History Channel's Top Shot Now Casting for Season 4!


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TopShot
April 26, 2011, 02:24 PM
The History Channel is now casting skilled marksmen for the fourth season of its hit competition show TOP SHOT. The casting call is included below. If you'd like to post it at your organization/club, include it in a newsletter/email blast, or just pass it on to interested folks, please feel free!



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THE HISTORY CHANNEL is seeking SKILLED MARKSMEN for SEASON 4 of its hit competition show.

You’ve seen some of America’s best shooters take on the Top Shot challenge, and now it’s time for YOU to join their ranks.

With production on season 3 gearing up, The History Channel is NOW CASTING SEASON 4 of its electrifying marksmanship competition show. Producers are looking for anyone with unrivaled shooting skills and a big personality to take on exciting physical challenges with multiple guns and mystery projectile weapons. If you are skilled with a pistol, rifle or any other firearm, you could win $100,000 on TOP SHOT 4.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a professionally trained shooter or a self-taught average Joe or Jane. As long as you’re in good physical shape, have mastered a firearm and can adapt to new weapons and demanding physical situations, you could be America’s next Top Shot.

Simply email TopShotCasting@gmail.com with your name, city/state, phone number, a recent photo of yourself and a brief explanation of why you are America’s next “Top Shot.” If producers want to follow up, they will contact you for more information. If you have questions, please call our casting hotline: 818-478-4570.

Deadline to apply is MAY 20, 2011.

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docnyt
April 26, 2011, 03:13 PM
I would apply if my skills were up to par. Sadly they aren't.

Cmon guys here that have complained about the show. Here's your chance!

THEZACHARIAS
April 26, 2011, 04:52 PM
translation (http://therandomweatherguy.blogspot.com/2011/04/history-channel-casting-top-shot-season.html)

Fred40
April 26, 2011, 04:57 PM
translation

LOL

Justin
April 26, 2011, 05:23 PM
Bag on the show if you like, but there have been a number of phenomenally good shooters on that show.

Insofar as drama is concerned, Top Shot is probably the least dramatic reality game show series to ever air on television.

Also, none of their promotional material is written in fuchsia.

9mmepiphany
April 26, 2011, 08:00 PM
I'm working on losing weight and getting into shape for Season 5 (I think the show is going to run a long time)...I'd rather shoot in the Spring than in the Fall. Do we think 57 is too old for the target demographics?.

I knew I could beat some of the guys in Season 1 (I've trained with the runnerup), but there were some amazing shooters in Season 2 (yes I know my video clip looked like crap)...but most of them are gone now. If I have chance on the show, it's going to have to be on personality/character. Maybe I can be the older Common Man that will draw the sympathy viewers

Strykervet
April 26, 2011, 08:08 PM
Definitely want to try out for this. My wife has been bugging me since it came out. I guess now is my chance. Couldn't find out how to apply for this last season... Thanks for the information!

$100,000 would be a nice prize. The pay you get for being on the show probably isn't bad either, considering I'd be doing what I'd want to do anyway, which is outshoot competitors!

Cryogaijin
April 26, 2011, 11:15 PM
9mm: Get someone else to film you.

I'd love to try out for this, but I am quite aware that my skills are mediocre at best. OTOH, unlike some of the competitors I've fired every major class of weaponry they're likely to use (Except black powder.) Including fiddling with throwing hatchets, knives, bows, etc.

Having seen the first two seasons, however, I want to see Kelly back at some point.

PapaG
April 26, 2011, 11:21 PM
I downloaded the application and there is more to it than just emailing them and saying why you should be on there. Nine pages, several of which, are of course, disclaimers. Doubt that they'll choose a sixty six year old but I'm gonna give it a try.

You need the application, a picture, AND a video of you telling why you should be on the show. You also need to be available for about six weeks for taping, during which you will be incommunicado from friends, family and work.

FYI and working on the ap.

lonegunman
April 27, 2011, 01:05 AM
I'm a bit too old and slightly too fat to make the demographics. But, I can do most of those shots. Archery is not my thing, everything else is just a real good time.

