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Travis Kalluak, bottom left, watches through the scope as Peter Kaludjak, Sharon Illnik and Darryl Baker fire at their targets during an Arviat Gun Club competition in June of 2010. - photo courtesy of the Mikilaaq Centre

Taking aim at the 'Peg

Darrell Greer
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, June 23, 2010

ARVIAT - The Arviat Gun Club held a special qualifying competition earlier this month.

Club spokesperson Ronnie Suluk said the club holds a competition about once every two months during the winter just to keep everyone involved.

He said the club's serious competitions usually start as soon as the weather is warm enough.

"Our most recent event is one of the most official competitions we host each year because there's so much on the line," said Suluk.

"This one qualified four of our shooters to attend a competition in Winnipeg from July 8 to 11.

"They'll be shooting in the Defence Technology Inc. F Class Rifle Championship at the Charles Rifle Range."

A total of seven Arviat marksmen took part in the qualifying event with Suluk, Jose Illnik, Darryl Baker and Donnie Baker earning the right to represent the club at the Winnipeg competition.

Suluk said the gun club was a little disappointed with the turnout.

He said 15 shooters took part in the qualifying event in 2009.

"We're still working hard to grow our membership.

"We had about 20 members this past year, and we're hoping to see our numbers increase later this summer as we begin to host more competitions.

"Our range is about two or three km outside of town and, at our last event, the targets were set at 300 and 500 yards.

"The scores were close between our top three shooters, and even closer between our four, five and six finishers, with only a three-point difference between them."

Suluk said although there were only seven shooters in the competition, it was quite serious because everyone wanted a chance at the July event in Winnipeg.

He said the club held a special bingo to raise funds for the trip this past Saturday.

"We needed the bingo to raise funds for our airfare and hotel, but everything else is in place and we're looking forward to the event.

"This is the first time for this championship to be held, so it's always fun to be part of something new.

"In F Class, any rifle can be used under 8 mm and it can be fitted with any kind of scope.

"Our club has a website up and running now, and we owe a big thank you to First Air for sponsoring our July trip and helping us with our activities."

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