What’s Going on at the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex
This page is updated frequently in order to keep you in touch with all the goings-on at CSEC. It’s definitely worthwhile checking back every couple of days, as there is a lot happening at CSEC and things are changing quickly. For a quick summary of the major events coming up this year, see the new Events Page
ELR Calibration Target Installed on the LRP
February 16, 2024: The CSEC LRP now has an Extreme Long Range (ELR) Calibration target measuring 12”x48” for fine tuning the bullet’s Ballistic Coefficient (BC) to match the bullet impact. The ELR Calibration target is placed at 1150 yards where for many 6mm, 6.5mm PRS match cartridges the bullet velocity enters the Transonic zone (1.2 Mach – .8 Mach). The ELR Calibration target is also suited for many .270 Win, .308 Win, 280 Ackley, and .30-06 cartridges.
Want to use the CSEC ELR Calibration Target? Ask the LRP RSO for the ELR Calibration target handout which contains more details.
More Improvements to the LRP
February 15, 2024: A team of CSEC staff and volunteers finished installing overhead sound mitigation material in the LRP shelter. With the addition of this material, the concussive effect of gunfire, especially for rifles employing muzzle breaks, is significantly reduced.
Upcoming Ultimate Hunter Competitions
February 13, 2024: Ultimate Hunter Shooting Sports hosts its regular monthly Centerfire Rifle, Rimfire and Archery matches. This month will be adding Muzzleloader and Handgun matches.
Registration links for these five events are on the following links:
UHRF – Ultimate Hunter Rimfire Competition – February 25th
UHMC – Ultimate Hunter Muzzleloader Competition – February 18th
UHHC – Ultimate Hunter Handgun Competition – February 18th
Cameo Classic Steel Challenge Sponsored by Jerry’s Outdoor Sports
February 13, 2024: On August 24th the Action Pistol Group will be hosting the Cameo Classic Steel Challenge match. This will be a sanctioned tier 2 match incorporating all eight standard Steel Challenge stages. You can find more information at: https://actionpistolgroup.com/cameo-classic/
The 2024 Koenig-Ruger Precision Rifle Competition Coming to CSEC April 12-14
January 9, 2024: For the fourth year in a row, the Koenig-Ruger Precision Rifle Competition will be held at Cameo. This 20-stage rifle match is held over 2 days and hosts the world’s top rifle marksmen shooting from improvised field positions.
For more information, and to register for this match, see the Practiscore page.
Heligunner is Returning to Cameo April 18-21
January 9, 2024: Heligunner is coming back to Cameo! Have you ever wanted to engage targets from a moving helicopter flying in and around the canyons at CSEC? This is your chance.
For more information, and to make reservations, visit the Heligunner website.
A Girl and A Gun National Conference will be Held at CSEC April 22-28
January 9, 2024: A Girl and A Gun National Conference is again being held at Cameo. This event hosts over 700 women being taught by 150 world-class instructors.
For more information, see the A Girl and A Gun National Conference web site.
Third Rock Regional IDPA Match to be held May 23-26 at CSEC
January 9, 2024: On May 23rd through the 26th the largest IDPA match ever will be held at Cameo. The Action Pistol Group will be hosting this “Premier Event” on May 23rd thru May 26th, called “The 3rd Rock Regional IDPA Championships”. There will be two, Tier 4 IDPA matches going on simultaneously. Competitors will shoot a match on Day 1 and shoot the other match on Day 2. APG will be using 25 bays at the range. There has never been an IDPA event this large and complex attempted in the past.
For more information, see the RMR page on Practiscore.
LRP Range Improvements
January 9, 2024: The LRP access road and downrange roads have been recently graveled, graded and rolled and magnesium chloride has been applied for dust control.
As usual, it is requested that 4WD be engaged on vehicles traveling these roads to limit damage to the roads, especially in wet conditions
What’s New with Cameo Sporting Clays
December 26, 2023: Cameo staff and the Volunteer sporting clays committee have been working on changing up the North and South Clays! We now have North Clays set up as a beginner/intermediate sporting clays course. With that in mind we transitioned the South course into a 14 station super sport course. The South Super Sport will have 3 birds per station instead of the traditional 2 bird sporting clays. On the South clays you will find it to be a more challenging course for our location competitive clay shooters. We hope that these updates attract new sporting clays shooters and create a challenge for the local clay competitors.
Reminder: 5-stand is now open every Saturday from 10am-2pm.
Colorado Precision Rifle to Hold Classes at Cameo
November 18, 2023: Brian Whelan of Colorado Precision Rifle will be holding classes at CSEC on the following dates in 2024:
Click on any of the above links for more information or to register for the course.
Shooting USA Features Cameo and Ultimate Hunter
November 16, 2023: Shooting USA has featured The Ultimate Hunter Shooting Sports and CSEC on a recent broadcast. See the video below:
5-Stand Expanded Hours
November 16, 2023: As of December 2nd, the Clays Committee is expanding the 5-Stand hours:
Every Saturday from 10AM to 2PM, unless the calendar indicates 5-Stand is closed.
