Israeli(?) Mauser Watch – Another .22LR

On Gunbroker.com someone has listed another .22LR Mauser, referring to it as an Israeli Mauser.  This specimen clearly has a Remington barrel.  Two of my readers have now stepped forward expressing their understanding that indeed some K98s were converted for use by Israel to .22LR.  I am sure they are genuine in their beliefs, but hearsay is no substitute for substantiated research.  I am admittedly ignorant on the subject, and would be more inclined to believe that some hobbyist gunsmith(s) decided it would be cool to re-barrel a Mauser in .22LR.  If these are the genuine article, then the initial asking price of $895 is probably reasonable, as this would be a sought-after collector’s item.

Personally, I would not have much interest, variety of reasons.  First, if one really wanted a good target .22LR, there are much better choices.  Second, if one wanted the thrill of firing an Israeli Mauser (or wanted to give a child or grand child the experience) without the kick of a .308 cartridge, you can actually buy a chamber insert for .308 rifles that allow the use of a variety of pistol cartridges.  Arguably, such chamber inserts would have been smarter than creating a .22LR in the first place, depending upon exactly what you were trying to train the shooter to do.

As usual, buyer beware!

UPDATE:  Apparently sold at $895.

Jewish Marksman Anneals Brass…Eyebrows Intact!

Ever since I started competitive shooting roughly a decade ago, I’ve had to learn unrelated topics and skills in order to keep the wheels greased.  Like competitive shooting, most of things are not in the typical “nice Jewish boy’s” repertoire.  First and foremost was reloading ammunition, which is a fascinating hobby in and of itself.  I’ve recently had to learn an offshoot of reloading, the process of annealing brass cases with propane blow torches!

Unless you’re a big macher with plenty of cash to burn, to do any kind of serious competitive shooting you eventually realize that reloading is both a practical and an economic necessity.  Part of that process is to re-use the spent brass cases.  I’m currently shooting .308 in competition, and for a variety of reasons I prefer Lapua brand cases.  I try to buy it on sale, but even then, it’s roughly $0.65-$0.75 a case.  A piece of brass can only be fired so many times before it become unusable, either because it cracks, will no longer hold a primer, or some other defect develops.  So obviously, the more firings I can get out of each case the better.

Every time a section of the brass case is “worked” (being bent, expanding, shrinking, etc.), that portion of the  brass will harden.  Eventually it will harden to the point of becoming brittle and susceptible to cracking.  When a brass case is fired in a firearm, it will expand to fill the chamber, and the case mouth in particular will expand to release the bullet.  In bottleneck rifle brass, the shoulder will also expand and move forward.  On many semi-automatic guns the effect will be greater than a bolt action, and of course the case can get dented during extraction or even stepped on once it hits the ground.  Before a case can be reused, it has to be run through a sizing die that essentially bends and squeezes it back into shape, which works the brass, especially the case mouth, once again.  Typically cracks will first appear in the case mouth, but also in the shoulder, because these areas get “worked” the most.

Annealing, as I understand it, is a process of heating the brass which causes the brass alloys to soften, undoing some of the accumulated work hardening.  There are several benefits to annealing the brass, one of those being significantly longer life.  How much longer depends on many factors, such as the specific alloy the manufacturer used, the rifle chamber, the dies, etc.  But the anecdotal evidence I’ve read suggests that perhaps double or triple.  While a typical Lapua .308 case might go 8-12 firings before showing a crack, annealing could double or triple that life, all else equal.

The second benefit of annealing is it results in a more uniform neck tension when reloading.  As brass work hardens, it’s “springiness” becomes variable, such that after a few firings to pieces run through the same sizing die could show considerable variance in neck tension (amount of force gripping the bullet).  Annealing makes the neck tension more uniform, which (supposedly) can have a significant impact on consistent muzzle velocity of the reloaded ammunition, and thus accuracy.  This is not a critical factor for me during the 200 and 300 yard stages, but at the 600 yard line consistent ammo is important.  That said, I’ve yet to see the data substantiating the role that neck tension can play in consistency, but a lot of competitive shooters in High Power claim it is important to use either relatively fresh or annealed brass at 600 for best results.

So how do you anneal cases?  Well first and foremost, let me say that like reloading, it can be dangerous if you don’t know how to do it correctly.  But that said, it is not rocket science, and anyone who has learned to safely reload can anneal.  I’m not going to get into specifics here.  Only that you never ever want to anneal the head of the case (the bottom of the case where the primer is) because you do not want to soften that area, which could lead to a catastrophic case failure and a big kaboom.

