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Lot 1808: Johnson Automatics MFG Co 1941 Rifle 30-06

Auction Date: September 11, 2015

Desirable World War II Johnson Automatics Model 1941 Semi-Automatic Rifle with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,500 - $8,000

Desirable World War II Johnson Automatics Model 1941 Semi-Automatic Rifle with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Johnson Automatics MFG Co
Model: 1941
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30-06
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: parkerize
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 336
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Most Model 1941 Johnson semi-automatic rifles were manufactured by the Cranston Arms Co. The rifle has the distinctive detachable 22 inch barrel, receiver with ventilated barrel shroud and ten-round rotary magazine. The receiver has a tangent style rear sight graduated in meters. The two-piece walnut stock is oil finished and has a checkered buttplate. The barrel, receiver, magazine, trigger guard and buttplate have a gray-green parkerized finish, with a bright polish bolt. The bolt is numbered "B5760" (numbered components on Johnson rifles did not match). The face of the barrel collar is stamped with the caliber ".30 06" above the barrel and "41" below it. The top of the receiver is roll-stamped "CAL. 30-06 SEMI. AUTO./"JOHNSON AUTOMATICS"/MODEL OF 1941/MADE IN PROVIDENCE, R.I., U.S.A." over serial number "A3611". The patent markings are stamped in five lines between the factory legend and the rear sight. "CRANSTON/ARMS/CO." is stamped in an inverted triangle on the right rear of the receiver. A small five-pointed star used by Dutch inspectors is stamped above the Cranston marking. In August 1940, the Netherlands Purchasing Commission ordered 10,200 Johnson Automatic rifles to arm colonial troops in the Dutch East Indies. The Japanese invaded and captured the Dutch colonies in December 1941before most of the Johnson Model 1941 rifles could be delivered. The U.S. Marine Corps tested the Johnson rifle in 1941 and in early 1942, obtained a limited number of the Dutch contract Model 1941 riles. Some of these were subsequently issued to the 1st Parachute Battalion. Most of the Dutch Model 1941 rifles remained un-issued and were sold as surplus in the 1950s and 1960s. This desirable rifle is complete with an original bayonet and leather scabbard. The bayonet is numbered 4491.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 97% plus of the parkerized finish overall on the metal parts with minor edge wear with the rear sight still retaining its original blue/black finish. The stock and handguard are both in fine condition with minor handling marks and scratches overall, with the wood having been lightly cleaned (but not sanded) and reoiled. A very scarce and highly desirable early WWII Johnson Model 1941 rifle.



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