The Bighorns are Active
November 16, 2023: The CSEC bighorn sheep have been visible a lot lately. Vallerie Kunz shot this video the other day:
Winter Hours Are In Effect
November 16, 2023: CSEC is observing Winter Hours of Operation:
- Public Shooting Bays, Archery Bay and 3D Archery Courses: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 7 days a week.
- Sporting Clays Courses: 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM, 7 days a week.
- 5-Stand: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM every Saturday.
- LRP: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday, (unless closed for an event, please check the calendar for range availability) Call the range office at (970) 464-1339 to make a reservation at least one business day in advance. Reservations are not accepted for dates more than 1 month in advance. The LRP is also available for private reservations on non-public days.
June 14, 2023: Does your rifle shoot sub MOA? Can you shoot sub-MOA? You better, if you are going to complete the Chandler Challenge. This contest requires you to hit each of the 12″ x 12″ targets at or beyond 1,000 yards.
For more details, check out the Chandler Challenge page.
Inaugural Ultimate Hunter Archery Competition Held at CSEC
May 18, 2023: On Saturday, May 13th the first ever Ultimate Hunter Archery Competition was held at Cameo. Seventeen archers competed over 5 stages of 3 targets per stage. Cameo’s own Vallerie Kunz was the overall winner by a large margin. The final scores are posted here.
The Ultimate Hunter Archery Competition (UHAC) uses typical hunting gear to engage 3-D targets at ranges out to 50 yards. Competitors have 180 seconds to find, range and hit three targets at each stage. The targets have marked zones used in scoring the match, where the score for each stage is the sum of the scores divided by the time it took to hit all three targets. This makes speed important as well as accuracy, as it would be in a hunting scenario.
Monthly Matches at CSEC
February 16, 2024:
Nearly every month there are regularly-scheduled shooting matches held at Cameo. Matches are run by the Action Pistol Group (APG), Ultimate Hunter Shooting Sports (UHSS), Western Colorado Precision Shooters (WCPS) or A Girl and A Gun (AGAG).
- IDPA – 1st Saturday – CF Pistol/PCC – APG
- UHRC – 2nd Saturday – CF Rifle – UHSS
- UHAC – 2nd Saturday – Archery – UHSS
- UHRF – 4th Saturday – CRF Rifle – UHSS
- AGAG – 2nd Saturday – CF Pistol – AGAG
- NRA F-Class – 1st Saturday – CF Rifle – APG
- PRO 22 – 2nd Sunday – .22 Rifle – WCPS
- USPSA – 3rd Saturday – CF Pistol/PCC – APG
- Steel Challenge – 4th Saturday – CF Pistol/.22 Pistol/.22 Rifle/PCC – APG
- PRS – 4th Saturday – CF Rifle – WCPS
These matches are all open to the public, to compete, or even just to watch.
Matches usually require registration in Practiscore.
Match dates are subject to range availability if there are conflicts with major events scheduled, so be sure to check the CSEC Calendar of Events.
Weather Station Installed on the LRP
December 19, 2022: A weather station has been recently installed on the LRP to assist long range shooters by providing wind, temperature, humidity and barometric pressure data. This information is typically input to ballistic calculators to provide the holdover needed for long range and extreme long range target shooting. The new weather station, manufactured by Ambient Weather, provides an illuminated LCD display.
Due to the lack of WiFi coverage at the LRP, it is not possible at this time to access the weather station remotely. It is planned to eventually provide this ability.
Bighorn Sheep at Cameo
October 23, 2022: It’s that time of year again, and the mountain bighorn sheep at Cameo are very much in evidence. If you are interested in seeing them, stop in at the office or talk to a volunteer, and they can tell you where the sheep were last seen. These pictures were taken on October 22.
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LRP Wind Drift Estimator
May 12, 2022: Brian Young, LRP RSO, has worked up a wind drift estimator that has proven to be extremely accurate out to 2,000 yards at the LRP. You can read about it here.
Take a Look at the Future Plans for CSEC
September 16, 2021: Check out the Future Developments page.
Have a load for your rifle or pistol for which you want to know its actual velocity through your gun? CSEC is now offering a chronograph service. See the Chronograph Service page for more details.
Schedule the Use of the Long Range Precision Course on a Non-Public Day
Users wishing to use the LRP on days other than the scheduled public days may now do so. Scheduling must be done a week in advance to provide time to schedule a Range Safety Officer. Scheduling is subject to availability of range and Range Safety Officers. Call the Range Office at (970) 464-1339 to schedule.
Fired brass available for sale at CSEC office
CSEC has fired range brass in 10 pound bags available at the range office. The brass is available in a number of pistol and rifle calibers. See the Range Office page for details.