Feb 28, 1980 • 1601 • Georgetown-State • 0883

[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.]

O 281601Z FEB 80
FR AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1809
UNCLAS SECTION 1 OF 2 GEORGETOWN 0883
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 taking 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 officer and give a reply. He advised weapons in this matter had been

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brought to Georgetown but, to date, he did not have a description and serial numbers.

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

  1. Smith & Wesson revolver 4” barrel .38 special, serial no C911747
  2. Walther Automatic Pistol PPK Model, 9mm short, serial no 138188S
  3. Smith & Wesson revolver, 2” barrel, 5 shot .38 special serial number 273666
  4. Liberty No. 21 revolver, .22 cal py shot serial number 48805
  5. H&R Model 922 9 shot revolver .22 caliber, serial no K8657
  6. High standard automatic pistol model 101, .22 serial no 512543
  7. Sturm-Ruger revolver .357 cal 4″ barrel Ruger Security Six serial no 150-12987
  8. Smith & Wesson revolver 6″ barrel .38 cal six sho sserial no S820402
  9. Ruger Automatic Pistol .22 long rifle serial no 13-11054
  10. Olin Winchester Signal Flare Launcer [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 number 82976, Bushnell scope scope chief model 6. 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 60-C

  1. Remington .308 rifle bolt action model 788 serial number 6110319, with Burris 4 power scope.
  2. Browning Slide Action Carbine, .30-06 cal made in Belgium serial number 75866M9, wooden stock with sling
  3. Sturm-Ruger, 10/22 carbine .22 long rifle, serial number 116-53921, slide action and wooden stock.
  4. AR7 Explorer rifle, .22 cali serial no 73270 rifle with plastic stock.
  5. Remington Model 700, bolt action rifle .308 cal serial no 6742465 wooden stock with sling.
  6. U.S. Army Carbine M1 Model .30 cal bolt action serial no 3084280 with sling
  7. Remington Model 742 Woodmaster 30-06 serial no 87402065, wooden stock, carbine type.
  8. Remington Model 742 Woodmaster 30-06 serial no 15824 wooden stock engraved with deer and bear.
  9. Western Field Model 880A slide action rifht [rifle] .22 long rifle cal woden stock with sling tube fed serial no (broken out)
  10. Remington, Woodmaster Mod 742 carbine .308 cal slide action serial no 46316, wooden stock with sling.
  11. Sears & Roebuck Model 54, lever action saddle gun 30-30 cal barrel serial no 273810, framer serial no 34912 with initials G.K.
  12. Winchester Saddle gun with octagon shaped barrel .30-30 cal Canadian centennial model lever action with engraving serial no 36519
  13. Remington Model 11 Shotgun, 12 gauge serial number 773398 wooden stock with sling modified choke on barrel pheasant and duck engraved on side.
  14. Remington Wingmaster, 12 gauge Magnum Shotgun Model 870 frame serial no S946514M and barrel no F1845F wooden stock with sling

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  1. J.C. Higgins, 12 gauge Shotgun Model 60, automatic wooden stock with sling no serial number
  2. Foremost, 12 uague [gauge] Model 6670H Savage Arms Company pump action with wooden stock no serial number.

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  1. Universal Firearm 12 guage [gauge] Shotgun autowing serial number D3447 automatic with wooden stock no serial number

O 281601Z FEB 80
FR AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1809
UNCLAS SECTION 2 OF 2 GEORGETOWN 0883

  1. Western Field 12 gauge pump action shotgun serial no XMH-565D, engraving the judge wooden stock and modified barrel.
  2. Remington Wingmaster 12 gauge Magnum Shotgun Model 870 barrel no T019755M frame no F184167 ribben barrel wooden stock with sling.

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Originally posted on June 13th, 2022.

Last modified on July 20th, 2022.
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