History Tip of the Day – August 31st

Lee Harvey Oswald receives the death weapon, March 25th, 1963

Oswald decides to buy a second gun to go along with the pistol he keeps in his Dallas home. This time it’s a rifle, purchased through American Rifle magazine. The Italian Mannlicher-Carcano, model 91/38, was made in 1940 and originally designed for the Italian infantry during World War II. This is not a gun designed for hunting animals, but for shooting men. Of all the amazing things happening in the world in 1963, this simple mail-order purchase would seem to have little significance. In fact, nothing will have greater impact on world events than this nineteen-dollar Italian war-surplus bolt-action rifle.