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Okie Sawbones, SASS #77381

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  1. Sgt. William H. Carney was the first African American to be awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration, on this day in history, May 23, 1900, for his efforts at protecting the American flag during the Civil War, says History.com.


    Sgt. Carney was born into slavery. He joined the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War, said the National Museum of the U.S. Army. "As his regiment gained the crest of the parapet at the Confederate-held Fort Wagner in South Carolina, Sgt. Carney took up the American flag after earlier color bearers fell and he carried the flag to the fort, rallying and inspiring the men around him," the museum site notes. 


    Despite being seriously injured, Sgt. Carney said, "Boys, I only did my duty; the old flag never touched the ground," according to the same source. Although this notable act of heroism happened in 1863, Sgt. Carney was not awarded the country’s highest military honor until May 23, 1900.


    After the Civil War, Sgt. Carney worked as one of the earliest U.S. letter carriers and frequently spoke in public about how he saved the U.S. flag, the library of the State of Virginia says. 


    Whether you are brown, black, white, or yellow, it is a shame that the pride of our nation has deteriorated so deeply. We need more heroes like Sgt. Carney. God bless him.

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  2. 4 minutes ago, Sedalia Dave said:


    That was true before COVID. Since Covid their quality took a nose dive.


    I can't speak to that.


    Edit: Out of curiosity, I read a few articles and forum replies. and they all back up what you say... decreased quality. Dang, even a pig finds an acorn once in a while.

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  3. 38 special is .357″ and 9mm is .355″ in diameter. If you slug your 9mm barrel, you may find that the actual diameter is larger than the nominal .355”. If it measured at say .358″, you could see improved accuracy using a larger diameter bullet.

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