The general technique most people use is to expose the brass, typically just the shoulder and above, to a propane torch.  There are expensive ($200+) turntable machines on the market, or on the other hand, simple techniques involving bowls of water and lazy suzans.  You can search Youtube and find all sorts of techniques and devices reloaders have come up with.  I decided to go with a kit called the AnnealRite:

I decided to go this route because after everything I read, it seemed to make the most sense.  I really did not feel comfortable with some of the “free hand” techniques I see some people using on youtube.  I also liked the fact that in the video they discussed the proper use of Tempilac temperature sensing paint to make sure you are doing the annealing correctly and safely.  Also, their setup seats the case in an aluminum rest which sort of acts like a heat shield and sink for the case body, further reducing the chance of annealing parts of the case you really don’t want to anneal.  I just did 50 cases, and it was quick and easy.  The cases now have the same annealing pattern as new Lapua cases fresh out of the box show.  We’ll see how they perform over time.

Should everyone anneal?  Probably not.  First of all, some cases, especially small pistol cases, are probably too short to safely anneal.  Secondly, many shooters feel that some of the less expensive brass, like 9mm, .45ACP and .223 can just be shot until it cracks, and then scrapped, typically after 4-12 firings depending on a number of factors.  I know most High Power shooters feel that way about .223 brass, although I know a handful do anneal their 600 yard .223 brass on belief that more consistent neck tension will help with accuracy.  Others simply use new .223 cases for the 600 yard line once or twice, then relegate that brass to shorter line work, replacing older brass that needs to be scrapped.  Also, depending on the power of the load and make of brass, in some cases the primer pocket will lose its ability to hold a primer before the neck or mouth of the case hardens, rendering the annealing a largely wasted effort.

For a while I thought I could get away with only neck sizing the cases, which means simply tightening the mouth of the case to hold a new bullet.  Reloaders find that this puts very little stress on the brass and it lasts a long time.  However, after about three or four firings, the bolt started to get hard to close on my rifle–not so hard that it would be a problem with single-load stages, but in rapid fire it could cause problems.  I also noticed that even with neck sizing, the feel of bullet seating became very inconsistent case-to-case with brass fired several times, suggesting that neck tension was inconsistent.  So now I’ve started full-length sizing the brass more frequently, which will cause more work hardening.  I know in my case Lapua brass has a good reputation for primer pocket durability, and I run mild loads. Lots of people report very good case life with annealing Lapua brass, as well as improved long range accuracy.  So I decided to go for it.  Propane torches are very cheap, as is Tempilac to get the flame exposure timing down. I’m running around 200 cases for two monthly 88 matches, so each case is getting fired roughly once a month.  If I can double or triple the case life, that’s $75 or so a year in brass cost savings, not to mention possible accuracy benefits.  It is a very fast process, so it does not add too much to reloading time.

As a side note, even if you are not reloading your cases, you are a schmuck if you aren’t saving them.  A significant amount (if not most) of the cost of your ammo comes from the brass case.  If you are leaving them at the range, the range is selling them off as scrap (or to reloaders) and you are essentially giving them money.  Save your cases in a bucket, and sooner or later you will a) reload them yourself, b) sell or trade them.

Exposing Alan Dershowitz – Jewish Marksman’s Thoughts

The well-known Harvard law professor and attorney, Alan Dershowitz, opposes broad Second Amendment rights, and even private gun ownership.  He has said, “I want to see semi-automatic weapons made illegal.”  He has called the “Second Amendement an ‘anachronism’ because if America had the choice today it would not choose to be an ‘armed society.’”  Shockingly, he has said, “it’s racist and it’s bigoted to say that guns are quintessentially American.”  To his credit, unlike many on the left he takes his medicine like a man, stating “[w]hether or not we agree with the court’s reading of the Second Amendment’s highly ambiguous language, Heller is now the law, and Americans have the right to bear some arms under some circumstances.”

Some time ago I was gifted several boxes of Jewish themed books, including a book by Dershowitz called “Chutzpah,” published in 1991.  The book discusses some of Dershowitz’s views on various contemporary Jewish topics, such as the status of Jews in American society, Antisemitic revisionism of the Holocaust, Israel’s right to exist, etc.  After reading the book (full disclosure–I only read half the book), it is difficult to understand how a man like Dershowitz could fall on the anti-gun side.

