Top Shot Wimps Out with Colt .38 Official Police Single Action Revolver Contest

Shooting a revolver with extreme accuracy using single action (hammer cocked back) isn’t easy. But it’s a LOT easier than shooting a revolver double action (one trigger pull cocks and then releases the hammer). So why did Top Shot allow its top shots to shoot a Prohibition-era Colt .38 Special Police revolver in single action mode? Let me think . . . because it was easier? Maybe the producers wanted the targets farther away because that was more dramatic than having them closer, and if the contestants couldn’t hit those distant targets using double action, that would make it look like they weren’t that great at revolver shooting. Once again, drama takes precedence over true tests of shooting skill. Oh, and what does paintball have to do with Prohibition? Blending the two themes was a tad too steampunk, IMHO.


  1. avatar BLAMMO says:

    I saw the very first two episodes of Top Shot. I have not watched it since. It immediately struck me as a gun version of “Survivor”, which I always found tediously boring beyond the threshold of pain.

    I’m also losing my patience with Sons of Guns.

  2. avatar 2yellowdogs says:

    Uh, yeah. Sons of Guns just doesn’t cut it. But Top Shot can be fun. The first season was enjoyable, although they can cut out the knife throwing bit.

  3. avatar Buuurr says:

    Me and my wife enjoyed the first season as well. However, we did think towards the end it was more about bitchery than shooting.

  4. avatar John Fritz says:

    I’ve been hesitant to watch Sons of Guns because of perceived pandering to LE.

  5. avatar Travis says:

    I was yelling at the TV about the Single Action thing. And the loading of one round at a time!! Its just as fast to put two in!!!! Dammit!!! I swear I’m gonna apply for that show. Though I don’t really have an ego, or alter ego for that matter. I’m not a numbnuts. AND, I can actually pay attention when someone is trying to teach me how to shoot a Tommy Gun!!! JFC!!! They probably wouldn’t take me….

  6. avatar Gunnutmegger says:

    A lot of wimps can’t shoot a double-action revolver accurately. Many are spoiled by having grown accustomed to the unsafe single-action trigger design of 1911s.

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