Post by Edward Bauer Post by claviger
A disgrunteled ex-serviceman decides to become an urban
sniper to pick off any politicians he disapproves of, Democrat
or Republican. On that list is a US President, UN Ambassador,
former Vice President, and a local political personalty who is
belligerent and outspoken. All of them antiCastro.
The volunteer sniper decides to start at the bottom and work
his way up. The first attempt is a fluke miss on General Walker.
Next in line is Nixon or Stevenson. Then the most important
target comes to the sniper, who works in a building on the
downtown parade route.
The sniper is using a cheap rifle but at close range a deadly
weapon. The only question is will there be too many people
watching from every floor of the building? At the last minute
one employee leaves the 6th floor and the sniper now has the
opportunity to fire a shot at two political enemies riding in an
The amateurs sniper fires the first shot using a defective scope
and misses badly. He instinctively fires another shot using the
fixed sight he trained on in the military. The second shot seems
to have no effect because the President is still sitting erect. The
sniper fires a third shot and sees the head explode. He exults in
the view and the damage he inflicted on the human target, then
hides the rifle and goes into patsy mode.
He is lucky an inexperienced police officer doesn't know what
to do with him in the lunchroom. Finally he leaves the building
and makes it all the way home. Amed with a pistol he relocates
to a movie theater but on the way is stopped by another police
officer. He panics and fires 4 shots into this unwary policeman
and continues to a commercial area and then hides in a movie
theater where he is arrested after a scuffle.
All that's left is pretend to be a patsy and see what happens.
The bad news is he is a suspect but the good news he's the
center of attention on a worldwide stage. Win or lose he will
be in the spotlight again just like in NO, but with a much larger
audience. This should be exciting messing with all the powers
All true except for the “defective scope” part. You
don’t “miss badly” with a damaged scope. The
scope was not damaged until its third shipment halfway across the country
on November 27. It was working perfectly when Oswald used it for all
three shots, the first of which was for the indispensable requirement of
zeroing the firearm. That shot “missed badly” because it
wasn’t aimed at the limo in the first place. As any marksman will
tell you, you don’t just pick up a rifle and start shooting!
Correction. Both versions are wrong. The scope on the MC rifle was
repaired at the Army center where they tested the rifle. The gunsmith
found that the scope was screwed on with only 2 screws when it required 3,
and it was found that shimming up one of the supports fixed the ability of
the scope to aim properly and zero in. The gunsmith had a story done on
him in a local paper, and he made it clear he had a very low opinion of
the rifle. That suggests to me that he tapped and used only 2 screws to
mount the scope when there should have been 3, and he didn't do it
carefully so that the scope could be zeroed in with the rifle.
The problem with the scope was diagnosed by a gunsmith, and it was one
which was present from the beginning of its life on that rifle. Here's
the gunsmith's story, which was saved by the website:
Here's the testimony of the Army expert (Ronald Simmons):
"Mr. EISENBERG. Was it reported to you by the persons who ran the
machine-rest tests whether they had any difficulties with sighting the
Mr. SIMMONS. Well, they could not sight the weapon in using the telescope,
and no attempt was made to sight it in using the iron sight. We did adjust
the telescopic sight by the addition of two shims, one which tended to
adjust the azimuth, and one which adjusted an elevation. The azimuth
correction could have been made without the addition of the shim, but it
would have meant that we would have used all of the adjustment possible,
and the shim was a more convenient means--not more convenient, but a more
permanent means of correction.
Mr. EISENBERG. By azimuth, do you refer to the crosshair which is
sometimes referred to as the windage crosshair?
Mr. SIMMONS. Yes."