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.
Posted By: Zak Smith on June 5, 2018
I’ve been the Match Director of 35 major matches over ten years. Over that interval we’ve never had a cheater at one of our matches. Pushing the rules or stage briefings is one thing; falsifying score sheets is another. We caught and stopped a brazen and in my opinion pathetic attempt at cheating at the Steel Safari this year.
I’ve met most of my best friends of adulthood from the practical shooting community. Virtually all of my business partners got introduced at 3-Gun or Long-range shooting matches. The caliber of individual is excellent. If your rifle “goes down” at a match, someone is likely to offer to lend you his $8000+ rifle so you can finish out the day’s shooting. People are honest, straightforward, and honorable.
The essence of practical long-range shooting is one of competition against one’s self and the laws of nature, at the base of it. To cheat in order to gain false fame, or to defraud the system by getting prizes you don’t deserve, is dishonorable and ultimately pointless. Furthermore, it’s unfair to EVERY shooter at the match. It undermines the entire activity. It damages the match, and it damages matches as an activity.
As Match Director, I apologize to every shooter, but especially the new long-range competitors and new Steel Safari competitors, for having an incident that worked to undermine the integrity of the contest and tainted the trust we have in our fellow competitors.
Cheaters are not welcome at CD events.
The shooting community should eject and ostracize known cheaters.
I have a full 8-page post ready to go that contains the evidence of cheating. At this point I don’t see the need to post it and I hope I do not have to.
To clear up a few things: Match staff discovered the cheating and we confronted the competitor with the proof. He did not come to us to confess. His apology before the awards meeting was due to a deal I made with him in which he could keep his proper legitimate score and not get an immediate DQ only if he publicly admitted to cheating and apologized.
I bet you didn’t know CD had a CSI lab and Investigations Division. Don’t cheat. We’ll find out and you’ll be booted from the shooting community.
Posted By: Zak Smith on June 4, 2018
Congratulations to all competitors in the 2018 STEEL SAFARI! The STEEL SAFARI is the longest running field-style practical long-range rifle shooting match (that we know of).
1. TATE STREETER
2. CURTIS WINNER
3. ANDY REINHARDT
4. AUSTIN ANGUS
5. WES ROLAN
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.
Thanks to the staff: Jimmy Holdsworth, Casey Schrader, Stan Sanchez, Stewart Opjorden (Traust Shooting Bags). Also thanks to Dino and Aaron who stepped up to help when they didn’t have to.
Also, thanks to our sponsors: Mile High Shooting, AA Targets, Burris, Machinegun Tours, TBAC, JP Enterprises, Proof, US Optics, Huber Concepts, Magpul, XS Sights, Grayboe, Kifaru, Lapua, Sierra, Traust.
Those of you at the awards meeting are aware that there was an incidence of cheating at SS this year. I will write up a separate post with details about it, but for now just be aware that the person’s final score was corrected using independent evidence before being finalized and what was posted only reflected true hits.
Posted By: Zak Smith on May 27, 2018
We have a very limited number of shooter slots available for the Steel Safari, which starts next week. If you want to take one of these slots, please sign up on the web site ASAP and then bring cash or a check to match check-in. STEEL SAFARI LINK
The round count for the match will not exceed 170 rounds; it will nominally be 156. (These are the minimum for prescribed rounds; if we have any unlimited round stages those would be open ended for round count.)
Here is a map to the location of the Steel Safari, MAP TO STEEL SAFARI
Please note that MANDATORY check-in is from 1300-1700 THURSDAY. The front range will be open at this time for zero-check / sight-in, and possibly some sponsor demos. The Shooters’ Meeting will commence right at 1700.
Staff will be on-site (or traveling) starting Monday morning, with limited communications. The best way to get a hold of us is to send an email or send a voicemail; we will get back to you in the evening when we are back out of the field.