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"Top Shot" Season 2 on 2/8, With Another NE Ohio Player

By admin Published: January 18, 2011

The official word: The hit competition series from HISTORY is rearmed and reloaded. Sixteen fearless marksmen, carefully selected from thousands of applicants, will aim for the $100,000 prize package and the title of “Top Shot.” The all-new cast of 14 men and two women includes a 10-time NRA pistol champ, two former world shooting champs, a Texas cop, a Jersey shore Air Force sniper, a Bronze Star recipient, and representatives from four branches of the military.

The 13-week series premieres Tuesday, February 8 at 10pm ET on HISTORY.

TOP SHOT’s second season will see more intense challenges and surprising twists inspired by history. Trials include shooting from the back of a moving vehicle, based on a WWII training exercise, shooting while hanging from a 125 foot crane and even shooting while being turned upside down. Firearms in the contestants’ arsenal will include the iconic “Tommy Gun,”.44 Magnum and a .50 caliber sniper rifle, as well as primitive weapons like the Tomahawk and blow gun. High-speed HD cameras capture the skillful execution of each test in extreme slow-motion.

Survivor contestant, athlete and adventurer Colby Donaldson returns as host of HISTORY’S second season of the elimination series.

The season two premiere (Tuesday, February 8) opens with a surprise straight from Civil War history from 150 years ago: marksmen will face the same test that soldiers had to pass to get into the Union Army’s first sharpshooting regiment. The two contestants with the best shots will then get to choose their own teams. The episode also includes a game of extreme billiards and an elimination challenge which sends the first marksman home in tears. Every contender must possess incredible speed, precision and skill, but in the end, only one winner will earn the “Top Shot” title.

Based on the past success of TOP SHOT, casting for a season 3 of the series is already under way. To find out more information on season 3 casting, visit:
http://www.history.com/topshotseason3casting

The NE Ohio guy:
Brian “Gunny” Zins
“THE 10-TIME NRA CHAMP”
AGE: 41
Poland, OH
Brian is best known for two things: his giant grin and being the NRA’s 10-time National Pistol Champ. He’s not afraid to boast that no one has ever been a seven, eight, or nine-time champ either. Brian became a shooter for the Marine Corps pistol team and hasn’t stopped competitive shooting since. Having set numerous national records in the NRA, it’s no surprise that Brian loves the challenge of a good competition. Recently retired from the Marine Corps and now an Independent Security Contractor, he is excited to be competing as a civilian. He believes that he has the skills to go pro and wants the opportunity to prove it.

Bios of all contestants after the jump.

SKILLS / EXPERIENCE:

10-time NRA National Pistol Champ

Set over 30 national records in NRA Indoor and Outdoor Conventional Pistol Shooting

U.S. Marine Corps Military Police Officer

Competitive shooter for Marine Corps Pistol team

Combat marksmanship instructor for Marine Corps with rifle and pistol

Was trained in FBI advanced firearms

Ashley Spurlin
“THE WARRIOR”
Age: 34
Richmond, VA
Air Force Special Ops
As a 10-year member of the elite Air Force Unit Special Operations Command, Ashley Spurlin has developed his shooting skills in combat – not competitions. “I’ve had the stress of direct combat as opposed to some people who are just competition shooters.” He recently received a Bronze Star on his last deployment in Afghanistan. A graduate of the Special Forces Halo and SCUBA schools, he is used to adapting to any new weapon system with no prior training. A true and tested warrior, Ashley says he’s quick to avoid people who don’t share his mentality.

SKILLS / EXPERIENCE:
Air Force Combat Control member for the last 10 years
Competes USPSA Production Class D
Received a Bronze Star after his last deployment to Afghanistan
Has used mortars and 105mm cannons
Considers himself an excellent shot with rifles and assault weapons

Athena Lee
“THE UNLIKELY PRO”
AGE: 32
Katy, TX
“Who doesn’t want to see a short, Asian chick kick butt?” On the pro circuit, kicking butt is exactly what she’s done. After winning two world IPSC Championship titles on the Philippine Ladies Team – and getting increasingly frustrated with the restrictions on professional shooters there – Athena emigrated to the U.S., where in 2008, she helped win a world title for the American Women’s team. In addition to competing, she was also a firearms instructor in Houston where she is passionate about opening people’s minds about the sport of shooting – and who can be good at it. “It’s a good feeling to be competing with a bunch of guys who are bigger than I am.”

