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Old 02-04-2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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Top Shot Season 4 Premiere 2/14/2012

Shooters, prepare your DVRs. Season 4 of Top Shot is coming 2/14.

This season's lineup has the requisite current and former law enforcement and military (and in a couple of cases, both). Oh yeah, and a couple of girls too
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Old 02-04-2012, 10:52 AM   #2
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Old 02-04-2012, 01:34 PM   #3
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Maybe the women will actually be able to shoot this season. The ones last season were a joke. Haven't had a good one since Tara the first season.
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:36 PM   #4
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Really enjoyed this episode and yes the women can shoot especially Gabby, the little petite woman. Focused and not into drama she just shot the hardest to hit targets.
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:25 AM   #5
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I had the buy the season premiere off iTunes since my U-Verse DVR failed to record it

Interesting how they now start with 18 and eliminate two right off the bat. I do like how they chose the teams this year, and it showed in the close race of the team competition.

I thought Frank was going to win elimination. He wasn't nearly experienced as Littlejohn, but then again he was FAR more comfortable with the weapon in practice. But shooting from a moving platform is hard, and even more so when it's from a motorcycle on a bumpy dirt road. Hats off to Littlejohn for pulling ahead given his lackluster practice and downright disastrous team challenge performance.
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:31 AM   #6
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Is season 3 available on demand anywhere? I watched the first two on netflix and got hooked, but by then season 3 was over.


ETA: Nevermind. I guess I did see season 3.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:27 PM   #7
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Greg can't go home fast enough....tired of his superiority complex already.

Some very hard challenges off the bat, should make for a fun season.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:41 PM   #8
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I don't mean this as a criticism of those who watch the whole show, but I wonder if anyone else skips almost every minute of the show that isn't on the range?

I don't know why really, but that's how I've always watched Top Shot. Makes for some amusing reading of posts here since I don't have the context for some of the emotions for/against contestants.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:30 PM   #9
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I had the buy the season premiere off iTunes since my U-Verse DVR failed to record it

Interesting how they now start with 18 and eliminate two right off the bat. I do like how they chose the teams this year, and it showed in the close race of the team competition.

I thought Frank was going to win elimination. He wasn't nearly experienced as Littlejohn, but then again he was FAR more comfortable with the weapon in practice. But shooting from a moving platform is hard, and even more so when it's from a motorcycle on a bumpy dirt road. Hats off to Littlejohn for pulling ahead given his lackluster practice and downright disastrous team challenge performance.
Ditto, well except for the sucky DVR part.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:07 PM   #10
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I don't mean this as a criticism of those who watch the whole show, but I wonder if anyone else skips almost every minute of the show that isn't on the range?
That's pretty much what I do.

If I see what appears to be a major meltdown while I'm skipping by, I'll stop and watch the trainwreck, but other than that it's practices and competitions only.
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I watch all of it and there was not much if any drama on the first episode.
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[quote=RonDawg;8952130]I had the buy the season premiere off iTunes since my U-Verse DVR failed to record it
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History Channel website has it for free and put up the episodes the day after usually.
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:55 PM   #13
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I don't mean this as a criticism of those who watch the whole show, but I wonder if anyone else skips almost every minute of the show that isn't on the range?

I don't know why really, but that's how I've always watched Top Shot. Makes for some amusing reading of posts here since I don't have the context for some of the emotions for/against contestants.
I'd never heard of this show before this week. I saw the start of the first episode at the end of my recording of Top Gear. I thought the show looked pretty cool, but I wondered how much of the show was filled with typical reality show non-sense. Based on this post, it sounds like the typical reality show.

If I ever do watch the show, I'd do what you're doing. Fast forward to the good parts.
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As much of it is simply BS, knowing the dynamics of the show helps understand the decisions at the nomination range.

In this case, there appears to have been some early conflict between Littlejohn and Frank, although whatever it was, it was left on the cutting room floor.

In Season 3. Jake portrayed himself as the über-jerk. But in the post-season wrap up, you really didn't know just how bad he was until you saw the footage of his "psy-ops" in action that didn't make it in the main episodes. For me, he went from a-hole to psychopath with the previously-unaired footage.
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:37 PM   #15
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History Channel website has it for free and put up the episodes the day after usually.
1. Not in high definition. Also when I tried to play it just now off the History.com website, there's a weird "stop action" motion, as if there are numerous missing frames. I'm on a 12 meg connection too.

2. I wanted to watch it on my iPad on my break at work as a few co-workers wanted to discuss it with me.
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:47 PM   #16
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I don't mean this as a criticism of those who watch the whole show, but I wonder if anyone else skips almost every minute of the show that isn't on the range?
I watch range stuff only.
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:48 PM   #17
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Greg can't go home fast enough....tired of his superiority complex already.
Yup. His comment after Colby announced his win sealed it for me. Ready to see him go.
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:07 PM   #18
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1. Not in high definition. Also when I tried to play it just now off the History.com website, there's a weird "stop action" motion, as if there are numerous missing frames. I'm on a 12 meg connection too.

