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Jewish Marksman’s First Reflex Sight Experience

As readers will recall, I blogged about my first range session with the Glock 17 pistol a few weeks ago, and I found that several things on the gun needed improvement, like the trigger and the sights.  I am not really much of a combat or self-defense shooter with pistols, in the sense that I don’t really train much for those kinds of scenarios and am more interested in long distance target shooting.  Granted, that kind of training is definitely helpful and makes shooting closer targets like taking candy from a baby.  But there is a lot more that goes into defensive shooting than just being fast and accurate (well maybe that is 80% of the battle), so don’t read too much into what I am writing here as advice in that area.  I am just exploring what I think would work for me as a home defense gun and range toy, not a hard-core defensive or carry gun.  In fact, a .357 revolver is still our family’s go-to pistol for home defense until I become convinced that I can trust the Glock 110%.

First about the trigger…

Since that last post, I did some modifications to the pistol’s trigger.  I polished some parts pursuant to what is known as the $0.25 Glock trigger job, which you can find on youtube.  I also replaced the connector with a 3.5lb. connector.  The result?  Well, the trigger is definitely “better”.  It breaks a little bit crisper and some of the mushy-ness is gone.  It is not a target trigger, and I doubt it ever can be.  There is still some feel (which is also audible) of something rubbing plastic, either the trigger itself rubbing it’s housing in the frame, or the transfer bar along the the inside of the frame.  I am guessing it may be possible to smooth this out or eliminate it, but at this point I’m satisfied with the Glock’s trigger.  It was definitely fun to completely strip the pistol and learn about how every part functions.

Replacing the factory sights…

I also replaced the sights and replaced them with Trijicon HD night sights, opting for the set with the orange ring around the front sight.  Putting these sights on made me realize how bad the factory sights really are.  The Trijicon sights have tiny capsules of tritium inside that glow in the dark.  I also really like how wide the rear sight is relative to the front sight, which makes it much easier to center the front sight, and the sights are also a bit taller than the factory sight.  I replaced the sight myself using a sight pusher I purchased for the task.

Shooting with the new iron sights…

So right off the bat, at 50 feet I put five rounds right through the 2″ x-ring on the Bullseye targets I use, so happily I did not have to adjust the rear sight for windage.  Did the trigger job tighten my groups as well?  Hard to say, but definitely I felt like I was getting shots off a little bit easier with the lighter trigger.

On to the reflex sight…

The next phase was to install a red dot reflex sight.  What is a reflex sight?  It is sort of a heads-up-display, where basically a dot is projected by an l.e.d. onto a clear screen that the shooter looks through.  It is not a laser sight, in that nothing is projected onto the target and only the shooter can see the dot on the screen.  There are many products out there that are a variation on this approach, including traditional scopes (magnifying or not) where the shooter sees an illuminated dot instead of cross hairs.

This kind of sight is uncharted territory for me.  My entire shooting career has been with iron sights of various styles, but never with a scope or red dot.  But my eyesight has been ever-so-slightly declining, so I’ve been wanting to experiment with electronic red dots.  Also because this handgun is destined for self-defense, I wanted to experiment with the latest trend in defensive handgun configuration.  So after some research, I decided upon the Sightmark Sure Shot, which is a cheap entry level reflex sight.  I figured I’d give an entry-level model a try and see how I feel about red-dots.  Also, my wife can give it a try and see what she thinks.  High end reflex sights like those from Trijicon run several hundred dollars, so I decided to test the concept first.  In order to mount the sight, I used a hard plastic sight mount that is manufactured in Israel.  The cool thing about the mount is that it leaves plenty of room above the iron sights so you can use them if needed.

The sight offers several sight pictures, I chose the picture that has big circle with a dot in the middle, with cross-hairs on the edges of the big circle.  I shot with both eyes open.  The target above shows that after guestimating the zero using the iron sights, the first shot was low.  I made some adjustments to the reflex sight, and then proceeding to shoot-out the x-ring with the about 15 rounds, with a little drift to the right:

I found it to be a very different experience to use a reflex sight.  First of all, it is different because with iron sights, to shoot with precision you focus on the front sight and the target is blurry.  With reflex sight you just look at at the target.  I found that with both eyes open I would sometimes get a double image, but I could still see the target and dot fine.  I also find that sometimes my eyes would tend to focus on the dot, instead of the target, or jump back and forth. The best result was when I just totally relaxed my focus, looked at the target and just shot.  Rapid-fire shooting was maybe a little faster as well, because I could see the dot falling back onto the target after recoil and could begin my trigger pull for the next shot a bit faster.

