Online registration for 2023 CD events is open NOW (mostly).
To follow up on what was announced at the Safari Special last year, the best chance we have to keep operating at Blue Steel Ranch is to fill the Steel Safari and Team Safari to capacity– so please register and attend if you like shooting at Blue Steel.
We did remove the Safari Special for 2023 because attendance was light and it’s too close to Christmas and SHOT Show.
2023 EVENT DATES
STEEL SAFARI June 2-4, Logan, NM
BURRIS OPTICS TEAM CHALLENGE June 22-25, Douglas, WY
SAVAGE BACKCOUNTRY XTREME HUNTER August 3-6, Douglas, WY
TEAM SAFARI Oct 13-15, Logan, NM
SNIPER ADVENTURE CHALLENGE – TBD – TBD – MATCH PAGE WILL BE PUT UP AS SOON AS THIS IS FINALIZED.
STEEL SAFARI: The Original Hike And Shoot Match. The Steel Safari is the archetypal “hike-and-shoot” long-range rifle match. It tests a wide spectrum of skills involved in getting to a shooting location, identifying targets, and engaging long-range rifle targets with only one shot each. Some of these skills include target recognition, ranging, wind doping, ballistic data management, marksmanship under field conditions, non-standard shooting positions, rudimentary trail skills.
BURRIS OPTICS TEAM CHALLENGE: A hard team match! This match is an extreme test of practical field shooting of rifles, carbines, and pistols, and supporting activities. Two-man teams will be required to navigate rugged desert / mountainous terrain, recognize, locate, range, and engage challenging rifle targets from compromised shooting positions, communicate with their partner and the range officer (RO), and do it under time constraints.
SNIPER ADVENTURE CHALLENGE: The Premier Tactical Adventure Race. You and your partner will undergo tests involving: land navigation; practical shooting with long-range rifle, carbine, and pistols; fieldcraft; problem solving; and other related tasks. Two-man teams will be required to navigate 30-60+ miles on foot to complete the course. Along the way, there will be a series of tasks to accomplish to gain additional points. These tasks may include: shooting problems with long-range rifle, carbine, and pistols; problem-solving; physical challenges; fieldcraft; communication; target recognition; memory; and other tasks. We are moving this match to AZ and are finalizing the details. We are looking at scheduling it for OCT or NOV to help with the heat and reduce conflicts with other matches.
SAVAGE BACKCOUNTRY XTREME HUNTER. A CAMP-BASED HUNTING CHALLENGE. NRL HUNTER and COMPETITION DYNAMICS have teamed up to bring you a multi-day backcountry hunting adventure! This match is a test of a two-man team’s ability to complete hunting-related challenges while based at a “spike camp” for three nights. A majority of the challenges will take the form of NRL-Hunter shooting stages. For these, both team members will be using rifles that fall into the same NRL-Hunter equipment division (Light, Heavy, or Factory). There will be other hunting-related shooting challenges using guns provided by the match. There will be hunting/field craft challenges, to specifically include coordinate-based and distance/bearing-based land navigation. We are moving this to DOUGLAS WY so we can have a legitimate backcountry experience.
TEAM SAFARI: This is a team “hike-and-shoot” rifle match for long-range rifle, semi-auto “carbine,” and pistols. It will test a 2-man team’s ability to locate, range, and engage practical targetry spread in the terrain using both weapons systems. Some of the skills involved include target recognition, ranging, wind doping, ballistic data management, marksmanship under field conditions, non-standard shooting positions, rudimentary trail skills. You can think of the Team Safari as a Team version of the Steel Safari. This match is much easier physically than the TBTC and is more on-par with the Steel Safari.
Please go to the CD web site for match info and registration http://competition-dynamics.com/
We are also looking for RANGE OFFICER volunteers for all of these matches. Please see our Here’s an overview of our Range Officer (RO) Program and then contact email@example.com if you’d like to volunteer
We are working to get all the dates nailed down and finalized for 2023. By the end of the first week of January, we’ll have the Steel Safari, BOTC, and Team Safari officially announced and open for registration. Expect those dates to be the same as 2022, IE the same week of the same month.
We are still negotiating a new venue for the SAC so the SAC dates and location are not yet finalized. I expect this to be announced in early Feb.
Thanks and see you at SHOT Show!
Thanks to everyone who came and shot the 2022 “Codgers and Misfits” SAFARI SPECIAL.
Here are the FULL PDF RESULTS
1. STEVE COHEN
2. SCOTT HAWKINS (also HIGH SUPER SENIOR)
3. DAVID STROUD
1. ANDREW WELLS
1. ZACH POE
2. CONNOR DOWD
3. BARON WHEELR
1. BRIAN WHALEN
2. BRET FILES
3. MICHAEL ALFIERI
WEIRD AR CALIBERS
1. GABRIEL NAJAR
1. CARY OSTRANDER
1. COLTON LOUREY
2. CONNOR DOWD
3. NICK MERZ
If you were supposed to get a trophy that was missing, please email me directly with your address and I’ll get them re-made and shipped out. I think that’s the top 3 in 223CAR and top 1 in WEIRD AR. Sorry about that!
The 2023 schedule will be the same as 2022 for STEEL SAFARI and TEAM SAFARI. Jimmy and I are up in the air if we will repeat the SAFARI SPECIAL because attendance was down a bit this year and it’s during a very busy time of the year; however, we do have a lot of fun with it.
We should have the 2023 schedule posted for all matches by the first week in JAN. Like I said, the dates will be the same, adjusted +/- 1 day for the year to year dates/week change. In other words, “Matches same weeks.”
The only exception is that the announcement for 2023 SAC might be delayed because we are moving venue and need to finalize some stuff before we announce.
As I announced at the awards meeting, we learned that DAVE WHEELER passed away last week. We do not have any additional information at this time. When we have any information about services, I will post it here to the list.
Dave and his wife Lorraine retired from LAPD and moved to Logan for their “first retirement”, and Dave established the Blue Steel Ranch as his shooting venue in the mid-late 1990’s. Dave was active in SOF, SWPL, the Second Chance matches, and other shooting during the 80’s and 90’s. The BSR was his own private shooting wonderland. He set up the field courses and held the first Steel Safari in 1998. Although the idea of the Keneyathlon predated the Steel Safari, the Keneyathlon fizzled out, while the Steel Safari is the longest running field-style LR match that I am aware of (25 years!!!). The Steel Safari was an “underground” match, in that you had to know someone who knew Dave to shoot it, in those first years. After the 2007 match, Dave announced that it was the “last Steel Safari” because it was too much for for one man to set up the match (true!). At that point, he handed the match over to us. In any case, Dave was a great guy and truly one of the old-school shooters and gunfighters. Rest in Peace, Dave.
If you want to shoot the SAFARI SPECIAL, please sign up ASAP.
2022 SAFARI SPECIAL
December 9-11, 2022 at Logan, NM
THE “CODGERS AND MISFITS” MATCH
The STEEL SAFARI has evolved into an extremely competitive match. We have had a lot of feedback from shooters over 50, whose eyes have changed for the worse, that they simply cannot locate or see the targets. For everyone else, we all have guns that we might like to try competitively, but they simply wouldn’t be competitive against STEEL SAFARI Open-Division Rifles. Thus, we came up with this match at the request of JP Enterprises and others.