Ben Whitman, a social media outreach specialist working for Digital Apparent, is making the rounds asking gun-related blogs/sites to pimp out a show called TOP SHOT for his client, the History channel. He sent me an email asking for a bit of space on my blog in return for swag. Free stuff? Sure, why not. I’ll be sharing the free History channel/TOP SHOT goodies with you all as soon as it arrives.
In case you, like some Geico spokespeople, live under a rock, here’s a well-crafted blurb about TOP SHOT:
HISTORY’s hit competition show is back with a gauntlet of all new extreme challenges and eager marksmen ready for a shot at greatness. 16 competitors chosen from across the country vie for the $100,000 prize and the title of TOP SHOT. A national revolver champion, two homeland security agents, a former Navy SEAL, firearms instructors, a restaurant owner and a camp director must demonstrate their skill using the most diverse weapons, from state-of-the-art firearms to rocks. This season also stars some of the biggest weapons ever featured on TOP SHOT such as the Gatling and Hotchkiss Mountain Guns. Colby Donaldson returns as host for the competition that takes a page from history.
The 14 marksmen and two markswomen were carefully selected from thousands of applicants to participate in this season of TOP SHOT. The contestants include a national revolver champion, two homeland security agents (who also happen to be close friends), a former Navy SEAL, two cops, a nurse and several firearms instructors. Two of the contestants, a restaurant owner and Christian camp director, are self-taught.
The shooters will have to display mastery of weapons from all eras of human history, from the most primitive (rocks) to the most sophisticated tactical firearms. Contestants will employ some of the biggest munitions ever featured on TOP SHOT, including the Gatling gun, the Hotchkiss mountain gun and the CornerShot. In addition, they must endure extreme physical tests to stay in the game. High speed HD cameras capture the skillful execution of each test in extreme slow-motion.
The premiere of season three begins with a gauntlet of extreme challenges. 16 marksmen immediately pair off and duel with one of the world¹s biggest handguns. Teams are then divided into winners and losers before facing off in a surprise military challenge. In the elimination challenge, two competitors get the ride of their life on a horse-drawn stagecoach as they shoot to stay in the competition.
According to the Wikipedia page for TOP SHOT, this year’s contestants are predominately male. But there are two gun-loving girls in the running: Sara Ahrens and Amanda Hardin. This gives the female contestants, all things being equal, a one-in-eight chance of winning. Slim odds. Hopefully the female contestants will compete well, hold their own, show the boys how it’s done and maybe… maybe even win! No one from Nevada is competing this year. 🙁 For more information about the show, you can visit its website, check out some videos or engage in some Top Shot Facebook stalking.