Friday, May 23, 2008


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Exclusive: Serious falling-out with Washington over Olmert’s Syria talks

May 24, 2008, 5:25 PM (GMT+02:00)

DEBKAfile’s Washington sources report that the Bush administration is “reassessing” its relations with Jerusalem over Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert’s decision to embark on peace talks with Syria through Turkish mediators. One US official called the move a “slap in the face” two weeks after President George Bush declared that America stood by Israel in opposing negotiations with “terrorists and radicals.”

Our sources report fears that Israel may find some of the benefits of America’s closest regional ally withheld for the remainder of Bush’s term in office – direct dialogue between the White House and prime minister’s office, intelligence-sharing, diplomatic coordination on Middle East strategy and other urgent business. Israel’s defense establishment and military high command are concerned about possible delays in the flow of essential supplies of equipment. Olmert’s close aides, especially those involved in the peace talks with Syria, may no longer enjoy a warm top-level welcome in Washington.

According to a US official, who asked to remain unnamed, the decision to cool ties with Jerusalem followed the discovery by American agents in Turkey that Olmert’s senior advisers, Yoram Turbovich and Shalom Turjeman, and a Syrian delegation arrived in Istanbul for indirect peace talks. The two delegations stayed at the same hotel for three days and a Turkish go-between shuttled between their rooms.

Since 2003, it has been administration policy to isolate Syria and boycott its top officials for facilitating the flow of terrorists into Iraq, its efforts to destabilize the pro-Western Lebanese government and its close ties with Iran.

The Americans were particularly displeased when they discovered the identity of the Syrian negotiators: Riyad Dadawi, legal adviser to the foreign ministry and president Bashar Assad’s strategist for the UN-sponsored probe and future trial in the 2005 murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri; and the colonel who liaises for the Syrian army with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the Lebanese Hizballah terrorists.

Three days after Jerusalem, Damascus and Ankara announced that peace talks had begun, the Syrian defense minister Hassan Turkmani landed in Tehran to boost military ties with Iran.

The American official commented dryly that if the Olmert government is prepared to consort with such characters, it should not be surprised by the administration’s


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A Critical Look at the SIG-Sauer P225

By Stephen Camp

Never as common in the police or military communities as either the P220 or P226 and pretty well replaced by the P228 and P229 today, the P225 remains a popular conventional DA/SA 9mm semiautomatic pistol. Lightweight and easy to carry concealed, many private citizens carry these guns as have uniformed police in other countries, particularly what was then West Germany where it was known as the P6. The P225 can be thought of as the "Commander" version of the P220. Like the Star Model BM this gun can be found new or like new albeit at a higher price than the Star commands. It seems to generate some interest on gun boards so I wanted to do an extensive report on these guns for those potentially interested in buying one.


Length: 7.09"

Height: 6.37"

Weight: 1.81 lbs. (empty)

Barrel: 3.86" (1:10 twist with standard rifling)

Width across grips: 1.255"

Action: conventional double-action first-shot with single-action after

Locked Breech: yes

Frame: anodized aluminum alloy

Slide: stamped steel with solid breech face pinned in place

Sights: fixed and dovetail-installed front and rear (On this gun No. 9 rear and No. 8 front)

Sight radius: 5.7"

Magazine: single-stack, 8 shot, and removable floorplate

Magazine release: at rear of trigger guard; not reversible

Stocks: checkered black plastic secured by two screws on each panel

Beveled magazine well: yes, barely

FLGR: yes, one-piece, recoil spring not captive

Recoil Spring: braided and factory standard @ 16 lbs.

Mainspring: coil and factory standard @ 24 lbs.

Extractor: internal

Internal firing pin block: yes

Half-cock notch: No, but the hammer cannot move forward and strike the firing pin unless the trigger is in its rearward position. This is not a half-cock notch per se but does the same thing. Not only is the firing pin blocked until the trigger is pressed rearward but the hammer cannot even touch it until that point.

External safety: no

External slide stop lever: yes

Decocking lever: yes

Trigger pull: DA/SA rated at 12.1 and 4.4 lbs., respectively.

It is also interesting to note that the slide rails extend the full length of the frame. There is a steel insert in the frame at the lower rear of the hammer. The hammer is a serrated, somewhat abbreviated spur type that is not prone to biting the hand shooting the gun. The trigger is stamped and has a smooth face. The stocks cover the rear grip strap of the gun. The ejector is stamped and part of the internal portion of the hold open device. This conventional DA consists of 58 parts counting grip panels and washers.

The SIG-Sauer P225 is a compact 9mm renowned for reliability with a wide variety of ammunition and quality construction. This does not mean that it is perfect. Bluing tends to be thin on SIG-Sauer handguns and prone to quickly wear and rust. Anodizing of the frame is very well done. In the picture above, the take-down lever can be seen slightly above the trigger. With the slide locked back and the magazine removed, the spring-loaded take-down lever is pressed ninety degrees downward. When the hold-open is released, the slide assembly can be eased off the front of the gun. The recoil spring guide is then pushed forward and upward to free it from the barrel. It can now be removed toward the rear of the assembly. Likewise, the barrel is lifted and removed rearward.

