As described in this article:
He wears penny loafers and argyle socks from J Press. On his back he wears a striped purple button-down underneath a double-breasted jacket, both Brooks Brothers. On his face, a Cheshire smile framed by Dean Acheson’s mustache and Cardinal Richelieu’s beard. On his head, a yarmulke and heavy-duty ear protectors. In his right hand he holds a Smith & Wesson pistol.
He raises his right arm, revealing the tzit-tzit—the tassels on a Jewish prayer shawl—beneath his jacket. He places the sights directly on the line connecting his eye to the bull’s eye. There’s a bang, a flash, and smoke. The target twitches. When it stops moving, we see a small hole through the eight-point circle, two centimeters away from the bulls-eye.
Trevor Hines, DC ’10, is an Orthodox Jew, an aesthete, and a pistol ace.
He rolls the paper target back to the firing line; takes it off the clip; and looks at it closely. All 10 rounds are in the black, with a bit of a cluster just left and high of the bulls-eye. “I’ve done better,” he promises me, and starts to fiddle with the sights.
Hines had this to say about competitive target shooting:
“It is very meditative. You have things to worry about all week. But when you come here, all you have to think about here is breathing and your heart rate—holding your hands very, very still. You focus on your sight picture and forget everything else. It’s very relaxing.”
From the article, I am guessing he was shooting a S&W Model 41, a very popular pistol for Bullseye competition.
Sloane Milstein, as described in this article (another here describing her Jewish background):
Sloane Milstein is not your typical athlete with Olympic aspirations. At 29, the Northeast native would like to represent her country in the air pistol event at the 2004 summer games in Greece, the site of the first modern Olympiad. However, as the Temple University alumnae points out, she’s in no hurry to secure her place on the national team. “Whether or not I make it to 2004, I think it puts me in a great position for (qualifying in) 2008 because of the all the experience I’m gaining at this point,” she said. Milstein finished 12th in the international style air pistol event at last week’s USA Shooting National Championships in Georgia. She’s been competing actively in the event for six months. “I’m completely happy with that (finish),” Milstein said. “I’m certainly moving in the right direction to meet my goal.” A strong showing at last week’s competition would not have solidified her position on the U.S. national team. To qualify for the 2004 Games in Athens, she’ll need a successful showing in the air pistol events at the upcoming Olympic trials in September. All qualifying meets will be held at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. Combined scores from this fall’s trials, as well as the totals from next April’s trials, determine who will represent the United States in Greece next summer. Milstein scored a 350 out of a possible 400 points at the two-day event, finishing slightly lower than the 360 average she’s been scoring since beginning her Olympic quest in December. “That’s what we need to see, a steady improvement,” Milstein said. “It was more important for me to work on some training techniques than it was for me to go after the highest score I can possibly get.” Milstein discovered a knack for handling air pistols while training for the modern pentathlon, a five-sport event that has athletes participate in running, swimming, shooting, fencing and horseback riding.
The articles are old and I couldn’t find any updates about her Olympic pursuits.
I guess somehow I missed the fact that there was a Jewish competitor in the Vancouver Olympics…and a shooter!
Laura Spector made her Olympic debut in Vancouver by competing in the biathlon, a sport that combines skiing and rifle shooting. What makes the combination so difficult is the fact that the skiing portion raises the heart-rate–the enemy of precision shooting. From an article:
To date, an American has never won a medal in the biathlon, which was originally developed in Norway as a training exercise for the military. It became an Olympic sport in 1960 and was opened to women in 1992. At 22, Laura Spector is the youngest member of the U.S. team and also one of the shortest. Spector placed 77th in the 7.5km sprint on February 13, and 65th in the 15km individual on February 18. (You can read more about her experience at her blog.) She did not expect to medal in her first Olympics; she has her sights set on the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia. In addition to her athletic training, Spector studies biological sciences, genetics and Jewish studies at Dartmouth College and is on track to graduate this year.
Mazal Tov to her and we’ll be watching for 2014! I’ll add the link to her blog on my links, hopefully she’ll keep us all updated.