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Top Shot 4 Seasons 2012

Season 4
4.5 out of 5 stars (260) IMDb 7.5/10

Competing for a $100K prize, a Bass Pro Shops shooting contract and the title of Top Shot, 18 of the country's finest and most diverse marksmen - from a New York farmer to a Long Island custodian - cock their hammers for a wild explosion through this HISTORY series' fourth season.

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May 1, 2012

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Season 4

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1. Sweating Bullets

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.

CC TV-14 February 14, 2012 43 minutes
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2. In The Trenches

Teams grapple with an explosive obstacle course and endure trench warfare conditions while firing the legendary Browning Automatic Rifle. And in a Top Shot first, two competitors duke it out in a fierce battle with a multi-shot grenade launcher.

CC TV-14 February 21, 2012 43 minutes
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3. Shotgun Showdown

Top Shot season 2 champion Chris Reed returns to instruct the shooters on several modern shotguns. One team crumbles in the team challenge, leading to a tense nomination discussion. The final challenge is a head-to-head shotgun battle that sends one contestant packing.

CC TV-14 February 28, 2012 43 minutes
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4. Crossbow Crossfire

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.

CC TV-14 March 6, 2012 43 minutes
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5. Swing Into Action

Teams employ pirate tactics in a challenge using the explosive Kentucky Flintlock Pistol. The competition flashes back to the 18th century in a high energy battle that requires coordination and focus. Two marksmen slug it out in the elimination challenge, using one of the most durable pistols on the planet.

CC TV-14 March 13, 2012 43 minutes
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6. Blast From The Past

The biggest weapon in Top Shot history--a mighty 3.2 inch bag gun cannon--forces each team to work together as a unit. At the elimination challenge, a heated grudge match pits two shooters against each other using the fast-flying prehistoric atlatl throwing dart.

CC TV-14 March 20, 2012 43 minutes
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7. Trick Shot Shoot Off

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.

CC TV-14 March 27, 2012 43 minutes
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8. The Mad Minute

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.

CC TV-14 April 3, 2012 44 minutes
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9. The Longest Shot

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.

CC TV-14 April 10, 2012 43 minutes
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10. SWAT Throwdown

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.

CC TV-14 April 17, 2012 43 minutes
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11. Have Machine Gun Will Travel

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.

CC TV-14 April 24, 2012 43 minutes
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12. The Ultimate Prize

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.

CC TV-14 May 1, 2012 43 minutes
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13. Season 4 Behind the Bullet

The marksmen return to discuss their biggest challenges and triumphs throughout the season.

CC TV-14 May 1, 2012 43 minutes
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Competing for a $100K prize, a Bass Pro Shops shooting contract and the title of Top Shot, 18 of the country's finest and most diverse marksmen, from a New York farmer to a Long Island custodian, cock their hammers for a wild explosion through this HISTORY series' fourth season. Catch a FREE sneak peek now!

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Product Details

Genres Sports, Reality TV
Season year 2012
Network A&E Television Networks
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In comparison to the other seasons of Top Shot (seasons 1-3), I had to give it two stars. It wasn't a competition of highly qualified competitive shooters. It was Big Brother or Survivor with high caliber weapons. We didn't start watching Top Shot for the in-house drama. We started watching for the talent of the contestants. If I wanted to watch an hour full of adults whining about alliances and, refusing to vote to send their "friends" home, despite their performance in competition. I'd turn on any one of the numerous reality shows out there. Way to ruin a good show History Channel.
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This was the worst Top Shot season so far. The producers seem to be relying on more gimmicks and less on shooting. The contestants seem to have been picked by a marketing focus group with no regard to actual qualification. When somebody wins, I don't get the feeling that they won because they are good shooters. More often, they won because they sucked the least and/or got lucky. The shooters that ARE good don't shine due to the nature of the challenges. In previous seasons, some shooters still managed to shine through all the BS. This season, less so.

Basically, all the usual things wrong with Top Shot just get magnified in this season--more heavy on showbiz, and more light on rigor. I expect the next season to have even more gimmicky weapons, even more watered-down and unrealistic challenge that are difficult for reasons unrelated to shooting ability, and celebrity contestants.
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The first objection I hear from fellow shooters when I recommend this show to them is that they hate reality TV. I can understand this since I don't care for the form either. Reality TV is not reality. It's unscripted video gathered and choreographed after the fact by cutting in scenes out of order, and out of context, to create an artificial sense of drama. It's irritating and insulting to my intelligence to watch pure artifice masquerading as ingenuousness.

Top Shot is different. While it does have some of the qualities that I describe above, notably the false drama, The drama usually come out in the context of interviews in which the contestants comment on the performance of themselves and others. This lends a layer of metacognition to the competition which is otherwise only mildly exciting, but well worth watching for other reasons. I gave the show four stars instead of five because there was a little more false drama cut-n-paste this season compared to the others.

Where the show really shines is for the hoplo-phile who enjoys watching expert shooters from various backgrounds pick up an often unfamiliar weapon and compete with it. For example; the M1 Garrand is an iconic and venerable piece of history, and I've enjoyed shooting one that belongs to a friend. However, to see it used as part of a competition gives me a perspective that I would never have had being born well after WWII.

Another aspect to the show which I really enjoy is the fact that there has been NO "backstabbing" at all by the contestants. In fact, no one can send anyone home on this show. All they can do is send them to another competition in which they will either prevail and earn their way back on the team, or fail and leave.
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Top Shot season 4 brings back everyone that makes the show good. The challenges are still awesome, teamwork and nominations are still important, a whole new array of weapons and the difficulty of show is increased. There were a lot more moments on the show where I felt that the challenges were much harder to do (Probubly one reason the gap between seasons has been so long). Also this season's female contestants feel like they actually have a chance at staying in longer (first time since Tara I've felt that way). Plus this season has a few firsts, what they are you'll just have to see.

That being said I personally have a few flaws with this season. The cast, while intersting, didn't produce any huge characters that will be mentioned in later seasons (Ex. Ian, Kelly, Brad, George, Chris, Jake, Mike, Dustin).
The winner, who deserved it, is the least impressive winner to me out of the four. This winner mearly outshot everyone, which is fine but has nothing added to it (season 1 a winner who turned every weapon to gold, season 2 best team player won, season 3 had the underdog become vertually unbeatable).
Finally out of all the seasons, I feel this one has low replay value.
These flaws actually prompted me to rewatch parts of season 2 and I grew to like it more then this.

Still a very good season, is not worth skipping and a good edition to the top shot competitions. Now get the All Stars in Colby.
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I just started watching Top Shot beginning with Season 4, and my first time using Amazon Instant Video to watch them. Kudos to Amazon for getting the episodes up so quickly after airing, literally the day after, and in good quality.

The contestants this season were phenomenally skilled, and the challenges unique and difficult. Top Shot was more interesting to watch than other competitive reality shows because there was less backstabbing and cattiness overall (even on the Blue team). Colby did a great job as enthusiastic host in his appropriately attired jeans and work boots. I'm glad this season had more exposure of the self-taught shooters. Loved watching the Red team's camaraderie- Chee Kwan, Gabby, Chris, Gary, and Kyle. Kyle was the glue that held the Red team together with his strategy and honesty.

The only downside is that Top Shot may not be coming back for a Season 5, because it's allegedly too expensive to produce. No doubt those Milkor-MGLs are pricey!
This is a great show to watch for non-shooters and shooters alike, to simply be awed by the raw talent and accuracy.
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