There was certainly more time spent on it than a Johnson changeover would have needed. The LMG records are better because it was an official issue, but the last I knew, there were less than 50 semiauto serial numbers actually documented to the USMC. Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics, Volunteer At The Great American Outdoor Show, Marion P. Hammer Women Of Distinction Award, Women's Wildlife Management / Conservation Scholarship, National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors, NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award Presented by Brownells, National Youth Shooting Sports Cooperative Program, The Model of 1941 Johnson Rifle in Marine Service, Gun Control & Socialism: A Message from Cuba, Mastering the Handgun: A Tried-and-True Method, New for 2020: Savage Arms 320 Thumbhole Security Shotgun, Trump Administration Grants Military Veterans Free Entrance at National Parks. The bolt would have multiple lugs because that would cut the amount of rotation needed to unlock and lock the bolt to the barrel. On September 19, 1941, a Marine paratrooper named Lt Harry Torgerson jumped from a plane with a Johnson LMG carried in specially-made canvas pouches. This took some work too. The rifles used would be two each of the Johnson, the Garand (some of the first after redesign of the gas system), a Winchester prototype, and the M1903 Springfield bolt action for comparison. Had the Johnson been in service, a reconfiguration instead of, or along with, the rebuild could have resulted in a basically new rifle and it would have come a lot sooner than the M14’s 1957 arrival. They couldn’t possibly have been evaluated against each other before the Garand’s adoption. I have a new 1941 Johnson. After WWII, the US military wanted a rifle using a more compact cartridge, with select fire, box magazine, and a lighter and more compact overall. The Garand was adopted eight months before there was even a Johnson rifle in existence to look at. They wanted a semiauto NOW, and the quickest way was to get Garands that were already developed and tested.
I’ve done hundred of rounds with no problem. Supposedly he sketched out the rotary magazine on the spot using a cocktail napkin. There were approximately 21,400 M1941s made, and Winfield bought 16,000 of them (nearly 75%). When fired: The barrel and bolt would recoil together for a short distance, when the bolt would rotate via the cams and unlock from the barrel. The Johnson rifle suddenly became well known, and gained a lot of support. The Army saw a chance to shut this thing up. The M1941 Johnson also saw use on the island of Bougainville and in a diversionary raid on nearby Choiseul Island, which was in November of 1943.
The Johnson’s rotary magazine can be removed as a unit by pulling two cross pins and sliding the stock off. Having to revert back to the Springfield at the start of war because the Garand couldn’t be fixed in time was a genuine concern. Many of the parachutists went to the Raiders and other units, taking their Johnson rifles with them. Anyone ever seen or heard of anything like this? This gets kind of hazy too, and records are scarce. Someone noticed that thousands of M1941 Johnson rifles (which could also have their barrel quickly and easily removed for compact storage) were effectively sitting abandoned on the docks, and the Para Marines liberated more than a few of them. First, The Army brought several brand new Garands. 100% Upvoted. © 2020 Forgotten Weapons.Site developed by Cardinal Acres Web Development. I am of the opinion that most of the Johnson rifles floating around in the US today were once sold by Winfield Arms. The Johnson was the only one with a single stage trigger, which the Marine testers were not accustomed to. Johnson’s decision to permit Harry Torgerson to take along one the Auto-Carbines elicited some interest within the Marine 1st Parachute Battalion as referenced in an August 1942, memo which made the recommendation to replace the Reising submachine gun with the “Johnson .30-06 carbine.” Obviously, this did not transpire as none were manufactured beyond the handful of prototypes.
I cannot find information on that serial except for the possibility that it was a pre production prototype? I just bought a 41 Johnson Rifle a month ago. Photographic evidence indicates that at least three of the Auto-Carbines had slight differences in configuration as would be expected with prototype weapons. Its quasi-bullpup configuration permitted the use of a full-length barrel while, keeping the overall length short. And he got lucky a couple of times, resulting in quite an impact. Another Marine Captain and friend of Johnson’s named George Van Orden took one of his rifles and a Garand and ran a series of tests on his own at a Massachusetts gun club range. This was coordinated by…Colonel Merrit Edson. Top: M1941 Johnson Light Machine Gun; Bottom: Johnson Auto-Carbine.
Melvin Johnson would point out that his test rifles were prototypes, while the Garands were production guns with nearly 20 years of development and a recent redesign of the gas system and some lesser refinements.
He thought he could do better. He fired the three mags anyway, with no rear sight or bipod support.
I need to point out here that from reading Johnson’s correspondence and comments in the book, I don’t get the impression he wanted to push the Garand rifle out.
The Johnson had some interesting features – primarily its magazine design. The first complete prototype Johnson rifle was completed in August, 1936. What exactly is the “Daisey Mae” model and how does it differ from the original model?
The best way I know to describe this magazine is this: What is less known is that there was another demonstration near San Diego in November 1940 before the big Marine test began. Sat in closet unfired, and now in my gun safe.
I hadn’t seen another Johnson 1941 semi auto with a scope. They were sorted out, but at the time, there were a lot of people with serious doubts they could be fixed before the inevitable war broke out in Europe and drew us in.