Zavalla man part of History Channel's 'Top Shot' cast

ZAVALLA, TX (KTRE) - Dustin Ellermann runs a Christian kids camp in Zavalla, but now he's gaining national attention for his sharp-shooting.

Out of thousands of hopefuls, the 28-year-old Zavalla man was selected as a contestant on the History Channel's "Top Shot" show.

"That little gray streak you see, that's where the bullet cut across it, that's the lead streak, so you know I didn't just rip it in half," Ellermann said after shooting a playing card with a pistol, slicing it in half.

He and his wife have adopted one child, another is on the way and they're also foster parents, all while directing Camp His Way in Zavalla.

"We love God, love the ministry, but I like to shoot guns too and the next day they called me and then the next day they flew me out for casting," Ellermann said of his audition tape.

"It hasn't really hit me what the national level is going to do," Ellermann said. "Honestly, I was just going because it looked like a heck of a lot of fun."

Featuring 16 of the "best marksmen," the show challenges them to use everything from modern firearms to primitive weapons like tomahawks and bow & arrows.

"A lot of them have you know much more of a shooting resume," Ellermann explained. "You've got SWAT Team members and marines, there was an ex-Navy Seal there and then there's Dustin. A guy with a blank shooting resume who directs a summer Christian kids camp."

However, shooting golf balls with a rifle is just target practice from 40 yards away.

He also fires a pistol, hitting a steel plate 330 feet away.

"This is only a four and a half inch barrel, but to shoot 110 yards with it and actually hear you hit something is kind of fun," Ellermann said.

His kids are just excited to see dad in the limelight.

"Get ready for top shot," 2-year-old Gideon Ellermann said.

"They don't even comprehend how big this is, but they might when they get older and we go to people's houses to watch episodes, then I think it'll be fun," Ellermann's wife Brittany said.

"All they want to know along with everybody else, did you win, did you win? We'll have to watch and see," Ellermann said laughing.

You can watch Ellermann on season three of "Top Shot" on the History Channel Tuesdays at 9 p.m., starting August 9, 2011.

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