Thursday, July 21, 2016

At least when Jesse Ventura did it, he set it up so that we could see the action from the bolt side; we could see him working the bolt of the rifle. But, ProtectAus didn't do that. He kept it out of view.

The first time he did it, Jesse got hung up on the bolt, and it caused a delay. It put the time at over 11 seconds to get off 3 shots. But, he got better with practice, and his best time in getting off 3 shots was in the 8 second range. But, as you are watching him, you can see how difficult it is to operate that bolt. You have to lift the arm, rotating it through a wide arc, then pull it back, and then slam it forward, and then fold the arm back down again. It's a rickety process. It looks like Jesse has to jiggle it to get it to work.  

When CBS had their experts do it in 1967, they reported fast times, although nothing like what ProtectAus claims. But, CBS admitted that out of 37 attempts, that 17 weren't counted because the shooter "had trouble with the rifle." What they must have meant is that the shooter got hung up on the bolt, the way Jesse did the first time, resulting in a time that was skewed. But, how dare they throw those attempts out? They mattered as much as any other attempt. I'll make an analogy to baseball. Homerun hitters hit a lot of homeruns but they also strike out a lot. But, they don't throw the strikeouts out of their batting averages. That's what CBS did. 

There is nothing about what ProtectAus did that duplicated Dealey Plaza conditions. Somehow, he set it up so that his shooter didn't have to resight between shots. It is absolutely preposterous to think that a 6th floor shooter could have recycled that rifle without having to resight. Plus, there is the fact that in Dealey Plaza the target was moving. ProtectAus' shooter was obviously shooting at a stationary target. But, I am disputing his whole operation of the bolt, which he does at a speed that is not physically possible with a standard Carcano carbine rifle. Let's see him do it again in front of critical observers who can first attest to the rifle being mechanically identical to the one attributed to Oswald. It can't work better and easier than the one attributed to Oswald. 

Jesse Ventura did a good job of duplicating the Dealey Plaza conditions, although he didn't use a moving target either. And he didn't give precise results of his shooting performance, only saying that he got some hits in and even hit the head once. But, I'm talking about the mere operation of the bolt of the rifle, how much friction there is in the mechanism, how much force is required, and how fast it can be done. I am also accusing ProtectAus of using a rifle that was NOT identical to or really even comparable to Oswald's, and at least Jesse did that. Here is the link to his experiment:

After watching Jesse, watch the other guy again.

We're talking about a night and day difference here. How could the two weapons possibly be mechanically the same? The following is from GunsAmerica:

You will find enormous inconsistencies in the language about Oswald’s rifle because few if any of the researchers were gun nuts apparently. For one, even the Warren Commission called the rifle a “Mannlicher-Carcano,” and you will find that repeated all over the bunkers and debunker websites today. The Mannlicher is a completely different rifle that has nothing to do with the Carcano except for the fact that both guns use a single stack “en-bloc” clip, kind of like the metal clip that M1 Garands use in doublestack form. The clip on the Carcano holds six rounds, and you push the loaded clip in from the top of the action. If you look in the pictures, you’ll see that ours is made of spring steel that is blued. Oswald’s, and others you’ll see for sale online, seems to be copper washed, or with some kind of brass plating. The Mannlicher uses almost the same clip, and the clip is called Mannlicher-Carcano sometimes, but not the rifle.

Our Carcano took the loaded en-bloc clip without incident, but we found that the bolt didn’t pick up a round hardly at all, and that even when it did, the bolt was very hard to close. The Carcano is not thought to be one of the great battle rifles overall. It was chambered in both the 6.5mm and 7.35mm, with the 6.5 being a very short run during 1940 in this carbine length configuration, called the 91/38.  You don’t see a lot of sporterized Carcanos from the 1960s, when the US market was flooded with WWII surplus bolt guns.

You’ll see tons of British Enfields, and tons of US Springfields, but Carcanos are kind of like the Japanese Arisaka guns. They are really rough-working and don’t function well. And while this rifle can’t be taken as an example of what Oswald experienced on the 6th floor of the book depository, especially 50 years later, it wouldn’t be surprising if he experienced at least some of the problems with his gun that this rifle has. During the 1960s, most gun shops had literally barrels filled with Carcanos selling for $10-$20. They aren’t good guns.

Most witnesses reported that they heard three shots on that fateful day in Dallas. There was one, followed by a pause, then two more in rapid succession. The shots were fired from approximately 60 feet up, at about an 18 degree angle at a distance of between 175 and 200 feet. In all, the time lapse between the three shots varies depending on whether you believe that it was two shots or three shots that hit JFK and Texas Governor Connolly. At the outside, the time for three shots is about eight seconds.

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