SKILLS / EXPERIENCE:
2002 and 2003 World Speed Shooting Open Women’s Champion
1999 and 2008 IPSC World Shoot Open Women’s Champion
2001 and 2007 Australasian Open Women’s Champion
2002 and 2007 USPSA National Open Women’s Champion

Brian “Gunny” Zins
“THE 10-TIME NRA CHAMP”
AGE: 41
Poland, OH
Brian is best known for two things: his giant grin and being the NRA’s 10-time National Pistol Champ. He’s not afraid to boast that no one has ever been a seven, eight, or nine-time champ either. Brian became a shooter for the Marine Corps pistol team and hasn’t stopped competitive shooting since. Having set numerous national records in the NRA, it’s no surprise that Brian loves the challenge of a good competition. Recently retired from the Marine Corps and now an Independent Security Contractor, he is excited to be competing as a civilian. He believes that he has the skills to go pro and wants the opportunity to prove it.

SKILLS / EXPERIENCE:
10-time NRA National Pistol Champ
Set over 30 national records in NRA Indoor and Outdoor Conventional Pistol Shooting
U.S. Marine Corps Military Police Officer
Competitive shooter for Marine Corps Pistol team
Combat marksmanship instructor for Marine Corps with rifle and pistol
Was trained in FBI advanced firearms

Chris Reed
“THE GOOD ‘OL COUNTRY BOY”
AGE: 37
Franklin, TN
Realtor
A self-described “good ol’ country boy trained in the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta” - don’t let Chris Reed’s unassuming personality fool you. He’s been training all of his life for a competition like this that demands proficiency with a wide range of weapons – and not just guns. “I can throw knives, shoot any kind of bow, and shoot slingshots. There are very few people that can cover the whole spectrum. When it comes to competition, Chris is all business. “I’m about as competitive as they come and as tough as a rattlesnake!” A serious all-around competitor, this runner up in Field & Stream’s 2009 Total Outdoorsman Challenge has won countless state and national championships in both archery and long rifle.

SKILLS / EXPERIENCE:
2010 National Rifle, Shotgun and Archery Finalist
12-gauge Sporting Clays National Champion in 2009
22 Long Rifle National Champion in 2009
Marine Corps honor graduate and Company High Shooter
2009 Runner-up in Field & Stream’s “Total Outdoorsman Challenge”

Chris Tilley
“THE YOUNG CHAMP”
AGE: 25
Raleigh, NC
Professional Shooter
When he was just 11 years old, Chris Tilley showed so much shooting talent, that his dad built an indoor shooting range. At 17, he won the Junior World Championship and held the title from 2002-2008. By 21, he was the youngest-ever Open National Champion. In the past 11 years, he has won over 50 major matches and two National Championships. As if that isn’t enough, Chris has been working as a firearms retailer and instructor while working on the family farm. One of the pros to beat this season, Chris is a ferociously competitive person who says he can get a bit impatient.

SKILLS / EXPERIENCE:
2002 Junior World Champion
2006 & 20082 National USPSA Champion
Won over 50 major matches
Firearms Instructor
Professional pistol shooter
Owns exotic weapons
Owns/shoots machine guns on his farm

Daryl Parker
“THE TEXAS COP”
AGE: 44
Bonham, TX
Sheriff’s Lieutenant
In preparation for season 2 of Top Shot, this Texas cop built every challenge from season 1 in his backyard. Daryl Parker is here to win. A Deputy Sheriff and 21-year Marine vet, Daryl has always had an adventurous streak. He has deployed around the world, speaks 3 languages, and has nine personal decorations from generals and ambassadors. Yet despite all of his adventures, his proudest moment is winning gold as the captain of the Marine Corps Shooting Team in both the Eastern and Pacific D divisions.

SKILLS / EXPERIENCE:
Multiple qualifications as both rifle and pistol expert
Gold medal captain of two competitive Marine Corps rifle/pistol teams - Pacific and Eastern divisions
Member of Championship Rifle Team; won the 2002 Smith Trophy in the Pacific Division Matches
Certified Law Enforcement Firearms instructor
In his travels he has handled spears, blowguns, bolos and exotic weapons

Eric Anderson
“THE COWBOY”
AGE: 46
Webster, FL
Landfill Supervisor
Two quotes from Eric Anderson: “God didn’t make men equal. Smith and Wesson did.” “I’m here with the big dogs… and I’m off the leash.” This brash cowboy admits he can be a trash talker in competitions, but that’s only because he thinks its fun. Eric is a triple threat with strong backgrounds in military (nine years in the Marine Corps), police (he was the Academy top shooter) and hunting (three years as a safety instructor). He most recently claimed a Cowboy Mounted Shooting National Championship title. No matter what firearm, Eric loves shooting it.

