The contestants chosen to be on "Top Shot" are billed as some of the most elite marksmen in the world. They each come with a wide range of expertise and are said to be proficient with weapons from many categories and eras. But as we all know, everyone can have a bad day. Even if you've used a weapon every day for a year and never missed a shot, it can happen the next time you pull the trigger. "Top Shot" has proven that even the best marksmen can make mistakes. These are some of "Top Shot's" most memorable challenge blunders.
The Long Shot - Season 1
The long shot challenge was the very first challenge showcased on "Top Shot." Neither the contestants nor viewers had any idea what to expect. The contestants had to shoot their way through an obstacle course using weapons that were used in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. As the challenge began, it seemed it would be a close race, but that quickly changed. After some struggles of their own, the blue team moved on to the second station leaving Andre Robinson and Mike Seeklander from the red team in their dust. Seeklander was having trouble hitting the first 100-yard shot. He sent shot after shot but never managed to hit his target. Mike's blunder cost the red team the win in that first challenge.
Uphill Battle - Season 2
The blunder that occurred in this team challenge has to be one of the biggest fans have seen so far in "Top Shot" history. The challenge itself was straightforward. The teams would break up into three teams of two and shoot their way uphill through four stations. The final station would be manned by the first team to shoot. However, Jermaine Finks messed up terribly. After shooting his target at the first station he was supposed to wait and hand-off his rifle to the next team, but instead he took off running uphill. He did this not once but twice during the challenge. Despite the blunder, Finks and the blue team lost by just one target.
Stacked - Season 3
Stacked was the very first individual challenge of Season 3. In this challenge the contestants had to use the TAC-50 sniper rifle to shoot a moving target 500 yards away. This challenge isn't for your common shooter, it takes real talent and skill to be able to pull this shot off. Most of Season 3's contestants were able to complete this challenge in under a minute; winner Dustin Ellermann completed it in about 8 seconds. But Gary Quesenberry wasn't so lucky. It took Quesenberry 14 shoots and over 5 minutes to hit his target. His blunder landed him in the elimination challenge, but his skills saved him in the end.
These are just a few of the blunders from "Top Shot" history. Fans can't wait to see what blunders will happen during Season 4 of "Top Shot," which will air in the spring of 2012 on The History Channel.