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Dustin Ellerman: A 'Top Shot' for Christ

Dustin Ellerman shares his experience of staying true to his Christian faith while winning The History Channel's 'Top Shot' reality show. Read Transcript


Reporter: TOP SHOT IS A

HISTORY CHANNEL ANSWER TO

THE REALITY SHOW.

IN THIS WEAPONS COMPETITION,

16 SHARP-SHOOTERS MUST

MASTER THE MOST PRIMITIVE OF

WEAPONS, TO THE MOST SPIS

SOPHISTICATED.

AT THE SAME TIME, OVERCOMINGú?

GRUELING OBSTACLES.

DUSTIN ELLERMAN WENT ON TO

WIN THE TOP SPOT ON THE

SHOW.

UNLIKE

THE OTHER

CONTESTANTS, HE

IS

SELF-TAUGHT.

SO TODAY HE IS

GOING TO

SHOW

ME

A THING OR TWO.

ALL RIGHT, BUDDY, SHOW ME

WHAT YOU'VE GOT.

WHAT

ARE WE SHOOTING AT?

PENNIES AT 50 SHOT.

CHEAPER THAN DIMES.

Reporter: THERE WE GO.

ALL OF THEM DONE.

I THINK WE'RE BREAKING SOME

SORT OF FEDERAL LAW.

I THINK SO.

Reporter: MANY VIEWERS

CONSIDERED DUSTIN THE LEAST

LIKELY TO WIN.

AT ONLY 28 YEARS OLD, HE AND

HIS WIFE BRITTANY WON A

CHRISTIAN SUMMER CAMP IN

LAVALLEA, TEXAS.

THE CAMP WAS FOUNDED BY

MY PARENTS.

IT IS A SUMMER CHRISTIAN

KIDS' CAMP.

WE HAVE A TON OF FUN

ACTIVITIES AND WE TEACH THEM

ABOUT JESUS.

Reporter: THE IDEA OF

COMPETING ON "TOP SHOT"

STARTED LIKE A FUN

ADVENTURE.

ONCE I STARTED GETTING

INTO THE CASTING PROCESS AND

THINGS STARTED GETTING MORE

SERIOUS, I WAS LIKE, WOW,

THREE MILLION VIEWERS.

I COULD USE THIS AS A

PLATFORM.

I STARTED SEEING MAYBE HE

WANTED ME IN THAT.

AND IT IS REALITY TV, AND

THEY JUST WANT YOU TO BE

YOURSELF.

Reporter: DUSTIN SPENT

A LOT OF TIME WITH THE 13

OTHER MALE CONTESTANTS ON

THE SHOW.

MOST OF THE GUYS IN THE

HOUSE ARE GREAT AND

HONORABLE SPORTSMEN AND GUN

GUYS.

I KIND OF WENT IN THINKING I

MIGHT BE INSULTED,

PERSECUTED, BUT, REALLY, I

HAD A LOT OF RESPECT FROM

THE GUYS.

IT WAS NEAT JUST ASKING ME

ABOUT MY FAITH AND LETTING

ME SHARE IN LITTLE WAYS.

Reporter: HOW DID YOU

BECOME THIS TOP SHOT.

IT IS SOMETHING THAT HAS

BEEN IN ME SINCE I WAS A

LITTLE GUY.

MY SUMMERS WERE SPENT AT MY

GRANDPARENTS' FARM, SHOOTING

THE TREES WITH BEE BEE.

B.B.s.

Reporter: DUSTIN TAUGHT

HIMSELF PRACTICALLY

EVERYTHING HE KNOWS ABOUT

WEAPONS.

ISN'T THAT COOL?

Reporter: MOST OF THE

"TOP SHOT" CONTESTANTS HAD

EXTENSIVE TRAINING WITH THE

MILITARY OR POLICE FORCE.

Reporter: HOW DID YOU

MEET THESE GUYS?

IT IS GOD'S FAVOR.

EVEN IF GOD DIDN'T SUPER

NATURALLY HELP ME CURVE THE

BULLET INTO THE TARGET, HE

GAVE ME THE ABILITY.

YOU DONE SEE THE CAMERA

CREWS AND THE 200 PEOPLE

THAT MAKE "TOP SHOT" HAPPEN

BEHIND THE SCENE.

AND KNOWING THAT THREE

MILLION PEOPLE ARE GOING TO

LAUGH IF YOU CAN'T MAKE THE

SHOT.

AND A LOT OF GUYS CRUMBLE

UNDER THAT PRESSURE.

BUT I WAS THERE TRUSTING GOD

TO HELP ME DO GOOD.

OR IF HE IS DONE WITH ME,

I'M CONTENT.

Reporter: HITTING THE

TARGET WASN'T THE TOUGHEST

PART FOR DUSTIN.

THE HARDEST PART WAS

SPENDING ALL OF THAT TIME

AWAY FROM MY FAMILY WITHOUT

ANY CONTACT.

IT WAS A TOUGH SIX WEEKS,

HAVING TO ANSWER QUESTIONS

WHERE DADDY IS.

AND NOT ABLE TO TALK ABOUT

IT.

DADDY IS OUT OF TOWN.

HE'S WORKING.

Reporter: WHAT WAS YOUR

CHALLENGE?

FULL-COURT 10 22s.

I WAS SUPPOSED TO CUT Q-TIPS

IN HALF, AND I DID.

I GOT MY TICKET INTO THE

FINALE BY HITTING A GOLF

BALL AT 100 YARDS.

AND NOBODY ELSE COULD COME

CLOSE.

Reporter: HE TOOK THE

"TOP SHOT" CROWD.

WERE YOU SURPRISED?

I

WAS VERY SURPRISED HOW

I PERFORMED AND MEASURED UP

TO ALL OF THE PROFESSIONAL

SHOOTERS.

Reporter: I COULDN'T

HELP BUT ASK DUSTIN TO GIVE

ME A FEW POINTERS.

THERE YOU GOT IT.

THAT'S A SMALL TARGET, TOO.

Reporter: DUSTIN TOOK

HOME THE $100,000 GRAND

PRIZE FROM "TOP SHOT."

AND SOME OF THAT IS COMING

BACK TO HIS CAMP, TO TEACH

KIDS ABOUT GOD'S LOVE.

DUSTIN IS GETTING LOTS OF

INVITATIONS TO SHARE HIS

STORY AND HIS SKILLS.

Reporter: HAVE THE NAVY

SKILLS COME CALLING YET?

I WENT AND SHOT WITH THE

F.B.I. AND SO THAT WAS WON.

I GOT PERFECT SCORES ON

THEIR TESTS.

GOD GIVES US GIFTS AND

TALENTS FOR A REASON.

IT IS AMAZING THAT GOD CAN

USE SOMETHING AS SILLY AS

SHOOTING TO BRING GLORY TO

HIS NAME.

IT IS PRETTY NEAT.

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