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.
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Posted By: Zak Smith on June 5, 2017
Congratulations to all competitors in the 2017 STEEL SAFARI! The STEEL SAFARI is the longest running field-style practical long-range rifle shooting match (that we know of). 2017 also marks the tenth year we’ve run this match since Dave Wheeler gave the reigns over to us.
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.
2017 STEEL SAFARI RESULTS PDF
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, Stan Sanchez, Rollie Leighton, Scott Trowbridge, and Scot Hill (Hill People Gear).
Also, thanks to our sponsors: AA Targets, Burris Optics, Falkor Defense, Machinegun Tours, Mile High Shooting Accessories, TBAC, Bison Tactical, JP Enterprises, Swagger, US Optics, LA Sportiva, Nightforce, Proof Research, XS Sights, ZEV Technologies, 303 Arms, AttackPAK, Kifaru, Lapua, Nosler, Sierra, Tactical Brass Recovery, The Tactical Medic, Hill People Gear.
Posted By: Zak Smith on May 25, 2017
The Steel Safari is upon us! Here are final notes to competitors:
All competitors to bring the following items:
1. A reliable stopwatch. Link to cheap Casio stopwatch
2. A few permanent ink pens. Ultra-fine sharpies are recommended. Link to Ultra-fine sharpies
3. Binoculars for acting as RO.
Round count will be no more than 170 in the match.
Any competitors who are registered but have not had their entry acknowledged as “PAID” by 5/26/2017 need to bring payment to match check-in in the form of cash or a check.
Staff will be heading down Tuesday for final setup. Thus, we will have limited communication between now and match check-in on site. The best way to get a hold of the match director will be email or to leave a voicemail. We will check messages in the evening.
This year will be the biggest Steel Safari ever! Each year we’ve been letting in a few more competitors and the timing has more or less stayed on track. What this means, though, is that it’s even more critical to not waste time while on the course– that means no idle chit-chat before or after shooting a stage.
The front range will be open to competitors for zero check / sight-in Thursday from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM. Mandatory check-in/sign-in will be held during this time. All competitors must be checked-in by 5:00 PM. We will have a tech inspection during check-in. At 5:00 PM, there will be a mandatory shooters’ meeting at the front range.
For directions, please refer to this map, Map to BSR.
Park only in the new parking lot located to the west of the main front range shooting area.
The range will be closed the week of the match, until 1:00 PM Thursday.