Shops.
Fifteen are left, but what happens when
the Blues continue their psychological warfare with rounds from an AK47?
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