Here is the field-stripped P225. Other than removing the grips, further disassembly is not usually recommended nor required. On the top of the slide the solid steel breech face insert is visible, as are the full length slide rails. At the top of the stocks we see the decocking lever (front) and slide release lever (rear). People who shoot other make pistols often get the positions reversed and release the slide when intended to decock or try and release the slide with the decocker. Note also that the barrel does not have the Browning type locking lugs. The "lug" is the higher chamber which engages the slide in a flat plane all the way across. This is simpler to produce than the John Browning design. The disconnector is toward the rear of the slide rail cutout not shown.

Some have opined that the design is "poor" or "fragile" because of the use of stamped steel parts including the slide, the stocks cover the mainspring as there is no back strap on the frame, and because some parts are kept in place with the grip panels. I have not noted this to be more than theoretical and of no relevance in real world use of the pistol. Consider that the P226 has been used for several years now by England's SAS (Special Air Service) as well as our own Navy SEAL teams. I hardly think these warriors would use something not up to the task. Recall that the Walther P38, a seasoned veteran, also shares this trait, as does the Makarov. I have seen P225's, P226's, and P220's used in police service for years with no problems due to being fragile because of the stock design. One does need to make sure that the grip screws are tight. SIG-Sauer grip screws are relatively short and if loose, easily lost. On this gun there are lock washers in the grips below the screw heads to help prevent this. They are very precisely fitted along the rear grip strap with the seam being minute and relatively difficult to see.

While I have heard of a few cases in which the steel breach face insert gave way, they have been rare. It can happen but is the exception rather than the rule in my experience. Over 11 years as a police firearm instructor I saw quite a few SIG-Sauer handguns used long-term with no slide breakage. I have seen some SIG-Sauer slide rails crack on the frames, but not many. In these cases, SIG-Sauer took care of the replacements at no cost to the owner. Cracked frames in aluminum frame guns is not unheard of regardless of the maker.

The front strap is neatly serrated with to promote a secure grip. Note that the area beneath the rear of the trigger guard is slightly relieved for a slightly higher grip. There is a slight swell in the grip around the magazine release to keep the thumb off of it, but it's also relieved so that deliberately pressing the magazine release is easy and quickly done.

The P225 does not have a removable barrel bushing ala the 1911 or some Star firearms. Nevertheless, the barrel can be expected to fit the slide with no perceptible movement when in battery. I've checked perhaps half a dozen of these over the years with the same results. Slide-to-frame fit is also excellent. I can usually find very small lateral movement on the slide and none vertically. While closely fitted, the P225 "glides" into battery without any "crush" fit.

The P225 does not have a removable barrel bushing, as do some pistols. The gap visible at the top is to allow for the upward cant that occurs when the barrel is unlocked from the slide during firing. Barrel-to-slide fit is tight and without perceptible felt movement.

The barrel appears to have a one-piece feed ramp and a ramp is present but like the 1911, part of the feed ramp is in the frame. Do not try and polish the abbreviated feed ramps on the SIG-Sauer line of pistols unless you know that you can do it without removing any metal. The dimensions from the factory are critical and if altered too much, ruin reliability. They usually don't need polishing anyway.

This pistol uses a single-stack 8 round magazine. It has 7 witness holes and a steel follower. As can be seen from the picture, the magazine seam is both dovetailed and spot welded. The floor plate is easily removed for disassembly and maintenance.

Shooting: The P225 is obviously intended as a carry gun but one of slightly reduced dimensions when compared to the service pistol class of handguns. Obviously it is not intended as a formal target pistol, but it turns out that these guns are capable of very good mechanical accuracy. Their degree of "practical accuracy" (how easy they are or are not to shoot well) greatly depends upon the individual user. What is comfortable to one person may not be to another.

The gun will not have as short of a trigger reset as the 1911, but then, what does? There is a small amount of take-up present on the double-action and more on the single. In single-action reset is more akin the Hi Power than the 1911, so if this offends, the P225 is probably not the best choice. Considered an advantage to some users, the double-action trigger pull is an anathema to others who prefer both a lighter and consistent trigger pull from first shot to last. While I prefer the single-action auto as found in the Hi Power, 1911 and some Star's and CZ pistols, I have not found the double-action first shot to be as "terrible" as other shooters. While a master trigger specialist like Teddy Jacobson can do great things with the SIG-Sauer pistols, we will not be able to get so light a pull as in single-action.

To me, the double-action pull on the P225 is indeed a bit heavy, but it is smooth and shorter than on some other double-action automatics and I do not find it particularly slow nor burdensome to transition to single-action after the first shot is fired. This will not hold true with everyone depending upon his or her personal perceptions and preferences.

