NRA Life member Sidney C. Phillips, Jr., joined the U.S. Marine Corps on December 8, 1941, and he saw fierce combat action in the Pacifi c, including Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester and Pavuvu. He has shared his experiences on the PBS documentary “The War” and has been featured in HBO’s “The Pacific.” Now retired, Dr. Phillips is a humble hero and an example to us all.
This is a story about guns and motorcycles, but it has nothing to do with the Hell’s Angels’. It’s a story about a rifle that begins in the last century in Aldo’s Harley-Davidson shop in Massachusetts and, now, ends another chapter at PARA USA’s factory in North Carolina.
In July 1863, the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia fought a bloody three-day battle near the small seminary town of Gettysburg, Pa. During the battle—the high-water mark of the Confederacy—everything from ancient smoothbores to state-of-the-art repeaters was pressed into service.