National SWAT Competition

PrairieFire National SWAT Competition​

PrairieFire is excited to announce the inaugural running of its National SWAT Competition. This is a unique opportunity for the best SWAT teams from across the country to gather, compete, and learn from one another to enhance their skills and to strengthen the bonds within the tactical law enforcement community.  Teams will compete in an intense series of “Brilliance in the Basics” events focused on high-accountability pistol and rifle marksmanship, and physically demanding tests of the mission-relevant skills that SWAT operators rely on during real-world operations. 

Up to 50 teams will have the chance to compete for a total of $200,000 in cash and prizes. 

In celebration of this being the inaugural event in what will become an annual competition, registration fees will be waived this year.

Overview

The PrairieFire National SWAT Competition will take place from 9 to 12 October 2024. 

Starting off with a Vendor Showcase on 9 October that will continue through the duration of the event, competitors will be able to interact and network with key tactical industry sponsors as they exhibit and demonstrate products that enable and support the SWAT mission.  Highly recognized instructors will also be delivering impactful training seminars to increase each team’s knowledge base and prepare them for the challenges of the competition. 

The actual competition will then take place from 10 to 12 October and feature a mix of 12 individual and team stages on the first two days, followed by a Super Team Final for the top 10 teams on the third day.

For the remaining teams that do not qualify for the Final, there will be additional training seminars available for them to attend and five side competition shooting stages in which individual competitors will have the opportunity to win up to $5,000 in cash and prizes.

The entire event will culminate in an awards ceremony and dinner at the Silverton Lodge Hotel in Las Vegas.

Prizes

Participants will compete for over $200,000 in cash and prizes.

1st Place Team:  $75,000

2nd Place Team:  $50,000

3rd Place Team:  $25,000

5 Individual Side Stages:  $5,000 each

Generous Sponsor-Supported Prize Table for Remaining Teams

Team Composition and Equipment Details

Each five-person team will be comprised of four primary competitors and one alternate.  The alternate will not participate in the competition unless and until one of the primary team members is unable to continue due to injury and withdraws.

All team members must be full-time sworn personnel from the tactical operations team (i.e. SWAT, SRT, SORT, etc.) of the law enforcement agency where they are employed.  Each team will have their credentials verified as part of the registration process and before they participate in the competition.

Law enforcement agencies can register up to two teams to compete.   

There will be no sniper-observer element needed for this year’s competition.

Each team member must bring the following minimum equipment:

  • Issued uniform
  • Duty belt with holster (Level 2 retention or more – i.e. Safariland ALS) and a dump pouch
  • Issued duty rifle (5.56mm only) with four magazines (or more) and pouches
  • Issued duty pistol (9mm or greater) with three magazines (or more) and pouches
  • Issued ballistic helmet
  • Issued body armor vest or plate carrier, with front and back ballistic hard plates inserted (Level III rifle-rated or greater)
  • Issued gas mask and pouch
  • Issued individual first aid/trauma kit with tourniquet
  • Hydration system (vest mounted or in small pack)

Teams will need to provide their own ammunition for the competition; minimum quantities will be announced in June 2024.  No armor-piercing/steel core insert rifle rounds (i.e. M855 green tip) will be allowed.

Address:
PrairieFire
1 PrairieFire Road
Pahrump, NV 89061

Registration

Registration fees are waived this year in celebration of this being the inaugural competition.

Need a place to rest and recharge?

PrairieFire has negotiated a group room rate at the Silverton Casino for the event.

Non-Profit

All Proceeds Donated to Fallen Blue

Sponsors

Chief Sponsors

Competition Target Sponsors

Commander Sponsors

Team Lead Sponsors

Operator Sponsors

About PrairieFire

Drawing from over 200 years of esteemed special operations and world-class competitive shooting, PrairieFire harnesses the potential of teamwork, embraces camaraderie, elevates leadership, and builds ultimate trust, creating The Best Day of Shooting of Your Life.

Nestled within our majestic 550-acre campus are special-operations inspired challenges, setting us apart as a premier destination for shooting enthusiasts worldwide.  

Discover the unparalleled expertise behind PrairieFire’s leadership team. Comprised of esteemed individuals ranging from leaders of special operations formations to an Olympic athlete and three-time world champion shooter, our team is dedicated to enriching the shooting community. Our WHY is simple—Love of America. We are unabashedly passionate about nurturing the American spirit through lighting the flame of hope in each of us. At PrairieFire, our Special Operations-Inspired Challenges unfold through our TRIAD: Fundamentals Matter, Gunslinger Challenges and Beyond the Gun. We believe in giving back by sharing invaluable skills, lessons learned, and a deep passion for continual growth.

Book Now
PrairieFire
SONNY LEGGETT
Chief Communications Officer

Sonny Leggett, Colonel (Retired) U.S. Army, joined the PrairieFire Nevada team in June 2023 as the Chief Communications Officer. In his position, Leggett continues to exemplify his commitment to excellence and service. His leadership is marked by a profound understanding of communication dynamics and a strategic vision aimed at fostering meaningful connections with stakeholders and driving organizational success. As Chief Communications, Sonny remains dedicated to spearheading innovative strategies that elevate PrairieFire Nevada’s brand presence and amplify its impact in the marketplace. 

Before his tenure at PrairieFire Nevada, Leggett served as the Vice President for Communications and Marketing at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Prior to The Citadel, Sonny was the director of strategic communications for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and the NATO Resolute Support Mission, Afghanistan from 2019 to 2021. Sonny synchronized all communications across the theater while serving as principal advisor to the Resolute Support Commander. He also served as theater spokesperson engaging 1.9 million people daily across the social media platforms in support of campaign objectives. 

Before his deployment to Afghanistan, Sonny served as director of strategic communications for the National Security Council for five years. In that role he provided direct counsel to the President of the United States on efforts to counter terrorist and state-actor communications. Sonny also led the White House engagements with Silicon Valley enterprises, informing tech companies on how their platforms were being exploited by terrorists, including ISIS. 

From 2009 to 2014, Sonny was the principal public affairs advisor to the Commander of Joint Special Operations Command. There he developed comprehensive, inter-agency strategic communications plans in support of military operations producing global interest and directly impacting U.S. Foreign Policy. 

PrairieFire
Christian Storck-Petersen
SVP of Facilities and Construction

Home Town: Hyde Park, New York

Skills – 30 years in the building and mechanical maintenance field. I hold a Contractors License, Master Plumbing License & Master Tech 3 Refrigeration and HVAC License. I have constructed projects from 3 million to 4.3 billion, ranging from hotels & casinos, amusement park rides, hospitals and manufacturing plants. Spent 80% of my career in hospitality with hotels and resorts. New York City Police Officer, 46th precinct, Bronx New York.

My professional goal is to work with and grow a world class organization that hold guests and employees at top priority with an emphasis and fiscal responsibility to its stock -holders.

I worked for the greatest city under Mayor Juliani helping the residents of the Bronx Borough have a better life. Most rewarding job ever held.

Former competitive bodybuilder and won NPC Mr. Connecticut in 1998.