previously on top shot as the teams go head-to-head rivalries emerge i know jared grimes personally beat gary convincingly on national tv that’s it this is close i beat the seal today the house is wearing thin on jake i’m not taking it down two to one the red team tries to rebound alex has three or four hit that’s it but comes up just short the red team we’ve lost three out of four team challenges we’re getting whipped pretty bad go and michael masters the gatling gun to stay in the game there it is there’s no describing what this feels like best feeling in the world there are shots that changed history feats of legendary skill and extreme precision now 16 of today’s best marksmen have been chosen they come from all over the country and from all walks of life amateurs and professionals military recreation and exhibition shooters each shows the timeless skills of a true marksman not just with one weapon with any weapon they will compete in a gauntlet of challenges until only one remains earning the 100 000 prize and the title of top shot and hey red people look who made it i come home after defeating mark in the elimination challenge and i feel great and we go in to nail up mark’s target we got to get some more blue up here this is ridiculous right why did you buy into that dude hats off to mark we’re five men strong right now good job every single member of the red team that has gone home so far were the weaker members if they were the stronger members they would still be here so we are stronger than ever as a team morning shooters morning good morning well with mark’s in home there are now 12 of you still in the hunt for the hundred thousand dollars and the title of history’s top shot let’s get straight to the practice for the next team challenge so far you’ve competed with some of the most powerful advanced and iconic firearms in history but they’ve all been guns haven’t they and a true marksman is not determined by guns alone we are about to go primitive you’re not going to be using one weapon but three of them and we’ll see just how gifted you guys are as marksman now the first two weapons are familiar to top shot the first weapon you’ll be using the tomahawk all right the second weapon the knife any guesses on the final weapon a hammer bill says a hammer gary i have no clue well we are going old school here gentlemen for the first time on top shot we’re featuring mankind’s first measure of marksmanship rocks a rock a rock it doesn’t get any more primitive than this i guess that’s probably where marksmanship started was throwing a rock rocks were used by primitive man in battle and to hunt success with this weapon was critical to early man survival to master the art of throwing these weapons we brought in primitive weapons expert

jack dagger and one final tip i highly suggest you get some pointers with all three of these weapons trust me you will need them all right let’s get to it red team you guys will be up first blue team you can head back to the house you’ll practice later good luck have fun i’ll see the challenge drive that knife into the ground at your feet this is all about hand-eye coordination and how good you are as a overall marksman this is going to be hands down the purest competition thus far that’s it it’s what makes top shot what it is it’s for the well-rounded marksman not just the shooter okay gary very well done very good gary was the first person up with the knives and let me say he set the bar high he hit eight for ten so kudos to gary remember to follow through snap forward and through that’s it close the wind reach up and go good if every challenge was a pistol i would win the competition uh unfortunately every challenge is not a pistol and that’s where i have my problems use the wrist to flip it forward that’s it and i’ll just get it downrange good that’s good a little tense chris was throwing the tomahawk like he was throwing a rubber chicken what’s up boom i’m trying to make my body do exactly what it’s supposed to do i find out that’s not working so hot two ways you can throw the rocks just finesse versus this way you can do the whole rocking motion and that gives you that confident power all right this next challenge may come down to the rock so i’m not taking anything for granted good good nice our ringer for the rocks was filled good job phil phil could knock the balls off of a mosquito with a piece of cobblestone from 15 yards away he’s that good one person that wasn’t doing that well it was cliff he is a brand master pistol shooter yeah what in that all right now take two steps over here on your left i don’t think he’s thrown anything i don’t even think he’s throwing a ball change your point of view aim for the bottom left-hand corner of that lock i’m probably definitely the uh the low man as far as the the level of skill goes on the red team it’s a nice little bull’s eye the whole team in general is feeling pretty confident walking away from the practice range comfortable with the rocks yes yeah yeah great and our confidence is high and it’s about time we set somebody from the blue team down perfect nice mike looking good i’m not a knife