SKILLS / EXPERIENCE:
2010 CMSA National Champion - Men’s Class 4
Certified hunting safety instructor for Florida fish and wildlife conservation
Former Marine Corps marksmanship instructor, expert badge in pistol and rifle
Former police officer, received a Florida Police Academy Top Shooter trophy
Owns a hunting bow but does not consider himself an expert

George Reinas
“THE JERSEY SHORE SNIPER”
AGE: 26
Mount Laurel, NJ
USAF Sniper
“I’m big, I’m mean. I’m going to destroy the competition.” This Air Force sniper has reason to be cocky – he’s good. Not only is he a certified military, civilian and SWAT sniper, he’s an instructor in all of them as well. George Reinas was the sniper team leader as well as the coach of last year’s winning sniper team at the AF Rodeo Competition. An obsessive weight lifter, he regularly benches 400+ pounds and curls 200 pounds, barely breaking a sweat. A self-described Jersey Shore guy, he’s not afraid to tell it like it is.

SKILLS / EXPERIENCE:
Air Force Sniper School instructor
Certified military, civilian and SWAT instructor
Avid bow hunter
Heavy weapons combat instructor
2006 Air Mobility Command Rodeo sniper Champion team
Coach of the 2009 Air Mobility Command Rodeo Sniper Champion team

Jamie Franks
“PRIDE OF THE NAVY”
AGE: 31
San Diego, CA
US Navy Rescue Swimmer
One thing really bugged Jamie Franks while watching the first season of Top Shot -- “Where were the Navy guys?” Though the Navy is not necessarily known for marksmanship, Jamie knows he can outshoot the other branches any day. The graduate of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Skills and Practical Weapons courses and Anti-Terrorism Force Protection/Deadly Force Training is a rifle and pistol expert. As a 13-year active duty Navy rescue swimmer and an Operations Specialist, this self-proclaimed “natural leader” attended Seals training twice. During his two ground deployments to Afghanistan, he was hand-selected for several personal security details in combat zones. Jamie admits there is “no filter between my brain and my mouth” and wants to prove that he’s the pride of the Navy.

SKILLS / EXPERIENCE:
Navy rifle and pistol marksmanship expert
Joint Service Commendation Medal
4 Navy/Marine Corps achievement medals
Navy Meritorious Unit commendation and National Defense Service medal
Formal training in Navy Rescue, Underwater Demolition, Low-light Shooting, and Rescue Swimmer Instruction
Occasional hunter. Shot long and compound bows when younger
Competed in local amateur trap shooting events

Jay Lim
AGE: 35
“THE NATURAL”
Fullerton, CA
Golf Instructor
“I’m not just a shooter, I’m an athlete. I’m a thinker. I’m all that. Whatever I think -- I can get my body to do.” Jay Lim is an amateur shooter who believes his natural abilities can earn him the Top Shot title. Boastful? Maybe. But this golf instructor can back it up. He has competed in archery events on a national level, once taking him all the way to the 2004 Olympic Trials. Not just archery, Jay competes with air pistols, air rifle, skeet, and handguns. He’s a self-described over-achiever who loves marksmanship because “there is perfection in shooting, and that is what I strive for.”

SKILLS / EXPERIENCE:
Competes in local and national archery and air pistol events, placing within top 10%
Qualified in 2004 Olympic Trials for archery
Olympic and American skeet training by medalist Kim Rhode
Shoots Olympic air rifles, air pistols, freestyle hand thrown clays, handguns, and blow guns; also throws knives

Jermaine Finks
AGE: 38
“HE FED”
Lancaster, PA
Federal Agent
“Most people describe me as intimidating.” This soft-spoken shooter may not say much, but when he does, he means it. Imposing and intense, Jermaine Finks is a Federal Agent and the firearms instructor. He honed his marksmanship skill with 15 years in the Army, three years as a Pennsylvania State Constable and seven years in the Department of Homeland Security. But a more unexpected experience has prepared him for the competition. A cancer survivor, Jermaine isn’t intimidated by any obstacle and is out to win.