Longer range shooting was a little different.  At 75 feet I found it a little harder to just look at the target, and kept finding my eyes focusing on the dot.  At 50 yards I had mixed results.  Sometimes I would hit the 8″ steel plate 4 out of 5 times, sometimes 1 or sometimes 3 out of 5.  Perhaps I need to zero the sight a little better for better accuracy at longer range.  When I have time I’ll shoot at a paper target at 50 yards and see if I can get a good zero.  Also complicating matters is that I have not ascertained how accurate the gun itself really is at 50 yards.  Don’t get me wrong, I could see hits in the berm just barely missing steel, so you are still getting minute-of-bad-guy at 50 yards, I just don’t know about head shots.

I would say that with a little more practice, I could see myself becoming a red-dot convert, especially on a home-defense gun.  I definitely understand how these optics are the future, once the more durable models become more affordable.  Especially as eyes age, reflex sights are an alternative to custom shooting glasses.  More importantly, with a reflex sight your eyes are focused on the target, giving you better situational awareness, and better ability to pick a precise aiming spot on the target.  Unlike a laser sight, nothing gives away your position and the reflex sight can work in all lighting situations (and will not disappear on a bad guy wearing red clothes).

An interesting question is whether I would introduce a new, first-time shooter to shooting with a red dot or shooting with iron sights.  Certainly shooting with iron-sights is harder, and more “sporting.”  But shooting with a red-dot is probably going to be easier for beginners, and a way to quickly build confidence and accuracy.  There is also the “cool factor” that will draw interest in the sport.  I have to say that at the end of the day, I would probably have a new shooter learn with a red dot.  Especially for older shooters or anyone with “bad eyes”, a red dot is a great way to get into recreational shooting.

Jewish Marksman’s Suggested 2013 Listening

I am a big fan of podcasts and internet-based radio.  I can download audio to my smartphone or listen live online, and then via bluetooth use my car speakers or a headset.  I listen while I drive and jog, but also while I practice shooting and at the reloading press.  Unfortunately, the tools I use to access the podcasts and audio are a bit hodgepodge.  I use Google Listen, which integrates with Google Reader (a great web and phone-based RSS reader), also and now  Here are a few of the things I listen to:


There are a few sample .mp3 files on the site, but you have to pay.  The great thing is though, you can pay once and they make it easy to download all of the past .mp3 lessons.  So I paid for 90 days or something like that, and downloaded all the past lessons, which should keep me busy for a year or so.  I think this podcast is the right way to learn a foreign language, which is to listen to conversations, repeat them, repeat them, repeat them, repeat them, repeat them…  This is how children learn.  Learning a language is not an intellectual exercise…like shooting skill it is a habit mastered by rote.  Last year’s new year’s resolution to become fluent in Hebrew failed…hopefully this year these podcasts will help me get there!

2. Dennis Miller via

I really like the former Saturday Night Live and NFL commentator’s daily radio show.  His style is not for everyone, but give him a try, he might be an acquired taste.  I use the app on my phone, but also on a TV where I practice shooting dry fire via the tunein channel on a box.

3. Black Man with a Gun – Urban Shooter Podcast

This podcast is by Rev. Ken Blanchard, a Baptist pastor.  Rev. Blanchard is a scholar, a gentleman, a tzadik and a mensch.  Trust me when I say that if you tune in for a few episodes of his podcast, it will not be what you expect.  Here is how he describes it:

It is here that I passionately, positively and persistently produce this podcast to encourage, educate and enlighten people around the world that want it.

I sing, I joke, I interview interesting people I have met or hear of that are not afraid of coming on a show where they might find a new friend.

The podcast is not just about guns its about the people behind the guns. It’s the unsung heroes of our communities. It’s the women, mothers and sexy grandmothers that choose to arm themselves. It’s those that hunt and compete too, (the women) that folks like to ignore or pimp only on special occasions.

This show is about all nationalities, ethnicities, white, black, brown, yellow and every combination in between that shoot, own guns and fight to do so because of misinformation and racism. It’s for the urbanite and rural shooter. It’s for America.

I would tune in even if he never talked about guns, it’s that good.  There are several ways to hear the podcast, lately I have been using on my phone, I have mixed feelings about that app as I used to use Google Listen which was easier to deal with.  I think there is a way to use tunein to get it as well.


