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

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

These guns pack quite the kicker!

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