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Old June 13, 2013, 02:22 PM   #76
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I liked Chee a lot in Season 4. He wanted to go to elimination when he shot poorly, and was visibly upset when they sent someone else, instead. He commented a couple of times that he wanted to prove himself.

In last night's episode, I absolutely believe that Chee's head wasn't right when he was going head to head with Gabby. I believe that she would beat him on that type of challenge whether his head was in it or not, but I don't think she'd have beaten him quite so badly.

Gunny vs Alex was interesting. It showed a lot of confidence and competetive fire on Gunny's part to call out Alex, and to then calmly take that challenge from him.

Jamie was very transparent with his "poor shooting" during practice. He missed too big. He should have aimed for one of the rings closer to the bull, rather than shooting at the edge of the paper. I was surprised that William actually bit on that obvious bait. Even knowing that Jamie was trying to look bad, I didn't expect him to beat William. I know Jamie is a strong shooter, but William is a monster with pistols-- his audition tape for the show really illustrates that. It's on YouTube, for any who want to see it.

Kelly... Wow. He was very casually fast & accurate. The work he has put in since Season 1 was very visible. I think I have to call him the person to beat on the show. 3 episodes in, he is making it look easy, so far.
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Old June 13, 2013, 03:33 PM   #77
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This actually doesn't surprise me at all. Most of the seasoned professionals are specialists, in that they train extensively with one type of gun, and one type of competition.

Yup, I think you nailed it.

I found it interesting that in an earlier season, one of the professional pistol shooters who competes very impressively in the "practical" style pistol sports demonstrated a surprising lack of proficiency squeezing off slow accurate shots from an off-the-shelf autopistol. Clearly he had taken specialization to an extreme.
I was thinking more along the lines of dealing with "match pressure"; the guys and gals who shoot professionally don't seem to be as cool as might be expected of someone who shoots in competition all the time, versus some of the people on the show who don't admit to having any competition background.
I've shot in USPSA and/or IDPA competition against three people who have appeared on past seasons of Top Shot, and all were excellent pistol shooters, even the one who was considered to be a rifle expert, with little handgun experience; probably more about what the show's producers sold us concerning each of the competitors' abilities.
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