In the first chapter of “Chutzpah” we learn that Dershowitz perceived that his childhood New York neighborhood of Borough Park “was free of any real violence … [r]eal crime –robbery, rape, murder — was nonexistent …” (p.38).  It is certainly possible that this kind of upbringing, i.e. a perception of absolute safety and a surrounding anti-gun culture, might profoundly influence and bias a person’s way of thinking about self-defense and guns.  But that bias is not insurmountable, especially by someone with Dershowitz’s intelligence.  To overcome a bias, a person needs to do two things: a) acknowledge the bias, and b) be intellectually honest with the plain and simple facts.  But it seems like Dershowitz makes neither effort.

To illustrate, ten years ago, Dershowtiz told the press that “he is not an expert on the Second Amendment and has never held a pistol.”  Well that was honest.  But has Dershowitz educated himself on Second Amendment issues since then?  Judging by his recent statements, absolutely not.  Dershowitz appeared on television earlier this year to “debate” John Lott, the preeminent authority on the “more guns = less crime” position.  To put it mildly, Dershowitz made a complete ass of himself (download the mp3 Lott posts and judge for yourself), behaving as a wild, maniacal trial lawyer and not as a legal scholar.  At the end of the exchange with Lott it is abundantly clear that a) Dershowitz had failed to actually read Lott’s work, b) Dershowitz had failed to do any research, clearly unaware that Lott’s work had withstood peer review and was supported by other respected scholars and their work, c) Dershowitz failed to investigate whether the NRA had funded Lott before making that defamatory accusation, and d) Dershowitz failed to investigate Lott’s personal background and views, which was, if anything, predisposed to conclude the opposite of where his research took him.  One could dismiss Dershowitz’s extremely rude behavior with Lott as a Brooklynism, but more likely it was a defense mechanism Dershowitz threw up once he realized that Lott would destroy him intellectually on the issues, because I’ve seen Dershowitz speak before on issues he actually knows about, and he doesn’t behave like that.

So whatever cognitive biases and intellectual laziness Dershowitz has with respect to garden variety criminality and guns, that would not necessarily explain why it seems Dershowitz would not consider armed minorities as preventive of future Holocausts.  In other words, even if believed the falsehood that less guns=less crime, one could still conclude that less guns=more genocide and general tyranny, and come out in favor of private gun ownership.  This concept of net utility cannot possibly escape Dershowitz, who is a strong First Amendment advocate and scholar.  And in his book, Dershowitz demonstrates a firm grasp of many issues surrounding the Holocaust.

Indeed, Dershowitz devotes an entire fifty-page chapter to his critical views on lax Nazi war criminal prosecutions, insufficient reparations, the poor state of Europeans’  education and quasi-denial of the tragedy, and festering European Antisemitism.  Dershowitz brushes up against the issue of armed Jewish resistance only slightly.  What emerges from his comments is a bizarre world view indeed, summed up as follows: Antisemitism is rampant, but Jews should nonetheless rely on those that hate Jews to protect Jews from those that hate Jews even more.  For example, Dershowitz criticizes a Polish civil rights attorney who wrote about the Holocaust, “For us Poles, it was often an astounding spectacle to see several thousand Jews being led from a small town along a road several kilometers long, escorted only by a few guards (six, sometimes four) carrying ordinary rifles … Nobody escaped, although escape was no problem …. Perhaps they were held back by a gregarious instinct of that community.” (p.148).  Dershowitz finds the observation to be a disturbing example of “blaming the victims,” as if “blame” cannot possibly be comparative.  But blame is comparative, and a legal scholar like Dershowitz should know better.  Certainly, the Nazis and other Europeans are to be blamed for instigating the Holocaust, but with the benefit of hindsight, the widespread lack of Jewish resistance and prior preparation exacerbated the damages.  To further illustrate, on the same page Dershowitz complains of “the refusal of [wartime] Polish partisans to supply requested arms to Jewish partisans.”  Again, of course that was reprehensible, but demonstrates that Jews would have been wise to have armed themselves at all times, or at least at the first signs of trouble, and not rely on the benevolence of others, especially people that dislike Jews!  Why is that lesson not obvious to Dershowitz?