I am part of the “conservative” sect of American Jews, so I do not belong to a Chabad schul, but every time I have been to one I have felt welcome, despite the fact I am far less observant or versed in the siddur (prayers) or kashrut (kosher laws) than more observant, orthodox Jews.  I don’t take the label of me as “not yet frum” as an insult at all.  To be blunt, anybody who tells you Chabad is a cult has no clue what they are talking about, and are probably just insecure in their own beliefs.  So don’t be afraid, give their web site a try.

Well in any case, Chabad has excellent Torah study podcasts for every level of Torah knowledge and every learning style.  Want to take a textual approach?  They have a podcast for that.  More into the emotional and spiritual?  They have a podcast for that.  Only have 2 minutes a week?  They have a podcast for that.

The web site is a little difficult to navigate sometimes, but you can find the weekly Torah portion podcasts here:

I like the weekly lectures by Elimelech Silberberg, because he gives a run down of the text (helpful for those many, many weeks I fail to read it) and then transitions to the practical and spiritual applications.  I also like Moishe New, who gives a spiritual, kabbalistic lecture on the week’s portion.

5.  BBC World News

Although I do watch the CBS nightly news (in my opinion it is one of the more fair and balanced mass media outlets out there), I also like the BBC world news podcasts and streaming through  The BBC is not always fair to Israel, but overall I don’t think there is a better news outlet out there for what is happening around the world.

So with that, have a Happy New Year and keep ‘em in the 10 ring!

Jewish Marksman’s Glock 19 Review

I recently wrote about my experience with a new Glock 17, and on my lunch hour today I played with a new model 19.  They are very similar, except the 19 is smaller in several dimensions.

Overall, I was not as thrilled with the 19 as I was the 17.  Not that there is anything wrong with the 19, but in the ways that matter to me, the 19 is inferior.  The sight radius is shorter, and today with overcast skies I had a hard time getting a good look at the sights.  The trigger on this gun is heavier and mushier than the 17, and I found myself nudging slightly left given how much force it takes to get the thing to fire.  It may be one of the worst triggers on a pistol I’ve ever handled.
Above is my target at 50 feet, two hands standing, about 60 rounds, some slow fire some semi-rapid fire.  Slow fire I basically shot out those two large holes, rapid fire was a little dicier as the lighter gun likes to jump a bit more than the 17.
Now I know some will say that at 50 ft. that is a good target for 60 rounds (mostly fitting in a dollar bill), but I’m used to them all in the 10 ring.  I think the sights may need just a nudge to the right for me, and I do have a sight pusher tool, but the verdict is not out yet as to where the problem lies.  I was not able to ring the 50 yard steel plate at the range as consistently as I could with the 17, even with a very slow and steady trigger pull.  I just had a hard time seeing that front sight center up in the rear, and the trigger took like forever to break.  (I know, I know, a Glock was not meant to be a target gun, and if I track the rear sight just a smidge right I’d have a nice ten-ring concentration and maybe wouldn’t be complaining at all…..)  The elevation (vertical spread) of the shots does look pretty good, especially because I was doing some quicker shooter where elevation can be tough to keep tight anyway.
At the advice of one my readers I did order 3.5# connectors for both the 19 and the 17 and will install them soon.  From hundreds of reviews I’ve skimmed by others, this simple swap totally transforms the trigger feel of the gun and size of the groups one can produce, so I’m looking forward to that.  I’m also thinking to modernize at least one of the pistols with a 3-dot sighting system with night sights and start practicing for more speed at closer range as opposed to being “that guy” who likes ringing steel at 50 yards with a gun never meant for that purpose.  Kind of a culture change for me…
Last but not least, I left the range with more brass than I came with, which is always a good day for a frugal Jewish marksman!

Jewish Marksman’s Year End Tzedakah (Donation) Suggestions

One of the cornerstones of the Jewish faith is Tzedakah, sometimes translated as “charity” (although I think the real meaning is far more complex).  Like many Americans, I sometimes wait until the end of the year to make financial donations.  Aside from the various donations our family makes to various causes (animal shelters, various Jewish causes), this year I added a few more given everything going on in the world of firearms.

1. Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership

It may surprise some readers that up until today I was not a member.  Why?  I typically do not like to donate to charities unless there is easy-to-access detailed transparency as to how the money is used.  I looked on JPFO’s web site, and did not see any financial disclosure information.  But now more than ever, I think the message the JPFO puts out is critical and must be heard.  I gave less than I might if more detailed financial information had been made available, with a simple one year membership.  I am thinking about buying one of their bumper stickers which reads “Gun Control is not Kosher”.

