Posted By: Zak Smith on June 8, 2015

Congratulations to all competitors in the 2015 STEEL SAFARI! The STEEL SAFARI is the longest running field-style practical long-range rifle shooting match (that we know of).

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. Attendance has been increasing year over year and this year was the largest match to date.


Top 3-
1. John Griswold
2. Wes Rolan
3. Curtis Winner


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 new owner of the Blue Steel Ranch.

Thanks to the staff: Jimmy Holdsworth, Casey Schrader, and Jeff Hamilton.

Also, thanks to our sponsors: US Optics, TBAC, AA Targets, Burris, Direct Action, Hornady, JP Enterprises, Magpul, Mile High Shooting, Point Blank, Lapua, Air Armor, Armageddon Gear, AttackPak, Colorado Precision Rifle, Exos Defense, Kifaru, Sierra, Surefire, The Tactical Medic, Viking Tactics, Warrior Kit, and ZEV. Special thanks to Josh from USO for the USO side-match and helping us out get people kicked out to the field stages on time.


We had a really smooth Steel Safari, with minimal back ups. I think N and W got backed up a little bit on the first stage and then mostly cleared up. I saw good and safe gun-handling. Good job everyone!

Stage SOUTH-1 was thrown out because it was discovered that some shooters were not following the standard field stage stage procedure on its second position (the orange/green dot on the IPSC target). The stage procedure at every field stage in the Steel Safari is identical so that there is no question as to what the correct procedure is. There is no room for RO’s to adapt, change, or compromise the shooting positions (or any other match rules).

To be perfectly clear, it is the position of CD staff that shooters who knowingly used a position at the IPSC plate in which they could not touch the actual spot by hand were cheating. The RO’s who permitted prone position enabled that cheating. Thus, our hand was forced and we had to throw out the entire stage.

Nobody wants stages to be thrown out: you guys get less things to shoot for score, and it’s wasted effort for us to set up something we have to throw out later.

Thanks and we’ll see you again soon!