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August 5th, 2008

Video Highlights from 2008 'Steel Safari'

Zak Smith, an experienced practical/tactical shooter and 3-gun competitor, has prepared a video of the 2008 Steel Safari. This match is a unique test of practical shooting skills, conducted in “wild” field environments. Competitors must range and make shots at unknown distances, and sometimes at extreme angles. As you have to cover significant distances carrying rifle and gear, the match can also be a physical challenge. This is certainly no Benchrest match!

2008 Steel Safari

The Steel Safari demands a variety of practical rifle skills, including target recognition, range estimation, wind doping, trail skills, and marksmanship. Competitors must navigate through rugged terrain, then locate and range targets, and make first-round hits in often difficult field conditions. To learn more about the Steel Safari, visit Zak’s website,, and read his MATCH REPORT.

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Steel Safari Bloopers (Rifle Reliability) Video
If you enjoyed the match highlights video, you’ll also enjoy Zak’s “Bloopers” video. In this compilation from the Steel Safari, you’ll see a variety of firearm malfunctions in the field. Thankfully, none of the problems caused injury, but in this video you’ll see bolt actions that refused to feed or eject, or simply wouldn’t go bang. If you think bolt action rifles are fool-proof, this “bloopers reel” may change your opinion. Watch the video and you’ll see that even $4,000+ rifles sometimes give their owners fits.

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August 5th, 2008

IBS 100/200 Benchrest National Championships, August 11-16

America’s top short-range Benchrest shooters will vie for honors next week at the 2008 IBS National Championship. The 100/200 yard competition will be held August 11-16 at the Kelbly’s Rifle Range in North Lawrence, Ohio. The Kelbly’s range is one of the best facilities of its kind, with over 60 covered benches, along with shaded loading areas. There are camping spaces available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fees for the match are $54 for 1 gun, $108 for 2 gun, $160 for 3 gun, and $212 for 4 gun (there is also a $10 late fee imposed after 7/11/2008). Matches will be conducted as follows:

August 11 – Heavy Bench, Five 10-shot record matches, 100 yards
August 12 – Heavy Bench, Five 10-shot record matches, 200 yards
August 13 – Sporter and Light Varmint, Five 5-shot record matches, 100 yards
August 14 – Heavy Varmint, Five 5-shot record matches, 100 yards
August 15 – Light Varmint & Sporter, Five 5-shot record matches, 200 yards
August 16 – Heavy Varmint, Five 5-shot record matches, 200 yards

Photo of Kelbly’s Range by Turk Takano, used by permission.

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