This one’s called “The Ultimate Prize.” Why? Well this is where one of the four remaining shooters in Littlejohn, Gary, Chris Cheng or Augie will go home with the $100,000 prize after winning tonight. I’d call that fairly ultimate.
Last week Littlejohn looked more skilled than he had all season on the 1919 Browning Machine Gun running on the back of a half track and won with apparent ease. In the elimination, Mr. Forgettable (Augie) took down MacGruber (Kyle Sumpter, super cool dude hated to see him go) in the KIM test challenging speed in shooting and memory skills. Kyle chose to try and memorize all of his box while Augie (who showed some surprise humor) ran the course back for a refresher and ended up taking home the prize.
I’ll shut up now, I’m sure tonight will be filled with mucho sarcasm and numerous anecdotes.
- The guys walk in to a feast they didn’t have to prepare. Last 2 seasons opened dinner with a prayer, this season with a toast to luck.
- I wonder how hard they had to work to MAKE Augie talk in the finale?
- Good to see the guys grinning ear to ear as Colby explains things. Even Augie. Truly excited to be there.
- First elimination competition is a dueling tree with the Winchester 1873 lever gun. Interesting move going rifle over pistol this time. The 2 heat losers will face off and the loser is the first to go home.
- Chris & Augie up first. Remember Chris sent William home with the Henry lever action. He could have an advantage.
- Remember Dustin Ellermann from last season lost his first round with the Glock 34 last year against Big Mike. Before coming back to win his second round.
- Chris destroys Augie. Absolutely obliterated. Augie had no targets showing.
- Greg & Gary dealing here. Very even on both sides with quick shooting. VERY outstanding challenge.
- They end with a tie at 6-6. Gonna have to re-run it. And commercial, big surprise. I imagine HISTORY will be milking these.
- Reloading definitely the trick here.
- Gary beats Greg 5-7. Greg & Augie now face off to head home. Predicting Greg after seeing him and Gary battle it out.
- I was right.
- Anyone else realize Littlejohn has singlehandedly sent 4 shooters home? That’s approximately 25% of the original 16 shooters. Call him a choke artist, but he’s stepped up at the right times.
- Time for some “call your shot” action. Basically game of horse with guns. SUPER fun.
- Littlejohn up first here. He calls the jar of peanuts at 200 yards with the M14. Wind doesn’t look too bad, definitely a chance. He is prone on sandbags after all. He misses. Chris Cheng misses. Gary misses. Everyone sucks.
- Chris Cheng up next and calls the jar of nuts & bolts at 75 yards FREEHAND with the Benelli. NOW we’re competing. Anyone can shoot off sandbags.
- Chenger misses. Gary hits the board right in front of it. Littlejohn misses. So everyone still sucks.
- Gary chooses the the orange juice at 75 yards with a 1911. A 1911. They all miss. Show changes its name from Top Shot to Missed Shot.
- Greg calls an easy rifle shot with the Enfield. Misses. Chris hits the base and gets the FIRST point. Gary… MISSES.
- Chris Cheng does a glass of jax at 35 feet with the Buckmark and nails it. Gary… oh well you already know. Littlejohn… misses.
- Chris Cheng up 2-0 so he doesn’t have to shoot. So Greg and Gary will do it again. Gary chooses the cherries at 35 feet with the FN FiveSeven.
- Gary misses. All Greg has to do is nail it. Come on dude, seriously. This is “Hey Diddle Diddle” again.
- Greg hits, Gary goes home. One of the most boring and least exciting games of HORSE I’ve ever seen. EVER.
- Way to step up, Chris.
- The course is as long as a football field. One station to the next:
- Kentucky Flintlock pistol, uh-oh Greg,
- The 1860 Henry after the 3 part bulls-eyes, Chris’s advantage again,
- Webley Mark VI at a moving grid,
- Colt Peacemaker – perfect run on 12 targets,
- Stryker Zone 350 Crossbow shooting at rotating arms again,
- Prone shot with Browning Automatic Rifle at 125 and 150 yards,
- 7th and final is the Milkor MGL grenade launcher, could be Greg’s advantage though he’s an M203 guy. Either way, experienced with grenades. First to complete wins. SICK looking challenge.
- Notice there are ZERO auto pistols in this 7 stage finale. BAR is the only semi-auto action I believe.
- Kentucky flintlock needs to be loaded at the first stage. DON’T MISS!
- I like Chris’s driving gloves. Reminds me of Jack Nicholson in “As Good as it Gets.”
- This is a VERY close challenge. Tied up halfway through #4.
- 3 shots with the crossbow. This challenge makes up for the last one.
- Greg & Chris get to the BAR almost exactly the same. Greg very familiar with both of these.
- Chris hits the final target and BARELY beats Greg.
Not sure if I’ll be doing a running commentary of the Mind Dump next year, probably just a quick few thoughts following each episode and working to focus on the gun side of it more. Thanks for following along everyone!
I’D ALSO LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT 3 OF THE PAST 4 SEASONS OF TOP SHOT HAVE BEEN WON BY AN AVERAGE JOE SHOOTER. GUYS THAT HAVEN’T COMPETED BEFORE AND JUST LOVE TO SHOOT. WELL DONE CHRIS CHENG!
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