February 11, 2010

Shooting USA’s Impossible Shots to Air Ted Gundy Program February 17th

Tune in to Shooting USA’s Impossible Shots on the Outdoor Channel on February 17th to watch former WWII sniper Ted Gundy attempt a 1,000 yard shot. Pictured (L to R) are SFC Jason St. John and SFC Robbie Johnson with Ted Gundy and the thousand yard target and the champion sniper team’s rifle and the recreation of Gundy’s sniper rifle from WW-2.

Forget the popcorn - grab a box of Kleenex instead and prepare to schedule some free time on February 17th to watch a memorable television tribute to one of Memphis’s own.

Shooting USA’s Impossible Shots television program will air three times that day featuring a program entitled “Old Sniper”. The story documents Memphis resident Ted Gundy’s trip to Georgia to make an impossible shot. The World War II veteran was given the opportunity to attempt a 1,000 yard shot with current sniper equipment.

Tune in to the program on the Outdoor Channel on Tuesday. Air times are 1:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. on the 17th. The show will be rebroadcast on Saturday, February 20th at 3:30 p.m.

“This program was an absolute privilege to produce,” said Brian Speciale, Host/Producer of Shooting USA’s Impossible Shots. “Ted Gundy is a true American hero, and it was wonderful seeing how well received he was by the soldiers of today. I can’t tell you how many times I had chills running down my spine as the week went on. It was awesome - better than any of us could have imagined.”

Ted Gundy received advance copies of the program and was able to share screenings of the show with family members who in turn have viewed the program with friends and relatives. While the crowd has differed at each viewing, one thing has remained constant, the rave reviews the show has received from those fortunate enough to get a sneak peak.

Jim Shepherd was one of those viewers that was moved by his chance to preview the show. The Alabama native publishes an electronic news service The Shooting Wire. His review of the program can be read at www.shootingwire.com.

“Normally, I’m pretty much immune to those ‘moments’ created by television shows,” Sheppard said in his review. “That’s because most ‘moments’ are created. In this episode, there was no need to create anything - simply capturing the action spoke volumes.”

The 30-minute program has more than its fair share of “moments.”

“The thing I remember most is Ted addressing a new class of infantry at their graduation ceremony,” said Speciale. “Ted - wearing his WWII uniform, no less - got real emotional as he talked to the troops. He’s an emotional guy, and that’s one of the big things that will help make this show memorable. He had some great stories to take back to Memphis!”

While the show features Ted’s attempt to make “an impossible shot” it really centers around a WWII veteran interacting with today’s soldiers and served as an opportunity to recognize an American hero.

“Ted was regularly saying during the trip and the filming that he didn’t deserve all of this, that he wasn’t a hero,” said Jim Scoutten, host and executive producer of Shooting USA. “We all let Ted know what an inspiration he is to all of us, and that by paying tribute to him we honor the millions of other veterans, many of which are no longer with us.”

Tune in on Tuesday or Saturday for your opportunity to pay tribute to an “Old Sniper” and the millions of his comrades. If you miss the original airings, DVD copies of the program will be available through Shooting USA’s on-line store. Click on Impossible Shots at www.shootingusa.com.

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