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Top Shot is a one-hour reality TV show based around a shooting competition that airs weekly on the History Channel. Top Shot premiered in the summer of 2010 and to date has completed four seasons. The show centers on 16 contestants who come from a variety of shooting backgrounds including law enforcement, military and self-trained shooters. Top Shot is hosted by former Survivor contestant Cobly Donaldson.

Each season starts out by splitting the contestants into two teams, red and blue. Each week, the teams compete against each other in a variety of shooting competitions that test the speed and accuracy of all team members with a particular weapon. Top Shot uses a vast arsenal of modern and historic weapons that vary from week to week. One week might have teams using a World War 2 M1 Grand rifle, and then using a Civil War era revolver the following week. Other weapons include shotguns, semi-automatic pistols, muskets, machine guns, canons and sniper rifles. Competitors have to adapt to become proficient with primitive weapons such as spears and longbows. One episode even featured members having to throw rocks at targets to win the weekly challenge.

The team that loses the team competition for that week is later sent to the Nomination Range where the names of all the members of the team are placed alongside wooden bull's-eye targets. Members vote for whom they think should be sent home by shooting that persons target with a pistol. The two team members with the most votes then go head to head in an elimination challenge using either the same or different weapon from the team challenge. Whichever team member loses that challenge is eliminated from the competition.

Once the total number of contestants is eliminated down to eight, the teams are combined and the competition changes to an individual elimination format. Individuals can win immunity from being eliminated for the week by having the highest score in the weekly challenge. Those who do not win immunity are eligible for elimination at the nomination range, whereas with the team challenges, the two with the most votes compete to stay in the completion.

When the number of contestants are reduced to two, the final challenge involves a course that includes elements of all previous weapons and challenges throughout the season. Whichever contestant completes the course in the fastest time, wins a $100,000 prize and a professional shooting contract from Bass Pro Shops.

Tuesday at 10:00 pm et/pt on History Channel
5 Seasons, 62 Episodes - Currently Airing
June 6, 2010
Reality
7.5/10
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Top Shot Full Episode Guide

  • In the season finale, the final four endure a rigorous challenge. With the title of Top Shot All-Stars at stake, various weapons from the season test the speed and precision of the last two competitors in this fast-paced showdown.

  • The competitors fire the Browning M1919 from a rolling Army Half-track, and later call shots in a game of horse, where one all-star fails to keep pace and is eliminated.

  • Marksmen are attached to a mechanical arm and sent soaring with the SP89. While rotating in a large circle they must hit a series of targets or face elimination.

  • With half of the competition eliminated, the remaining eight marksmen continue to shoot for the top spot. In a season first, competitors blast clay birds mid flight with Benelli Shotguns.

  • The competitors compete in a variety of trick shot challenges.

  • A past challenger returns with a makeover that throws everyone for a loop. Using a Rutgers Security Six Revolver, the wheel spin decides their body angles to be used while aiming. Two veterans are off their mark resulting in being sent to the elimination round where they are challenged with cleanly firing a bullet through a narrow tube.

  • Long-range sniper shots are standard for the competition, but a challenge of this magnitude has yet to be seen. Marksmen are put to the test with the Barrett M-Rad. But then the wind comes into play.

  • Luck determines fate as the marksmen compete in a side-by-side shoot out with the 1875 Remington Pistol.

  • The marksmen participate in an archery competition.

  • The fourteen remaining marksmen face a classic challenge with a new twist. Players must pick a rival to shoot against in a head to head, high-speed showdown featuring the Sig Sauer P229.

  • For the first time in Top Shot history, trick shots will determine who will remain in the competition. Reminiscent of a Wild West Show, three teams of five perform the Annie Oakley shot; knock back bowling pins, and shoot pipes out of mannequins' mouths.

  • In the fifth season premiere, 16 All-Stars return to the competition that features challenges using an SVT-40 rifle, a LaRue Tactical OBR battle rifle and an M32 grenade launcher.

