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Lot 3462: WWII U.S. Johnson 1941 Rifle with Bayonet and Manuals

World War II U.S. Johnson Automatics Model 1941 Semi-Automatic Rifle with Bayonet and Manuals

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Lot 3462: WWII U.S. Johnson 1941 Rifle with Bayonet and Manuals

World War II U.S. Johnson Automatics Model 1941 Semi-Automatic Rifle with Bayonet and Manuals

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

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

World War II U.S. Johnson Automatics Model 1941 Semi-Automatic Rifle with Bayonet and Manuals

Manufacturer: Johnson Automatics MFG Co
Model: 1941
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30-06 Springfield
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: parkerized
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 462
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 249
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

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 "30-06" and "41" for the year on the front flat. Blade front and 1,000 meter rear sight. The serial number "B3680" is on top of the receiver and the bolt is numbered "C1548" (it was standard for numbered components on Johnson rifles to not match). It has a two-piece walnut stock and forend. Includes bayonet with brown leather scabbard, M1907 brown leather sling, and three Johnson manuals.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 85% original parkerized finish with a few small areas turning to a smooth brown on the receiver. Stock is also very fine as sanded and re-oiled, slightly undersized around the magazine well, with a few light handling marks and scratches. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet and scabbard are both very fine.



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