thrower but everything’s feeling good i mean my steps my fluidity and what have you so i’m feeling very confident looking good my friend all right first time out of the gate 10 out of 10 that’s very very good mike was throwing the knife pretty well he went 10 for 10 on the first run and then he pretty much dialed it in so mike is our strongest knife thrower looking good all right southpaw i like to think i’m good at just about anything involving marksmanship but admittedly this is not one of my best skill sets well i’m pretty good with anything with a trigger when it comes to throwing that’s a little bit out of my uh element if you will not break the wrist wind up come forward then we moved over to the tomahawks and tomahawk was really easy had no problems with that perfect that’s a 45 degree angle stick and that’s ideal good i think you got this mike hughes was really good on the knives and uh jake was really good on the tomahawk i thought both of them were really consistent with both of those weapons you want accuracy that’s my only advice for you good there we go i didn’t actually expect we’d be throwing rocks in the competition guys i think dustin can throw a rock his form is kind of gangly like a little girl would throw a rock but he’s he’s got precision so he knows where it’s going good luck on the challenge good job guys thank you it’s nice meeting you nice to meet you guys going into the competition the blue team is just as prepared and well trained as the red team i think it’s a toss up walking up i’m super excited and i love what i see i can’t wait to get involved i’m getting very tired of losing i think the rest of the guys are trying to lose them we’re tired of putting guys in the elimination challenges we’re tired of hearing it from the blue team right now i’d like to win just to send some of them home

morning fellas morning good morning welcome to the team challenge well i hope you all feel comfortable with the rock knife and tomahawk because we’ve got another twist for you for this challenge we’re going to introduce a little playground bravado you’re gonna be able to call each other out colby tells us that’s more like a playground game and you get to just call out your opponent if we can keep the advantage here you know we can probably make this work i’m gonna flip a coin and the winning team will send up a competitor to the first station he will then call out who he wants to go up against you’ll then compete head to head whichever team wins the round gets to decide to match up for the next station doesn’t get any more old-school than that gentlemen for the first station each competitor will get three throws with the tomahawk to hit a target mounted on a pendulum 13 feet downrange whoever sticks the most wins next competitors will get three throws to stick their tomahawks into a spinning log round 13 feet downrange most tomahawk stuck wins for the knife 11 feet downrange is a target behind two swinging beans you’ll get three throws most knives stuck in the target wins it’s as simple as that for the second knife station also 11 feet downrange are 52 playing cards on a sheet of wood each competitor will get three throws with a knife whoever gets the highest total face value of the cards wins the round for the rocks 15 feet out on the range are two matching window frames containing nine six by six inch panes of glass first person break three of their window panes in a row wins the first five stations each team is going to get a point for winning the round which brings us to the final station and this one could be for all the marbles 15 feet down range we’ve set 10 cans atop a railing five for each team going side by side using rocks you’ll try to knock the cans off the rails each can knocked over is worth a point for a total possible five points so if you’re behind this is the stage where you catch up blue team since you have two more members than the red team two of you guys have to send this one out and that decision will be made by the red team who’s sitting this one out we’re gonna set out paul and alex colby paul and alex will not compete today here’s how we’ll get started the first weapon is the tomahawk and the first shot is the pendulum i’m gonna flip this coin to see who gets to call out their opponent first blue team you guys will be calling someone out first jake jake jake who you calling out on the red team little chris all right jake and chris i’m pretty confident with the tommen hawks so it was a group decision they just felt like chris would be the best option uh to throw tom locks against bring it over come on straight jake we need to have control and they pick our worst tomahawk thrower for the first tomahawk station this is not good come on chris last time jake beat me at the remington 1875 by a margin of an inch this is my opportunity to shut jake up and i can’t wait for it chris warming up on his first throw with the tomahawk misses on his first attempt come on chris aim with the head chris drive that nail chris’s second attempt with the tomahawk he sticks it up red team on the board with a point no pressure jake don’t choke i’m not mike it’s your third and final attempt chris dixon chris goes two for three with the tomahawk putting the pressure on jake two hits and he’ll tie chris three and the blue team gets a point jake misses on his first attempt come on chris now smooth one more you’re our best player jake he needs both of these or the red team will score a point on this first station oh jake hints it but it falls out that will not count red team wins and gets a point at

