Gary Shank

Top Shot, Gary

Age: 28
Hometown: Reno, NV
Occupation: Firearms Instructor

A former gun library manager and current Civil War reenactor, Gary Shank collects historical firearms and appraises them in his spare time. Like his father before him, he works as a firearms instructor at an indoor shooting range in Reno, Nevada. Because of his work as an amateur weaponry historian, Gary has picked up skills with tomahawks, archery, throwing stars and blowguns. And, of course, he has experience shooting cannons during Civil War reenactments. Gary also shoots in local IDPA, USPSA and cowboy action 3-gun matches, going by the nickname “Corporal Punishment.” He says his Top Shot competitors should stay on their toes. “Without any major titles over my head or any true specialty area, they’re gonna look at me and go, ‘I don’t know,’” he says. “And the unknown is kinda scary.”