The BEST Episodes of Top Shot
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: May 23, 2020
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 - A Game of Horse
Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 21, 2013
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.
#2 - Familiar Foes
Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 24, 2013
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.
#3 - Zip or Ship
Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 14, 2013
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.
#4 - Stacked
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 4, 2011
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.
#5 - The Mile Shot
Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 10, 2013
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.
#6 - Thread the Needle
Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 17, 2013
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.
#7 - Season Finale
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 15, 2010
The final four contestants compete to determine the winner of the $100,000 prize.
#8 - Crank Trigger
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 19, 2013
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.
#9 - Shooting Dice
Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 26, 2013
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.
#10 - Big Boom
Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 31, 2013
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.
#11 - Last Man Standing
Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 28, 2013
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.
#12 - The Longest Shot
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 10, 2012
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.
#13 - Blast From the Past
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 20, 2012
A mighty 3.2 inch bag gun cannon forces each team to work together; a heated grudge match pits two shooters against each other using the fast-flying prehistoric atlatl throwing dart.
#14 - Crossbow Crossfire
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 6, 2012
As the field of marksmen narrows, one team holds an urgent meeting in an attempt to reconcile their differences. The team challenge features an ultra-modern, high-power crossbow that fires bolts at a stunning 350 feet per second. In the aftermath of a nail-biting archery duel, the elimination challenge is a fight to the finish with what many consider the "Perfect Pistol."
#15 - Trick Shot Showdown
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 25, 2010
The contestants face off at legendary trick shots including shooting backwards with a mirror, hammering nails into a board with bullets and throwing multiple targets in the air to shoot.
#16 - Pick Your Poison
Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 12, 2013
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.
#17 - Sweating Bullets
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 14, 2012
Season Four begins with the biggest twist in Top Shot history: two competitors are sent packing immediately after a surprise shoot-off in the opening minutes of the first episode. Later, two shooters get a taste of WWII combat as they fire an M1 Carbine from a motorcycle sidecar and attempt to stay in the game. Colby Donaldson returns as host.
#18 - Tricks of the Trade
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 5, 2013
For the first time in Top Shot history, trick shots will determine who stays and who goes. Reminiscent of a Wild West Show, three teams of five perform the Annie Oakley shot; knock back bowling pins, and shoot pipes out of mannequins' mouths. Showy shots challenge two marksmen sent to elimination, where only one will progress while the other is sent packing.
#19 - SWAT Throwdown
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 17, 2012
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.
#20 - Have Machine Gun Will Travel
Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 24, 2012
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.
#21 - Best of the Best
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired May 29, 2013
Many have fallen short of the title; now sixteen All-Stars compete to become the next Top Shot. In the first challenge, marksmen climb ropes to fire the SVT 40, shimmy up a pole to shoot the Larue Tactical OBR and balance on an unstable platform with the FAL ISS. Two face elimination, where the fierce M32 Grenade Launcher threatens to knock a player out of the running.
#22 - Shoot or Be Shot
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 15, 2011
For the first time on Top Shot, contestants will be able to shoot ... each other! Using prohibition era weapons, teams will have to hit their targets, all while the other team tries to shoot them with paintball guns. In the elimination challenge, two contestants face off with the iconic "Tommy Gun".
#23 - Ramp It Up
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 27, 2011
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.
#24 - Trick Shot Shoot Off
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 27, 2012
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.
#25 - Archer Enemies
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 20, 2010
Contestants compete with longbows; a team wins immunity; two competitors face off in a William Tell elimination challenge.