Was looking for something else at Tam's place and ran across this(which I'd forgotten). Which reminded me of something:
I don't write much of what I own, but I have a rifle that appears to be a standard WWII K98 German Mauser. Which it was. Look closer, and the German proofs have all been defaced with a couple of chisel marks each. Scan on around and you'll find a small six-pointed star stamped into the top of the receiver ring.
When lots of surviving Jews were fleeing Europe after the war to what was then the British Protectorate of Palestine, they- and those who'd always been there- knew they needed arms, both for current protection and for the future. And most of what they could get was from Europe, either stuff produced on German machinery or to German patterns, but there was a LOT of war surplus stuff available. And they weren't in a position to be picky.
This is one of those later rebarreled to 7.62x51(doubt there are many left in the original 8mm). I like it for two reasons. One is the historical aspect. The other is that a part of my soul delights in knowing that Hitler & Co. are gnashing their teeth in hell at the knowledge that a bunch of Jews used Nazi-produced arms to help create and defend the state of Israel.