The fact the lesson escapes Dershowitz is even more shocking, given his intimate knowledge of Jewish history and imploring of American Jews to become engaged in American society:

… we have seen what can, and will, happen if we abdicate our power.  Our history as a people demonstrates that we need more power than others to survive.  That is one of the important lessons to be learned from thousands of years of anti-Jewish bigotry. … We are not the Swiss and our history is not the one of being left alone.  It is one of constant victimization and repression.  Without power – indeed, without power disproportionate to our numbers – we will continue to be victimized.  We should strive to enhance our power on every front. … Power and strength bring with them greater options and more opportunities – to do both good and bad. … There is no virtue in … disproportionate weakness … There is morality in power, when that power is used to prevent the emergence of the kind of base evil that has so often victimized us (and others) in the absence of power. … As the survivors of the most thorough genocidal plot ever devised – and every living Jew is a survivor of Hitler’s Holocaust – we cannot afford to have the lessons of our history repeated on us. (p.128-129).

I realize that Dershowitz intends “power” to mean moral and social power, not fire power.  But why exclude fire power, especially in the form of a modern hand gun or rifle?  Why does a civil libertarian like Dershowitz,  with full knowledge that every government known to man has eventually slaughtered innocent people, insist that fire power, the ultimate lever of power, should be left solely in the hands of government, and not the people themselves?

So how can a smart man be so stupid?  I’m not a psychologist, but I think his statement “it’s racist and it’s bigoted to say that guns are quintessentially American” is very revealing.  You see, Dershowitz devoted an entire chapter of his book excoriating the historic Antisemitism exhibited by “Wasps” at Harvard, and his own struggles as a professor there in the 1970′s.  Dershowitz begins that chapter explaining to the reader how some things in life are “Jewish” and others “goyish.”  As he explains, “Goy in Hebrew simply means ‘nation,’ but has come to mean (demean?) nations or peoples other than the Jews.”  He seems to delight in publishing a routine by comedian Lenny Bruce (p.63-64) that comically notes things in life which are Jewish, for example black cherry soda, whereas lime soda is goyish.  (Trust me the full routine is funny, at least to American Jews.  But the fact is, nothing listed in Bruce’s routine is either Jewish or goyish in any religious sense.)  The chapter goes on to discuss his admirable struggle against the “goyishe” repression of Jews and other minorities at Harvard.  For better or worse then, Dershowitz seems to have a chip on his shoulder with respect to the power of the “old guard.”  That kind of attitude can cause one to fail to distinguish friend from foe, and result in “throwing out the baby with the bath water.”

So to boil it down, I strongly suspect that Dershowitz views guns as “goyish,” and not Jewish.  Dershowitz has made a career of opposing powerful goyishe things.  His knee-jerk reaction then is to oppose guns.  That’s my best guess, because nothing but a reactionary knee-jerk reaction can explain how an otherwise smart man can be so stupid.

Now, aside from having guns, I believe Jews should always have hope.  This blog is supposed to be a Hall of Fame for Jews involved in the shooting sports and advancement of the Second Amendment– not a Hall of Shame.  I hope that one day Dershowitz will do the heavy lifting of reading the literature and educate himself, actually go shooting a few times, overcome his biases and change his mind.

Yes Alan, the pen is mightier than the sword, but when the ink runs dry it’s nice to have a sword!

Israeli Mauser Watch 5/7/13

Today on Gunbroker a nice-looking German conversion, bidding currently at $300.  I can’t tell from the pictures if there is a Star of David or other Hebrew…if interested you may want to contact the seller.  Normally I would say one in this condition would go for $600 or so, but with matching bolt serial they tend to go for more and are unpredictable.

As always, buyer beware!

UPDATE: Sold for $660.05

Israeli Mauser Watch 5/3/13

On Gunbroker today there are quite a few Israeli Mausers up for sale.  In fact, since my last update several have been listed and sold, I just didn’t have time to blog about them.  Maybe collectors are having a spring cleaning of their safes and letting these go?  Just seems like a lot more on the market than usual.  In any case:

1. A Czech-made Israeli Mauser with the beautiful lion crest.  $725 is the starting bid.  The rifle looks nice, but I suspect it may not be the original finish.  A little steep on the price, but it would probably cost about the same to find a beater and restore it to this level.  I’m guessing it won’t get $725 and will roll over and go for $500-$700.

UPDATE: Sold for $695

2. Complete Stripped German Action.  I actually like the markings on this one, complete with Star of David and Hebrew lettering.  $175 might be a little on the high side, $100-$125 would be a better deal.  It seems like maybe the bolt and receiver have matching numbers, hard to tell.  If you just want a paperweight, be patient and a complete stripped action will eventually appear in the $50 range.

UPDATE: Sold for $211

3. German K98.  I don’t like this seller. For one, no pictures of the markings.  Second, he writes, “getting hard to find” when, as readers of this blog know, this is not true.  The current bid is $380, with a buy-now price over $600.  Not enough info to really form an opinion, but I would approach with caution.

