Post by Michael Capasse on Jul 27, 2020 9:12:24 GMT -5
Is that a Mauser?
Capt Fritz (hat) and Lt. Day closely examine the rifle
The alleged rifle that was used to kill the president was an Italian made Mannlicher-Carcano (1940)
It is a single bolt action rifle, that takes a 6.5 mm cartridge shell.
One problem that remains since 1964 is the documentation of a 7.65 German Mauser found in the building.
Whether or not the gun was found in addition to, or instead of is unclear. The documents only say 7.65 Mauser.
There is no signed or sworn affidavit by any police officer involved in the finding of the rifle that listed it as a
Mannlicher-Carcano–only as a 7.65 Mauser. There are five documents, from 2 officers, over a 3 day period.
It becomes disturbing when the FBI was accepting sworn statements describing a 7.65 Mauser, while holding a 6.5mm Carcano.
Immediately after the shooting, Deputy Sheriff Eugene Boone, and Dallas Police Constable Seymour Weitzmn,
were part of the search team on the sixth floor of the TSBD. Three 6.5mm shells that were already
found on the scene, should have given a clue as to what type of rifle they were looking for.
Suddenly Boone and Weitzman, hollered almost simultaneously that they had found the weapon by the back stairs of the building.
DPD officers took pictures of the rifle in its place and waited for Capt Fritz for further instructions.
Once the rifle was pulled from between the boxes, Fritz checked the chamber and removed the live round and put it in his pocket.
Here the stories differ slightly, but Fritz held up the gun and asked "...does anybody know what type of rifle this is..?"
Seymour Weitzman, who had experience in gun sales, said it looked like a Mauser. Boone said Fritz and Lt Day called it a Mauser.
It is reporting 7.65 on a rifle clearly marked "CAL. 6.5" that continues to plague the confirmation of the official conclusion.
Deputy Eugene Boone | WC Testimony
Mr. BALL - There is one question. Did you hear anybody refer to this rifle as a Mauser that day?
Mr. BOONE - Yes, I did. And at first, not knowing what it was, I thought it was 7.65 Mauser.
Mr. BALL - Who referred to it as a Mauser that day?
Mr. BOONE - I believe Captain Fritz. He had knelt down there to look at it, and before he removed it,
not knowing what it was, he said that is what it looks like. This is when Lieutenant Day, I believe his name is,
the ID man was getting ready to photograph it. We were just discussing it beck and forth. And he said it looks like a 7.65 Mauser.
Mr. BALL - Thank you.
The CHAIRMAN - Thank you very much, Sheriff. You have been very helpful.
End of session.
By the end of March, Attorney Ball would have been well aware of the distinct markings on the rifle in evidence.
It is clearly labeled "MADE IN ITALY" and "CAL. 6.5" Yet, this wording was not identified in any sworn documents.
No further questions regarding this important contradiction or essential followup is entered in to the record from this witness.
Instead, it is the end of session.
Description of Rifle [from WCR]
The bolt-action, clip-fed rifle found on the sixth floor of the Depository,
described more fully in appendix X, is inscribed with various markings, including "MADE ITALY," "CAL. 6.5," "1940"
and the number C2766.126 (See Commission Exhibit Nos. 1303, 541(2) and 541 (3), pp. 82-83.)
These markings have been explained as follows: "MADE ITALY" refers to its origin; "CAL. 6.5" refers to the rifle's caliber;
"1940" refers to the year of manufacture; and the number C2766 is the serial number.
This rifle is the only one of its type bearing that serial number.