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Local ladies earn national shooting honors

 
November 4, 2021
 
Kootenai Valley Junior Rifle Club marksmen (l-r) Megg Kahanek, Paige Sartell, Ellie Rutherford and Salix Harris.

In March, the Kootenai Valley Junior Rifle Club, joined by shooters from the Sandpoint team, shot a rifle match at their home range. The scores were then sent to the NRA to rank them nationally. The results are finally in.

The shooters compete using a .22 caliber rifle with iron sights at a distance of 50 feet indoors. The metric course consists of 20 shots in each of three positions: prone, standing and kneeling. To score a ten, the shooter must take out a dot not much larger than the period at the end of this sentence.

The conventional course of fire is also in prone, standing and kneeling positions, but then they add the sitting position. To score a 10 on these targets, they must hit a circle about the size of a pencil eraser.

The KV team of Ellie Rutherford, Megg Kahanek, Salix Harris and Paige Sartell, competing in the Intermediate Junior (IJ) metric class, 17 years old and younger, placed third in the nation. In the Intermediate Junior conventional class, they would place fifth.

Individually in the IJ metric class Ellie placed 23rd and Megg 51st nationally. Shooting in the Sub Junior (14 and younger) class, Salix placed 23rd, Paige 27th and teammate Seth Sanborn was 32nd.

Individually in the IJ conventional class Ellie placed 24th, Megg 39th nationally. In the SJ class Salix placed 17th, Paige 24th and Seth 39th.

The team has already begun meeting for the new season and great improvement is being made. If you are interested in learning more about the sport of competitive smallbore shooting, please stop by the range at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.

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