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Lot 1461: U.S. Johnson Automatics Model 1941 Rifle

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

World War II U.S. Johnson Automatics Model 1941 Semi-Automatic Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,000 - $13,000

World War II U.S. Johnson Automatics Model 1941 Semi-Automatic Rifle

Manufacturer: Johnson Automatics MFG Co
Model: 1941
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30-06 Springfield
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: parkerized
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 479
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 333
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Bore Condition: Good - Some light pitting or frosted appearance

Originally up for consideration by the Netherlands Purchasing Commission as a service weapon for colonial troops in the Dutch East Indies, a large order for the Johnson Rifle was placed in 1940, but the Japanese invasion of the East Indies prevented delivery. These rifles were not able to gain interest for adoption by the U.S. Army, who favored the M1 Garand, but a small amount of them were subsequently used by the U.S.M.C. Marine Raider and Parachute Battalions in the early Makin Island, Guadalcanal and Tulagi Island hopping campaigns in the Pacific. One source reports approximately 21,400 Johnson semi-automatic rifles in total were manufactured, and approximately 750 were procured by the U.S. Marine Corps (Canfield's book). These rifles employed several unique features such as the rotary magazine which allows reloading at any time, and a recoiling barrel that has the ability to be easily removed from the rifle by hand for takedown, which allows the rifle to be stowed in a parachute jump bag. The rear, right side of the receiver is marked "CRANSTON/ARMS/CO." in a triangle below a small five-pointed Dutch star as commonly seen on Johnson rifles, and the top of the receiver is marked "CAL. 30-'06 SEMI-AUTO./"JOHNSON AUTOMATICS"/MODEL OF 1941/MADE IN PROVIDENCE, R.I., U.S.A." above the serial number with U.S. and foreign patent date markings to the rear. The barrel locking bushing has the correct markings of "41" for the year and "30-06" on the front flat. Blade front and 1,000 meter rear sight. The serial number "B3536" is on top of the receiver and the bolt is numbered "C2076" (it was standard for numbered components on Johnson rifles to not match). It has a two-piece walnut stock and forend. Includes M1907 leather sling.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine with 98% arsenal refurbished parkerized finish. Buttstock and forearm are both very fine with a coat of protective varnish applied. Mechanically excellent.

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