Match Slots Update

Posted By: Zak Smith on March 25, 2015

This year, like last, Competition Dynamics is running four major matches: Steel Safari; Thunder Beast Team Challenge; Sniper Adventure Challenge; and Team Safari.

Right now the Steel Safari is full with a waiting list of about a dozen. We have slots reserved for 1 or 2 remaining Gold-level sponsors.

If you really wanted to shoot the Steel Safari but didn’t sign up early enough, please direct your attention to the Team Safari, which will be held at the same venue (Logan NM) but in late October. TEAM SAFARI WEB SITE. The Team Safari can be thought of as a Steel Safari match but for teams comprising a rifle shooter and a carbine (semi-auto) shooter. It is a hike-and-shoot format with very similar challenges and timing, but just for teams We will also have a couple stages for pistol/multigun at the Team Safari. We have plenty of slots left for the T.S.

We also have the THUNDER BEAST TEAM CHALLENGE and slots are still available. It will be held in Douglas WY on August 7-9th. This is the same venue as the Sniper Adventure Challenge, a couple of private ranches combining to about 17,000 acres. The TBTC is an extravaganza of multi-gun challenges, for pistols, carbines, and long-range rifle.

The SNIPER ADVENTURE CHALLENGE is our premier tactical adventure race, including land navigation, fieldcraft, problem solving, cryptography, etc. Slots are still available!

In addition, we still have RO slots left available for the SAC and TBTC. Volunteering to be an RO gets you a free entry into another of our matches, even if we are otherwise sold out.


Gauging Interest: Small Unit Tactics in WY July 2015

Posted By: Jeff Hamilton on March 15, 2015

Competition Dynamics is interested in bringing John Hurth, 23 year SF veteran and President of the Tyr Group LLC to the Rocky Mountain region in July to teach Small Unit Tactics: Rural Reconnaissance and Surveillance. At this point we are gauging interest in this course (limited to 10 students). If you are interested, email

What: Small Unit Tactics: Rural Reconnaissance and Surveillance 102 Course (this is a non-shooting class, it’s about tactics)
When: 22-26 July 2015
Where: 17K acre private ranch near Douglas, WY (location will be provided to registrants)
Who: This course is open to any US Citizen legally capable of owning a firearm. This course is limited to 10 students.
Cost: $645, plus $20 daily “range” fee: total is $745
Registration: [Link to follow]

Note: This is an “in the field” course so you won’t need to pay for a motel room unless you don’t want to stay in the field. There will be fresh water available at the ranch and we are about 20 minutes from town so you can resupply if needed.

Rural Reconnaissance and Surveillance 102 Course

The 5-Day Rural Reconnaissance and Surveillance 102 Course is designed to teach individuals basic patrolling and Reconnaissance and Surveillance techniques that begin at the individual level and progresses to conducting a reconnaissance and surveillance mission as a member of a team. Students who complete the course will be presented with a certificate of completion. (This class is a 50+ hour week course.)

Program of Instruction
Principles of Patrolling
Mission Planning and Preparation
Duties, Responsibilities, and Actions Within a Patrol
Hand and Arm Signals
Movement Formations
Movement Techniques
Crossing Danger Areas
Immediate Action Drills
Designation and Occupation of Rally Points
Leaders Reconnaissance
Link Up Procedures
Mission Support Site Occupation and Activities
Area Reconnaissance
Short-Range Observation and Surveillance
Long-Range Observation and Surveillance
Zone Reconnaissance
Surveillance Site
Fixed Observation and Surveillance Sites

Required Items List:

This is a basic list. Remember you will be out in a field environment for the full 5 days.
– Serviceable Uniform
– Serviceable Boots (Can be Tactical or Hiking, but must be broken in)
– Load Bearing Equipment – Individual Weapon/Rifle (If you don’t have a rifle, please let us know)
– Assault Pack with a 3 Liter Hydration System
– Binoculars or other optical device
– GPS/Lensatic Compass
– Knife
– Watch
– Flashlight with Colored Lenses
– Poncho (optional)
– 30 Feet of 550 Cord
– Pencil and Paper
– Gloves
– Camouflage Stick, Compact or Cream
– Seasonally Appropriate Hat, Outerwear and Underwear.
– Good Quality Insect Repellant With DEET (Spring, Summer and Fall)
**Enough Food and Water for the Entire Time in the Field.
**Must Be in Good Physical Condition and Able to Walk 4-12 Miles Per Day for 5 Continuous Days Over Rugged Terrain.


Seeking Range Officers for 2015 Season

Posted By: Zak Smith on February 26, 2015

Want to be part of a Competition Dynamics event? We are currently seeking Range Officers for our 201t 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.

We still need RO’s for these events:


Range Officers MAY shoot the match “for score.” The match directors will RO the RO’s through any “blind” stages to ensure that all competitors have the same surprises and challenges. RO “Shoot Through” will take place on August 5-6, directly prior to the main match. We are also accepting RO’s who do not need/want to shoot the match.


The SAC is a “Tactical Adventure Race” that involves a lot of land navigation on foot (no GPS allowed) during day and night, practical shooting problems, fieldcraft, problem solving, physical and mental challenges, and other related tasks. The dates are Sept 4-6th. Range Officers at the SAC will either run shooting stages or be a “judge” at a mental/physical/field challenge stage. This event is extremely physical. Being an RO is an opportunity to be a part of the event even if competing in it is beyond one’s ability. If you have medical expertise we have a medical team to put you on.

TEAM SAFARI: Oct 23-25, Logan, NM

The Team Safari can be thought of as a Steel Safari for teams. We need a few additional RO’s to run a couple assault-style stages.

For more information about any of these matches, please refer to the main Competition Dynamics web page

Please contact me at if you’d like to volunteer!


Run The Bolt Podcast Interview

Posted By: Zak Smith on February 15, 2015

Travis Derouin, one of our loyal Canadian competitors, interviewed Zak about CD matches and the 2015 season. Click here for the Run The Bolt Podcast


SHOT Show, Sponsors, and Steel Safari wait list movement

Posted By: Zak Smith on January 17, 2015

Hello everyone! Much of the CD crew is headed to the SHOT Show this coming week. If you’ll be there, please track us down. Ray and Zak will be mostly in the Thunder Beast Arms Corp booth (#8407), while Jeff Hamilton, Jimmy Holdsworth, and Clay will be at large.

If your company is interested in sponsoring some or all of our events, please talk to Jimmy Holdsworth or Jeff Hamilton.

Our response time to email will be slower than normal next week with the show and travel.

In addition, there has been some movement on the Steel Safari wait list. If you wanted to get into the Steel Safari, there is still a good chance– get on the wait list ASAP!

We still have slots open for the Thunder Beast Team Challenge, Sniper Adventure Challenge, and Team Safari.

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