the first station good job good try jake man i’m sorry i’m feeling pretty happy about that red team gets to set up the momentum for the rest of the challenge nice job bro great job that’s what we needed jake he needs to go home and work on uh not having such a girly throwing arm red team you now get to decide who you’re gonna send up and throw the tomahawk again who’s it gonna be it’s gonna be gary gary gonna be next up for the red team who are you calling out gary i’m gonna call out jared d grimes jarrod all right fellas time to go toe-to-toe with the tomahawk that’s a mistake question jared and i’ve always been a little bit competitive we’ve worked together for years we had the opportunity to face each other during the smith and wesson 500 and that uh obviously you know turned out bad for me i ended up on the losing team that’s not going to be the case this time so this is a rematch right yeah i’ve been waiting for this yeah gary called you out in a hurry he wanted a rematch all right well let’s do it well because i smoked gary in the 500 challenge i knew at some point in time whenever he get a chance to get me head-on again he would so this is the timing three throws with the tomahawk to stick it in a spinning block of wood jarrett is up first oh hits it but it does not stick jared’s gonna have two more tosses with the tomahawk that one goes just over come on jack one more hawks one for jared all i need is one oh oh no hit the front guy in front you stuck that tomahawk but the rules state it has to stick in the face of the target i got it so that will not count as a point gary your turn all gary has to do is stick one tomahawk in order to give the red team a point and a two-point total lead no pressure questionnaire i wasn’t feeling it when we walked up here okay just remembered i still beat you with a trigger just saying if i hit that first one i’m throwing the second one at you let’s go gary come on now big gear just stick one end it quick it was that easy first tomahawk sticks gary wins the rematch yeah i think the handle’s touching the park first i don’t think so buddy that’s the plan jared’s a great guy i love jared to death but i’m not afraid of jared grimes i love to compete against him and he seems to uh to bring out the best in me sometimes country good job for gary good throw he’s he’s a hillbilly so i mean i love the depth he’s hillbilly red team you’re still in control next weapon the throwing knife who’s going gary think i’m gonna go gary gonna step back up again who do you want to take on gary this time i’m going to call out billy come on baby come on gary you’re going to have three throws with the knife to stick it in the target while you’re avoiding two swinging beams billy’s up first that will count billy has two more throws with the knife oh it hits but falls billy’s got one more knife that’s it does not hit two bella failure gary has three knives he needs to stick two of them to give the red team a point here misses on his first attempt don’t worry about it all right there we go gary cannot stick the second knife this is it pressure’s on gary needs to stick this one in order to send it into a tie break oh that’s it hits the beam end control baby in control we got one more station with the throwing knife who’s up i’m up yeah big mike who are you gonna take on mike mike good job calling out morelli come on big mike come on mike really you have three knives to rack up as many points as you can out of all those cards i hit wood come on mike sorry mike all right here we go second throw what again what the heck is going on got another shot hey hey just like yesterday aim small miss small mike final throw come on baby choke for me again

give me a choke really sticks it doesn’t penetrate a card no point yes all right follow through noodle arm noodle arm so close 52 cards on there little spots of wood and i’m hitting every one of them unbelievable mike has three knives all he has to do is stick one of them in any card to give the blue team a point for this round yes mike come on mike he does not stick it on his first attempt two more knives does not stick that knot he has one knife left that’s it mike sticks a knife in the tent of spades gives blue team a point fellas we are all tied up two to two blue teams still in control we’re moving on to rocks who’s it gonna be billy billy back up for the blue team who are you gonna call out i’m calling out phil phil is up for the red team come on gentlemen phil is our all-star rock thrower so we’re happy that phil’s made it to the rock challenge but we’re really hoping to save him for the cans all right gentlemen this will be a head-to-head showdown first man to connect three broken panes