UPDATE: Sold for $620

4. Belgian.  This seems like a fine example of the Belgian with the IDF crest.  The pictures aren’t great, but the rifle looks in good condition.  The bid is currently $500, I wouldn’t go much higher.

UPDATE: Sold for $585

5. German K98.  Well this one is interesting.  It’s a refurb, but looks beautiful with beautiful markings.  Current bid is $800, with a $1200 buy now and the reserve is not met.  A little steep, but assuming the barrel is in good condition and the rifle safely fires, I think someone would be proud to own this one.

UPDATE: Reserve not met, and apparently not re-listed.

6. Belgian K98.  With a starting bid at $700 and buy now of $800, this one is a little pricey. I’ve seen better condition for about the same price.

UPDATE: Reserve not met, and apparently not re-listed.

As always, buyer beware!

Eric Greitens – Jewish Navy SEAL

Today’s Jewish Marksman is Navy SEAL Eric Greitens.  (Unlike Green Beret Lawrence “Super Jew” Freedman who was known for exceptional marksmanship, we’re just going to have to trust that as a special forces soldier, Eric can shoot well.  He does mention having extensive firearms training, as one would expect of a SEAL)  I just finished reading his auto-biography, “The Heart and the Fist.”

As a college kid, Eric boxed as a hobby and spent time on humanitarian aid missions to the Balkans, Africa and Central America.  A Rhodes scholar, he left the snobbish Ivy league world and signed up for the Navy, ultimately becoming an officer in the SEALs.  He served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kenya.

Eric has received many awards for his work with veterans, encouraging them to continue to serve society after they leave the military.  Among those awards was the 2012 Charles Bronfman Prize:

Accepting the Prize, Greitens cited his Jewish upbringing, and lessons learned in Sunday school – in particular, meeting Holocaust survivors who taught him lessons about the strength of the human spirit.

“What sunk in was more than the idea of ‘Never Again,’” he said. “It was the idea that even in horrific situations, people can choose courage and dignity.  People can survive.  They can move through tragedy, possibly stronger, to live full lives.

“Had it not been for that lesson, I don’t think that I would have chosen to go to work with refugees.  And had I not done that, it’s unlikely that I would be standing here today.  It was my experience in Bosnia and Rwanda, where people told me that they were grateful for the aid they received, but that they needed to be protected, that convinced me that there had to be a way to live a life both compassionate and courageous, to be both good and strong.”

I thought the book was a good read, it is not really a “war story” book as much as a message about his views on humanitarianism, and how they developed in his life.  I think he wanted to get across the message to the academic left that good intentions are sometimes not enough, and to the hawkish right that bullets are sometimes not enough.  He also doesn’t hide his criticism for some of the mistakes the US is making in the fight against terror.  It seems to me that Greitens suggests that while it’s great to have the best direct action commando forces in the world, we might be losing our edge in the special forces role that American Jews like Sid Shachnow worked so hard to establish and nurture with the Green Berets, i.e. really embedding, training and working with local forces so that locals can handle it themselves.  To oversimplify the matter somewhat, I think both men would suggest we still need to be more like the heroes in the movie “The Magnificent Seven” (based on Kirosawa’s “Seven Samurai”) and less like the Lone Ranger.

Well in any case, be sure to examine Eric’s organization The Mission Continues and consider providing him assistance.

Jewish Marksman’s Rifle

In response to several reader requests, I finally got around to taking a picture of my rifle (click the picture to enlarge).  It is a Remington 700 action inside an Eliseo RTS tube stock.  If you click on the picture and enlarge, you can see the features of the stock.  The fore-end of the stock has a rail, where currently my hand stop is mounted, and I remove that and replace it with a wood block for off-hand shooting.  The grip takes any AR-15 grip, I currently have a wood target grip I go used.  The stock takes Accuracy International .308 magazines, I use 5 round mags for competition.  You can see that the butt stock is angled and offset at the position that fits me, and weights attach to a post at the bottom of the butt stock.  The top of the stock houses the rail where my rear sight sits, and the front sight is mounted on the front of the barrel that was turned down for the mount.  Most importantly, the bolt rides under the cheek rest so I don’t have to move my head in rapid firing stages.  

If you enlarge the second picture left, you might be able to make out the color scheme, which is the Miami Dolphins blue and orange on a black background.  The picture on the right is my rear sight.  
If you have any questions feel free to post them in the comments.

