The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet





Date aired

August 9, 2011

Top Shot

Jim Finch (elimination)

Firearms used



Amanda Hardin

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The Gauntlet is the first episode of Season Three of Top Shot. It will be aired on August 9, 2011.

Official descriptionEdit

The Season Three premiere begins with a shoot off between pairs of contestants using what many consider the most powerful hand gun in history. The winners will form one team and the losers the other . The first team challenge is a race where each team must carry a pole weighing over 200 pounds between eight foot tall firing platforms. The elimination challenge is inspired by the stagecoaches of the Old West. Skilled sharp shooters armed with shotguns and rifles were recruited to ride atop the coaches and protect their cargo. Hence the term "Riding Shotgun." The two contestants competing to stay on the show have to master the extremely difficult skill of shooting while bouncing up and down in a stagecoach with the loser being sent home.


Preliminary ChallengeEdit

Amanda vs Sara

Amanda and Sara shooting head-to-head.

"I have seen people handling big firearms like this, and the either wind up getting hit in the face with them, or it goes flying."
Paul Marinaccio on the 500 Magnum[src]

The episode starts with the sixteen contestants heading towards the Shooting Range to participate in the third season of Top Shot. Once here, Colby Donaldson, the host of the competition, stated that each individual's placement would be determined by their performance in a Preliminary Challenge. Using the Smith & Wesson 500 Magnum, two individuals would shoot head-to-head at three targets. Whoever could hit all three in the quickest amount of time would be victorious, and join the Blue Team, while the unvictorious joined the Red Team. The results are:

Matchup Relationship Contestants Targets hit Loser Winner
1 Competitive shooters Mike Hughes
Cliff Walsh
Mike: 3
Cliff: 1
Cliff Mike
2 Homeland Security agents, friends/rivals Jarrett Grimes
Gary Quesenberry
Jarrett: 3
Gary: 2
Gary Jarrett
3 Former members of the Armed Forces Chris Collins
Jake Zweig
Chris: 1
Jake: 3
Chris Jake
4 Females Sara Ahrens
Amanda Hardin
Sara: 3
Amanda: 1
Amanda Sara
5 Law Enforcement Michael Marelli
Paul Marinaccio
Michael: 0
Paul: 3
Michael Paul
6 Outdoorsmen Alex Charvat
Mark Schneider
Alex: 3
Mark: 3
Mark Alex
7 Self-taught shooters Billy Rogers
Drew Shprintz
Billy: 3
Drew: 1
Drew Billy
8 Young contestants Dustin Ellermann
Phil Morden
Dustin: 3
Phil: 2
Phil Dustin

Team ChallengeEdit

Elimination ChallengeEdit


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