2. Gun Owners of America

I have known of this organization for some time, but had not contributed or joined due to the fact that I already maintain a membership in the NRA.  Besides the political arm of the NRA, it is the controlling body of the shooting sports I participate in.  But given the current politics of “gun control,” I became a one-year member in GOA.

3. George Zimmerman Defense Fund

The case has fallen out of the news, but Zimmerman is the man accused of murdering Trayvon Martin.  Zimmerman claims he fired in self-defense.  In my opinion the Florida State Attorney has conducted itself deplorably in this case, and based upon all of the publicly available information, in my view at this time it appears Zimmerman did indeed act in lawful self-defense under the laws of Florida.  So I made a small donation.

4. Friends of the IDF

FIDF does various good works and support for IDF troops, especially American kids who go serve in the IDF.

Why the Jewish Marksman is Armed Part I

I attended college in the Midwest at a Big 10 university.  I lived in an off-campus apartment my senior year, in a relatively quiet and safe part of town.  I had not yet become a firearm owner at that time.

The apartment was on the first floor of the building with an outdoor patio deck surrounded by a waist high gate.  One night I sat in the living area watching TV with the lights on, vegetating as college students often do.  Through the sliding glass door I saw and heard a figure in the darkness outside climb over the gate and enter the patio area.  This in itself was of no concern, because my or my roommate’s friends would often use this form of entry rather than the slower method of being buzzed into the building.  We actually considered this a benefit of living on the ground floor.  College life I guess.

The person proceeded to open the sliding glass door, and enter.  I casually observed this happen, fully expecting to recognize a buddy who decided to pop in for beer or something.  But when this person stepped inside, with one look I immediately went to code red, because the person looked like, for lack of a better term or euphemism, “a homeless person.”

Jewish Marksman’s Shooting Update

A little late in reporting it, but a couple weeks ago I shot a smallbore match, this time with the Anschutz 1807, a rifle I had not touched in more than few months.  The match started well, and I completed the Dewar stage of the match (20 shots at 50 yards, 20 shots at 100 yards) with an Expert score, dropping only 5 points.  The rest of the match did not go so well score-wise, but only because I decided to conduct some experiments with canting the rifle a bit, because it felt more comfortable to do so.  That tightened the groups and allowed me to relax more in position, but it took me some time to figure out the sight adjustments due to the canting.  When you hold the rifle at an angle, then sight clicks are going to move in two planes, so for example, a right click will not click so far right as a level rifle, and will actually angle up a bit.

I think I am having to cant the rifle because the stock is too thick where I am gripping it.  My stock was made for 3P, not pure prone, so it is thicker (taller) near the trigger guard and then gets thinner towards the muzzle, so that the rifle sits higher in the standing position.  What I may do instead is try to move my hand further forward to a thinner part of the stock and maybe I’ll feel less need to cant.  Some people just take a file or rasp to the stock and thin it out where there hand is, but I’m not prepared to do that to this stock.  I have been thinking that maybe my prone position is a little high off the ground, so moving that support hand forward is a good experiment for that issue as well.
Whatever the case, once I get settled in I’m pretty confident I can sustain an Expert score with just a little more consistent smallbore practice, instead of going months at a time between matches and never practicing with that rifle.  I’m toying with the idea that after I finally shoot an Expert score with the Israeli Mauser I’ll focus on making Expert in smallbore, then go back to High Power (with a new bolt match rifle I haven’t even shot yet) and finally chase High Master XTC with serious prone skills.  
Well, one step at a time, for now my focus is on the Israeli Mauser and proving it can shoot an Expert score in reduced High Power.  I have had a minor breakthrough on the SCATT with the Israeli Mauser.  I tried a narrower aperture in the rear Mojo sight, such that it creates a thin ring of white around the front sight.  This has greatly improved alignment and on the SCATT I am shooting 95+% in slow prone.  That is a major missing piece of the puzzle to making Expert with the Israeli Mauser, as all of my sitting and standing positions have both had 90%+ scores in matches, but prone has been dragging down the aggregate instead of lifting it (like it does for most shooters).
And readers, remember, I’m happy to report about your shooting competition escapades as well!  Don’t be modest and don’t be ashamed!

Jewish Marksman Rocks a Glock

So I recently acquired a Glock 17 (the details of such acquisition to remain classified).  My version is Glock’s “Gen 3″ model, a full-sized 9mm.  I loaded up some rounds after acquiring some used brass, bulk bullets and load recipes.  The Internet is chock full of Glock reviews but I’ll give my impressions anyway.