SKILLS / EXPERIENCE:
Department of Homeland Security instructor in tactics, defensive measures and firearms
State law enforcement training
U.S. Army training with semi-automatic pistols and assault rifles
Considers himself an expert with most modern firearms
Has used bow and arrow, paint guns and grenade launchers

John Guida
“HE RESTAURANT GUY”
AGE: 44
Buffalo, NY
Restaurant owner
John Guida has one goal: win the competition as some unknown restaurant guy, and make everyone stop and say “well what the hell just happened?” John runs a restaurant in Buffalo but before running the family business, he spent 10 years in competitions racking up six different state championships, multiple area championships, three top-16 National Finishes, and two top-30 World finishes. Today he still hunts in the forests of upstate New York with handguns and bows. He calls himself an extremely competitive guy who likes to talk – sometimes too much.

SKILLS / EXPERIENCE:
12-year USPSA member
Six USPSA State Championship wins
Three Top-16 National finishes
Two Top-30 World finishes
Hunts with rifles and bows

Joe Serafini
“THE CONSTRUCTION WORKER”
AGE: 28
Bourbonnais, IL
Construction
Like many people these days, times have been tough for this young, unemployed construction worker, which would make winning the $100,000 prize and title of Top Shot even more meaningful. Joe Serafini is an expert archer who holds 26 state championship titles in six states. But this marksman knows his guns, too. Joe was the company high shooter in Marines boot camp and has shot in the division matches at Camp Pendleton. He is a qualified expert with both the M16 and Berretta 9mm pistols, and has experience with rifles, shotguns, machine guns, slug guns, and muzzleloaders. With this many shooting awards to his name, it’s hard to argue when he says, “When I shoot, I shoot to win.”

SKILLS / EXPERIENCE:
Company High Shooter in Marine boot camp
Shot in Camp Pendleton division matches
Considers himself an excellent shot with pistols, long guns and muzzleloaders
Numerous IBO archery titles, including Missouri State Turkey Champion, Illinois Turkey Classic State Champion, and Indiana State Turkey Champion
Two-time Second place winner in the NFAA 3-D Nationals
Former Junior Olympic archer

Kyle Frasure
“THE HIPSTER SHOTGUNNER”
AGE: 24
Newport Beach, CA
Server
“Everybody I come across in my day-to-day life is astonished when I tell them that I shoot shotguns competitively.” This stylish Southern California kid may defy people’s preconceptions of a competitive shooter, but Kyle Frasure’s a two-time All-American Sporting Clays team member, a California State Junior Champion, and a top-three ranked gunner in numerous zone championships. He picked up a gun at age six when his parents left him a .22 caliber rifle under the Christmas tree and shooting has been a passion ever since.

SKILLS / EXPERIENCE:
Competitive shotgun shooter
Specialty in International Skeet and Sporting Clays
Competes in state, regional and national championships and U.S. Opens
2005 California Class B State Champion
2007 Sub-Junior State Champ
IPSC competitor

Maggie Reese
“THE MULTI-GUN CHAMP”
AGE: 31
Chino, CA
Pro Shooter
“I love shooting against bigger, stronger, tougher men.” Don’t be fooled by her stunning looks -- Maggie Reese is a professional multi-gun champion with numerous national titles under her belt. With 13 years of experience in the shooting sports, Maggie has made quite a name for herself in the gun community at home and abroad (having competed internationally as well). And when it comes to Top Shot, she’s not afraid of the competition. “I love it when they underestimate me and I love when I have an opportunity to prove myself.”

SKILLS / EXPERIENCE:
Sponsored by Surefire, Safariland, Hornady, Voigt Technologies
2009 and 2010 USPSA Multigun Ladies Open National Champion
2009 and 2010 Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-gun Ladies Open Champion
2010 Bianchi Cup- 5th place Women's overall
Numerous first place titles at regional 3-gun matches


Travis Marsh
“THE COMEBACK KID”
AGE: 37
Weatherford, TX
Environmental Business Project Manager
Travis Marsh is looking for a second chance. This project manager and father of five was once a 10-time National Junior Champ and member of the U.S. Shooting Team, poised to take the shooting world by storm until, he says, the fame and adulation went to his head. The night before Olympic tryouts, Travis broke his arm in a bar fight and saw his dreams of gold medal victory fade away. But now, nearly two decades later, Travis has another chance to prove his shooting skill. This time, though, it will be for his kids.

SKILLS / EXPERIENCE:
Eight-time State Champ for Running Game Targets
14 years on the U.S. Shooting Team with rifle
10-time National Junior Champ
Hunts with compound bow and muzzleloader
339th person (out of only 432) to receive the International Distinguished Badge
Trains at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs

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