Johnson M1941 Rifle
|Country of Origin||United States|
|Barrel Length||560.000 mm|
|Muzzle Velocity||866 m/s|
Contributor: C. Peter Chenww2dbaseJohnson 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.
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