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Lot 1537: Johnson Automatics MFG Co - 1941 Class III LMG

Auction Date: September 9, 2017

Scarce Early World War II Fully Automatic Class III/NFA C&R Johnson M1941 Light Machine Gun with Two Magazines

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $40,000 - $60,000

Scarce Early World War II Fully Automatic Class III/NFA C&R Johnson M1941 Light Machine Gun with Two Magazines

Manufacturer: Johnson Automatics MFG Co
Model: 1941
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 30-06
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: parkerized
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 286
Class: Class III

This is a very fine example of a Johnson Arms Model 1941 Light Machine Gun (LMG). These are fairly rare LMG to find toady as most were either sold to foreign countries after WWII or just plain destroyed since they were a class III weapon. These are very rare item in any condition as they saw heavy use in the early months of WWII. They were used by the joint Canadian/American 1st Special Services Force, USMC Raiders and Paramarines. The earlier model worked extremely well in that it was light weight, used a 30 round detachable magazine that used a quick change barrel, eventually being redesigned into the later 1944 and 1945 models. It still fires from an open bolt utilizing the side mounted magazine and it still retains its original larger all wooden buttstock and very short forend piece. The heavy front mounted bipod along with the standard weight barrel and the distinctive high mounted front sight and folding rear sight. The top of the receiver is marked with the five-line patent information followed by "LIGHT MACHINE GUN/JOHNSON AUTOMATICS/CAL. 30-06/MODEL OF/MADE IN PROVIDENCE RI. U.S.A". Below that it is serial numbered "0776". The beautiful LMG comes with two original 30 round magazines and five books about Johnson Automatic rifles and machine guns and a reproduction of a 1st edition field manual. A very rare opportunity to obtain an early example of a highly desirable WWII Johnson light machine gun.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 85% plus of the wartime green/gray parkerized finish overall with edge and high spot wear with some thinning on the perforated barrel jacket. The buttstock and short forend piece is in fine condition with a dark oil stained finish overall showing light scratches and pressure dents on the sides in some areas. NOTE: This item is restricted as a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) that is classified as a "Curios or Relic" as defined in 27 CFR, 478.11. These weapons are still subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.

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