of glass wins a point for his team mark’s been ready sit go phil against billy both men missing bill hits the first painted glass and breaks bill gets two in a row billy’s got to catch up here kobe yells go and these two are throwing rocks like a bunch of naughty little fifth graders all right bill oh billy drill it billy now billy’s on the board he hit all right bailey hey kelly’s got two pokemon need one paid to win this thing all it’s gonna take is one pain billy’s shooting for the middle pane phil going low for the bottom left both men hitting all around us billy’s got two ways to win bill focus i’m sorry that took so long i was pissing in my pants up there heading into the final round the only competitors left are cliff and dustin come on up all right come on dusty let’s go baby red team is one up on the blue team going into the sixth station and all we’re left with is cliff our worst thrower cause you can get five points in this competition alone this challenge is still up for the taking let’s do this fellas marksman ready set go come on dust come on cliff cliff and dustin loading up with rocks dustin goes low ah close clip lift it’s supposed now dustin hits the post there you go that’s it cliff cliff first one on the board dustin gets a point we’re tied up one point a piece there we go sorry cliff dustin all around oh that one just goes over cliff hits it cliff gets two points clip hits the third one come on dusty you don’t know oh hang it out cliff that’s it cliff needs one more oh that was it come on dusty oh dustin hits just below it cliff’s still working on his final can ow that’s good how about that cliff absolutely stepped up to the line and smoked those cans so uh hats off to cliff for bringing it home for the red team blue team you guys racked up three points red team you guys ended up with eight congratulations you guys win you are safe blue team you guys now just have a few hours to decide the fates of two of your marksmen i’ll see you later at the nomination range you can all head back to the house the red team is feeling good we’re feeling confident we just got to stay on top of it do what we do in practice and keep this spirit up that we have going right now it’s uh it’s really working out well for us at this point hard day at the office i went over i’m throwing myself on the chopping block so send me

y’all can pick whoever else who y’all think should go with me i messed up pretty bad on that no absolutely not i will not vote for you dustin nobody wants to nominate dustin dustin’s shown exemplary performance in the past competitions so i don’t think he’s going to elimination thanks guys what do y’all think jake didn’t say anything about his performance and we weren’t really expecting him to whether it’s the honorable thing or not he’s not going to throw himself out there for elimination anybody want to come with me you know i’ll throw myself man i mean it’s because i’m thinking not because of today so much that didn’t make sense mike i kind of thought about it a little bit i’m here to compete and here to shoot guns and i don’t want it to go down any lanes of a bunch of whining finger pointing i think red team went down that path and it’s and it’s bad dynamics all around am i the only one that’s going to say that’s a terrible idea do you have another suggestion why don’t you stay and i’ll i’ll nominate myself i’m just having a problem voting for you two guys you know i don’t think it’s the right decision i’m very upset about it i think i deserve to go much more than either of those two guys blue team welcome to the nomination range let’s get to the vote gentlemen mike you’re gonna start things off jarrod two himself out look i’m gonna go you know i think that was big of jared i thought let’s have he and i go up and just battle it out jake you’re up next that’s one vote for mike and one vote for jarrett billy you’re up next to jarrett one mike fourth up is gonna be paul mike voted for himself and once mike made the decision it was in his head he was ready to go and he was very adamant about it dustin head on up i feel that you know we nominated two of our best shooters red team’s gonna be thrilled about this but uh really there’s no other way two votes for mike three votes for jarrett so jarrod there’s no point in you voting you and mike will be going to the elimination challenge i’ll see you both in practice the rest of you i’ll see you all at the elimination challenge you can head back to the house gary beat me so i let the team down in my eyes i think it’s a good matchup for me and it’s going to be a really good challenge what am i supposed to do you don’t come back uh i give him my pillow when i’m way out you just cuddle up with him now man i just hope it’s something that i got a fighting chance with he does one thing really really well yeah you do a lot of things really really well jared and i are a little bit more than colleagues and acquaintances i mean i’ve been over to his house for thanksgiving our sons you know they’re the same age and they kind of had a little bit of a rivalry going themselves you know jared and i are friends and that’s uh