Ten Yards: For the reasons previously mentioned I fired several shots strictly double-action at this somewhat "long" combat distance. Starting with the gun in a low ready position, I raised and fired as soon as I could get a flash sight picture. A two-hand hold was used.

Using PMC 115-gr. Starfire JHP ammunition I fired one shot at either the chest or head of the NRA Law Enforcement target shown. It was not particularly difficult to get solid hits in this mode of fire, but neither is it as easy as with a single-action pistol. I estimate the time per shot at a second or slightly under.

Fifteen Yards: These groups were fired seated and using a two-hand hold and a rest. All shooting was in single-action and in slow-fire. Not intended to replicate defensive shooting, the exercise was to see how tightly the P225 could be made to group in my hands. Some shooters will do better but I believe it is clear that the P225 possesses more than adequate mechanical accuracy for 99% of most people's shooting requirements.

These two targets were shot at 15 yards in slow-fire. Speer 147-gr. Gold Dots were used on the left target while Remington 115-gr. JHP +P was used on the right. I do not know if the two flyers on the right target were due to the pistol or me. All of these shots felt "good." Human error is probably the main culprit so they were probably my fault. I found it interesting that elevation didn't vary that much between these two loads and that the slight differences in windage were more apparent.

Due to time constraints I did not shoot this gun at any greater distances.

Shooting results are intended neither as recommended defensive or target training. They are not devised to represent anything except if the gun can be shot comfortably at speed and to wring out its inherent accuracy while minimizing human error as much as possible with braced wrists. They are hoped to provide a sort of baseline for what other shooters might expect and nothing more.

While I find the P225 to possess considerable mechanical accuracy, I do not get quite so small of groups as with the P226. I flat do not know if this is due to the latter's greater sight radius or if the design's geometry is maximized in the full size gun. (In some of the 9mm S&W automatics I found I could get somewhat tighter groups with the smaller versions!) In any event I believe most of us will find the P225 to possess more than enough accuracy for self-defense purposes. I have not done extensive searches for what loads group the best in this pistol. At the same time, I have not shot any that refused to group pretty well.

Being as this pistol is intended primarily as a defensive arm, I opted to chronograph several factory 9mm loads from light to heavy for caliber. Shooting was done 10' from the chronograph screen and 10 shots per load were fired. Velocities, extreme spreads, and standard deviations are in ft/sec.

SIG-Sauer P225 Chronograph Results:


Average Velocity:

Extreme Spread:

Standard Deviation:

RBCD 50-gr. Tactical




Remington UMC 115-gr. FMJ




Fiocchi 115-gr. FMJ




Federal 115-gr. JHP




Remington 115-gr. JHP +P




PMC 115-gr. Starfire JHP




Corbon 115-gr. DPX +P




Corbon 115-gr. JHP +P




CCI Blazer 124-gr. FMJ




PMC 124-gr. Starfire JHP




Hornady 124-gr. TAP (XTP)




Remington 124-gr. GS +P




Winchester 127-gr JHP +P+




Remington 147-gr. GS




Speer 147-gr. Gold Dot




Another pistol, the Glock 26, is often considered for the same role as the P225 and I thought that it might be interesting to compare velocities with some of the chronographed loads common to both. Average velocities listed are in ft/sec. The Glock uses polygonal rifling and has a 3.46" barrel compared to the conventional rifling in the P225's 3.86" tube.

Chronograph Results: Glock 26 vs. SIG-Sauer P225:



Glock 26:

% Difference (Glock):

Fiocchi 115-gr. FMJ



+ 8%

Federal 115-gr. JHP



+ 0.2%

Corbon 115-gr. DPX +P




Hornady 124-gr. TAP (XTP)



+ 1%

Winchester 127-gr. JHP +P+




It becomes clear that they very well may be something to the claims that polygonal rifling reduces velocity loss more than conventional rifling … at least with some loads. A more exhaustive study would be required to be meaningful.

In my P225, these loads were the most consistent and had standard deviations of 10 ft/sec or less! From left to right: Hornady 124-gr. TAP, Corbon 115-gr. DPX +P, Federal 115-gr. JHP, Corbon 115-gr. JHP +P, CCI/Speer 124-gr. FMJ, and Remington UMC 115-gr. FMJ. Note also that the LOA and bullet ogive vary significantly between these rounds. The P225 digested all with no hiccups.

Observations: There were no malfunctions of any kind. The closest thing to one appeared to be with the RBCD 50-gr. Tactical ammunition. This is a standard pressure load and even at its high bullet velocity there was barely enough momentum to eject cases. With this load, fired cases ejected only about a foot or so! Everything else was from approximately 5' for the PMC Starfires to about 12' for the Corbon 115-gr. JHP +P, which also gave the greatest felt recoil of any load fired.

