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Offline James Hess

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Oswalds Rapid Fire Training Distance
« on: November 28, 2016, 11:53:36 AM »
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Re: Oswalds Rapid Fire Training Distance
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2016, 12:41:31 PM »
I am seeking corrections if I have something wrong in these estimated distances.

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Re: Oswalds Rapid Fire Training Distance
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2016, 03:57:13 AM »

The distances Oswald likely fired at were 43 yards (z152), 63 yards (z222) and 88 yards (z312).

And, I assume that you would know that Oswald, like all Marines, was trained and evaluated at distances of 200, 300 and 500 yards.

And Oswald, like all Marine recruits, used the iron sights, not a scope.

And that Oswald passed his shooting tests twice, in 1956 and 1959, without failing either test and did not need a do over.

In his 1956 tests he hit a human size target 200 yards away 48 out of 50 times and 49 out of 50 times.

And that 1956, he was so pleased with his shooting skills, that he sent his Marine score recordings to his mother for safe keeping, which she still had years later.

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Re: Oswalds Rapid Fire Training Distance
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2016, 04:25:54 AM »
The distances Oswald likely fired at were 43 yards (z152), 63 yards (z222) and 88 yards (z312).

And, I assume that you would know that Oswald, like all Marines, was trained and evaluated at distances of 200, 300 and 500 yards.

And Oswald, like all Marine recruits, used the iron sights, not a scope.

And that Oswald passed his shooting tests twice, in 1956 and 1959, without failing either test and did not need a do over.

In his 1956 tests he hit a human size target 200 yards away 48 out of 50 times and 49 out of 50 times.

And that 1956, he was so pleased with his shooting skills, that he sent his Marine score recordings to his mother for safe keeping, which she still had years later.

Thank you for those additional details ...Joe.
I am assuming (so far) the board accepts the shots were not that hard because there has been no pushback as yet on this thread
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Re: Oswalds Rapid Fire Training Distance
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2016, 09:07:35 AM »
The distances Oswald likely fired at were 43 yards (z152), 63 yards (z222) and 88 yards (z312).

And, I assume that you would know that Oswald, like all Marines, was trained and evaluated at distances of 200, 300 and 500 yards.

Oswald also was trained in the indispensable requirement of zeroing a re-assembled rifle.  Understand his Marine Corps Score Book and you learn that they sometimes re-zeroed after each shot.


And Oswald, like all Marine recruits, used the iron sights, not a scope.

Oswald had eight months to practice using the scope.  With an undamaged re-zeroed scope that turns an 88-yard shot into a 22-yard shot, why use the iron sights?

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Re: Oswalds Rapid Fire Training Distance
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2016, 11:00:19 AM »
While use of the Scope or Iron sights is certainly of value and endlessly fascinating

 in the last analysis it doesn't matter much compared to the relative ease of the shots compared to his training.
(as shown clearly above)