I will watch it.

scott5
April 27, 2011, 02:47 AM
Hey TopShot;
Didn't the first season have all men, and the second have just one woman on it?:scrutiny:

I like the show but I think you should do the show with all women on not just the token one or two:scrutiny:
In this last season, the two women dropped out early, it would be really interesting to see "the drama of women competing against women" worked out.

9mmepiphany
April 27, 2011, 03:32 AM
The first season had one woman who left early because her father was dying, the season that just concluded it's broadcast had two women

Mike OTDP
April 27, 2011, 09:50 AM
Count me out. I have problems getting six DAYS off the job. Six weeks is out of the question.

FullEffect1911
April 27, 2011, 10:18 AM
I actually think it would be good for the show and for shooting in general for them to cast 2 very accomplished female shooters. Both for the added entertainment of watching a couple women stomp some men, and to demonstrate to the fairer sex that women can and do shoot as well as the boys.

Owen
April 27, 2011, 10:24 AM
FullEffect, they did cast two very accomplished woman shooters in the last season. Both Maggie Reese and Athena Lee are national champions.

TriTone
April 27, 2011, 10:53 AM
I may just apply for this one...I'm pretty confident I can shoot better than 90% of the people cast on the show.

FullEffect1911
April 27, 2011, 11:02 AM
FullEffect, they did cast two very accomplished woman shooters in the last season. Both Maggie Reese and Athena Lee are national champions.

Maggie was accomplished albeit specialized. Athena may have won something before and obviously knew how to handle a firearm but wasn't someone who I thought could actually win the thing.

I think casting a female "ringer" would be good television and good for shooting in general.

HOOfan_1
April 27, 2011, 11:06 AM
Well...those women have to apply for the show.

InkEd
April 27, 2011, 12:09 PM
TOPSHOT! (Season Five) Promotion Announcement:
In previous seasons of TOPSHOT! we've gathered people from all walks of life to compete against each other. Police Officers, Special Forces, Olympic Champions and Skilled Outdoorsmen have all battled it out to see who truly is TOPSHOT! and it has been incredible! And just when you thought it couldn't get any more impressive History Channel brings you season 5 of TOPSHOT! this time with all of the competitors being true legends of the (internet) Firearms World! Steady your aim and watch Season 5 to see...

The man with the Best Beard on the Internet, Jeff Quinn of gunblast.com, as he shoots and writes a folksy "it's pretty neat little gun" review of every single gun we give him.

Watch!!! Techno-Cowboy, Jim March wields his Rube Goldberg-custom Vaquero, against not 1,2,3,4 or even 5 BUT SIX (yes, SIX) rapid-fire targets! Why not SEVEN? Because we don't have time for him to reload through the loading gate.

Brace yourself, as madman-moderator Tuttle88, pain-stakingly corrects the minor
technical errors with blinding speed and !

All this EXCITEMENT AND... a completely nonsensical EXTREME "loosely, kinda-sorta, not-really but... okay, I guess it has a little something to do with testing accuracy or outdoorsy-type skills deal" COMPETITION between Hickcock45 and Sturmgwere were BOTH MEN will test their AIM using a portable camping toilet. Then attempt to SHOOT a
YouTube video. The winner of the competion will receive a $1.00 off coupon for toilet paper and be safe from the elimination round. TUNE IN FOR TOPSHOT! sponsored by Tannerite! KA-BOOM!

Justin
April 27, 2011, 01:21 PM
Maggie was accomplished albeit specialized. Athena may have won something before and obviously knew how to handle a firearm but wasn't someone who I thought could actually win the thing.

I think casting a female "ringer" would be good television and good for shooting in general.


Maggie is an accomplished 3 Gun shooter who lost out due to having to shoot a primitive weapon. 3 Gun is a sport that probably requires the widest cross-section of skills of just about any form of competitive shooting that's out there. I suppose it could be considered "specialized" only insofar as it doesn't much concentrate on things like blow guns or bows and arrows.

Athena Lee is a USPSA Open Class Master, which pretty easily makes her one of the best shooters out there. She's also taken top honors at a number of national and international USPSA and IPSC events.

To say that "Athena may have won something before" is a bit like saying "Brian Zins is ok with a pistol."

mustang_steve
April 27, 2011, 01:22 PM
I'd apply if my skills were decent...heck most who see me daily already know I'm a bit of a lightningrod, so the reality/nuts aspect of it is met. All I have to do is make one wisecrack about calibers compensating for genetics and watch people get bent out of shape.

