Dolf Goldsmith on Crimes with Destructive Devices

For those folks who have been asking about Dolf’s health, we are very happy to report that he is recovering quite well from surgery, and is as active and upbeat as always. While some of his plans have been thrown understandably askew, he is planning to be at the Big Sandy shoot this spring.

We have another piece of our chat with Dolf for you today, on what brought Destructive Devices to the attention of the general American public – and why the New York police came looking for his Lahti…

For more details on the bazooka incident, you can read a copy of the front-page New York Times story from December 12, 1964: Bazooka Fired at U.N. as Cuban Speaks.

The bank robbery became the inspiration for the 1974 film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, starring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges.



  1. Audio was fine here tonight. I guess Ian fixed it.

    The author of the Times piece, Homer Bigart, was a big fan of “Major” Guevara and his friends in the Cuban government. I am not. Not enough to fire a 3.5″ AT rocket (or even a 2.36″ one) at him.

    In the end, it was a lowly M2 carbine that did him in.

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