topic, too many to list here and too many to keep up with as they come and go. If you are interested, I will send you contact information. the gun seems to be in very good condition otherwise. At this time, the U.S. Marine Corps found itself in need of a modern fast-firing infantr… The balance of the finish shows natural age discoloration and surface marking. These 'spares packages' were found in the lightening cut located under The stock is in great condition. in Prov./ Cranston, R.I.. Back in the 50’s as a young man went around local Gun Shop with my father an uncle seeing these Johnson’s after they went out of business hanging on racks around “asking” $50.00 each. Simi Valley, CA 93065. a butt trap to get at the cleaning kit stored in the butt.. © Copyright 1998-2020 by Olive-Drab.com LLC. For description of the manual see the That's absolutely beautiful. pre-1941. The elevator is marked “M2” on the left and with graduations on the right. Another great video Ian. Many years ago, about 1960, a buddy and I were at an outdoor range. Overall Condition: This gun retains about 85% of its metal finish. So, there's about a 3% chance that any particular M1941 saw service with the US Marine Corps. The weapon had a few advantages over the BAR, it was lighter and the barrel could be easily replaced in the field. The company would be known as the Cranston Arms Company. The USMC ordered the Johnsons instead, since supplies of the M-1 Garand were limited in 1941. In 1935 Johnson began work on his own service rifle concept. I will pass this sight on to other’s. GI#: 101449083. This design was eventually discarded. If that’s not enough for you, Bruce Canfield’s book is the definitive Johnson resource out there, and still readily available: Great video, I was born with in 5 mile from Johnson Mfg.Co. I recently came upon a 1941 Johnson rifle that was purchased in 1941 by a worker in the RI plant direct from the company. This is where the M1941 designation came from – it was the Dutch model name. This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V4N6 (March 2001)and was posted online on August 15, 2014. I just acquired a Johnson in the B2xxx serial number range. it looks like the scope mount was made specifically for this rifle. © Copyright 2011-2020 All Rights Reserved. Pending” and “Cal. "L" Names The bolt is marked “CO828”. Captain Johnson’s idea was “To place in the hands of the individual the maximum power or force which can be easily be operated, controlled and transported by one man one two feet.” Melvin Johnson was assigned to the Springfield Armory as an observer during the development and testing of the M1 rifle. An improved model, the 1944 LMG, was later introduced and manufactured in limited numbers. Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None  The purpose was to create a better sight picture, and keep the long sight ears from snagging on their jump cases. This is an example of a WWII Model 1941 Johnson Semi-Automatic Rifle. The first block of serial numbers of the rifles ascends up to 9,999. The Johnson had some interesting features – primarily its magazine design. Firearms "M" Names Rear Sight is made from stamped sheet steel the front of the trigger guard. rear of the unit, moving the aperture either left or right. due to the large Dutch Govt. Markings: The right rear of the frame is marked with a star and “Cranston Arms Co.” logo. Is this a normal spot for a factory repair? used to load it.The receiver has lips machined into it to allow clips to There is no apparent erosion. The rear is made from a billet of forged steel and the front The front sight is a post, protected by two ears. Unloading the weapon is Does anyone have a recommendation as to where I can find a buyer for this who will appreciate it? His thought was that if problems arose with the M1 in combat, production of his rifle could provide a continuing supply of arms while problems with the M1 were worked out. The stocks rate in about Very Good – Fine overall condition. Good luck with you Johnson rifle Gerald…. "V" Names However, after limited testing, the U.S. Army rejected Johnson's rifle in favor of the M1 Garand rifle developed by Springfield Armory. Please turn on the Javascript on your browser to see the more than one thousand Olive-Drab.com pages, covering an expanding variety of military topics. Johnsons were produced from 1941 to 1944, with the year indicated by a letter prefix to the serial number. After World War II the rifles were gradually sold off and today only small numbers remain. Thanks for your great contents! In the late 1930's and early 1940's the Johnson semi-automatic rifle was one of the most modern and innovative designs. A small lot of 1,000 rifles were purchased. Commentdocument.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "a65de9f6a0826f6e3541842827899440" );document.getElementById("e6b843e85c").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I spent it all on guns and ammo. extractor, firing pin and hammer spring - all heavily greased for storage. It has the standard US military dark, uncheckered, walnut stock and the upper handguard is made of perforated steel. We discussed it and all agreed that this was not possible. is quite easy to do. I have the original scabbard, but it is dry rotted. This was especially true for the United States, which had the distinct advantage of having its factories located far from the range of enemy bombers. – charging handle from Remington Model 8, right? Parkerized finish in great shape. After several unsuccessful attempts to interest the U.S. military in the Johnson rifle, Johnson’s company began seeking foreign contracts. In addition, the ejection of the Garand’s 8 round spring steel clip made a rather loud, unique noise signaling to the enemy that the soldier firing the rifle had to reload. ventilated part made from heavy gauge sheet steel. bayonet lug below barrel). is this typical or were the stocks manufactured like this? Co., Amarrillo Texas. In addition I would like to find a Johnson upper receiver that has been damaged as a gunsmith I know (retired) thinks it would be a great restoration project. Make: Johnson Model: Model 1941 Serial Number: B1818 Year of Manufacture: Ca. Thank You again, Tracey. Despite repeated requests to adopt the rifle by the Marine Corps, the Johnson rifle also lacked the support of US Army Ordnance, which had already invested considerable sums in the development of the M1 and its revised gas operating system, then just going into full production. The Johnson Automatics Company subcontracted with the Universal Windings Company to manufacture the weapons at their factory complex located in Cranston, Rhode Island. give a bad sight picture in low light conditions and made it difficult Johnson had several prototypes that all shared a similar recoil operated action. The serial marking is ‘S-3’ and nothing else. There was also a Model 1941 and a Model 1944 Johnson light machine gun produced, which featured a similar recoil operated action. The LOP measures approx. It has the standard US military dark, uncheckered, publications pages. However, after limited testing, the U.S. Army rejected Johnson's rifle in favor of the M1 Garand rifle developed by Springfield Armory. The Johnson was recoil operated (not gas operated like the M-1 Garand), the only rifle on this principle manufactured in quantity.

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