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At 1:22 p.m. Dallas police found a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle in the
northwest corner of the sixth floor of the TSBD.
AT 122 PM THE DALLAS PD DID NOT FIND A MANNLICHER CARCANO ON THE GRASSY
Too late. It was gone by then.
PROOF. IT WAS NEVER THERE. IT ONLY EXISTS IN YOUR MIND.
I could say the same things about your opinions.
Originally they said they found a Mauser in the TSBD.
Did that magically disappear?
A CARCANO IS AN ITALIAN MAUSER. MAUSER REFERS TO THE BOLT ACTION.
The Carcano is not a Mauser although it is sometimes referred to as such
because it uses a Mauser type bolt action. The misnomer Mannlicher-Carcano
stems from the use of an en bloc clip first developed by Ferdinand
Mannlicher for his Austrian made 1885 rifles. The Carcano does not use the
Mannlicher en bloc clip but a similar one developed for the German Model
1888 Commission Rifle.
The WC may have been the originator of the erroneous term
Mannlicher-Carcano. It is one of the few things they got wrong.
Indeed the WC got it wrong, but they are not the originators of the error.
I think that distinction belongs to the Western Cartridge Company, which
made 6.5 x 52 mm cartridges with 160 gr. round nosed FMJ slugs, designed
to be fired in surplus Mannlicher and Carcano rifles. This ammo was boxed
and sold as "Mannlicher-Carcano" ammunition. If you Google for the image,
you can see some boxes. Oswald must have bought at least one of these in
Dallas in late March, 1963 after taking delivery of the rifle. He didn't
buy any ammo with it, thus clearly had to buy his own American ammo (and
the three brass and one life cartridges found with the rifle in the TSBD
had indeed been made by Western).
Because the FMJ military-style ammo was sold as "Mannlicher-Carcano"
ammunition, a few people decided that Oswald's rifle, which fired this
stuff, was a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle. Of course, it was not.
In Italian, if fact, the rifles are known as "CAR-can-oh" with accent on
first, not second syllable. I suppose that is hypercorrectionalistic.
"Arma virum Carcano." -- Virgilius Al Yankovic