No worries about a ******* match. I enjoy an exchange of ideas, even a good argument. Again let me say your points are valid. I simply wanted to interject the idea, "It aint that tough".
How many rookies hit steel first shot at 1k? I agree, probably not many. In my class we start with verifying 100 yard zero, move to 500, 800, then 1000. This is to gain some experience, work on shooter spotter communication, and validate trajectories. By the time we're shooting at 1k (a couple hours) most shooters are ringing the gong regularly. By this time I also know who can shoot and whose rifle / ammo is accurate.
Now, the majority of the shots on BOTW are 500-800. This is a much simpler world than 1000, for most calibers. I venture to guesse for a tv show who gets to shoot is simply who has a tag! Now, misses are useless footage. So, it's safe to assume these guys do what they can to teach the guy to shoot and coach him through the shot.
I have personally coached a couple of first time hunters through thier first kills. One guy had been through my class. The other I had shot with a few times casually. I based my decisions on how far to let them shoot on a couple factors:
1. Did I personally believe they'd make the shot?
2. How solid was the set up?
3. Was the shooter rattled?
4. How did he shoot at targets?
Let's say I met someone I didn't know in the field. Say antelope hunting
. I've just killed a big buck at long range and a couple hunters approach and want to know, "How'd you do that". If I liked the guys I'd be likely to show 'em my stuff and offer to let 'em bust a few rocks aways out. If they did well, handled the rifle like a mature adult, and maybe offered to dress my goat, I'd likely offer to let 'em shoot thiers with my rifle and my help.