The Best Episodes of Top Shot
Last Updated: Jan 30, 2019
Sixteen skilled marksmen compete for the title and a $100,000 prize package in this first-ever competition series from History. Each week one contestant is eliminated as they face both individual and team challenges that involve not only modern-day firearms but muzzle-loading muskets, throwing knives and slingshots. Special high-speed, high-definition cameras capture the action for a slow-motion replay.
#1 - SWAT Throwdown
Season 4 - Episode 10
The competition features two challenges inspired by real life SWAT team scenarios. A physically demanding individual challenge leaves three shooters exposed for nomination. And, in an extreme elimination showdown, competitors race the clock as they breach doors with the Mossberg 500 Chainsaw Shotgun to take out targets with the FN FS2000 assault rifle.
#2 - Ramp It Up
Season 3 - Episode 8
Contestants must master the Recurve Bow and nail a target by skipping an arrow off a ramp. One team goes to the brink of self-destructing when two teammates almost come to blows during a dispute of a previous elimination decision.
#3 - The Ultimate Prize
Season 4 - Episode 12
From the Kentucky Flintlock Pistol to Crossbows and Grenade launchers--an epic assortment of weapons are featured. Four marksmen gear up to blast their way through the home stretch with hopes of becoming History's next Top Shot. After a series of elimination challenges, only two competitors enter the final showdown which comes down to the very last second.
#4 - Have Machine Gun Will Travel
Season 4 - Episode 11
Armed with a belt fed Browning 1919 machine gun mounted on an authentic World War II half track, shooters blast their way through an explosive individual challenge. After coming up short, two competitors are selected to compete for the right to stay in the game. An unconventional elimination challenge tests marksmanship, strength and memorization. Only one will have what it takes to land the last spot in the final four.
#5 - The Longest Shot
Season 4 - Episode 9
Shooters reach the individual stage of the competition and immediately face an incredible challenge with the Accuracy International AWM Sniper Rifle--taking the longest shot in Top Shot history. Top Shot veterans Kelly Bachand and George Reinas return and get in on the action.
#6 - Wheel of Fire
Season 3 - Episode 11
The five remaining marksmen face one of the most difficult challenges in Top Shot history. Shooters will use the powerful and compact SP89 semi automatic pistol while moving through the air upside down. With the last spot in the final four up for grabs, one competitor amazes the group with a stunning performance at the elimination challenge.
#7 - A Game of Horse
Season 5 - Episode 11
In a blast from the past, marksmen fire the Browning M1919 from a rolling Army Half-track. Competitors call the shots in a game of horse, where one all-star fails to keep pace and is sent packing.
#8 - Zip or Ship
Season 5 - Episode 10
In the most daunting challenge to date, marksmen are strapped to a mechanical arm and sent soaring with the SP89. While rotating in a large circle they must shoot out a series of targets or face elimination. Two competitors zoom down a zip line course, putting their recoil management and rapid transitioning skills to the test.
#9 - Last Man Standing
Season 5 - Episode 12
The final four must crawl through a tunnel, dodge barbed wire, and slither through mud with an AK-47. With the title of Top Shot All-Stars at stake, various weapons from the season test the speed and precision of the last two competitors in this fast-paced showdown.
#10 - Crank Trigger
Season 5 - Episode 4
In a challenge best suited for a British battlefield in the Middle Ages, contestants test their skills with the Black Widow Long Bow. But as they fire arrows toward targets set up like ski-ball, the marksmen realize the challenge is more than they bargained for. Two confront the prospect of elimination and must adapt to the revolutionary Gatling Gun to stay in the game.
#11 - Trick Shot Shoot Off
Season 4 - Episode 7
Contestants take aim at bowling pins, bottle openers and other specialty targets in an episode full of dazzling trick shots. One team's quarreling over strategy translates to a poor performance at the team challenge. And after a controversial nomination range, two shooters must go head to head to avoid elimination.
#13 - Odd Man Out
Season 3 - Episode 10
Competition speeds up when marksmen fire one of the fastest shooting handguns on the market. The vote at the nomination range provokes a drastic reaction from one of the shooters and a shocking turn of events leaves competitors stunned.
#14 - The Mile Shot
Season 5 - Episode 6
Long-range sniper shots are a Top Shot staple, but a challenge of this magnitude has yet to be seen. Marksmen are put to the test with the Barrett M-Rad. But the wind sends their bullets astray and two flunk out, forced to face elimination. Credited with killing off the Wooly Mammoth, the prehistoric Atlatl will lead one competitor's future to extinction.
#16 - Thread the Needle
Season 5 - Episode 7
A returning challenge receives a daring makeover, literally throwing contestants for a loop. The spin of a wheel determines their bodies' angle as they aim with the Rutgers Security Six Revolver. But two veteran marksmen do not deliver, sending them to the elimination round where they must cleanly fire a bullet through a narrow tube. Failing to shoot on the straight and narrow will unseat one and preserve his opponent for another day.
#17 - Stacked
Season 3 - Episode 9
The individual stage of the competition kicks off with the highly accurate McMillan TAC-50 Sniper Rifle. Taking aim at targets 500 yards downrange, one marksman has a meltdown and struggles to complete the individual challenge. In the elimination, it's all on the line for two competitors as they duke it out with a notorious WWII handgun.
#18 - Throwdown Showdown
Season 3 - Episode 5
Competitors endure some old school playground dynamics as the teams call each other out with primitive weapons, including one of the earliest known to man. In the elimination challenge, two shooters compete head to head with the largest, most powerful weapon ever used on Top Shot.
#19 - Trick Shot Showdown II
Season 2 - Episode 7
It's a Trick Shot Showdown! Contestants split a bullet on an axe, shoot with both hands and upside down as they attempt iconic shots from exhibition shooting history. Some marksmen step up to the extreme challenge while others fall short.
#20 - Familiar Foes
Season 5 - Episode 8
Split into squads of three, the nine remaining competitors face the most extreme and exciting trick shots of seasons past. Their talents are put to the test as they open capped bottles, blow cotton swabs to bits, and knock soda cans out of the air. Transported to the battlefields of yore, two players on the verge of elimination must successfully man Hotchkiss Cannons or be sent home.
#21 - Shooting Dice
Season 5 - Episode 5
The fate of twelve rests on a roll of the dice. The competitors break into squads for a fierce side-by-side shoot out with the 1875 Remington Pistol. But fortune doesn't favor two, who must fire against the clock with the Ruger 1022 Rifle in an old-fashioned shooting gallery challenge. One will fall short and one will continue on to battle it out for the ultimate prize.
#22 - Big Boom
Season 5 - Episode 9
With the half the competition eliminated, the remaining eight marksmen continue to vie for the top spot. In a season first, competitors blast clay birds mid flight with Benelli Shotguns. In the elimination challenge, the cross bow pits two competitors against each other. But this season there's an All Star twist and contestants have to put up or be shut down–permanently.
#24 - Pick Your Poison
Season 5 - Episode 3
Fourteen remaining marksmen face an old challenge with a new twist. Players must pick a rival to shoot against in a head to head, high-speed showdown featuring the Sig Sauer P229. However, when two buddies head to the elimination round, friendships are put to the test. Nothing short of perfection will allow them to edge out their competition and guarantee their futures.
#25 - The Mad Minute
Season 4 - Episode 8
Top Shot season one winner Iain Harrison returns to school the competitors in British weaponry. The team challenge introduces a surprising twist, and one team bands together to conquer the task. For the losing team, it's off to the elimination round where two shooters compete in a high-stress precision challenge.