It looks like the supersonic military M39 and M65 .22 Hornet loads are too loud to be a match to the suspected early gunshot impulses I've been investigating on the Dallas Police Department's Dictabelt audio recording of the assassination. My range safety officer's comment after test firing on July 29th was that the 14 inch T/C Contender pistol in .22 Hornet sounded much more like a rifle than a pistol -- and he was at least 200 feet away and tucked behind the foot of a ridgeline monitoring a roadway. Incidentally, my local assistants requested anonymity -- and after all, who wouldn't hesitate to go on record as being involved in JFK assassination research.
An unanticipated limitation of the free Raven Lite acoustic analysis software we were running caused a loss of all the July 29th session's data. So, after re-formulating the test protocol and re-working the range safety system, I re-fired the test session on the 30th. We were able to capture the more important three of four sets of planned pairs of gunshot impulses -- and I decided that was going to have to do for the time being.
It's going to take some time and collaboration with others to really decide what to think of the results of these tests. Because I feel they most likely indicate that supersonic small bore gunfire is too intense to be consistent with the suspect gunshot impulses I'm focused on in the Dictabelt recording, I'm going to record subsonic gunshot impulses as well -- probably within the week. It is possible, however, that the reason the KIR test recordings look so different from the Dictabelt recording may be due in large part to the considerable differences in the recording equipment itself. If the subsonic tests do not look consistent with the Dictabelt either, then I will have to take a long hard look at the ways in which these recording systems differ and find a more sophisticated method to compare the data than simply eyeballing it and adjusting a few visual parameters.
On another topic, I've begun to disassemble the Nambu Type 14 pistol triggerguard assembly that I plan to use in redesigning the T14 to function more like a modern tactical handgun than it ever did in Imperial Japanese service. This is a nearly pointless exercise. I just think it'd be a twisted kick in the pants to have the fastest Nambu in the world.
And on an entirely unrelated note:
I generally find time to reflect a bit on life in the mountains. I don't know how true this may be for others, but I had a moment of clarity in which I realized that I almost never make an important life decision to get out of a painful or exhausting situation. Almost without exception, I move foreward in life only in pursuit of something that has inspired me, and which I have cause to believe I can attain.
I also realized that on a deep level there is a part of me that honestly does not understand the laws of time and space. I caught some deep emotional "zombie" thinking that because a little one-track farm road I was walking smelled like the countryside in Central New York, I might emerge onto the top of the rise ahead of me in that place, instead of the mountains of North Carolina, and in my youth. This, perhaps, is the heart of nostalgia. I'll keep mine. Good luck with yours. And as always -- stay safe out there.