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The Secret Service has released a 10-minute audio recording of the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley Jr. National Journal's Marc Ambinder breaks down the harrowing scene for those listening (audio below):

Agents were instinctively reacting; the sequence of events is now familiar to anyone who has watched it.

Jerry Parr, the agent closest to Reagan, uses the broad surface area of his arm to bend Reagan down toward the presidential limousine.     

Ray Shaddick, the shift leader, pushes them both inside.  Agent Timothy McCarthy stretched his arms wide and blanches from a bullet strike.White House press secretary James Brady grimaces as another round sliced through his skull.Within three seconds, the limousine door was closed, and it accelerates out of the drop.

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