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Lot 462: World War II U.S. Army Johnson Model 1941 Semi-Automatic Rifle

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Outstanding World War II U.S. Army Johnson Model 1941 Semi-Automatic Rifle with Bayonet and Scabbard

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,500 - $11,000

Outstanding World War II U.S. Army Johnson Model 1941 Semi-Automatic Rifle with Bayonet and Scabbard

Manufacturer: Cranston Arms
Model: 1941
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30-06
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: parkerized
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 974
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 326
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

This is an outstanding example of scarce WWII Johnson M1914 rifle. These rifles were developed in the late 1930s to compete for U.S. Government contracts against the M1 Garand rifle. After losing out to the M1 Garand they were employed early on by the USMC Raider and Parachute Battalions during the early Makin Island, and Tulagi campaigns. These rifles employed a couple of unique features one of which was a sliding barrel that helped during the unlocking of the bolt, a rotary magazine which allowed additional rounds to be loaded at any time vs. the enbloc magazine used by the M1 Garand and a barrel takedown mechanism that was favored by paratroopers which allowed the barrel to be removed and stored in a jump bag until they landed. The top of the receiver is marked "CAL 30-06 SEMI-AUTO,/JOHNSON AUTOMATICS,/MODEL OF 1941, MADE IN PROVIDENCE RI. U.S.A.", over the serial number. Directly behind that are fov lines that contain patent information and dates. The rear of the receiver is correctly marked in an upside down triangle "Cranston Arms Co." The front of the barrel is correctly marked on the front bearing surface "30-06" and "41" for the year of manufacture. It has the perforated front portion of the receiver that acted as a heat shield, the fully adjustable rear peep sight calibrated from 100-1000 yards with a standing blade front with guards. The stock and forend are the correct walnut style and shape and it is complete with an original Johnson Bayonet, leather scabbard and a early WWII style green canvas sling.

Rating Definition:

Excellent plus overall with 99% or the original green parkerized finish with the correct blued rear sight. The wood is also excellent with just a couple of minor handling marks. The original bayonet is also excellent with 90% plus dark green/black style parkerized finish, the fine scabbard is dark but still pliable. Mechanically excellent. This is one of the finest conditioned Johnson Model 1941 we have ever sold!



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