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If you were a fan of the Top Shot competition shooting series (and who wasn’t?) there’s a good chance that watching four people compete with knives axes, arrows and yes, guns will be right up your alley. The HISTORY Channel will start airing ‘Mountain Men: Ultimate Marksman’ next week and Top Shot’s Colby Donaldson will be there to host the competition series.

Here’s he HISTORY Channel’s press release . . .

The HISTORY Channel is set to premiere the new competition series “Mountain Men: Ultimate Marksman” hosted by trained welder, outdoor enthusiast and three-time “Survivor” contestant Colby Donaldson and World Champion shooter Mark Romano on Thursday, November 3 at 9:30PM ET/PT. The eight-part series tests some of the world’s top marksmen and markswomen by using centuries-old historical weapons like primitive knives, bows and firearms. Competitors will navigate several distance, precision, and obstacle challenges – each designed and based off of the history of the American frontier. It’s a showdown that will put their weapons knowledge, accuracy skills, and unique techniques to the ultimate test with competitors on a mission to earn the title of “Ultimate Marksman” and win $10,000.

Throughout history, those who wandered the wilderness of the West needed to rely on handmade weapons and survival tools to maintain life on the mountain. Surviving harsh weather and hungry predators often came down to one shot. The knowledge and expertise they displayed with these frontier weapons are still being honored today. “Mountain Men: Ultimate Marksman” is an extension of the network’s popular “Mountain Men” franchise with the new competition series aiming to revisit the pioneer spirit and way of life on the old frontier.

“Mountain Men: Ultimate Marksman” tests skilled weapons experts like never before – from using a bow and arrow to hit bullseyes while balancing in a moving river to firing historic rifles through a 12-foot wall of fire. The series incorporates fascinating facts about American history with explaining how weapons were made for successful survival for living off the land. Each weekly, one-hour episode brings together four talented competitors to a ranch in Montana as they strive to become the “Ultimate Marksman,” a title achieved only by completing three rounds of precision-based challenges. Each competitor must use a different centuries-old weapon and technique to effectively hit targets. The challenges also present a unique twist requiring competitors to move through the landscape in a way that only mountain men and women would. At the end of the third and final round, the marksman or markswoman with the highest total points earns the coveted title and walks away with a grand prize of $10,000.

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    • Tell that to Dustin…

      I enjoyed Top Shot – the shooting, not the childish Survivor-style plotting and politics. There were some fun guns on the show that I would still like the opportunity to fire. I believe the series was canceled in response to the Sandy Hook School Shooting in 2012.

      • No room in my life for a reality show – Survivor style or otherwise. There’s not a lick of reality in them.

        • When I first found out that there were only “survivors” on Survivor I was really disappointed.

    • Only to some degree. If you could shoot, didn’t matter what anyone else did to you. See: Dustin.

      I agree I didn’t like the politicking and drama, but the challenges themselves looked fun enough to attempt, and some of those weapons were things I’d never get to play with but would want to.

      • @Tim U

        Yes Sir! That’s what I said (I think). I don’t give an unholy damn for the reality shows…but, the guns they shot: Hotchkiss cannons, 1919 Browning Air-cooled MG, six-shot grenade launchers, the nicest Barretts with outstanding scopes attached with lots of ammo plus the newest, hottest trick pistols that I can’t afford. Heck, even the axe and knife throwing, slingshots and rock throwing looked to be fun in a competitive environment. Shooting an M1 Carbine from a sidecar at exploding targets, rappelling down a building face whilst shooting an FN FiveSeven, the list goes on…Paul doesn’t get the fun aspects of the show. – too focused on the personalities part. My spouse and I figure the producers chose a certain number of dipshits (ie. Jake) every season to provide the drama…meh, just gets in the way of a good day at the range.

        Rant over…thanks for your time. Don’t forget to tip your server.

    • KUSA running their retired porn star?

      Oh right, mountain man. Not mountainous prolapse. XD

  1. Sounds interesting and I’ll watch if it ever shows up on antenna TV. No pay TV, att, newspaper, etc. here, the money saved funds guns, ammo, etc.

  2. If there is an “Outrun the Grizzly” leg they maybe.

    I’d think 1 bear, multiple fools with 25yd head start and 100yd to a gates. +100 if contestants are MSM “reporters” and prog politicians.

    • I’ll check it out. Not exactly a fan of “reality” stuff. I watch a lot of gun crap on Youtube already…

    • “…one of those mountain men is a sheila.”

      “Pour me another Tequila Sheila”

      “Though I can tell you about it

      But don’t mind my gun by the bed

      I feel kind of naked without it

      But it eases the fear in my head…”

  3. It’s phony baloney show, can see what ever I want in kind of weapons testing and real reviews with some really good information and feedback from commenters on YouTube….24 /7 !

  4. I’d go if they had a whiskey drinking contest.
    BlocknTackle Whiskey.
    Drink a pint, walk a block and tackle anybody.

  5. Top Shot was the cause of too many a purchase of interesting firearms. I’m not sure I should watch the show.

  6. Never watched Top Shot, and most likely will never watch this. Despite my age and infirmities, I don’t watch a whole lot of TV.
    It’s time better spent honing and maintaining the skills I’ve acquired over the last ~62 years.
    Or Rewatching Jerry Miculek videos on You Tube.

  7. Given the political climate, it is quite courageous of the History Channel to put a firearms themed show on the air. They deserve our support. As to the reality; each episode will feature actual head to head competition, with some of the finest competitors in the world, in several disciplines. No teams; no competitor’s drama; just competition. And it ain’t phony; I was there.

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