So first and foremost, the target at left was shot with 10 rounds, two-handed standing at 15 yards.  It’s a pretty good group.  It was a cloudy day shooting from a covered firing line, so visibility of the sights was not great and I blame that for the 9s.  I had some ammo left so I shot 4 rounds at 25 yards, that picture is the end of the post.  Again, a good group.  Then I shot at a 8″ steel plate at 50 yards, ringing it almost every shot.  For the day a total of 50 rounds, no problems.  So in a sense, maybe nothing more needs to be said.

But (there is always a but) the trigger leaves much to be desired. The break is not clean, it feels like breaking a piece of plastic instead of a piece of glass…kind of mushy.  That is what everyone reports about Glocks.  There are ways to clean up and lighten the trigger pull, I might try the cheap and effortless ones, or not.  Also, I find the sights really tough to use, the rear notch is a little narrow for my taste.  I might think about some low-light or night sights.

My overall thoughts of a Glock versus, say, a similarly sized revolver in 38 special, say S&W 686?  Hard to say.  As range toys, they are both fun and cheap to reload for.  Some might say the G17 is more fun because of the ability to plug in a 33 round magazine, others like the challenge of the wheel gun.  Also with the G17 you might have trouble recovering your brass at some ranges if reloading is important.  Triggers are different but hard to say one is better than the other, maybe I’ll feel different if my G17′s trigger is modified.  Based on most statistics I’ve seen 9mm and 38 special are roughly equal in self defense roles.  The G17 balances and points a little more naturally for me than a 686.  Recoil is roughly the same.  So far the G17 has been reliable.  I’m still in the revolver camp for self-defense based on reliability, simplicity, and the statistical probability of a civilian not needing more than a few rounds in self-defense.  But if engaging multiple bad guys is something you think could realistically happen to you, or if you just can’t get yourself to stop worrying about it, then I give the G17 a thumb’s up.  If and when I try other Glock models I’ll report in.

For those that want to know, the load was Zero 115gr. FMJ over 4.2 grains of Alliant Bullseye, 1.13 COL with CCI spp, I believe it’s #500.  I ran the load through Quickload software, and it is well short of max pressure.  I did not make enough ammo to really do much rapid-fire testing, but now I know my load recipe works so I’ll rock and roll next time.   25 yard target below, just took 4 shots because I wanted to save my remaining ammo for the 50 yard steel plates:

Jewish Marksman’s Shooting Update

Over the weekend I shot another NRA High Power match with the Israeli Mauser.  I was a little under the weather but shot fairly well, except for some zero issues I’ll discuss below:
Standing: 170-2 (85%)
Rapid Sitting: 181-1 (90.5%)
Rapid Prone: 167 (83.5%)
Slow Prone: 174-2 (87%)
Total: 692-5 (86.5%)
Standing suffered from some zero confusion.  The past few months I have been playing with the ammunition loading so I have not been careful about zeros from match to match, sort of finding the zero as I went.  So I kept my slow prone zero from last month going into this match, and it turns out that on this rifle the zero is different for me in different positions.  I think I lost about 10+ points standing before I resolved this, and probably 5 or so sitting.  Rapid prone I had some bolt issues that forced me to take some shots too quickly, but also the zero was off. For the first time I applied grease to the bolt before a match, and this turned out to be a mistake…I’m going back to a clean bolt with dry lube only.  Basically the bolt became difficult to lift, but was fixed as soon as I wiped the grease from the cocking cam area.
The target upper left is my slow prone target.  For reference, the black is 6″ wide.  The horizontal spread is fairly tight.  For now, I’m on the fence as to the cause of the 7′s.  Certainly the fact the sight radius is so short is not helping, but I am going to play with different aperture sizes and see if that helps.  Obviously the majority of the shots are in the 10/9 rings, so probably some of the 7′s can also be blamed on less than perfect technique on my part.  I can say all the 7′s were called, although I was a little surprised they were 7′s and not 8′s.  Truth is I did not practice any prone last month before the match, so my trigger technique was probably a little rusty.
Overall, I think that a 90% (Expert class) score is very attainable soon.  I took careful notes on the zero changes for each position so hopefully next month I will be dialed in better.  Last month I spent most of my time practicing the sitting position, so this month I’ll split my time primarily between prone and standing.
But perhaps most importantly, the Israeli Mauser continues to win fans in the club.  

