Hey hey, spoiler alert. Recap beneath the jump.
I watched the episode last night with Kelly at his regular Top Shot party. It’s good to hang out with other contestants and enjoy being around fans of the show as well – and last night’s episode was a great one to watch with other people. Three people eliminated! Each challenge was an elimination challenge, and the nomination range has gone the way of the dinosaur.
The first challenge was crazy – sever a burning fuse at 25 feet with a Beretta 92FS. That’s right, they were trying to hit a string with a roundnose 9mm bullet. Not an easy task by any measure of skill, yet eventually 5 of the 7 marksmen remaining were able to cut the fuse. That left Blake and Kelly for the tiebreaker, which was as pure a test of marksmanship as possible. One shot each, double action through the 92FS, and the closest to the bullseye wins. In a HUGE upset, Kelly put another notch in his gunbelt and shot much closer to the bullseye than Blake. To his great credit, Blake owned up and admitted in his interview that he pulled the shot, and gave Kelly credit for making an excellent shot.
On to elimination challenge number 2! Short explanation – run up the hill, stopping at 4 different stations shooting the TZ-99, the HK93, the Mosin-Nagant, and the SVT-40 in that order. The TZ-99 was at a target 30 yards away, the HK92 was 100, the Mosin was 125 and the final shot was the SVT-40 at 150 yards. The slowest two times to complete the course would go home. Simple as that. Kelly went first and set the pace at what I thought would be the time to beat, a solid 1 minute 30 seconds. He didn’t make any shooting mistakes, hitting each target with his first round each time. After Kelly went Chris, Iain and Pete all posted faster times than Kelly, keeping him on the hot seat. Adam had a miss with the Mosin Nagant, posting a slower time than Kelly and with one shooter left, he was guaranteed to go home. If JJ, the last shooter posted a faster time than Kelly, both Kelly and Adam would go home.
Let me tell you, I would not want to be in the position of betting on JJ to make a mistake under pressure. JJ went up the hill like a rocket, and finished with the fastest time on the course of anyone, 1 minute 20 seconds. His speed and accuracy made sure that both Kelly and Adam would be going home that day.
We are down to just one episode left in Top Shot! The competition is down to Pete, JJ, Chris, and Iain. Next Sunday, we find out who’s going home, and who is going to win the ultimate title of Top Shot! Do not miss next week’s episode!