that’s something that will continue regardless of how this competition turns out i can’t help but feel somewhat responsible jerry yeah i’m gonna blame you what do you think my children gonna say ah come on all you had to do was miss questinberry but no i didn’t want to see him get nominated in the first place hopefully when it’s all said and done jarrett comes walking back through the door and we can play this game the way we both intended jared mike welcome to the practice session for the elimination challenge for the team challenge one of the weapons you used was not only the most primitive the smallest and least powerful so far in the competition now you’re gonna use what is easily the largest and most powerful weapon ever used on top shot in terms of sheer force nothing even comes close in fact we’re entering new territory here it’s more accurate to classify this weapon not as a firearm but as an engine of war the hotchkiss mountain gun the hotchkiss can fire a projectile at 300 feet per second to a distance of over two miles

it was used to devastating effect at the battles of san juan hill and wounded knee many consider the hotchkiss to be the first modern cannon these particular guns are two of the 57 originals purchased by the u.s military they are not replicas but genuine pieces of american history and here’s what you’ll be firing a two-pound projectile made of solid zinc we’ve brought in cannon expert rick pollards to help familiarize you with the hotchkiss and to give you a few key pointers on how to shoot it accurately you’ll practice separately jared you’re up first mike you can head back to the house you’ll practice later see you at the challenge how you doing sir how you doing jack roberts ah rick fuller nice to meet you sir i don’t have any experience with any cannons or artillery anything like that so this should be pretty fun okay this is what you’re going to be shooting the hotchkiss mountain gun okay the hotchkiss cannon was the first breech-loading modern cannon in u.s inventory this is the breech block okay the handle’s to the rear you close it in like so this is what [ __ ] it the hotchkiss was designed for four-man teams but today we’re just going to have one competitor doing all the operations that would normally be done by a team someone lined my bore up with the target then make my adjustments on my site you got windage you got elevation here yeah it’s pretty straightforward breach load the shell lock the cylinder which [ __ ] it sight it in all right attach your lanyard step off to the side pull the trigger burn the hole so that first round going off was was pretty exciting big boom a lot of smoke excellent looking in i hit the target it’s uh not in the bull’s-eye so i got some fine-tuning to do because it’s black powder it creates a tremendous amount of soot if we didn’t clean it your shots would drop lower and lower and lower okay black powder by its very nature creates a lot of schmutz in the bore that will build up over time this will not enhance accuracy at all so we need to clean it out with water and then dry the bore out with a rag all right send another one good hip that was a pretty good rounding just to left the bull’s eye i’m happy with that very good hey that’s a good group jared’s doing very well today and i think he’s gonna do fantastic in the competition he’s gonna be tough to be i could be help sir you bet so i’m really confident with my ability to operate the cannon so i think i’m gonna win this challenge but either way uh i’ll go out with a bang hi sir mike sort of an inner child and you’re just excited to fire cannon it’s a rare opportunity so i think jared and i are both pretty jacked up to send some rounds and try to hit something with it this is what makes it go big there’s five ounces of black powder in here it’s alright to dry fire it i assume yeah here mike was very methodical he wanted to get the most he possibly could out of this practice he’s really paying attention and he’s picking up all the tips i can possibly give him we’re clear fire here’s the humble fire in the cannon is pretty exhilarating you just feel that wave just pummel you so it’s an exhilarating experience oh shoot i got it like way nine o’clock shoot yeah well you shooting way high oh man i’m still high we did just good elevation needs to be worked on mike was having difficulty getting shots on his target yeah the bugger’s down again they weren’t grouping like they were for jared oh do i not like that definitely not i load the shell pull it expect to hear a boom and i hear a thud you got to push it all the way in yeah and you can feel it engage good learning point there is just fully slam it and fully engage it very good got it okay that works i think by the end i got it dialed in enough to have acceptable accuracy all right rick thank you you bet mike good luck thank you i would say my overall confidence level is is not really high honestly i think uh should be okay