Sid Shachnow – US Army Major General and Jewish Marksman

I recently finished reading the biography of Major General Sid Shachnow, a Lithuanian Jew who survived the Holocaust as a young boy.  He eventually emigrated to America and joined the army, and became a decorated war hero and a played an important role in leading and developing the US military Special Forces.

As for his being a Jewish Marksman, Shachnow’s biography reports that he earned both a rifle and pistol Expert Marksmanship Badge, and was a marksmanship instructor at Fort Dix.  Later, at Officer Candidate School he impressed his superiors by taking over a marksmanship class on the spot when the regular instructor suddenly took ill.

The first half of the book is a riveting account of his boyhood life in Lithuania, surviving the Holocaust and hustling to get by in Europe before making it to America.  The second half of the book covers his life in the Army, including joining the nascent Special Forces and serving in Viet Nam.  Shachnow was one of the first group of Green Berets, and eventually rose to play a key role in developing the Special Forces.  Overall, the book was a good read and I am glad I learned about a great Jewish American with a fascinating life story.

Saul Alinsky – Political Strategist and Jewish Marksman

Saul Alinsky was a controversial political figure, to say the least.  However, few would disagree that he was a genius at what we now call “grass roots” political organizing.  Through the magic of Google I found an interesting story about his Chicago upbringing, as well as his experience as a Jewish marksman:

PLAYBOY: Did you encounter much antisemitism as a child?
ALINSKY: Not personally, but I was aware of it. It was all around us in those days. But it was so pervasive you didn’t really even think about it; you just accepted it as a fact of life. The worst hostility was the Poles, and back in 1918 and 1919, when I was growing up, it amounted to a regular war. We had territorial boundaries between our neighborhoods, and if a Jewish girl strayed across the border, she’d be raped right on the street. Every once in a while, it would explode into full-scale rioting, and I remember when hundreds of Poles would come storming into our neighborhood and we’d get up on the roofs with piles of bricks and pans of boiling water and slingshots, just like a medieval siege. I had an air rifle myself. There’d be a bloody battle for blocks around and some people on both sides had real guns, so sometimes there’d be fatalities. It wasn’t called an urban crisis then; it was just two groups of people trying to kill each other. Finally the cops would come on horses and in their clanging paddy wagons and break it up. They were all Irish and they hated both sides, so they’d crack Polish and Jewish heads equally. The melting pot in action. You don’t have that hostility in Chicago anymore; now Italians, Poles, Jews and Irish have all joined up and buried the hatchet — in the blacks. But in those days, every ethnic group was at each other’s throat.

I remember once, I must have been ten or eleven, one of my friends was beaten up by Poles, so a bunch of us crossed over into Polish turf and we were beating the shit out of some Polish kids when the cops pulled us in. They took us to the station house and told our mothers, and boy, did they blow their tops. My mother came and took me away, screaming that I’d brought disgrace on the family. Who ever heard of a good Jewish boy being arrested, she moaned to the cops, and she promised the sergeant I’d be taken care of severely when I got home. When we left, my mother took me right to the rabbi and the rabbi lectured me on how wrong I was. But I stood up for myself. I said, “They beat us up and it’s the American way to fight back, just like in the Old Testament, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. So we beat the hell out of them. That’s what everybody does.” The rabbi just looked at me for a minute and then said very quietly, “You think you’re a man because you do what everybody does. But I want to tell you something the great Rabbi Hillel said: ‘Where there are no men, be thou a man.’ I want you to remember it.” I’ve never forgotten it. 

I think Alinsky was an interesting character, and suggest reading the entire interview as well as his “Rules for Radicals.”

Jeff Spiegelman – Delaware State Representative and Jewish Marksman

I learned about Delaware’s 11th District Representative Jeff Spiegelman from a JPFO newsletter, wherein he wrote:

As a Jewish man who lives in a rural area, I am often at odds with my urban and suburban Jewish friends and family who often see their world as representative of the country as a whole. They often believe that the gun restrictions that have been placed on some of America’s biggest (and, ironically, most dangerous) cities must be applied universally. These places have police and fire protection that is, in comparison, nearly instantaneous. These friends and family often say that I am pro-gun because I simply cannot understand their “plight” when it comes to firearms in the inner-cities. I think it is the opposite. I think they cannot see the need for my rights in my rural home.

According to his web site, Jeff is a NRA life member.  Yet more proof that Jews are indeed at the forefront of the gun rights movement.  If you live in Delaware, please consider supporting him!