June 21, 2010 – Day 8

I watched the third episode of TOP SHOT on the History channel last night. Why? Because I find it exciting that firearms have slipped into the modern Hollywood reality show, because I like guns and (mostly) because a friend of mine is a contestant.

Caleb over at GUN NUTS MEDIA is the short, young looking guy on the blue team. He was not able to give me any secrets into how it all turned out but he is doing a superb job of hitting his targets and keeping his mouth shut. (Unlike some of the contestants who are better at shooting off their mouth than the weapons they are required to fire.) I’ve seen Caleb shoot and interact with people. My money’s on him. (Caleb’s blog has links to additional footage not shown on TV.)

While on the topic of TOP SHOT, I ran across this forum where several participants were bashing the show. That’s fine, everyone has their own opinion but keep in mind you’re bashing a prime-time, pop-culture, reality series that is not demonizing guns or hunting. Some of the events look fun and wouldn’t it be great if this show convinced some non-shooters to take up the sport? TOP SHOT may not be technically correct in every last detail but GET OVER IT. It’s just TV.

If you don’t do anything else, suggest it as a fun show for any non-shooters you know.

On another note; at lunch time, my word count for the day was 1889 for an article on the FNX-9 and 2106 for an article on the Savage 110 BA.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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