2016 2016 TEAM SAFARI

Oct 21-23, 2016 at Logan, NM

The TEAM Steel 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.

OFFICIAL Targetry System - AA Targets
OFFICIAL CD Holster Sponsor - 303 Arms

What do these ratings mean?
   Physical Difficulty: 3 (Moderate)
   Marksmanship Complexity: 6 (Hard)

  • 3-day match
  • 2-man teams
  • 25 total stages (nominal) spread over 3 field courses
  • approx 4 additional discrete stages for pistols and carbine (0-500 yards)
  • No night stage
  • "Steel Safari" RO format: Teams will RO the team behind them on the course
  • ALL TEAMS MUST BRING A RELIABLE STOPWATCH - RECOMMEND a cheap Casio digital watch, or other digital watch, to be worn by one member
  • movement between stations during each field course will not be timed;
  • Rugged desert terrain with natural hazards
  • Locate, range, and engage targets under strict time constraints
  • Local altitude of 4000'
  • Competitors will carry all gear used during the courses of fire
  • Carbine targets: 100 to about 500 yards
  • Rifle targets: generally 150-800 yards
  • Pistol targets: 0-50 yards
  • Unknown, various, and non-standard target sizes
  • Almost all targetry will be reactive armor steel plate
  • T-shirts will be available for a reasonable price prior to the event
  • Minimum recommended round counts, 180 rifle, 120 carbine, 100 pistol per member. It is suggested to bring 2-3x more carbine and pistol due to shots permitted rounds for possible re-engagements.



See rules for full equipment specifications.



Posted By: Zak Smith on October 25, 2016

Congrats to all who finished the 2016 TEAM SAFARI. Here are the full results: 2016 TEAM SAFARI RESULTS

Thanks to all our sponsors and our RO’s for this event.

We are working on our 2017 schedule and should have it finalized in 4-6 weeks. If you have any input about matches or aspects of matches that you like, or the opposite, please let us know so we can incorporate the feedback into our 2017 planning.


Seeking a few more RO's for Team Safari

Posted By: Zak Smith on October 3, 2016

The Team Safari is coming up in a few weeks and we’re still looking for a few RO’s.

The Team Safari is a team event made up of two parts, (1) a hike-and-shoot part, and (2) four 3-gun style stages for combinations of pistol (2x), rifle, and carbine. We are seeking several additional RO’s for the 3-gun style stages.

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. Here’s an overview of our Range Officer (RO) Program.


Please contact me by email if you’re interested.

The TS is near full, so if you want to register as a competitor, please do so soon!


La Sportiva to be OFFICIAL FOOTWEAR Sponsor for 2016

Posted By: Zak Smith on February 19, 2016


We are pleased to announce that La Sportiva is the OFFICIAL FOOTWEAR Sponsor of the 2016 COMPETITION DYNAMICS season!

La Sportiva, with US operations based in Boulder, Colorado, is a global manufacturer of premier outdoor gear and is best known for their world-class mountaineering, hiking, and trail-running footwear. Their Nepal EVO boot is probably the most-recognized modern mountaineering boot in the world and you’d be hard pressed to find a Crossfit Gym around the country in which there aren’t a few people wearing their Crosslites.

Speaking personally, I have been spending my own money on La Sportiva mountaineering boots and trail-running shoes since the late 2000’s. They are simply my “go-to” footwear for active endeavors.


La Sportiva will be sponsoring our prize tables throughout the 2016 season as well as offering a very special discount package for 2016 COMPETITION DYNAMICS Range Officers.



Posted By: Zak Smith on December 9, 2015

The TEAM SAFARI is back for 2016!

This is a team version of the “Steel Safari” with a few pistol/carbine stages thrown in for fun.

Registration is open now


GPS coordinates for the parking area / front range:
UTM 13 S 645794 E / 3904352 N (Lat/Lon: 35* 16.409' N / 103*23.823' W)

Lodging is available in Logan.
Match staff will be staying at the Budget Inn Express.

The TEAM SAFARI will be held at the Blue Steel Ranch [BSR], also known as the site of the Steel Safari match. The BSR is located very near to Logan, NM. It is a private ranch turned shooting range, with some of the best geography for field shooting available anywhere.


1300-1700 Optional Sight-in/Check Zero (Front Range)
SHOOTERS MUST CHECK IN BEFORE 1700 THURSDAY. If you cannot check in during this time and attend the shooters' meeting, you must contact the match director privately for other check-in arrangements and to get an offline briefing.