i was 17 when i joined the air force i went into security forces which is kind of military police unit with the air force i entered the department of homeland security right after september 11th and went into their instructor cadre where i instructed firearms defensive tactics and tactics now i supervise other instructors teaching the same disciplines what really drew me to shooting was actually competitive shooting i played football university of idaho there was a competitive void in my life between finishing playing college sports and when i really got serious about competitive shooting where i kind of wandered i mean you quote grow up and you work you trade hours for dollars and it just is very unfulfilling so really about three or four years ago is when i decided to really devote my life to competitive shooting really make it my center focus i can’t explain it it just it just feels right blue team welcome to the elimination challenge jarrod and mike you’re about to get an exceedingly unique opportunity to fire two of the original hotchkiss cannons purchased by the u.s military they are by far the most powerful weapons ever used on top shot and arguably the most authentic and rare i hope you fellows are ready out on the range are six water towers the tanks on top are your targets three for mike three for jared they are set at distances ranging from 180 all the way out to 220 yards this will be a head-to-head shootout using the hotchkiss mountain guns you will get 15 rounds of ammo to take out your targets you must hit the tank for it to count as a hit hit the legs and the tower falls over it’s out of play whoever hits their three targets first wins gets to return to the house the loser is immediately sent packing all right gentlemen step up to the firing line let’s do this i respect jared tremendously as a marksman and going up against him and battling out with a cat like that is great i mean that’s that’s how i’d want it to be that’s what i came here to do simple enough challenge given to practice so i’m visualizing in my mind how i’m going to set it up and i’m going to attack left to right i’m looking forward to the competition mike and jarrett it is time for the elimination challenge whoever hits their three targets first wins winner of the challenge also gonna get a two thousand dollar gift card to use a bass pro shop all right here we go mark’s been ready set go mike already getting loaded up adjusting the elevation on his hotchkiss now jared’s adjusting the elevation jared get it just where he wants it my fire’s burst and goes just high holy i wasn’t ready for that that ought to wake up the neighbors it startled us all cause man that thing’s loud jared hits on his first shot dead center hit i’m like okay this is going to be simpler than i thought like a column came across it’s okay well this is no big deal i’m on so i could take my time i wasn’t rushing i didn’t want to miss a step mike adjusting the elevation he likes it here we go that’s a hit mike’s moving on to the second water tank both men have hit the first water tank two targets left uh-oh hey i go to send that round and the uh round comes out of the back it wasn’t seated probably i didn’t lock the bridge so i had to go back reseat the round make sure i locked the breach mike loading his second round both men just about the same position jerry’s ready jared misses the second water tank i sent that round and it appeared as though it went high

mike misses the second water tank on his round both men trying to take out the second water tank two tanks left mike’s ready to fire boom nails it oh jared’s just misses jerrod rolls it back up there mike’s on a roll he’s got one water tank left and this thing is over i’m feeling more comfortable with the gun and how she’s working at this point i really have no awareness of what jared’s doing it was just really on the mechanics and methodical steps all right getting another round loaded up sighting his target he’s got one water tank left jared very methodical mike’s ready to fire that’s it that’s a hit ceasefire water exploded downrange mike won and jared goes home mike congratulations you hit all three of your targets first and come over here rejoin your team pick up your gift card to bass pro shops nice work yep yeah come on come on so i realize it’s over and feels good it’s like all right that’s great still in it just it just feels good i feel really good right now jarrod unfortunately you have fired your last shot you’ve been eliminated from top shot give you a minute come over here and say goodbye to these guys it was awesome meeting you all right billy you’re good didn’t throw the tomahawk as well as i wanted to throw the tomahawk put myself in for elimination god limited see you guys later see you soon bro gary and i said from beginning when we started this whole venture that we’re gonna be first and second in this game gary’s by far the best shooter on the red team so if it can’t be me it can only be gary no one else on the next episode of top shot welcome back ian harrison chris reed two past winners return get a steady squeeze on the trigger to be honorary team captains head go get it moving the team challenge leaves the shooters hanging got it you got it the corner shot and the elimination challenge features one of the most advanced weapons yet you