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Season 4

"Top Shot" Season 4, the hit competition series from History, is back fully loaded with more twists and history-inspired challenges than ever before. If a $100,000 prize package and bragging rights as "Top Shot" aren't enough to tickle a marksman's trigger finger, consider this: one sharp shooter will also walk away from the new season of "Top Shot" with a professional contract with Bass Pro Shops.

The 18 competitors vying for the "Top Shot" title represent the broadest range of shooting backgrounds ever featured on the series. From a 21-year-old world champion pistol shooter to a hard working high school custodian who makes his own ammunition and spends his spare time at the range - these marksmen and markswomen are out to prove they're the best. Some of the finest self-taught shooters in the country are coming out to prove themselves this season — there's an IT specialist from California, a knife maker from Georgia, a chemist from Massachusetts, and a grass-fed cattle farmer from upstate New York. Ranging in age from 21 to 50, contestants were carefully chosen from among thousands of applicants to compete in "Top Shot."

The "Top Shot" Season 4 contestants include Augie Malekovich, Chee Kwan, Chris Cheng, Colin Gallagher, Craig Buckland, Dylan Fletcher, Eric "Iggy" Keyes, Forrest McCord, Frank Melloni, Gabby Franco, Gary Shank, Gregory "LJ" Littlejohn, Keith Gibson, Kyle Sumpter, Michelle Viscusi, Terry Vaughn, Tim Trefren and William Bethards.

Season four begins with the biggest twist in "Top Shot" history: two competitors are sent packing immediately after a surprise shoot-off in the opening minutes of the first episode. To claim the "Top Shot" crown, $100,000 prize and a Bass Pros Shops professional shooting contract, the remaining competitors will have to conquer punishing challenges based on real-life battle scenarios: from navigating back alleys to rappelling down buildings to hitting moving targets from a speeding Wwii style motorcycle sidecar. They will also attempt to hit a target from 1,500-yards — the longest distance in "Top Shot" history.

Along with enduring physically grueling tests, the shooters will have to demonstrate mastery of weapons from all eras of human history. Highlighting this year's arsenal are an M32a1 grenade launcher, a massive 1898 cannon from the Spanish/American War, a semi-automatic Fs2000 bullpup rifle, and a 1919 vehicle-mounted Browning machine gun. High-speed HD cameras capture the skillful execution of each trial in extreme slow-motion.

Colby Donaldson returns as host of History's fourth season of the elimination series.

"Top Shot" Season 4 is produced for History by Pilgrim Studios. Executive producers for History are Zachary G. Behr and Paul Cabana. Craig Piligian is executive producer for Pilgrim Studios. 

Season 3

"Top Shot" Season 3, the hit competition series from History, is back with the most physically demanding challenges yet and more surprising twists than ever before. This time, an all-new arsenal of history-inspired challenges awaits 16 fearless contestants as they vie for a $100,000 prize package and the right to claim the title of "Top Shot."

The 14 marksmen and two markswomen were carefully selected from thousands of applicants to participate in "Top Shot" Season 3. 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 world's 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.

Survivor contestant, athlete and adventurer Colby Donaldson returns as host of History's third season of the elimination series.

Season 2

"Top Shot" Season 2, the hit competition series from History, is rearmed and reloaded. Sixteen fearless marksmen, carefully selected from thousands of applicants, will aim for the $100,000 prize package and the title of "Top Shot." The all-new cast of 14 men and two women includes a 10-time NRA pistol champ, two former world shooting champs, a Texas cop, a Jersey shore Air Force sniper, a Bronze Star recipient, and representatives from four branches of the military.

"Top Shot" Season 2 will see more intense challenges and surprising twists inspired by history. Trials include shooting from the back of a moving vehicle, based on a WWII training exercise, shooting while hanging from a 125 foot crane and even shooting while being turned upside down. Firearms in the contestants' arsenal will include the iconic "Tommy Gun,." 44 Magnum and a .50 caliber sniper rifle, as well as primitive weapons like the Tomahawk and blow gun. High-speed HD cameras capture the skillful execution of each test in extreme slow-motion.

"Survivor" contestant, athlete and adventurer Colby Donaldson returns as host of History's second season of the elimination series.

The season two premiere opens with a surprise straight from Civil War history from 150 years ago: marksmen will face the same test that soldiers had to pass to get into the Union Army's first sharpshooting regiment. The two contestants with the best shots will then get to choose their own teams. The episode also includes a game of extreme billiards and an elimination challenge which sends the first marksman home in tears. Every contender must possess incredible speed, precision and skill, but in the end, only one winner will earn the "Top Shot" title.

Season 1

"Top Shot" is History Channel's first reality competition series. Whether it's William Tell using a crossbow to shoot an apple off his son's head, or Annie Oakley using a hand mirror to make a shot with a rifle slung over her shoulder, history is filled with legendary tales of amazing marksmanship. Now, History is tapping into these inspiring feats of sharp-shooting for "Top Shot."

Sixteen of the nation's most skilled marksmen have been carefully selected to compete in the new 10-episode series. Some have professional shooting experience, some are amateurs—all will showcase breathtaking timing, speed and accuracy in their quest to win the $100,000 prize package and title of "Top Shot." The winner will ultimately have to be skilled in everything from muzzle-loading muskets and modern pistols to slingshots and throwing knives.

The series is hosted by actor, adventurer and athlete Colby Donaldson, a born competitor whose experience as a contestant on "Survivor" brings a unique perspective to History's first elimination series.

Each week, contenders will face both team and individual elimination challenges until one winner remains. In the series opener, contestants are immediately divided into two teams and then compete in a "Rifle Relay," an obstacle course using standard-issue rifles from four different wars. In the elimination round, two contestants go head-to-head in "The Long Shot," a long-distance sniper challenge which will send the first person home.

In episodes 2 and 3, contestants' skills with the pistol and bow and arrow are put to the test. From muzzle-loading muskets to throwing knives, every challenge will focus on weapons, technologies and techniques of different eras in history as high-speed HD cameras capture the skillful execution of each test in extreme slow-motion.

Contestants vying for "Top Shot" include professional shooters and world-record holders, but there are also amateurs, including a Wild West entertainer, a historical firearms collector, and a radio gun show host. They range in age from a 22-year-old rifle prodigy to a 47-year-old retired New York cop. There is also one female in the group, the only female in the history of the Chicago Police Department to become "Top Gun" of her graduating class.

Season 5


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