Congratulations to all competitors in the 2019 STEEL SAFARI! The STEEL SAFARI is the longest running field-style practical long-range rifle shooting match (that we know of). This year we had the largest Steel Safari and it was the smoothest-running that we can remember.
TOP 5 – RIFLE
1. TYLER HUGHES
2. TATE STREATER
3. DORGAN TROSTEL
4. ANDY REINHARDT
5. CONNOR DOWD
TOP 3 – 223 AR-15
1. JOSH REEVES
2. STEWART OPJORDAN
3. HUGO CANTU
Succeeding at the STEEL SAFARI requires an exceptional level of commitment to the science and art of practical rifle shooting. Just showing up is a significant achievement.
Our goal is to create and run the best events. Please email us with feedback on how you think we can make our future events better.
Thanks to John Paul of JP Enterprises, the owner of the Blue Steel Ranch. BSR is a great place for training- check out the courses they have available.
THE BURRIS OPTICS TEAM CHALLENGE IS COMING UP IN JUST A FEW WEEKS; A COUPLE SLOTS ARE LEFT!
Want to be part of a Competition Dynamics event? We are currently seeking Range Officers for our 2019 events. Here’s an overview of our Range Officer (RO) Program. Besides being part of a world-class event and seeing some of the best shooters shoot the events, you can earn a free competitor slot for any of our matches — even if the regular slots are booked.
Take a look at our 2019 schedule for dates and event details, CD Events
We are currently “GOOD” on RO’s for Steel Safari. [ June 7-9, Logan, NM ]
For the BURRIS OPTICS TEAM CHALLENGE, we have slots for 6-8 general-purpose Range Officers, with some field skills, and basic stage-area monitors. [ June 27-30, Douglas, WY ]
For the SNIPER ADVENTURE CHALLENGE, we have a lot of flexibility, with slots for up to 15 general-purpose helpers / range officers. Experience any of the following areas a plus: wilderness medicine / first responder, EMT, M.D., field or tracking skills, action-style shooting Range Officer, Long-range Rifle Range Officer, 4×4 “Runner” / Rescue / Monitor, Mountaineering, Climbing, Escape and Evasion, Water safety / Lifeguard skills, Survival, and similar skillsets. [ Sept 6-8, Medicine Bow, WY ]
For the TEAM SAFARI, we have slots for 6-8 general-purpose Range Officers, with some field skills, and long-range rifle RO’s. [ Oct 18-20, Logan, NM ]
We also always have sponsor “Goodies” for Range Officers.
Please contact me at email@example.com if you’d like to volunteer!
The BURRIS OPTICS TEAM CHALLENGE is the latest incarnation of the TEAM CHALLENGE concept we tried out in 2011: to link together a series of Steel-Safari stages with significant physical movement on foot, all while the team is on the clock. Set a long but challenging maximum time for negotiation of the path and stages, but also give progressive bonuses for finishing early. We also incorporate classic, old-school action-style Multi-Gun engagements into the 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. The shooting problems are hard.
The average competitor team will be able to make hits on targets at random distance out to 1000 yards on his home known-distance (K.D.) range and will have some experience with shooting positions other than prone. They will be able to communicate with each other reasonably well. They will have some experience shooting action or “assault style” stages also. He has no problem walking 3-4 miles a day on uneven terrain at 90-100 degrees.
The winning team will be able to clean or “almost clean” most UKD, “blind” rifle courses. The team will be very efficient transitioning from movement to shooting, locating, ranging, and engaging targets, and will not waste much communication; they will know what their partner is doing and what information he needs to proceed, and already be “on it.” They will have a level of fitness such that they can move very briskly in field terrain.
The 2019 BURRIS OPTICS TEAM CHALLENGE is June 27-30th at our private ranch in Douglas, WY. We have about a dozen team slots left at this time. Register now at http://competition-dynamics.com/burris-optics-team-challenge-2019/
We are also seeking Range Officers for the BOTC. Please contact us for details.
The Steel Safari is one of the best true field/practical long-range rifle matches in the world. It’s been going on since 1998 and we’ve been running it since 2008. The Steel Safari is one of four core matches of the Competition Dynamics season, and we continue to develop new match concepts. The Steel Safari may be the longest running match of its type. The Steel Safari has helped to shape the concept of what field shooting means and helped to forge the strong tradition of practical shooting that runs deep in the Rocky Mountain shooting community.
The STEEL SAFARI is a truly INDIVIDUAL match, with no teams and no squads, and all stages are “surprise”.
An average competitor will be able to make hits on targets at random distance out to 1000 yards on his home known-distance (K.D.) range and will have some experience with shooting positions other than prone. He has no problem walking 3-4 miles a day on uneven terrain at 90-105 degrees.
The winning competitor will be able to locate steel targets scattered out in natural terrain with ease, usually without using magnified optics. The data for his rifle will be dead on at every range out to 1200 yards. He will have a lot of expertise determining the most stable and efficient shooting position to use when confronted with an awkward field shooting problem. He will have excellent efficiency of motion.
NEW 223/556 AR-15 DIVISION FOR 2019 WITH UNLIMITED ROUNDS FOR ENGAGEMENTS.
The 2019 STEEL SAFARI is June 7-9 at the BLUE STEEL RANCH in Logan, NM. We still have about a dozen slots open. Register now at http://competition-dynamics.com/steel-safari-2019/