FullEffect1911
April 27, 2011, 02:12 PM
Maggie is an accomplished 3 Gun shooter who lost out due to having to shoot a primitive weapon. 3 Gun is a sport that probably requires the widest cross-section of skills of just about any form of competitive shooting that's out there. I suppose it could be considered "specialized" only insofar as it doesn't much concentrate on things like blow guns or bows and arrows.

Athena Lee is a USPSA Open Class Master, which pretty easily makes her one of the best shooters out there. She's also taken top honors at a number of national and international USPSA and IPSC events.

Ahh, my mistake, I either missed that on the show or it wasn't mentioned. I don't much keep up on who is who in competition shooting because it isn't really my thing. So when I mentioned "won something" it was more to the point I wasn't aware of anything, which I will be the first to admit that isn't saying much. For what it is worth I didn't know who Brian Zins was either.

So as an interesting point I was just judging people's skills in shooting by what they were able to do on the show and not what they have accomplished in the past.

In any case I am shocked they didn't do better then they did considering their proficiency.

Zundfolge
April 27, 2011, 02:28 PM
The first season had one woman who left early because her father was dying, the season that just concluded it's broadcast had two women
Actually those of you that stuck around for the end of the after show will note that there are 2 women in the upcoming Season 3.

http://www.history.com/shows/top-shot/videos/top-shot-season-3-cast#top-shot-season-3-cast

Justin
April 27, 2011, 02:32 PM
In any case I am shocked they didn't do better then they did considering their proficiency.

Shoot competitively and you'll very quickly discover that this is the eternal refrain of anyone who's ever had to hit a target under the pressure of time and scoring.

;)

It's amazing how much of a difference there is from an idle day of plinking at the range compared to attending a local match, compared to shooting on a national level, compared to, what I would assume it would be like to compete on TV in front of millions of viewers for a substantial sum of money.

9mmepiphany
April 27, 2011, 03:05 PM
In any case I am shocked they didn't do better then they did considering their proficiency.
As they say on ESPN, "That's why they play the game"

Just for info, Maggie, Athena, Chris Tilly (from this season), JJ and Blake (from last season) are all on the American USPSA team shooting at the World Campionship in Greece this year

Maverick223
April 27, 2011, 06:52 PM
FWIW, Chris Tilly is a pretty good shooter from what I hear (he's local, and IIRC a friend's brother, but I don't actually know him)...don't know much about the other folks
(save for what was said on the show).

:)

USAF_Vet
April 28, 2011, 11:18 AM
Despite having less than a snowballs chance I'm submitting my application. Who knows,stranger things have happened.

gunnutery
April 28, 2011, 08:37 PM
You need the application, a picture, AND a video of you telling why you should be on the show. You also need to be available for about six weeks for taping, during which you will be incommunicado from friends, family and work.

Do they really sequester the contestants from family? That'd be a deal breaker for me. Not to mention I currently only have a weeks worth of vacation to use (which is going to be used on a new arrival to the family). I'd like to apply, but this time in my life isn't going to allow it.

NMGonzo
April 28, 2011, 09:43 PM
No one deserves to see my ugly face on TV, and I cannot hit a barn from the inside either.

9mmepiphany
April 28, 2011, 11:14 PM
Do they really sequester the contestants from family?

Yup, one week for the tryouts and then just over a month for the filming.

No phones
No Internet
No television
No leaving the house

They bring in food and snacks, you cook your own unless you come to an arrangement with the other shooters. They were lucky the first season, Chris came from a restaurant family and he did all the cooking

gunnutery
April 28, 2011, 11:22 PM
No Internet
No television
No leaving the house

Those I can deal with. But not talking to the family wouldn't go over well. Do they do that so family can't look up any gun stuff (ballistic charts, etc) for the contestants?

9mmepiphany
April 28, 2011, 11:28 PM
They film this well in advance, they don't want word to get out of how the competition in going, plus it gets the shooters to interact with each other...it also raises the tension/stress level.

