Today the distribution improved:
Today the distribution improved:
13th Place-Gil Simkovitch: 597- 43x
20th Place-Guy Starik: 595- 39x
33rd Place-Sergy Rikhter: 594- 34x
and this time:
Morris Fisher (May 4, 1890 – May 23, 1968) was an American sports shooter who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics and in the 1924 Summer Olympics. He won a total of five olympic gold medals. He was the author of Mastering the Pistol (1940) and Mastering the Rifle (1940).He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and died in Honolulu, Hawaii. Fisher frequently competed in shooting tournaments while on duty as a United States Marine. He retired from the Marine Corps as a Sergeant Major and in April 2009, he was inducted into the United States Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame.
–>–>Jews and the Olympic Games: sport : a springboard for minorities By Paul Yogi Mayer2. Aside from the book snippets, a web site listing prominent Jews does identify him as Jewish (go to sports, then shooting).
3. On the blog Grunt.com blog I found someone posted “I think I read he is in the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. VERY interesting Marine. “ However, I could not find him in any Jewish Sports Hall of Fame lists on the Internet…
The snippets from the books are the most persuasive, but if anyone has more proof please let me know! Perhaps someday Google will publish the entire pages…or a Jewish genealogy buff will help me out.
27th Place-Ella Sternberg: 576- 23x
38th Place-Yael Kan-Dagan: 572- 22x
56th Place-Anat Tzur: 563- 15x
I believe tomorrow is the last event, Men’s Prone, with three Israelis competing.
I don’t know how observant of the Sabbath the Israeli team members are (and possibly Jews from other countries competing?), but I’d be interested in my readers’ opinions on whether competing, or shooting in general is allowed on Shabbat. I don’t think the athletes are professionals, so technically it is not work. An air rifle uses no gunpowder, but tomorrow’s event is .22LR (gunpowder)….is causing the gunpowder inside the cartridge to fire a no-no on Shabbat?
Personally, I view precision shooting as the kind of relaxing leisure that Shabbat was intended for.
Good showing for the Israeli men today!
44th Place – Sergy Rikhter: 1156- 42x
51st Place – Gil Simkovitch: 1152- 48x
Tomorrow is Womens 3p 50m with three Israelis set to compete.
Today the Israeli women did some great shooting! Results:
20th Place – Chen Tal: 394- 29x
37th Place – Ella Sternberg: 391- 26x
42nd Place – Yael Kan-Dagan: 391- 25x
The summary coverage is not great, but it’s interesting to see all the variation in the left hand position on the rifle, and the way each of the top shooters finds their own style and position.
So I hit the range today. The results:
10 9 9 8 8 44
10 9 9 9 8 45
9 9 9 9 8 44
10 10 10 9 6 45
9 9 9 9 8 44
10 9 9 9 7 44
9 9 9 8 8 43
10 10 9 8 6 43
9 8 7 7 7 38
10 10 9 7 7 43
9 9 9 9 7 43
10 10 8 8 7 43
I can see that simply eliminating the sixes and turning them into 8.5s will get me four or five points, and turning those sevens into 8.5s will get me another ten or so. By just eliminating my bad shots, I can pick up fifteen points. When I don’t see what I like, I’ll put the pistol down and begin the sequence over, rather than force a shot.
The major thing I need to work on is rebuilding my grip, wrist, arm and shoulder endurance and strength. For now, that is all I will focus on. The reason being is that my first twenty shots showed me that I can still execute when my hold is steady and my arm feels good. By just getting a little stronger, it will improve my ability and confidence, leading to better shots.
Wish me luck and mazal tov!
As the orthodox make their way to Saturday morning prayers along Stirling Road, they walk right past the Hollywood Rifle and Pistol Club. On any given Saturday and Sunday, both Jews and Gentiles can be found on the range there, competing in NRA certified matches. The club is not a “Jewish” club, but has a large number of Jewish members. I have been to the club several times for competitions. The people at the club are truly remarkable, comprising folks from all walks of life.
Unfortunately, the membership’s average age is somewhat north of 50 years old. Young people, not just young Jews, nowadays have little interest in precision shooting sports. That doesn’t mean they don’t own guns, but if they compete, they are drawn to the “tactical” shooting sports that (supposedly) simulate combat or police scenarios. However, I did meet a few thirty-something Jews at the club, and as these things tend to go through cycles, maybe it’s just a matter of time before young American Jews find a renewed interest in precision shooting sports.
If you’re ever in Florida on vacation, send an email to the club and consider participating in their matches, which are open to the public. Their Fun Pistol match is a great time, even though it is not an NRA certified match. Many of the members linger afterward for cold beer and political debate that is just as competitive as the match!