  • The marksmen return to discuss their biggest challenges and triumphs throughout the season.

  • From the Kentucky Flintlock Pistol to Crossbows and Grenade launchers--an epic assortment of weapons are featured. Four marksmen gear up to blast their way through the home stretch with hopes of becoming History's next Top Shot. After a series of elimination challenges, only two competitors enter the final showdown which comes down to the very last second.

  • Armed with a belt fed Browning 1919 machine gun mounted on an authentic World War II half track, shooters make their way through an explosive individual challenge. After coming up short, two competitors are selected to compete for the right to stay in the game. An unconventional elimination challenge tests marksmanship, strength and memorization. Only one will be worthy for the last spot in the final four.

  • The competition features two challenges inspired by real life SWAT team scenarios.

  • Shooters reach the individual stage of the competition and immediately face an incredible challenge with the Accuracy International AWM Sniper Rifle--taking the longest shot in Top Shot history. Top Shot veterans Kelly Bachand and George Reinas return and get in on the action.

  • Top Shot season one winner Iain Harrison returns to educate the competitors in British weaponry. The team challenge introduces a surprising twist, and one team unites to conquer the task. For the losing team, it's off to the elimination round where two shooters compete in a high-stress precision challenge.

  • Contestants target bowling pins, bottle openers and other specialty targets in an episode full of impressive trick shots. One team's disagreement over strategy translates to a poor performance at the team challenge. And after a controversial nomination range, two shooters must go head to head to avoid elimination.

  • The biggest weapon in Top Shot history--a mighty 3.2 inch bag gun cannon--forces team work. At the elimination challenge, a heated grudge pits two shooters against each other using the fast-flying prehistoric atlatl throwing dart.

  • Teams use the explosive Kentucky Flintlock Pistol. The competition flashes back to the 18th century in a high energy battle that requires coordination and focus. Two marksmen battle it out in the elimination challenge, using one of the most durable pistols on the planet.

  • One team tries to work out their differences prior to the team challenge which features an ultra-modern, high-power crossbow that fires bolts at a stunning 350 feet per second.

  • Season 2 champ Chris Reed returns to teach the contestants about modern shotguns. Meanwhile, a team collapses during a challenge; and the final challenge is marked by a shotgun showdown.

  • Teams grapple with an explosive obstacle course and endure trench warfare conditions while firing the legendary Browning Automatic Rifle. Later, two competitors duke it out in a fierce battle with a multi-shot grenade launcher.

  • The season 4 premiere starts off with a shocker - two competitors are sent packing immediately after a surprise shoot-off in the opening minutes of the first episode. Later, two shooters get a taste of WWII combat as they fire an M1 Carbine from a motorcycle sidecar and attempt to stay in the game. Colby Donaldson returns as host.

  • Competing for a $100K prize, a Bass Pro Shops shooting contract and the title of Top Shot, 18 of the country's finest and most diverse marksmen, from a New York farmer to a Long Island custodian, cock their hammers for a wild explosion through the HISTORY series' fourth season, hosted by "Survivor" contestant Colby Donaldson. Watch as lives are risked via heart-stopping stunts including speeding through the air pirate-style to braving WWII combat conditions in a Soviet-type sidecar all while sporting anything from a Kentucky flintlock pistol to the FS200 semi-automatic assault rifle.Catch a sneak peek of the high-speed HD action now, before the hit series premieres on HISTORY on Tuesday, February 14 at 10/9C.

Most Popular Top Shot Episodes

  • Season 1 Episode 6 Wild, Wild West 7/18/2010
  • Season 1 Episode 1 The Long Shot 6/06/2010

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Top Shot All-Stars: Biggest Lessons | History Clip (02:03) Being an All-Star | History Clip (01:51) Top Shot One Word | History Clip (02:21) Redemption | History Clip (02:02) Rifles vs. Pistols | History Clip (01:47)