They also sign a non-disclosure agreement to not talk about the competition until an episode airs

DoubleTapDrew
April 28, 2011, 11:34 PM
I think Zak Smith should be on it. Not sure how good he is with handguns (or slingshots, hatchets, throwing stars, or other nonsense categories) but I think he'd be a ringer for rifle shooting.

kingcheese
April 29, 2011, 12:29 AM
top shot needs a new challenge, shooting an lmg, unsupported while standing :)

is there a minimum age for entries to the contest?

Maverick223
April 29, 2011, 12:57 AM
I think Zak Smith should be on it. Not sure how good he is with handguns (or slingshots, hatchets, throwing stars, or other nonsense categories) but I think he'd be a ringer for rifle shooting.I'll second that notion, but I doubt he has the time/desire to go through with it.

:)

dirtykid
April 29, 2011, 01:14 AM
SIX WEEKS ? Who gets that much vacation time anymore ? I couldnt imagine the pile of paperwork on my desk after being gone that long,hell icant even take a WEEK off in a row without some disaster requiring my attention

Zak Smith
April 29, 2011, 03:46 AM
I appreciate the comments. I am very good with a pistol. Remember, I was a 3-Gun shooter before I was a LR shooter.

But I'm not real big into drama, especially artificial drama, and I am too busy the company, my family, and competition schedule to consider it. Plus, who would refute all the wrong people on the internet? (http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/duty_calls.png)

Maverick223
April 29, 2011, 11:45 AM
Hehehe, there are wrong people on the internet?!? :eek: [gasp] :p

GEM
April 29, 2011, 02:16 PM
They have to do their own cooking? Then turn to the shooting chefs on TV.

Anthony Bourdain - full auto fan, shoots animals and buddy of Ted Nugent
Ming Tsai - saw him go birding and explain his 20 gauge semiauto shotgun
Anthony Zimmern - blazed away with the Dillon Minigun and has shot animals for food.
Alton Brown - haven't seen him shoot but definitely a tactical knife fan.

Whose shooting cuisine will reign supreme?

Justin
April 29, 2011, 03:09 PM
But I'm not real big into drama, especially artificial drama, and I am too busy the company, my family, and competition schedule to consider it. Plus, who would refute all the wrong people on the internet?

Nice cover for what is no doubt the real truth of the matter:

You couldn't stand to be away from THR for six whole weeks. :p

Dr.Rob
April 29, 2011, 03:52 PM
Then I nominate Justin.

See how easy that was?

grubbylabs
April 29, 2011, 05:04 PM
I would apply but I here they don't take people they know are guaranteed to win.:neener:

Maverick223
April 29, 2011, 06:54 PM
See how easy that was?I nominate those crazy fellers with the emboldened names. :neener: Of course 6 wks. later you'll not recognize the place (ww.thewindingroad.org?!?)... :uhoh:

gunnutery
April 29, 2011, 08:58 PM
Quite true:)

Justin
April 29, 2011, 09:46 PM
Then I nominate Justin.

See how easy that was?

If I place better at a national match than someone who's already been on the show, I'll consider it.

Dr.Rob
April 29, 2011, 09:48 PM
I'll even loan Justin a tomohawk to throw!

Justin
April 29, 2011, 09:51 PM
If there's one place where I'd fall down, it's assuredly with all the primitive stuff like bows and arrows, tomohawks, etc.

Zak Smith
April 29, 2011, 09:55 PM
Justin, should we do a tomohawk/knife clinic? I know a guy...

Justin
April 30, 2011, 04:16 PM
Couldn't hurt.

:evil: Maybe we should have a tomahawk as a pickup weapon on a stage. :evil:

Dr.Rob
April 30, 2011, 08:40 PM
Sweet!

joeq
April 30, 2011, 08:46 PM
Maybe we should just hand the win to a woman. Give me a break, they have had the same chances the men have had. I hope they can keep coming up with cool ideas for challenges.

dbro822
May 2, 2011, 12:56 AM
If it has been said already, sorry, but I would like to see what would go down if they where to take a group that had the base skills, and pair them with some pros and see the newer shooters advance in skills. Can a USPSA shooter teach a trap shooter or bench rest shooter his/her trade in a timely matter to win and so on? Just a thought. I know my skill level, and it is not near the level that has been show in the last two seasons, that said it would be a lot of fun to try some of the test of skills that have been shown on the show.

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