as head of Betar I had to go into the city to register the 10 gund we had as part of our Rifle Club, 6 .22s and 4 .30-30s
(Chuck - right?).
Anyway, I went to a police station near my home in Queens so I could also see my parents f or a few hours - and get properly fed.
As it was summer and we were a Zionist camp, I walked into the station with 10 guns under my arms, tanned brown, longish and unkempt hair, shorts and sandals.
They thought I was invading on behalf of the Weathermen.
The big bore rifles were U.S. M1 Garand, in .30-06 Springfield caliber.
Those rifles, and the .22 rimfire training rifles were property of the U.S. Dept. of Defense, Office of Civilian Marksmanship, and were loaned to Betar. There was an annual grant of free ammunition, as well, in both calibers.
The program was run with the intention of teaching kids to shoot, and at that time, in the USA in the 1960s, there was still the military draft. The thinking was that many of the kids who learned to shoot under proper supervision and coaching, would come to the army with shooting skills and would require less training by army instructors.
I don't know if the program is still offered.
Larry Silverman was officially tasked by the U.S. government, with keeping track of the firearms and ammunition, when they came back to NYC from camp at the end summer. He would then apply for a new complement of ammunition for the following summer.
As the guns were registered to the U.S. government as their property and were on loan to Betar with official documentation, why did you have to register them again?
As to the Weathermen, (for younger members), they were a domestic U.S. terrorist group who did bombings and bank robberies all over the country during the 1960s.
Their name came from a line in a Bob Dylan anti-war protest song: "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing".
"Weatherman" is a name used in some parts of the country, for a weathervane mounted on the roof of a building.
Bruce Barak Koffler
and Winkie replied:-
As to why I had to register them, I can't recall. Maybe it was a simple bureacratic exercise or maybe it was other paperwork activity. Larry (Levi) wasn't around and I for sure do not recall anything about how we received our ammo. All I knew was that the guns were passed down from generation to generation.
Below is my picture that I used for the registration and three documents (in my original name) attesting to my proficiency and my membership in the NRA and the local club that served us (I am sure someone has stories about Joe Adams who lived on Holland Avenue in the Bronx).
I don't think, at that time, that we had a separate Betar Club but in any case, I don't have a membership card left over.
Chaim Fishgrund adds:-
One year, I believe it was during the 1967 - 1968 academic year, Baruch Kraus, Aaron Kinsberg and I shared an apartment in the Bronx. I remember that we had 3 of the M1 rifles in the aprtment. I have no idea how they got there and what happened to them. Aaron, Baruch - do you remember?