DEREK CLARKSTON/Kodiak Daily Mirror

Erik Berggren locks into his target during a Benchrest Rimfire Rifle Competition on June 21 at the Salonie Creek Rifle Range.

On Sunday, the wet weather didn’t deter shooters from showing up for a rimfire rifle match at Salonie Creek Rifle Range. 

Nine shooters, which tied the record for most marksmen at a Sunday match, aimed at targets 50- and 100-yards away. 

“During the time most were setting out targets and making rifles snug on the bench, the rain came,” organizer Mike Kerwood wrote in an email. “The rain lowered the scores for a few marksmen, who were unable to see through wet scopes.” 

Kerwood, who has been organizing Sunday shoots for nearly two decades, and Ryan Kitka both paced the group of shooters with 400 points. Kerwood found the bulls-eye 34 times to Kitka’s 27 to claim the overall title. 

“I found myself having to wipe my front lens with the timer running down,” Kerwood wrote. 

Shooters are given 20 minutes in each round to fire 20 shots at the four circles on the target. 

 “It became even more challenging to see the center of the target at 100 yards,” Kerwood wrote. 

The next shoot is 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Entry fee for the Sunday shoots is $8, with proceeds going to the Kodiak Island Sportsman’s Association. Set up begins at 4:30 p.m.


Results (Bulls-eyes-total)

1. Mike Kerwood, 34-400; 2. Ryan Kitka, 27-400; 3. Bob White, 22-399; 4. Andy Finke, 397-22; 5. Erik Berggren, 21-396; 6. Hunter Simeonoff, 23-394; 7. John King, 15-390; 8. Velma Vining, 17-385; 9. Brandon Lorch, 1-220.  

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