By David Higginbotham
Leftfield Entertainment, creators of Paw Stars and other edutainment type programs for The History Channel, Discovery, A&E and National Geographic, is looking for outdoors survival experts. “No Gimmicks. No Film Crews. No Games.” The goal is simple: survive with only what you can carry on your back. With that in mind, what gun(s) would you take?
“We’re currently developing an exciting new series with a major cable network that is going to ask the strongest self-reliance experts and enthusiasts in the world a very simple question – how long could you survive alone in the wild?” said Molly Tom, a casting associate with Leftfield Entertainment. “We’re looking for folks who want to prove that they have the skills, determination, willpower and mental strength to take part in the ultimate survival experience.”
I remember back in the mid-90’s, hearing about the original overseas version of Survivor. I thought it was a fascinating philosophical concept. That was before Hollywood ruined the entire concept by engineering conflict and airlifting in trunks full of Doritos for the team that could produce the best teaser-trailer material. It seemed to me to be a practical exercise in observational science, sort of a Schrödinger’s Cat type of conundrum, with a made-for-TV twist. Can they survive? That’s what I wanted to know, but they died inside the moment the games began.
I digress. This has much more potential. The survivors will go in, alone, with only what they can carry on their backs. They’ll document the journey themselves. How long can they survive? Where will they go? What will they take? The options seem endless. And, in the end, when they return (if they return?), their journeys will be packaged, edited and disseminated for the rest of us, the ones who sit around and wish we could go.
So the question is this: what gun would you take? Or is it guns? Speaking of Survivor and the 1990s, Chris McCandless, a rather tragic case of what-not-to-do, disapeared into the Alaskan wilderness with only a Remington .22LR (with which he took down a moose).
If you think you have the skills to survive, consider the casting call. If, like me, you have to wait for the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it to come to you, get cracking in the comments section below. What would you carry and why? How much ammo?