The P225 showed no preference in feeding one type of ammunition over the other. Chambering was slick and without hesitation. For personal defense in this pistol I liked the performance of the Corbon DPX +P as its felt recoil was equivalent to standard velocity ammunition, but the bullet has proven to expand quite well and reliably though various intermediate targets. I found the 115-gr. DPX +P to be quite a bit more controllable in rapid-fire than the same company's old standby, the 115-gr. JHP +P. This round has quite a following among 9mm fans concerned with self-protection and if I foresaw lots of it in my P225's future, I'd increase the recoil spring from 16 to 17-lbs. I would also increase the mainspring from 24 to 26-lbs. Were I going to use the RBCD 50-gr. ammunition, I'd go the other way to insure reliability.

Heavy-for-caliber 147-gr. JHP ammunition is favored by more than a few using the 9mm by choice or mandate. Reports exist that such ammunition may not be reliable in some pistols, but in this short test, the P225 fed it without complaint.

Felt recoil was not excessive for a 9mm in this size and weight. The gun exhibited slightly more muzzle rise than longer pistols but was by no means hard to control. No sharp edges were felt and there was no hammer bite. In short, it's comfortable to shoot.

The interior of the barrel proved very smooth and clean up was easier and less time consuming than with some other 9mm pistols having rougher bores.

I like the P225. It is not the best vehicle by which to exploit the ballistic capabilities of the 9x19mm cartridge, but it still provides bullet speeds compatible with expected 9mm performance. They're easy to carry. Though certainly not a pocket gun, the piece will easily drop into a large overcoat pocket and with a proper belt holster they are comfortable to carry for long periods.

Here we see the P225 in a Galco belt slide holster. (It's marked YAQ202) and spare magazines in a Blade-Tech carrier. This combination would be adequate for most lawfully concealed individuals.

The P225 will not be replacing my Browning Hi Powers but neither is it a pistol I'm anxious to be rid of. I've never been a great SIG-Sauer fan, but somehow cannot bring myself to be without my P220 in .45 or this little thing. In fact, these are the only two SIG-Sauer handguns I own having traded off my P230.

I doubt that this pistol will ever be accused of being "elegant" or having "classic lines" like the Hi Power, 1911, or S&W revolvers, but it does appear rather "businesslike".

It does not match the magazine capacity of the P228/229 pistols having double-stack magazines. At the same time, I believe that it holds enough for the vast majority of defensive scenarios assuming that the shooter can hit his mark. It's relatively compact size combined with light weight and good ergonomics make this gun a viable choice for folks wanting an "upper tier" handgun that can be found at prices from around $375 to $500. Spare parts and extra magazines can be had without much problem and holsters can be found for these pistols in most price ranges. If a person likes the cartridge and finds cocked-and-locked unacceptable for whatever reasons, this pistol really should be on their short list for an accurate carry gun that can be counted on for dependability and simplicity in getting into action.


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

6,000,000 for Redemption: A Deal Made With Haman

This is a reprint of a letter that I wrote to Rav Lazer Brody back in December of 2005. It deals with the subject that I broached but did not complete on the Tamar Yonah show earlier today.

In continuation of today's earlier post about assimilation, I received a very special letter from the "Maggid" of Kochav Yaakov, my esteemed friend Dov Bar-Leib, may Hashem bless him, his family, and his community. Here's what Reb Dov writes:

Dear Reb Lazer:

It is gut wrenching to report, but there is an end-times source for this Holocaust in America. Zechariya HaNavi tells us that two out of three of us will not make it. Only one-third of Klal Yisrael will be refined to welcome Mashiach.

In 1939 there were 18 million Jews in the world. Hitler, yemach shmo (may his name be wiped out - LB), took a third, but because they died for the Sanctification of HaShem's Name, they have a spiritual rebirth in our time. In the American Holocaust, another one-third has no spiritual rebirth, for they chose their path, sometimes through total ignorance. This leaves the original six million taken by Hitler, yemach shmo, who are here to say "Baruch HaBah" to Mashiach. Thank G-d, that the original six million has divided up into 6 million men and 6 million women for a total of 12 million Halakhic Jews in the world. The reason for this is steeped in Kabbala and has to do with the number of Jews that Haman purchased for slaughter with 10,000 Kikar. You can read about it in my article "6 million for Makhzit HaShekel" on my blog site.

The calculation is not so complicated. When Yosef was sold into slavery, each of the ten brothers received 2 dinar which according to most sources was equal to 1/2 of a Shekel or Makhzit HaShekel. The total 20 dinar received for the sale was therefore equal to five shekel, the amount which is equivalent to redeeming the firstborn, Pidyon HaBen. As our sources tell us, the coins were then used to buy shoes from the Midyanim who were passing by at the same time as the Yishmaelim. Since Yosef represented 1/10th of those who benefited from the transaction, a tikun of Makhzit HaShekel makes sense. 600,000 men at Sinai would give 300,000 shekel which would purchase 300,000 divided by five equalling 60,000 Josephs back from slavery. How Yosef would be rewarded with the 36 silver crowns is described in my article. Of course this relates Chanukah to Purim, probably a subject of another article.

It is worth noting that the Makhzit HaShekel (half shekel - LB) coin was actually a coin that was worth twice as much with twice as much silver since the crime of selling Yosef against his will required the brothers to pay back double, "kefel". After the Chait HaEigel, the Makhzit HaShekel would not suffice to bring Klal Yisrael back to the "Gate of Gan Eden" from which we fell back because of that Chait, for now all 600,000 needed to be redeemed. This, of course would require 6 million Jewish men giving 3 million shekel. You see, the Chait HaEigel (sin of the golden calf - LB) is intimately intertwined with Mechirat Yosef (sale of Joseph - LB), for the same plate that was used to cause Yosef to rise out of his burial spot in the Nile was used later by the sons of Bilaam to cause the Eigel to appear from the fire into which Aharon had thrown the gold.

When Haman put 10,000 kikar of silver into the genizah (treasury - LB) of the King, he intended to buy all the Jews for slaughter. The question arises how many Jews did he purchase. From Parshat Pekudei we see that 603,550 men in the desert contributed from Makhzit HaShekel 100 kikar of silver for the Adanim (one kikar for each socket holding together the fifty beams that formed the skeleton for the tabernacle, two sockets for each beam, one on top and one on the bottom) plus 1775 additional shekel for the hooks on the pillars. The 1775 additional shekels come the 3550 Jews over the exact 600,000 figure. Since exactly 600,000 Jews gave 300,000 shekel of silver which equals 100 kikar, we get a conversion factor of 3,000 shekel /kikar of silver. 10,000 kikar times 3000 shekel /kikar equals 30 million shekel. 30 million shekel divided by five shekel per person purchased six million Jews for slaughter! HaShem said that Amalek's purchase was valid, but not in that generation. Only a generation just before Mashiach would come would need such merit for Mashiach to come. In the merit of that 6 million who perished, 6 million male Jews and 6 million female Jews will witness the miracles of Israel's great redemption speedily in our day and will willingly donate 3 million shekel for the Third Temple effectively cleansing our Sin of the Eigel HaZahav. My forgiveness - May we have Jews in excess.

Baruch HaShem, Dov

Zechariah Chapter 14

א הִנֵּה יוֹם-בָּא, לַיהוָה; וְחֻלַּק שְׁלָלֵךְ, בְּקִרְבֵּךְ. 1 Behold, a day of the LORD cometh, when thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
ב וְאָסַפְתִּי אֶת-כָּל-הַגּוֹיִם אֶל-יְרוּשָׁלִַם, לַמִּלְחָמָה, וְנִלְכְּדָה הָעִיר וְנָשַׁסּוּ הַבָּתִּים, וְהַנָּשִׁים תשגלנה (תִּשָּׁכַבְנָה); וְיָצָא חֲצִי הָעִיר, בַּגּוֹלָה, וְיֶתֶר הָעָם, לֹא יִכָּרֵת מִן-הָעִיר. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, but the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
ג וְיָצָא יְהוָה, וְנִלְחַם בַּגּוֹיִם הָהֵם, כְּיוֹם הִלָּחֲמוֹ, בְּיוֹם קְרָב. 3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when He fighteth in the day of battle.
ד וְעָמְדוּ רַגְלָיו בַּיּוֹם-הַהוּא עַל-הַר הַזֵּיתִים אֲשֶׁר עַל-פְּנֵי יְרוּשָׁלִַם, מִקֶּדֶם, וְנִבְקַע הַר הַזֵּיתִים מֵחֶצְיוֹ מִזְרָחָה וָיָמָּה, גֵּיא גְּדוֹלָה מְאֹד; וּמָשׁ חֲצִי הָהָר צָפוֹנָה, וְחֶצְיוֹ-נֶגְבָּה. 4 And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleft in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, so that there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
ה וְנַסְתֶּם גֵּיא-הָרַי, כִּי-יַגִּיעַ גֵּי-הָרִים אֶל-אָצַל, וְנַסְתֶּם כַּאֲשֶׁר נַסְתֶּם מִפְּנֵי הָרַעַשׁ, בִּימֵי עֻזִּיָּה מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה; וּבָא יְהוָה אֱלֹהַי, כָּל-קְדֹשִׁים עִמָּךְ. 5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azel; yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah; and the LORD my God shall come, and all the holy ones with Thee.
ו וְהָיָה, בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא; לֹא-יִהְיֶה אוֹר, יְקָרוֹת יקפאון (וְקִפָּאוֹן). 6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that there shall not be light, but heavy clouds and thick;
ז וְהָיָה יוֹם-אֶחָד, הוּא יִוָּדַע לַיהוָה--לֹא-יוֹם וְלֹא-לָיְלָה; וְהָיָה לְעֵת-עֶרֶב, יִהְיֶה-אוֹר. 7 And there shall be one day which shall be known as the LORD'S, not day, and not night; but it shall come to pass, that at evening time there shall be light.
ח וְהָיָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, יֵצְאוּ מַיִם-חַיִּים מִירוּשָׁלִַם, חֶצְיָם אֶל-הַיָּם הַקַּדְמוֹנִי, וְחֶצְיָם אֶל-הַיָּם הָאַחֲרוֹן: בַּקַּיִץ וּבָחֹרֶף, יִהְיֶה. 8 And it shall come to pass in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem: half of them toward the eastern sea, and half of them toward the western sea; in summer and in winter shall it be.
ט וְהָיָה יְהוָה לְמֶלֶךְ, עַל-כָּל-הָאָרֶץ; בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, יִהְיֶה יְהוָה אֶחָד--וּשְׁמוֹ אֶחָד. 9 And the LORD shall be King over all the earth; in that day shall the LORD be One, and His name one.
י יִסּוֹב כָּל-הָאָרֶץ כָּעֲרָבָה מִגֶּבַע לְרִמּוֹן, נֶגֶב יְרוּשָׁלִָם; וְרָאֲמָה וְיָשְׁבָה תַחְתֶּיהָ לְמִשַּׁעַר בִּנְיָמִן, עַד-מְקוֹם שַׁעַר הָרִאשׁוֹן עַד-שַׁעַר הַפִּנִּים, וּמִגְדַּל חֲנַנְאֵל, עַד יִקְבֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ. 10 All the land shall be turned as the Arabah, from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; and she shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananel unto the king's winepresses.
יא וְיָשְׁבוּ בָהּ, וְחֵרֶם לֹא יִהְיֶה-עוֹד; וְיָשְׁבָה יְרוּשָׁלִַם, לָבֶטַח. {ס} 11 And men shall dwell therein, and there shall be no more extermination; but Jerusalem shall dwell safely. {S}
יב וְזֹאת תִּהְיֶה הַמַּגֵּפָה, אֲשֶׁר יִגֹּף יְהוָה אֶת-כָּל-הָעַמִּים, אֲשֶׁר צָבְאוּ, עַל-יְרוּשָׁלִָם; הָמֵק בְּשָׂרוֹ, וְהוּא עֹמֵד עַל-רַגְלָיו, וְעֵינָיו תִּמַּקְנָה בְחֹרֵיהֶן, וּלְשׁוֹנוֹ תִּמַּק בְּפִיהֶם. 12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the peoples that have warred against Jerusalem: their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their sockets, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
יג וְהָיָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, תִּהְיֶה מְהוּמַת-יְהוָה רַבָּה בָּהֶם; וְהֶחֱזִיקוּ, אִישׁ יַד רֵעֵהוּ, וְעָלְתָה יָדוֹ, עַל-יַד רֵעֵהוּ. 13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.
יד וְגַם-יְהוּדָה--תִּלָּחֵם, בִּירוּשָׁלִָם; וְאֻסַּף חֵיל כָּל-הַגּוֹיִם סָבִיב, זָהָב וָכֶסֶף וּבְגָדִים--לָרֹב מְאֹד. 14 And Judah also shall fight against Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the nations round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.
טו וְכֵן תִּהְיֶה מַגֵּפַת הַסּוּס, הַפֶּרֶד הַגָּמָל וְהַחֲמוֹר, וְכָל-הַבְּהֵמָה, אֲשֶׁר יִהְיֶה בַּמַּחֲנוֹת הָהֵמָּה--כַּמַּגֵּפָה, הַזֹּאת. 15 And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in those camps, as this plague.
טז וְהָיָה, כָּל-הַנּוֹתָר מִכָּל-הַגּוֹיִם, הַבָּאִים, עַל-יְרוּשָׁלִָם; וְעָלוּ מִדֵּי שָׁנָה בְשָׁנָה, לְהִשְׁתַּחֲו‍ֹת לְמֶלֶךְ יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, וְלָחֹג, אֶת-חַג הַסֻּכּוֹת. 16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
יז וְהָיָה אֲשֶׁר לֹא-יַעֲלֶה מֵאֵת מִשְׁפְּחוֹת הָאָרֶץ, אֶל-יְרוּשָׁלִַם, לְהִשְׁתַּחֲו‍ֹת, לְמֶלֶךְ יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת--וְלֹא עֲלֵיהֶם, יִהְיֶה הַגָּשֶׁם. 17 And it shall be, that whoso of the families of the earth goeth not up unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, upon them there shall be no rain.


Saddam and Rumsfeld in 1983







Thursday, May 22, 2008

STEPHEN CAMP - 38 Special Ammo

.38 Special Snub Ammo Test:

By Stephen Camp

Corbon 110-gr. DPX vs. Speer 135-gr. Gold Dot vs. Remington 158-gr. LSWCHP+P

With today's plethora of compact 9mm's, .40's, and .45 autoloaders, there remains a contingent of people preferring the time-tried snub 38 revolver. Interest in the "best" loads for self-protection remains high and recommendations run from 148-gr. target full wadcutters to a myriad of standard pressure and +P loads.

An old standby for several decades has been the lead semiwadcutter hollow point offered by Federal, Remington, Winchester and others. "Old technology" to be sure, the old "FBI Load" still garners its fair share of advocates. This one has always been a +P load and is merely a lead hollow point shaped like a semiwadcutter with rounded edges.

Though there are other players to be sure, a couple of touted "new technology" loads are vying for the hearts of snub 38 fans as the top load for serious business.

One is from Corbon and is designated DPX for Deep Penetrating X-bullet. This +P load uses a solid copper alloy bullet made by Barnes. Their X-bullets have a following among rifle hunters for both reliable expansion as well as penetration that is deeper than bullet weight might suggest. X-bullets for rifles normally expand with 4 petals, which forming an "X", hence the name. Their pistol bullets have 6 petals but still are called by the same name.

X-bullet expansion is engineered through alloy composition as well as bullet shape, hollow cavity depth and width and there appears to be pre-stressing, a process with which I am not familiar. The .38 Special has a crimping groove. It is tightly seated and there was not the least indication of any X-bullets unseating in recoil.

Speer recently introduced a +P load designated specifically for snub revolvers. It is designated Speer 135-gr. GDHP +P, which stands for Gold Dot Hollow Point. It is a traditional jacketed hollow point other than having a more malleable bullet jacket than most JHP's and having its lead core chemically bonded to the jacket. This insures no fragmentation or loss of mass during expansion.

These three bullets range in weight from light-for-caliber to standard 158-gr. About all they have in common besides caliber is that they are hollow points. Each attempts to maximize terminal effectiveness through different construction. From left to right: Corbon 110-gr. DPX +P, CCI/Speer 135-gr. GDHP +P, and Remington 158-gr. LSWCHP +P.

Shooting: For testing these rounds, I opted to use my 24/7-carry gun, an S&W Model 642. It is a stock, pre-lock revolver possessing no special attributes and has the usual 1 7/8" barrel.

This S&W Model 642-1 was used for today's tests. It is stock and has been both carried and shot much over the years.

Shooting was done standing and with a two-hand hold. I fired only at 10 yards and did so in slow-fire. Though probably not replicating what might happen in a deadly force scenario, skill in rapid-fire is dependent upon the individual shooter. My purpose was to see how well this ammunition did or did not group. If it won't group in slow and deliberate fire, it will only do worse when rapidly shot and groups tend to be larger.

The following 10-yard targets consist of 5 shots each.

Point of aim was at the center of the bullseye. This load grouped plenty well for defensive purposes. The spread between the two and three-shot clusters are almost certainly due to human error.

Once again the point of aim was the center of the bullseye. Though probably luck, this was the best group of the day. I have had good accuracy with Speer Gold Dots in other calibers as well.

This has been my normal carry-load in the snub. It is the Remington 158-gr. LSWCHP +P. Point of aim was the bottom of the bullseye. The shot to the far right was from my error.

I believe that all three of the loads fired are capable of one-hole groups at 10 yards and that differences are primarily from the human error I introduced.

None of these +P loads showed any signs of flattened primers or excessive pressures for the revolver used. None of them exhibited any sticking during case extraction.

Velocity Results: The table below contains data based on 10 shots from each load fired 10' from the chronograph screens.

Chronograph Results (ft/sec):


Average Velocity:

Extreme Spread:

Standard Deviation:

Rem 158-gr. LSWCHP +P




Speer 135-gr. GD +P




Corbon 110-gr. DPX +P




I was a little surprised by the average velocity of the Remington. It normally clocks between 800 and 810 ft/sec for me. The ammo used today was from a new box recently purchased.

Expansion and Penetration Testing: In these informal tests, I used super-saturated newsprint that had been soaked for 24 hours prior to using. The bundle of "wetpack" was drained for 30 minutes before shooting. Five rounds from each load were fired into it from a measured 5' and average penetration and expansion data is presented.

Expansion results are quite similar to those from 10% ballistic gelatin, but bullets routinely penetrate less than in the gelatin.

Here is what shook out:

Penetration/Expansion Results


Average Expansion (in.):

Average Penetration (in.):

Remington 158-gr. LSWCHP +P

0.580 x 0.565 x 0.479 tall

8 1/2

Speer 135-gr. Gold Dot +P

0.531 x 0.549 x 0.459 tall

7 1/2

Corbon 110-gr. DPX +P

0.522 x 0.524 x 0.502 tall


All of these loads are designed to penetrate at least the FBI-recommended 12" of 10% ballistic gelatin. From what I've read by those using 10% ballistic gelatin, the LSWCHP may or may not expand when fired through 4-layers of denim from a snub barrel. When fired into plain gelatin, it expands and penetrates between about 14 and 16". Corbon's 110-gr. DPX does about 13 to 14" after passing through 4-layers of denim and the Speer 135-gr. Gold Dot gets 13 to 14".

Here you can see two of each recovered bullet after being fired into the super-saturated newsprint. None failed to expand and results were very similar for each and every one. Left to right: Corbon 110-gr. DPX+P, Speer 135-gr. Gold Dot +P, and Remington 158-gr. LSWCHP +P. Weight loss was non-existent with any of them.

Observations: None of the three loads tried today "failed" in my admittedly limited and informal tests, but the question of which is best is not so easily answered. As far as I know, there have been no actual shootings of felons with any of the loads other than the older Remington. Despite its not passing the now-mandated 4-layers-of-denim-before-gelatin tests, it does appear to enhance the snub .38's "stopping power" on the street. Based on what I've seen in my own puttering around as well as read from "the big boys at the bicycle rack," both the DPX and Gold Dot should do at least as well and maybe better. I flat do not know the answer concerning which of the three is the supreme load for the pocket 38 revolver. Frankly, I wouldn't be afraid to load my personal carry gun with any of these loads.

Where the old LSWCHP has an actual "history", the DPX is garnering a reputation for consistency in expansion characteristics when fired through barriers ranging from denim, wallboard, laminated automobile windshields, and even light sheet steel. Speer's Gold Dot is reported to "pass" the denim test but I flat do not know how well it does or doesn't do after passing through hard targets and then impacting soft.

As I've mentioned before, felt recoil is a very subjective topic, but to me the Gold Dot had the sharpest felt recoil followed by the DPX and finally, the LSWCHP. None were pleasant, but neither was any "uncontrollable." Unless suffering from some physical handicap, I would not let felt recoil be a major consideration in this caliber from a snub. None of the three seemed to actually "move" the gun more than the other, but the two faster loads did seem to generate a sharper, quicker impulse to my hand.

In a steel frame J-frame revolver, felt recoil would certainly be manageable in my opinion and this would just get better with the K-frames and larger. That said, felt recoil is significant enough in my view, that the lightweight snub remains a poor choice for those new to shooting.

All three of these loads were fired from an aluminum-framed S&W Airweight. These are about the lightest snubs in which non-jacketed ammunition can be used. If you have one of the newer S&W Airlight snubs, please note that S&W recommends only jacketed ammunition, thus the LSWCHP would not be an option. Trust me; non-jacketed lead bullets will unseat themselves from their cases from recoil in but a few shots. It would not be a problem with the DPX, Speer, or other jacketed hollow point. In the aluminum frame or all-steel snubs, any of these three would be fine.

Which is the best? I don't know. I've cast my lot with the LSWCHP +P for more than a few years. Each of these bullets expanded reliably for me in my own informal tests. Against a non-barricaded aggressor at arm's length, I think any of these would suffice assuming that most important element of "stopping power": placement.


Some influential evangelical leaders are lobbying for an attack on Iran. But it's not about geopolitics -- it's about bringing about the End Times.
Rev. John Hagee, a leading cheerleader for the countdown to Armageddon.


Palestinian suicide truck packed with 4.5 tons explosives – most powerful ever – blows up outside Gaza-Israel crossing

May 22, 2008, 1:27 PM (GMT+02:00)

DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources report that the truck bomb containing 4.5 tons of explosives was the most powerful ever used against Israel - even in the darkest days of the Palestinian terrorist campaign. The explosion occurred early Thursday, May 22, on the Gaza side of the border, 50 meters short of the Erez crossing. It caused no Israeli casualties, but wrecked the border terminal, blasted a big hole in the border wall and shattered windows in Israel buildings. The bang was heard kilometers away. The truck bomb was followed by a group of Palestinian gunmen in a jeep.

DEBKAfile’s military sources report Israeli forces quickly roped off a large sector outside northern Gaza as a closed military zone, including Netiv Ha’asara and up to Kibbutz Yad Mordecai, to search for possible infiltrators. A second bomb vehicle heading out of northern Gaza was struck by the Israeli air force.

Mortar fire was directed simultaneously at the Sufa crossing to the south. The Palestinians kept up a hail of gunfire, which was returned by Israeli soldiers.

Jihad Islami and a Fatah faction claimed the attacks. Israel briefly closed the Sufa crossing through which the Gaza population has been supplied daily with basic commodities.

Overnight, Hamas announced that the truce talks taking place in Egypt for an informal ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip had ended without results. The Hamas negotiators have returned to Damascus.

During the week, armed Palestinian buffeted the border fence in an effort to force Israel to climb down on its conditions for a ceasefire and demand the abducted soldier Gilead Shalit’s release be incorporated in the deal.

Hamas demanded the release of 350 jailed terrorists “with blood on their hands”, whereas Israel offered 72. Hamas sought the immediate end of the Gaza blockade, while Israel agreed to open the crossings after the truce took hold.



'Squawk Box' Guest Warns of $12-15-a-Gallon Gas
Robert Hirsch, an energy advisor, says CNBC morning show prediction was a citation of the 'Dean of Oil Analysts.'

By Jeff Poor
Business & Media Institute
5/21/2008 3:38:13 PM

It may be the mother of all doom and gloom gas price predictions: $12 for a gallon of gas is “inevitable.”