Johnson M1941 file photo [26960]

Johnson M1941 Rifle

Country of OriginUnited States
Caliber7.800 mm
Capacity10 rounds
Length1,165.000 mm
Barrel Length560.000 mm
Weight4.310 kg
Muzzle Velocity866 m/s


ww2dbaseJohnson Model 1941 semi-automatic rifles were designed in 1939 by Melvin Johnson, Jr., an attorney and an officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, in response to a US Army call for a new standard infantry rifle. These weapons used 10-round rotary magazines that was rather different from its main competitor, the M1 Garand rifle. When the US Army selected the M1 Garand design over that of Johnson's, Johnson secured a contract with the Netherlands for its forces in the Dutch East Indies, although only a small number would be shipped before the Japanese invasion. Some of the weapons not yet shipped to the South Pacific found a new buyer in the US Marine Corps, which was seeking to rapidly equipping its new parachute infantry battalions; the USMC would use them through the end of WW2. In Apr 1944, the US War Department arranged a contract with the Free French for 10,500 Johnson M1941 rifles.

After the war, the Johnson Automatics, Incorporated performed poorly and went out of business in 1949. A total of about 70,000 examples of Johnson M1941 rifles were built between 1941 and 1949.

A number of Johnson M1941 rifles found their way to Cuba. They were used in combat on both sides of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.

Source: Wikipedia


Last Major Revision: Jun 2017


Morris Sheppard, George Lynch, and A. B. Chandler inspecting Johnson M1941 rifles, Washington, DC, United States, 29 May 1940Melvin Johnson with various weapons produced by his company, 1940sFidel Castro and others with Johnson M1941 rifles, 1959

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