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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.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Insight into the Martial Art of Precision Shooting

I started this blog primarily to discuss Jews in the precision shooting sports. Precision shooting is an excellent activity for developing patience, discipline, and persistence. It is the kind of competitive activity where, really, you compete against yourself.

However, it is important to remember that precision shooting is a martial art. Most American Jews (and nowadays many Americans) have no appreciation for the role that precision shooting skills play on the battlefield. Further, they have no appreciation for the time and effort it takes to accumulate that knowledge and skill. Sure, Jews in America who participate in precision shooting sports are having fun. But whether they know it or not, they're building up a storehouse of knowledge, experience and skill that can be passed down from generation to generation. Our history has shown us that no matter where we've lived, sooner or later we've had to fight.

This week there was an excellent post on a New York Times blog that analyzes the reasons for the poor marksmanship skills of many of the Taliban. It's a long article, but worth reading to begin to get an appreciation for all the work and knowledge that goes into a well-placed shot.

Update: Part II of that series.

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