Johnson M1941 light machine gun file photo [26964]

Johnson Machine Gun

Country of OriginUnited States
TypeMachine Gun
Caliber7.620 mm
Capacity20 rounds
Length1,100.000 mm
Barrel Length560.000 mm
Weight5.900 kg
Rate of Fire900 rounds/min
Muzzle Velocity853 m/s


ww2dbaseThe Johnson light machine guns were designed by attorney and United States Marine Corps Reserve Captain Melvin Johnson, Jr. in the late 1930s. Each of these weapons were fed by a curved 20-round magazine on the left side, and they could be adjusted to fire between 200 rounds per minute and 900 rounds per minute. Two variants were made, Model 1941 and Model 1944; the former had wooden stocks and metal bipods, and the latter had tubular steel butts and wooden monopods. A small number of them were sold to the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, Canadian Army (via the US-Canadian joint First Special Service Force), Philippine Army, and the Philippine Constabulary during the the war. They continued to see action after WW2, for example the 1946-1954 Hukbalahap Rebellion in the Philippines, the Korean War (by means of the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea), and the 1953-1959 Cuban Revolution.

Between 1941 and 1949 (when Johnson Automatics, Incorporated went out of business), 9,500 examples were built.

Source: Wikipedia


Last Major Revision: Jun 2017


Melvin Johnson with various weapons produced by his company, 1940sUS Marine with Johnson M1941 light machine gun, date unknown

Did you enjoy this article or find this article helpful? If so, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:


Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Visitor Submitted Comments

1. General Johnson says:
30 Mar 2017 07:13:28 AM

These guns pack quite the kicker!

All visitor submitted comments are opinions of those making the submissions and do not reflect views of WW2DB.

Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments
Security Code



1. We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

2. For inquiries about military records for members of the World War II armed forces, please see our FAQ.

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites

Johnson Machine Gun Photo Gallery
Melvin Johnson with various weapons produced by his company, 1940s
See all 2 photographs of Johnson Machine Gun

Famous WW2 Quote
"With Germany arming at breakneck speed, England lost in a pacifist dream, France corrupt and torn by dissension, America remote and indifferent... do you not tremble for your children?"

Winston Churchill, 1935

Support Us

Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 a month will go a long way. Thank you!

Or, please support us by purchasing some WW2DB merchandise at TeeSpring, Thank you!