Blogger Richard Bogath runs the blog “Jews Don’t Shoot Guns” which describes itself as:
The realities of a Jewish shooting enthusiast having been told by other Jews that “We (Jews) don’t shoot guns”. Sharing experiences as well as reviewing and testing equipment related to shooting sports.
His recent posts describe his latest pursuit, NRA Bullseye competition. Check it out! (http://www.jewsdontshootguns.com/)
The Women of Caliber Blog describes itself as follows:
Women of Caliber is committed to empowering women physical and firearm self-defense, for women – by women. This education is in part through a proprietary shooting method which teaches accurate and competent execution, even in climatic scenarios. Women of Caliber also teaches the UT Concealed Firearm Permit Classes. Additionally, Women of Caliber is actively involved in Second Amendment rights and defending the Constitution of the United States.
The Women of Caliber Director of Training holds the most extensive NRA discipline certifications than any other female in the Western States.
Its administrator, Kellene Bishop, recently posted at length about the parallels she sees between women and Jews as historically oppressed, and the liberating effect that having the ability and will to defend yourself provides. She gives an extensive and educated description of the role firearms and other weapons played in the Jews’ ability to declare Israel’s independence. She also talks about her site’s logo and its symbolism. Her post is worth a read by clicking here.
Her post reminded me of an old post of I pic I made here…
She recalled paying a courtesy call on Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) shortly after her nomination to the court by President Obama in May 2010. Risch asked her about gun rights, and remarked she may not realize how important the issue was to some Americans, especially in his home state.
She admitted never having owned or fired a gun before. “But I told the senator if I was fortunate enough to be confirmed, I would go hunting with Justice Scalia.”
And she has, joining her conservative colleague on an excursion to a Washington-area shooting range and on several hunting trips, until now never reported. Her host at the synagogue event was surprised.
“You’re Jewish,” deadpanned Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg.
“Yeah, but it turns out, it’s kind of fun,” said Kagan, laughing.
I think her comments suggest she has an open mind about guns serving a positive role in society, which is a good start.
For those following my NRA High Power adventures, the past couple months have been boring on the surface, but big developments are hopefully brewing. My last two matches were roller coaster rides, both just barely squeaking by with Master scores. But I made a number of very significant changes (at least in my view) to my off hand and prone positions, and am starting to see the benefits of my experiments.
For standing off hand, I switched from using the magazine as a palm rest, and now hold the rifle more or less around the delta ring, with my thumb on the right side of the barrel and my fingers on the left. My left elbow rests on my rib cage instead of my hip. The position has proven much more stable. My scores don’t show it, because I’m still tweaking the exact position of my elbow and my NPA (natural point of aim) is not stable yet. However, the rifle settles very well and on the scatt I am getting much longer holds in the 10 ring. The problem in matches has been that I get a little too aggressive and pull the trigger on any halfway decent stable sight picture. I definitely have the hold now where I can reject the shot, adjust my NPA and try again. In practice I am routinely getting 95-98 on the scatt. Soon things should come together in a match.
In prone, I finally figured out how to get the rifle out of my palm and more onto the fat of my thumb, which really lets me straighten my hand out more as well. This has really improved circulation in my support hand, so that now it doesn’t fall asleep as quickly, sometimes going the whole 20 minutes with no circulation problems. My slow prone is good with this.
I’m dealing with a minor issue where my rapid prone zero moves down mid-string, I think I don’t keep a consistent cheek weld shot-to-shot and am probably not seeing the sights right. So my first shot or two will be an X, and then the shots will form a knot at the bottom of the 9-ring. Either that, or I am not getting the same cheek weld after the reload. Either way, an easy problem to fix with a little practice and trying to be conscious of it.
So I made Master this year, but its looking like a few things need to be tweaked before I’ll make High Master. I am hoping by April I’ll have done it. I have 3 other rifles waiting for me to shoot (one being the Garand!), but I just can’t bring myself to put down the AR-15 until I get that High Master card!
He lived between 1150-1217, and wrote “Sefer Hachasidim,” the Book of the Pious. According to Chabad:
“Sefer Hachasidim,” the Book of the Pious, is undoubtedly a most valuable contribution to Jewish religious literature of all times. It was not only the most popular and widely read book of Mussar (Jewish Ethics) during the Middle Ages, but it is still a highly inspiring collection of thoughts and principles of the orthodox Jewish faith.
But just as important to this blog, Rabbi Judah was an expert archer!
We are told that in his youth Judah was anything but a scholar. He preferred to wander in the fields and play with bow and arrow. He is said to have captured many prizes in marksmanship in contest with the nobility of the Rhineland.
Here a some biographical links for those interested in learning more about his teachings: