Sighting In: Field Animations

This is what we would call a learning experience. It’s also what we’d call a hell of a fun day out in the bush. I have said this before, but I never get tired of finding open space out in the country. It’s always fun to go out and try out some new gear. I brought my buddy Dan, who looks more accustomed to a battle axe than a tactical shotgun. But if it gets him out of the basement and away from dice, then it’s definitely a more than worthwhile experience.

We hiked for only 4.6 kilometers before setting up the range. The Eberlestock backpack was phenomenal. I carried the shotgun with me out, and the SKS on the way back and both times I could barely feel the weight of the gun. It was astonishing. There were several marshy areas we had to hop, skitter, and jump across, and every time I was able to keep balance just fine. Dan, who was stuck with the other gun slung over his shoulder often had to hand off parts of his gear to me in order to have his hands free and make it across the various brooks and creeks we encountered. When we had identified a site to shoot from and a suitable range the gun came out smoothly hand over hand.

The badlands case on the other hand was a different problem. While my initial idea of having one handed opening to access the monocular was correct, stowing and closing the pocket proved to be more difficult. In fact, it proved to be next to impossible. I may have attracted a wounded crane looking to mate with my flapping around self trying to reach across my ribs to store things.

When we stopped I wound up removing it, using the quick snaps, and re-mounting it on the chest strap of my backpack. This fixed the access problem but was a little more bulky.

The other problem came from sighting in. Let me be clear: when trying to adjust any sort of scope, having the right tools helps. All torque wrenches are not made equal, and the ones that adjust the Vortex strikefire sight are not the same as those that adjust the Barska red-dot. The second problem is how you mount your scopes. Somewhere along the line, I wound up with an extra high mount designed for a flat-top AR-15. That puts the scope tube a fair distance away from the SKS barrel, and I’m thinking the low profile hunting mount would be a worthwhile purchase. We spent a full hour toying with scopes, trying to figure out if we were high or low at particular ranges, before jumping back to the iron sights just so we could happily shoot something.

I’ve discovered what thousands of close range shooters already know: open sights offer better visibility and target acquisition than most scopes. Things are just more fluid when you don’t have to deal with glass or elevation. You can just dial in your adjustable iron sights and shoot.

Having a spotting scope would have also helped. The 7.62X39 SKS makes very small holes, meaning at 100 yards we often weren’t even sure if we’d hit the damn thing. You’d have to stop, walk out there and jump across a small creek before you could see what sort of results you got. I was pleased to learn that my Bates Boots are still waterproof.

We did some fun stuff too. Move from point A to B without being seen, then shoot and explode these abandoned beer bottles. Or fire from standing, crouching and prone in a brief period. But I rigged up my camera to take a full-auto stream of images during one of our runs, and this is what it produced. It’s a little embarrassing to see just how geeky I look doing these things, but damned if it wasn’t a shit-ton of fun anyway.

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Comments (57)

  1. calibos says:

    Having grown up in the sticks, I can say there are probably only 3 available activities that will entertain teenage boys in the countryside

    Offroad vehicles
    Guns
    Crystal Meth

    Which one do you think is safest?

  2. srreality says:

    You forgot the most important one: teenage girls

  3. presidentender says:

    most dangerous one

    • ak49vigilante says:

      Because teenage girls in the countryside have fathers, and the fathers have all three:

      Offroad vehicles
      Guns
      Crystal Meth

  4. Cherry-Pie says:

    These kids look a little young/unqualified to be doing this sort of activity for amusement. :S

  5. ak49vigilante says:

    Dude, did you seriously just call an SKS an assault rifle?

    • presidentender says:

      Hey now, it’s a rifle and it fires an intermediate cartridge. That’s, like, part of the definition of an assault rifle….

      • ak49vigilante says:

        President, it is not a rifle.

        It does, however, fire an intermediate catridge, so it does match like 1 part of the definition.

        Edit: Figured I’d clarify the “not a rifle” comment.

        SKS is an acronym for Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova (Russian: Самозарядный карабин системы Симонова), 1945 (Self-loading Carbine, Simonov’s system, 1945), or SKS 45.

  6. presidentender says:

    Carbines are rifles.

    A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, with a barrel that has a helical groove or pattern of grooves (“rifling”) cut into the barrel walls.

    Per Wikipedia. Of course, this means that a handgun with a shoulder stock attachment is a rifle, which I don’t like.

    • ak49vigilante says:

      Then a shotgun with rifling is also a rifle.

      Edit: That’s one of the worst definitions I’ve ever seen wikipedia give. We should change that.

      • presidentender says:

        I can’t come up with a definition of “rifle” that excludes carbines and rifled slug guns, other than using arbitrary barrel length and bore diameter restrictions.

  7. ak49vigilante says:

    How’s about you and me just know what a rifle, a carbine, and a shotgun are, and we let the noobs use wikipedia.

  8. presidentender says:

    My Toyota pickup is littler than a Ford F350 but they’re both trucks, brodinski!

    • ak49vigilante says:

      Yeah, but you wouldn’t compare your toyota pickup with a Mac truck, would you, Bro-the-plumber?

      • presidentender says:

        Nope, the Mack truck isn’t a light truck and my ‘yota is, Mighty Bro Young.

        Like, all Alaskans are human, but not all humans are Alaskan, something like that. You don’t go “I’m not human, I’m Alaskan!”

  9. ak49vigilante says:

    ALRIGHT, FINE, YOU WIN, BUT ALASKANS AREN’T ALL HUMANS! MY DOG IS A DOG, BUT SHE’S ALASKAN, TOO!

    Edit: Bro-boat.

  10. presidentender says:

    That reminds me of this one time, my girlfriend had this bra. It had a starry pattern on it. She left it in the bathroom to dry overnight, and the furnace didn’t kick on. So when she got up and put it on, it was slightly cool.

  11. wintremute says:

    Shotgun at 12. A Topper 20 gauge.

    I don’t own an assault rifle. I shot my first deer at 13 with a borrowed .25-06 rifle.

  12. Th3TinMan says:

    Lol assault rifle, can we stop using stupid words like “assault” its all about what your currently using it for that defines it.

  13. presidentender says:

    Thanks. I have no idea what the definition of assault rifle is. My post above indicates that I think an SKS is an assault rifle. God, I’m such a noob.

    • Usually_a_one_liner says:

      Although I’m sure you knew what an assault rifle is, others who may be reading this thread may not. That’s the only reason I chimed in.

  14. aristander says:

    I usually trade out the internal mag for a removable 20 rounder from Tapco when I take my SKS out, but other than that since it seems like they had a good time and no one was hurt I don’t think there’s anything I can take issue with.

  15. TheUnreasoner says:

    I used to be pretty anti-gun, I gotta say. Just the idea of more bullets being in the air when they didn’t have to be, and the fact that I was also held up once by a guy I could have taken on if he hadn’t been armed, made me pretty biased. But after having “gun-nerd” friends, and what with current events being how they are, I see a real need now for people to be truly educated in firearm safety, and the younger the better. I think that would reduce the need that some folks in power see to have unreasonably strict gun control laws.

    • aznhomig says:

      At least you can see some basic logic and apply common sense when it comes to guns unlike certain people.

      • TheUnreasoner says:

        Well I mean, guns are tools. Though their purpose can be a little grizzly, I think it’s important that there be experts on these tools who are not all police and military. You’d think it would be basic logic.

  16. Grimsterr says:

    Firsts: bb gun – 5 shotgun – 7 rifle – 12 pistol – 18 assault rifle – never but I did buy my first AR15 this year in my late 30’s

  17. annemg says:

    My son got his at 9, depending on your definition of “assault rifle”. I’m going under the current popular definition of “black and scary looking.”

  18. Sg-550 says:

    Okay assault rifle is:

    Intermediate cartridge
    Fed from a removable box magazine
    And Select fire.

    An sks is no more an assault rifle then a bolt action rifle which has a detachable magazine.

    Although i gotta say, lose the tapco stock man! use the rifle in it’s military dress it is far more tactical that way. Oh and overall what is your impression of the fabarm? Im normally the remington 870 kinda guy.

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    This kid owns a Fabarm tactical shotgun and an SKS. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that he also often wears a trench coat and was picked on in high school.

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    Blake thinks working with the double Olympic 100 metres and 200m champion is a gift, an inspiration, and he would be right. But it works both ways, as the more senior of them described. “He said that in training he always tries to be in front of me and that’s true,” Bolt said. “He’s really kept me on my toes all season. When I lost to him I went to my coach [Glen Mills] and said, ‘Do I need to be worried? He said, ‘No, three hard weeks of training and you should be OK’.”air jordan heels

    The heat was off by the time Bolt gave the most compelling press conference of his career. It was after midnight in the Olympic Stadium and the stunts had all been pulled. He had joked with the volunteer who was looking after his kit box, won the 200m in 19.32sec, pressed a finger to his mouth as he crossed the line, thrown in a couple of celebratory press-ups on the track, kissed the ground, borrowed a photographer’s camera to take some snaps and performed his obligatory lightning bolt shtick.

    All the showman’s tricks had been played for the gallery and the world had been instructed: “I’m now a legend. I’m also the greatest athlete to live.” So now it was time to reveal his other, more thoughtful side: the one beyond the crowd-pleasing cabaret, itself a mixture of self-aggrandisement and parody.womens jordan heels

    Remember: by the time he had given the lucky photographer his camera back, Bolt was on the other side of his “mission”. He was the world’s fastest man at 100m and 200m and a double Olympic champion. No track and field athlete can match the lustre of his four-year record in Beijing and London. So what next? He was already working on that.

    First, the 4×100m relay in a discipline where Jamaica pulled off the trifecta in the 200m final (Bolt, Blake, Warren Weir). “The fact that both of us have run fast this year means there could be a record. But you can never know with the relay,” Bolt said. “It would be a good way to close the show.”cheap nike high heels

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    The odds are strongly against Bolt chasing a hat-trick of sprint titles in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 but he sounds half-serious about picking up the gauntlet thrown by Kenya’s wonderful 800m champion, David Rudisha, who said he was willing to drop a distance to confront the lightning man.

    we see Bolt’s all-seeing, academic side. He was already alive to that possibility before Rudisha called him out. “I don’t know if I’m going to stay around the 200 or try something else. I’m going to sit down with my coach and discuss it,” he said.

    “But Yohan Blake’s going to be there, so it’s going to be good. If I trained well I could take Rudisha at 400m. Anything more and I don’t think I could do it.cheap nike heels

    “I was watching his 800m and I think he went through the 500m in 56sec. My personal best at the 500 is one minute. So he’d be way ahead of me. At 400m I think I could take him. Not now, but I could.”

    intriguing observation confirms that Bolt thinks in assignments, in chunks of time. He is not just blowing along with the breeze. And the truth is that Blake had him rattled in those Jamaican championships. Nor was he completely sound as he opened his campaign with a 9.63sec victory over his younger friend in the 100m.

    “I really came here a little bit off, but I said if I focused I could come here 90 per cent and do it. I did just that,” Bolt said. Few elite athletes could overcome those doubts, especially in an event where the margins of victory are so tiny.

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    Even he, though, is daunted by the long road to Rio. “When I get to 30 I’ll think about retiring also because athletics is way too hard. It’s rough, day in day out. As you can see Yohan Blake is running 19.4 already, his personal best is 19.2 [for the 200m]. He’s running 9.7. So in the next four years he’s going to be firing. I’d like to get out early before he starts running too fast.

    “[Rio] is going to be a hard mission. Both these guys [Blake and Weir] are training too well. I’m going to be 30. They’re going to be 26. Both these guys are training extremely well and I think I’ve had my time. In life anything is possible, but that’s going to be a hard reach, because there’s going to be a lot more talent coming up, and these guys have stepped up already. I’m not looking that far. I’ve made myself a legend. I’m just going to enjoy it right now.”

    Before and after the show, there is calculation and cunning. During it, there is a sublime skill of mixing the jokey and the serious. The whole world saw Bolt messing about with the young woman who was looking after his kit as he stood on the starting blocks. “I was looking at her and she looked kind of nervous,” he explained. “I said, ‘Are you nervous?’ She said, ‘Yes’. I said, ‘Why?’ And she said, ‘Because I’m so excited’.

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    These are astonishing vignettes. They defy the old orthodoxy of intense concentration and being ‘in the zone’. Maybe Bolt does this to relax himself as much as the volunteer. The clue might be Blake’s revelation: “Usain’s always told me, ‘You’re not doing this for the people or the fans, you’re doing this for you’.”

    An obsession with the here and now is not required to see that Bolt is out in front of Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson and all the other greats of Olympic track and field. Reporters wanted to place him in another pantheon, beyond the Olympic lanes.nike high heels

    “I can’t say if I have the status of Ali or Pele. I’ve really set myself high in track and field,” Bolt said. “Michael Jordan was the greatest in his sport and I’m the greatest in mine. Ali was the greatest in his. I’m guessing I am in that category but I’ll let other people decide that. I just know I’m a legend.

    “When it comes to Bob Marley, Bob Marley is one of the greatest Jamaican legends. He did great for the country before me. I’m just carrying out his duty, pretty much. I wouldn’t say I’m greater than him. We had the same goal: to make Jamaica one of the most loved countries in the world.”jordan heels

    His desire to inspire sounds genuine, and touching. It could hardly be anything else on an island of 2.9 million where athletics has become the biggest source of national self-esteem, and where elevating superstar behaviour would not be tolerated. Again, with a depth of seriousness in his voice Bolt said: “I know a lot of kids look up to me. When I came home from Jamaica even the girls were saying, ‘I want to be the next Usain Bolt’.

    know I inspire a lot of kids. I always encourage them to work hard. I get a lot of messages on Facebook from kids who ask me about coaching. I try to give them inspiring messages. I push myself hard because I know they want to see my run fast and do good. There will be rough times. It’s all about how you focus and how much you want it.”

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    Asked how a wife or girlfriend could ever reach his standards he said: “That’s a tough question, huh? I don’t know. For me it’s all about falling in love. There, I said it. If I could find the right girl it wouldn’t matter what she did. But I’m looking forward to it. I’m a bachelor. Huh.”

    the euphoria, you could sense the weight lifting from him. The slab of expectation was off his back, and it was time to settle a score with Lewis, who has questioned the legitimacy of Jamaica’s triumphs in the sprints: “I’m going to say something controversial. Carl Lewis: I have no respect for him,” Bolt said. “It was really sad for me when I heard what he’s saying. I’ve lost all respect for him. All respect.

    “It was all about drugs what he was saying. All about drugs. For an athlete to be out of the sport and to be saying that is really upsetting.”nike heels

    But Lewis cannot lower the colours of champion who has dominated from Beijing to London and filled both congregations with awe. “To set a goal for yourself, and then achieve it, is just a wonderful feeling,” he says.

    “You can’t really explain because it’s not going to hit you until you get home, sit down and talk to your friends, reminisce.

    “And they’ll say, ‘Do you remember when you got injured here, and injured here, and beat there?’ Those are the things that will bring tears to your eyes. Because you’ll remember the journey.”

    Mike Cameron says he’s retiring as Mariner

    On his way to Seattle earlier this week, Mike Cameron decided he wanted to retire as a member of the Mariners.

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    “It’s a long way from home for me, but it’s also been a special home for me,” Cameron said on Friday night. “I felt like it was only fitting to try to slide my way into the Mariner family for the rest of my life.”

    Cameron made that decision official Friday when he signed a one-day employment contract that allowed him to retire as a member of the Mariners organization. Cameron was in town to throw out the first pitch before the team’s home opener.ken griffey shoes

    It was a largely ceremonial move, but one Cameron wanted to do while he was here. Cameron was signed for the 2012 season by Washington, but informed the Nationals shortly before spring training that he planned to retire, concluding a career that spanned 17 seasons and seven teams. Cameron also played for the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati, the New York Mets, San Diego, Milwaukee, Boston and Florida.

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    He was an All-Star in 2001 and also won a Gold Glove that season before adding a second in 2003. He had the unenviable task of taking over in center field after Ken Griffey Jr. was traded to Cincinnati, but quickly made his own mark. In his first week with the Mariners, Cameron made a fence-climbing leap to rob Derek Jeter of a home run and showed he was just as capable in the outfield as his predecessor.

    Later in his Seattle career, Cameron hit four homers in one game and was perhaps most remembered for circling the field with an American flag after the Mariners clinched the AL West title in 2001 in the days following the attacks of Sept. 11.

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    “We were winners. We won a lot of games here. Came up short as far as getting to the ultimate prize,” Cameron said. “But I couldn’t be more proud of the thing I was able to do here, so that’s why I feel like it should end here.”

    Reds’ Votto agrees to 12-year, $251.5 million deal | Baseball

    Joey Votto agreed to a $251.5 million, 12-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds that is the longest guaranteed contract in major-league history.

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    After watching NL Central rivals St. Louis and Milwaukee lose their first basemen to bigger markets, the Reds secured Votto with a package that easily eclipsed Ken Griffey Jr.’s $116.5 million, nine-year deal from 2000 as the largest in franchise history. In the majors, it trails only Alex Rodriguez’s $275 million and $252 million deals, both over 10 years.

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    Notes

    ? Left-hander John Lannan asked the Washington Nationals for a trade after they demoted him to Class AAA Syracuse, and he declared in an email sent to reporters: “I believe that I belong in a big-league rotation.”

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    ? The Cleveland Indians finalized a three-year contract with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. He’ll make $4.55 million in 2012, $6.5 million in 2013 and $10 million in 2014. Also, the Indians placed oft-injured center fielder Grady Sizemore from Everett on the 60-day disabled list.air griffey max 2

    ? Reliever Yoshinori Tateyama will begin the season on the Texas Rangers’ disabled list, and outfielder Julio Borbon is headed for the minor leagues.

    Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox combine to win 6 Gold Gloves | Baseball

    Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier became the first trio of Los Angeles Dodgers to win National League Gold Gloves in the same year, while Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury became the first three Boston Red Sox in 32 seasons to win the AL honor together.

    Kershaw became a first-time winner at pitcher when the awards were announced Tuesday. Ethier earned his first Gold Glove in the outfield and outfielder Kemp won the NL honor he also received in 2009.women ken griffey shoes

    First baseman Gonzalez earned his first AL Gold Glove to go along with two he won in the NL while with San Diego, Pedroia won at second base for the first time since 2008 and center fielder Ellsbury picked up his first Gold Glove. The previous three Red Sox to win in the same year were shortstop Rick Burleson along with outfielders Dwight Evans and Fred Lynn in 1979.

    For the first time since 1986, the Mariners lacked a Gold Glove winner. Ichiro’s streak ended at 10; he shares the AL record for Gold Gloves won by an outfielder with ex-Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. and Al Kaline.women griffey shoes

    Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle, who won for the third year in a row, was the lone AL honoree who also earned a Gold Glove last year.griffeys for women

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    Non-Dodgers to win NL Gold Gloves were St. Lous catcher Yadier Molina, Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips, Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Philadelphia third baseman Placido Polanco and Arizona left fielder Gerardo Parra.

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    McCourt to sell Dodgers

    LOS ANGELES — Frank McCourt has agreed to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers, surrendering the team he fought to retain for two years and in two courts.

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    Notes

    ? Former Mariners infielder Willie Bloomquist, 33, has declined his end of a $1.1 million mutual option for 2012 with the Arizona Diamondbacks.ken griffey sneakers

    ? Brian Cashman, New York Yankees general manager, signed a three-year, $9 million contract.

    The Verizon iPhone hype: Oh, where do we begin

    The news release, from Verizon Wireless, was marked urgent.

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    Hate to break it to the phone company, but honestly, the “It begins” line really should be saved for actual, monumental events. Like wars. Periods of drought or famine. Breaking of ground on a viaduct replacement. Free chowder at Ivar’s. Or Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.

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    More unsettling hype:

    You Hate It When This Happens: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s announcement of his triumphant returning to acting was tempered by the sobering realization that there’s only one role for a sad, old, sexist former steroid abuser who has left an entire state in ruins. And he’s already played it.kids ken griffey shoes

    Welcome To Jacques Cousteau Realty: About a third of Seattle metro-area residents with home mortgages now owe more than their homes are worth, http://www.griffeys2012forcheap.com estimates. Everyone else is living with their parents.kids griffey shoes

    Ding Dong: Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak finally stepped down. Sources said it was the incessant breathless coverage of that Egypt-fleeing grandma on Seattle-area TV stations (She’s lost at the Cairo airport! She’s found at the Cairo airport! She’s lifted off! She’s landed in New York! She’s landed in Seattle! She’s at baggage claim! She can’t get a cab! She’s on Shuttle Express! She’s at her doorstep! She’s on her couch! She’s eating Bran Chex! … ) that finally pushed him over the edge.

    The Week’s Poetic Justice Award: More than 100 pages of interview transcripts, photographs and other documents related to sexual-assault claims against WikiLeaks head Julian Assange have been leaked online.griffey shoes

    Still Huffing, No Puffing: President Obama, D-Marlboro Country, quit smoking almost a year ago, first lady Michelle Obama said. He’s using replacement therapy: Every time he’s tempted to light one up, he caves in to a Republican demand instead.king griffey shoes

    Meanwhile, In Gotham City: Donald Trump is considering throwing the strange animal that rides atop his head into the ring for the U.S. presidency in 2012.griffey shoes 2012

    The Captain Has Turned On The d-CON Light: An Alaska Airlines flight from Sea-Tac was delayed when a rat was found prancing around inside the cabin. Seems like a lot of fuss, especially when Southwest is running that First-Rat-Flies-Free promotion.

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    Leading By Example: Rumor is that Ken Griffey Jr. might return to the Mariners in a “consulting” role. He could bring a badly needed dose of entitlement to the clubhouse.cheap griffeys

    And Finally: It says something about America; we’re just not sure what. The “most-shared” story list on Google News, Friday afternoon: 1) Egypt Unrest. 2) Egypt Unrest. 3) Listen to Lady Gaga’s New Single, “Born This Way,” HERE!!! 4) Mubarak Steps Down. 5) Mubarak Refuses To Step Down. 6) Egypt Protests. 7) Beer Lovers More Likely to Have Sex on First Date.ken griffey jr shoes

    Ron Judd’s column appears each Sunday. He also writes Restless Native columns. Reach him at griffeys2012forcheap.com

    NBA | Charles Barkley arrested on DUI charges

    Charles Barkley was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol early Wednesday.

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    Thunder wins No. 4

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Scott Brooks figured his Oklahoma City Thunder team had been in enough close games in the fourth quarter to eventually win one. The team’s time came Wednesday night.

    The Thunder pulled away in the third quarter and held on for a 107-100 victory over Golden State. It was only the fourth win of the season for Oklahoma City, which snapped a five-game losing streak.

    “We’ve had a lot of fourth-quarter games. When you’re put in that situation constantly, you get better,” the interim coach said. “You find a rhythm. You find a little bit of anger inside your soul and say you’re going to keep fighting, we’re going to break through. And we’ve done that.”

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    ? Orlando guard Mickael Pietrus will be out indefinitely after breaking his right wrist on a dunk against Detroit on Monday.Nike Air Trainer Max 2 94

    One of the Magic’s main three-point threats, Pietrus is averaging 11.7 points. But he has had trouble staying healthy after the Magic signed him away from Golden State in the offseason. Pietrus was appearing in his fifth straight game on Monday after missing 10 with a torn ligament in his right thumb.

    ? Forward Jermaine O’Neal (knee) and guard Jason Kapono (quadriceps) missed Toronto’s game against Denver.Air Trainer Max 2 94

    ? Washington forward Caron Butler had an MRI that revealed no serious damage to his injured left ankle. The MRI confirmed the initial diagnosis of a sprain, and he will continue to be listed as day-to-day.

    Butler hurt the ankle during the loss to Cleveland on Christmas Day. He has since missed three games.

    ? Longtime NBA assistant Ron Adams has been hired to complete Brooks’ staff in Oklahoma City.

    Mercer Island teen opts for charity at his bar mitzvah

    Earlier this year, Rebecca Fox-Dewhurst and her son, Ben Dewhurst, were perusing invitations for his coming bar mitzvah when Ben noticed one in particular. On the front were the image of a globe and a quote from the Talmud: “Whoever saves a single life,” it read, “is as if one saves the entire world.”

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    The JFR each month sends money to nearly 1,200 verified rescuers in 26 countries. The greatest numbers are in Poland, Ukraine, Belarus and Hungary; 17 are in the U.S. Most are Catholic, some Muslim, and their stories are verified by Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem, a 55-year-old organization that documents the history of Jews during the Holocaust and those who helped save them.

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    For 90 minutes every Thursday, Ben has been studying for his big day at Temple B’nai Torah, reading out of the Torah in Hebrew. One night, he looks over the script, fidgeting in his polo shirt and tennis shoes, anticipating the day when he’ll be draped with a tallit, or prayer shawl, and sing a hymn for the congregation.

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