0715 First teams out must be present at the Front Range.
0730-1700 Shoot scheduled courses

0715 First teams out must be present at the Front Range.
0730-1700 Shoot scheduled courses

0730-1400 Shoot scheduled courses


  1. Violation of any safety rule will result in match disqualification (DQ).
  2. USPSA Safety Rules shall be followed, with the following notable additions:
    1. In addition to the USPSA definition of an Accidental Discharge, the stage RO may call an A.D. using his own judgement. Example: if the competitor was clearly not engaging a target. If a round impacts more than 20 yards from the closest target, it is declared to be an A.D.
    2. The Match Director has the right to disqualify any competitor for Unsportsmanlike Conduct based on his judgement.
  3. The Blue Steel Ranch is a "cold range."
    1. No firearms may be loaded at the match site except under the direct command of a RO.
    2. Long-guns shall be kept unloaded in cases or on a designated rack, and carried muzzle up or muzzle down and the action open. * When hiking to or from a Stage, or while in a Transit Section during a Field Stage, the bolt may be closed on an empty chamber with no magazine in the rifle, after the RO has declared the rifle “clear”.
    3. "Sweeping" any person with a weapon's muzzle will result in immediate D.Q.
  4. All firearms must have a functioning safety, subject to verification by an RO at any time. (A pistol that has not had any factory safety devices disabled will be considered to have a safety for the purpose of this rule.)
  5. Any firearm or ammunition deemed by any RO or match staff to be "unsafe" for any reason may not be used in the match until a determination is made by the match director that it may continue
  6. Any firearm that can be demonstrated by any RO or match staff to have a hammer/striker that will fall without the trigger being pressed shall be deemed unsafe and may not be used in the match until repaired.
  7. Any rifle or carbine slung during a stage must have an empty chamber, unless directed by the stage RO. * This does not apply to use of slings during the Assault Stages
  8. No person shall consume or be under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs at the match site. Any person found to be impaired and unsafe as a result of legitimate prescription drugs may be directed to stop shooting and requested to leave the range.
  9. Eye and ear protection is mandatory.
  10. Competitors shall practice good muzzle control and firearm safety at all times. Competitors that do not handle their weapons safely will be disqualified from competing further in the match with no refund of match fees.
    1. Do not ever allow the muzzle of your weapons to point at anyone.
    2. Do not load your weapons until directed to do so by a range officer.
    3. Do not put your finger on the trigger until your sights are aligned with your target.
    4. Obey all Range Officer commands immediately.
  11. No person shall place a rifle in such a position that it points at any other person. Find a safe direction if you need to set your rifle down! If you find out there are people passing or downrange, wait until they are clear and then relocate your rifle.


  1. Each team shall be comprised of two shooters.
  2. One shooter shall be designated the "rifle shooter," and one shooter shall be designated the "carbine shooter."
  3. Targets designated as rifle targets may only be engaged by the rifle shooter, with his rifle.
  4. Targets designated as carbine targets may only be engaged by the carbine shooter, with his carbine.
  5. Each shooter shall shoot the same firearms for the entire match.
  6. For the purposes the preceding rule, the "same firearm" shall be defined by a specific combination of caliber, receiver, barrel, stock, grips, sighting device.
  7. Unless otherwire directed by the stage RO, team members will stay within arms'-reach while shooting on all stages. Unless otherwise directed by the RO, a "hit" made while team membes are not within arms'-reach will not score. Team members may be separated by more distance while on transit legs.


  1. Rifle
    1. Minimum caliber: .243/6mm
    2. Maximum caliber: 300WM
    3. Maximum muzzle velocity: 3200fps
    4. Ammunition subject to verification by chronograph at any time
  2. Carbines
    1. Must be semi-automatic.
    2. Minimum caliber: .223/5.45
    3. Maximum caliber: 300WSM
    4. Loaded cartridge OAL not to exceed 2.90"
    5. Maximum muzzle velocity: 3200fps
    6. Ammunition subject to verification by chronograph at any time
    7. MUST CONFORM TO "TACTICAL DIVISION" RULES, with the exception that bipods will be permitted. This means no more than one optical sight, etc. Silencers will be allowed under Tactical Division carbine rules. Brakes larger than 1x3" will be permitted.
  3. Pistols
    1. Minimum caliber: 9mm Luger
    2. Must be carried in a holster that will retain the pistol during vigorous activity.
    3. Cross-draw holsters and prohibited.
    4. Each team member must carry his holstered pistol on designated stages.
    5. Pistol must be in safe operating condition
    6. Pistol must not exceed USPSA's "Limited" division specifications.
  4. When selecting your rifle and carbine choices, keep in mind that the majority of targets will be reactive armor steel plates. If your load does not have enough momentum to cause a hit indication that is detectable by a spotter, your shot will be counted as a miss. For reference, .243 is known to have acceptible target indication for rifle, and .223 is known to have acceptible target indication for carbine targets.
  5. Any shooting accessories may be used provided they are carried by the team during every stage. Accessories include but are not limited to:
    1. bipods, bags, shooting sticks, slings, jackets, gloves, or other shooting support devices
    2. optics such as spotting scopes, binoculars, and range-finders
  6. Teams shall use only one carbine and only one rifle throughout the match.
  7. Ammunition and magazines may be replenished at any time.
  8. Ammunition that must be "fired" to be unloaded once chambered is declared to be unsafe and may not be used in this match. All firearms must be able to be completely unloaded without firing a round.
  9. No steel core, steel jacketed, armor piercing, incendiary or tracer bullets are permitted.
  10. In the event a weapon breaks or becomes inoperable during the match, the shooter may substitute a weapon of substantially similar configuration for subsequent stages, subject to approval by the Match Director.
  11. Teams violating Equipment Rules will be subject to scoring and/or monetary penalties. Fines will be assessed if target damage occurs due to: forbidden bullet types (AP, steel, tracer, etc); disallowed calibers; or exceeding the muzzle velocity limits.


  1. There is no penalty for misses besides the potential points not gained by missing.
  2. A failure to engage (FTE) penalty will be assessed for every target not engaged by the time the team moves past the target's shoot position. The team may not back up. The RO determines and has final say if shooter engaged a target or not.
  3. A procedural penalty will be assessed for failure to follow directions on appropriate stages.
  4. Procedural and FTE penalties will cause -5 points to be applied to the stage score per infraction on appropriate stages.
  5. The match director may apply scoring penalties up to full match disqualification for match disruptions caused by competitors or inividuals in their party, on his discretion alone.

Note: rules are subject to change up until the match date.