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Educating fellow Jews about the sporting and defensive use of firearms. Especially Jews in North America, too many of whom are instilled with the belief that guns aren't for nice Jewish boys and girls.

If you know of notable Jewish shooters that should be documented on the blog, even if it is only at the local club level, I am happy to report and profile them. And don't be shy if that person to be documented is you! Please drop me a line at jewishmarksman at gmail dot com. Also follow me on twitter @JMarksmanship.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

How to Start in Sport Shooting?

So how does a nice Jewish boy or girl get started in sporting marksmanship?

There is no simple answer. First and foremost, do your homework and don't rush into any equipment purchases until you've sought out tons of advice and know what you're getting into.

The most important thing is to find someone knowledgeable about shooting sports in general, and have a long talk with them. There are so many different shooting disciplines that finding one appropriate for your personality and circumstances is an individual quest.

There is a great resource on line in PDF format, called The Art of Shooting. It is a long book, but will give you an overview of many of the different modern shooting disciplines. Give it a good skimming, and absorb what you can.

An important consideration will also be what facilities are available in your local area. Go online and use search engines to locate local clubs. Finding a good club is also crucial, because it will be a source of shared knowledge, equipment, and of course camaraderie.

If you need help, of course I am glad to help. Simply post a comment here or email me jewishmarksman at gmail dot com.


  1. For boys, try and find a Boy Scout troop with a lot of Jewish members. There are merit badges to be earned in Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Shooting. Or otherwise just join Boy Scouts. Yidden need to learn it's OK to get their hands dirty in the great outdoors. Camping, hiking, first aid, fishing, shooting. Scouts is a great way to do that.

  2. I found that each of the different shooting sports tended to draw a different group of individuals. In the handgun sports, for example, IDPA shooters were, on balance, distinctly different from Bullseye shooters, both of which groups were quite different from the air pistol crowd. Of course, there are many who shoot all three but, nonetheless, each sport tended to have a slightly different center.

    My recommendation would be to network, locate and visit several different groups shooting different sports.

    And then trust your gut, not on the sport, but on the people. Go with the one that feels like it has the best camaraderie for you.