2. I wanted to watch it on my iPad on my break at work as a few co-workers wanted to discuss it with me.
I don't recall for sure, but I thought they did a mini-marathon of the first three episodes after they've all aired - on a Saturday, maybe?
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I don't recall for sure, but I thought they did a mini-marathon of the first three episodes after they've all aired - on a Saturday, maybe?
They might but that won't do me any good unless I want to wait 3 weeks.

I just paid the $2.99 and downloaded the HD version. You can't even buy a gallon of gas in CA for that.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:42 AM   #20
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So far this season has been relatively drama free, certainly nothing like Season 3 and Jake. It's only been 3 episodes so perhaps that might change.

Greg Littlejohn is a bit of a head case though. His whole spiel about how he can't shoot his friends' targets, no matter how badly they did on the competitions, was little more than a passive-aggressive way to announce to everybody who he likes and who he doesn't.

I'm not sure if it's worthy of its own thread, but also on Tuesday nights History Channel has a show called "Top Guns." No Maverick and Goose, but it does have Colby Donaldson. He starts off the show with three weapons of similar-type and discusses them with a guest weapons expert. He also invites a guest marksman to try them out, and at the end the three of them have a little competition going.

I find it interesting in that I didn't know Colby was as much of a gun nut as any Top Shot contestant. All this time I thought he was just a pretty face for the show.

So far Colby has invited Top Shot Season 2 contestants Jay Lim and Jaime Franks as guest marksmen, as well as Mike Seeklander, the very first person to be eliminated on Top Shot. For the weapons expert, among the people he's invited are Season 2 winner Chris Reed and ex Navy SEAL Craig Sawyer, who also instructed on some Top Shot competitions both team and individual elimination.

It's a nice way to see some guns and shooting without the drama of the house. It's shot on the same ranges as Top Shot, but with different camera angles which show the ranges are surprisingly close to some residential areas.
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Thanks, RonDawg. Set a recording for "Top Guns". Sounds fun.
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Greg Littlejohn is a bit of a head case though.
I thought his sobbing was ridiculous. Dude, grow a set, it's a game.
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Thanks, RonDawg. Set a recording for "Top Guns". Sounds fun.
I should also clarify that Top Guns is on H2 (formerly called History International) and not on the main History Channel. AFAIK it's only carried on digital cable, satellite, and IPTV, and may not be available on some cheaper service tiers depending on your TV provider. It's also on Wednesday night, not Tuesday as I originally thought.

http://www.history.com/shows/top-guns
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I should also clarify that Top Guns is on H2 (formerly called History International) and not on the main History Channel.
Which is really annoying, since Directv doesn't seem to carry that in HD. Almost enough to make me not watch it. Haven't quite made up my mind about it yet, it isn't quite what I was hoping for from the original blurb I saw about it on the first week of Top Shot. Not sure if it *really* needs a full hour for the show, seems to drag a little to me.
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Which is really annoying, since Directv doesn't seem to carry that in HD. Almost enough to make me not watch it.
Yeah I'm lucky that U-Verse carries it in HD. It's one of the few reasons I put up with their crappy DVR.

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Haven't quite made up my mind about it yet, it isn't quite what I was hoping for from the original blurb I saw about it on the first week of Top Shot. Not sure if it *really* needs a full hour for the show, seems to drag a little to me.
It's definitely not as fast paced as Top Shot, and a bit pedantic if you're somewhat knowledgeable of firearms. They like to put up lots of onscreen graphics explaining terminology and gun technology. It's almost like they're going after an audience that wouldn't know which end of a gun is which

But that's OK with me. I appreciate shows like Top Shot and Top Guns which put a positive face on gun enthusiasts to the general public. The news media and TV/movies generally don't like to do that.
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Caught an episode of Top Guns this weekend. Fun show. Sucks it isn't in HD on DirecTV but I liked it. Perfect filler show.
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:19 AM   #27
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Greg Littlejohn survived another challenge. To be honest, I was hoping he'd get eliminated, but this time it was Colin who choked.

At least Greg finally started to get along better with Colin and William, but it was probably too late for Blue team. Even Colby was aware how the disharmony within the team was negatively impacting their performance in the challenges.

I did LOL when Colby asked why Greg gave his bandana to Colin at the end of the challenge. Colby had a serious WTF? look on his face when Greg gave his answer
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The challenges this season are really great. I loved the swinging balloons. It looked tough to hit the small ones.

The "friendship bracelet" was comedy gold! Grow up man!
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I thought his sobbing was ridiculous. Dude, grow a set, it's a game.
haha yup.
He's acting like once eliminated, these guys are executed or something.

It's a friggin' shooting competition. Jeez.
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I loved the swinging balloons.
Unfortunately, she was eliminated in week 2.
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