"Corporal S." Jewish Markswoman and IDF Hero!

The story below is a tale of two Jews.  We Jews often face a choice as to what kind of people we are when our enemies seek to destroy us.  I sometimes wonder if G-d has decided there will always be these two types of Jews among us, but I firmly believe He give each Jew a choice.  Read the story, and decide what kind of Jew you want to be, and how you will raise your children.  And of course, may you have a meaningful and reflective fast tomorrow!  From Yoav Zitun 09/24/12:
Female sniper: I didn’t think twice
Soldier who killed terrorist recounts events leading to attack on Egyptian border; says ‘I did what had to be done.’ Meanwhile, it has been revealed that another female soldier hid behind bush during incident, was feared to have been kidnapped Yoav Zitun.
As the story behind last week’s deadly terror attack on the Egyptian border unfolds, Corporal S., who has been commended on her performance during the incident, recounted the chain of events for the first time.
S. said that even after seeing Corporal Netanel Yahalomi shot dead in front of her, she did not hesitate to attack the terrorists.

“I didn’t think twice. I jumped out of the hummer and did what had to be done. I ran under fire until I reached Netanel, but when I saw his condition, I told my commander there was nothing we could do to save him and we must move on,” she said.

S. explained how it all began: “All of a sudden we heard a female soldier shout on the radio ‘We’re under fire.’ I then told the driver to drive to her location. We didn’t know what to expect. It was the battalion’s first encounter with terrorists.”
S. said that while driving to the scene, she thought of her parents. “I was also worried about the soldier on the radio. The whole unit deserves praise, not just me. It takes a lot of courage to remain calm under pressure.”
After Yahalomi was killed, S. managed to kill one of the terrorists who was carrying powerful explosives. “One of the terrorists exploded right in front of us,” she said.
S. then managed to make her way to one of the injured soldiers Mati Yalovski. “I told him to stay strong and most importantly stay awake.”

S. finally said that she was very proud of herself. “It is a privilege. Not everyone goes through such an ordeal.”

Corporal S. further said that she did not always want a combat position in the army. “Initially, I wanted to be a paramedic but I later realized that I wanted to have a combat role.”

She emphasized the importance of serving in a combat unit and contributing to the State of Israel.

Not so heroic

Meanwhile, as the investigation continues, the IDF has learned that not all soldiers followed protocol during the incident: One of the soldiers, who was afraid of facing the terrorists, hid behind a bush throughout the attack and stayed there even after it ended.

According to the investigation, the soldier was in a patrol jeep when the shooting began. She immediately called it in and informed her superiors.  While other soldiers were under fire, the soldier in question hid behind a large bush for an hour and a half.

Shortly after the attack, as the unit commander began “counting heads” in order to see if all members of the unit were there, they were stunned to realize that one of their own was missing.

They immediately thought that she had been kidnapped by the terrorists and taken into Sinai.
Helicopters and search units were immediately called to the scene to search for the missing soldier. She was later found by her commanders, dehydrated behind a bush.
The soldier said she was afraid to shoot back at the terrorists out of fear a “gun fight” would commence. “I thought I didn’t have a chance against them.”
The soldier was reprimanded by her commanders shortly after.

An initial military investigation launched into the incident reveals that the terrorists took advantage of the arrival of African infiltrators and the fact that IDF soldiers left their post to offer them water.  The terrorists then emerged from their hiding spot, approached the four fighters who remained at the post and opened fire, killing Yahalomi.

Jewish Marksman’s Return to Smallbore

Over the weekend I shot a 1200 point smallbore match.  I brought out the Anschutz 1807 with aperture sights, which is very welcome change from using a post sight or the weird concoction I have on the Israeli Mauser.  I didn’t have a chance for any practice before the match.
The first stage consisted of 20 shots at 50 yards, followed by 20 shots at 100 yards.  I got off to a fairly good start, shooting 98.5%, which would be an Expert score.  But as the match moved to a 40 shot 100 yard match, and then 40 at 50m, things went downhill, and I finished at 97.5%.
I think I lost about 6 points for failing to pick up wind changes at 100.  I could see my shots moving right, but lacked the confidence to know that it was the wind as opposed to my shooting technique, so I did not adjust when I should have.
Other than that, position wise, I think I lost some points by not having the rifle firm enough in my shoulder and not having a consistent head position.  Fellow shooters gave me some tips on that so I can work it out before the next match.  I also do not grip the rifle consistently, particularly as to where I put my thumb, but I don’t think it made much difference.