Serial 2416

[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 2416 of the FBI’s RYMUR release.]

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0 281601Z FEB 80
FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1809
UNCLAS SECTION 1 OF 2 GEORGETOWN 0863
FOR CA/CA/LCS/CCS – REED CLARK
E.O. 12065: NA
TAGS: CDES (PEOPLES TEMPLE)
SUBJ: WEAPONS RECOVERED FROM JONESTOWN
REF: GEORGETOWN 876

1. Following is the text of 78 Georgetown 3927, drafted by the regional legal attaché and sent to the Department for transmittal to FBI headquarters, on November 24, 1978. Begin text:

On November 24, 1978, a request was made to C.R. [C.A.] Roberts, Guyana police, who is directing investigation that weapons in this matter be permitted an examination by FBI Lab. He explained that Guyana law would not allow weapons to be removed from jurisdiction of court. He was advised that specimen bullets were urgently needed from weapons for comparison with bullets taken from bodies in US. An offer was made to Roberts to have a laboratory examiner from FBI to come to Georgetown with equipment to fire test bullets and who would be able to furnish him an examination report and testify in this matter. He promised to consider this offer and give a reply. He advised that weapons in this matter had been brought to Georgetown but, to date, he did not have a description of serial numbers.

On November 24, 1978 the following weapons were examined at the Tactical Service Unit of the Guyana Police at Georgetown, Guyana:

A. Smith & Wesson revolver 4″ barrel .38 special, serial no. C911747.

2. Walther Automatic Pistol PPK Model, 9mm serial no. 138188S.

3. Smith & Wesson, revolver, 2″ barrel, 5 shot, .38 special serial no. 273666.

4. Liberty No. 21 revolver, .22 cal., 6 shot, serial no. 48805.

5. H&R Model 922, 9 shot revolver, .22 cal., serial no. K8657

[6 and 7 missing]

8. Smith & Wesson revolver, 6″ barrel, .38 cal., six shot, serial no. S820402

9. Ruger Automatic Pistol, .22 long rifle, serial no. 13-11054.

10. Olin Winchester, Signal Flare Launcher, single, shot, .25mm, serial no. 029432

11. Colt, Automatic Pistol, palm type, .25 cal., serial no 318752

12. Winchester, Model 88, Rifle, .308, serial no. 82976, Bushnell scope, scope Chief Model 6, rile [rifle], clip carbon type with wooden stock and lever action

13. Winchester Rifle, .243 cal. Ruger M77, serial no.

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72-24208, bolt action with wooden stock and Weaver K-6 scope, Model 60C

14. Remington, .308 rifle, bolt action, Model 768, serial no. 6110319, with Burris, 4 power scope.

15. Browning Slide Action Carbine, .30-06 cal., made in Belgium, serial no. 75866M9, wooden stock with sling.

16. Sturm-Ruger, 10/22 carbine .22 long rifle, serial no. 116-53921, slide action and wooden stock.

17. AR7 Explorer rifle, .22 cal., serial no. 73270, rifle with plastic stock.

18. Remington, Model 700, bolt action rifle, .308 cal., serial no. 6742465, wooden stock with sling.

19. U.S. Army Carbine, M-1 Model, .30 cal., bolt action, serial no. 3094280, with sling

20. Remington, Model 742, Woodmaster, .30-06 cal., serial no. 87402065, wooden stock, carbine type.

21. Remington, Woodmaster, Model 742, .30-06 cal., serial no. 15824, wooden stock with sling, engraved with deer and bear.

22. Western Field Model 880A, slide action rifle, .22 long rifle cal., wooden stock with sling,, tube fed. Serial no. (Broken out)

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23. Remington, Woodmaster Model 742 carbine, .308 cal., slide action, serial no. 46316, wooden stock with sling.

24. Sears & Roebuck, Model 54, lever action saddle gun, .30-30 cal., barrel serial no. 3273810, frame serial no. 34912 with initials G.K.

25. Winchester, saddle gun, with octagon shaped barrel, .30-30 cal., Canadian Centennial model lever action with engraving, serial no. 36519

26. Remington, Model 11, Shotgun, 12 gauge, serial no. 773398, wooden stock with sling, modified choke on barrel, present & duck engraved on side.

27. Remington, Wingmaster, .12 gauge Magnum Shotgun, Model 870, frame serial no. S946514M and barrel no. F1945F, wooden stock with sling.

28. J.C. Higgins, .12 gauge Shotgun, Model 60, automatic wooden stock with sling, no serial number.

29. Foremost .12 gauge, Model 6670H, Savage Arms Company, pump action with wooden stock, no serial number

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0 281601Z FEB 80
FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1810
UNCLAS SECTION 2 OF 2 GEORGETOWN 0863
FOR CA/CA/LCS/CCS – REED CLARK

30. Universal Firearm, 12 gauge Shotgun, autowing, serial no. D3447, automatic with wooden stock, no serial number.

31. Western Field, 12 gauge pump action shotgun, serial no. XMH-565D, engraving the judge, wooden stock and modified barrel.

32. Remington Wingmaster, 12 gauge Magnum shotgun model 670, barrel no. T019755M, frame no. F 184167, ribbed barrel, wooden stock with sling. End text.

Roberts [George B. Roberts, U.S. Ambassador to Guyana]

Originally posted on November 12th, 2020.

Last modified on July 20th, 2022.
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