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 "B1490" is on top of the receiver and the bolt is numbered "C4096" (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 a printed copy of the online American Rifleman article "The Model of 1941 Johnson Rifle in Marine Service" by Bruce Canfield.
Excellent, retains 95% original parkerized finish with a few areas of light spotting. Stock is very fine with some light handling marks, a small scuff at the front left of the forend, a small crack ahead of the top left of the buttplate, and defined edges. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet and scabbard are both excellent.
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