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  2. Will be moving this to another site soon. Serious buyers can email or call me directly at tomgraham01@msn.com or 425-785-0093 Thanks for looking!
  3. Both appear to have issues.......maybe good parts guns?
  4. 8/17/2018 Fri 7:15 PM EDT Over the years, many folks have asked about my family history relating to firearms. The following is an article assembled by my niece, Shannon E. Johnson. It is based on the military inventions of my father during WW II and thereafter., Copyright sources for research on the topic that was used for this article include, “Johnson Rifles and Machine Guns” by Bruce Canfield, with material from Robert Lamoreaux and Edward Johnson, published by Andrew Mowbray, Inc. (2002); “The Johnson Rifle Site” at www.johnsonautomatics.com managed by James Pullen; “Practical Marksmanship” by MM Johnson, Jr., published by William Morrow & Co. (1945), as well as information provided in the two videos attached. The videos themselves, a short one towards the beginning and the longer one later in the article, were produced by the National Rifle Association. Speakers and narrators include Mark O'Keefe, Martin Morgan, author Bruce Canfield, Kenneth L. Smith-Christian and Michael Parker. The link to the live article is https://hookedoneverything.com/melvin-maynard-johnson/ (cut and paste to your browser if necessary) The link will also bring up the photos and video, and the article is also on Facebook, complete. Below is the basic article. Hooked on Attorneys • Hooked on Education • Hooked on Inventions • Hooked on Legends Melvin Maynard Johnson, Jr. 2 weeks ago Add Comment 213,426 Views Melvin Maynard Johnson, Jr – Lawyer, author and more notably inventor. Melvin Maynard Johnson, Jr. goes by many titles all of which are well deserved by this fledgling overachiever, but to his family and friends, he was known as Maynard. Google Photos Ambitious to a fault and ingrained with a proven sense to innovate, Melvin Maynard Johnson, Jr. was born into a rather affluent Boston, Massachusetts family in 1909. He was the son of renowned lawyer, college professor, author and co-founder of Johnson and North law firm, Melvin M. Johnson Sr. Unsurprisingly, Melvin Maynard Johnson, Jr. took a calling in law, graduating Harvard in 1934 before going on to practice until 1939. However with his fervor for law also came a contrasting passion for firearms, a reality that ultimately shaped his eventual path in life as the persistent lieutenant. Melvin Maynard Johnson, Jr. was commissioned into the Marine Corps Reserve as a second lieutenant in 1933. By virtue of this position, he was privileged to attend a slew of Marine Corps firearms programs and in the following years managed to develop and demonstrate a keen understanding of the mechanism and operations of firearms. So profound was his understanding that it influenced the decision of the United Automatic Rifles Corp to contract his father’s law firm, Johnson and North, as legal representatives. U.A.R.C’s foray with Johnson and North provided the young Johnson an avenue to test his skills. And test he did. In collaboration with the former, Johnson developed a semi-automatic rifle system based on the M1903 Springfield. Unfortunately, the prototype failed to meet preliminary expectations and was subsequently scrapped. Google Photos Rather than bow out in disdain, failure on the first attempt had instead sparked creativity and a zeal to innovate in the young lieutenant. By 1936, he was back on the drawing board, this time perfecting designs for a semi-automatic rifle with a unique short recoil operating system. Johnson had succeeded in coming up with a working model that when implemented could compete against the Garand, – the de facto rifle of the US army. August that same year the first prototype of what would become the M1941 Johnson rifle was fabricated. Johnson named it Betsy. Betsy had a cousin named Emma. It was his attempt at developing a fully automatic light machine gun capable of firing 1,200 rounds per minute. Emma would go on to form the basis of the M1941 light machine gun. Seeing the Johnson light Johnson’s prototype firearms were innovative, no doubt, but amongst other things, they provided practical solutions to the many deficits commonplace in weapons at this time. Video Player 00:00 03:13 In designing his guns, Johnson made certain to address these inherent flaws. The Garand, for instance, as Johnson noted had an ‘en bloc’ clip that was hard to reload in combat situations and a gas bleed system that was particularly susceptible to damage. On paper, his designs were technically more superior, and a number of key stakeholders saw this light. In 1937, Johnson entered a contract with Marlin Firearms that would see the later manufacture models of Johnson’s prototype firearms. By March 1938, three rifle pieces aptly named rifle number 1, Rifle number 2 and Rifle number 3 were fabricated for testing. Google Photos After extensive rounds of testing by both Britain, America and Netherlands, it was the Dutch who saw it fit to procure 500 units of light machines guns and another 14,000 units of Johnson semi-automatic M1941 rifles. Johnson had made his first official sale, and it was a sign of better things to come producing better and more capable firearms Johnson went on to set up the Johnson Automatics Trust, which later evolved into Johnson Automatics Inc. Under this umbrella, he was able to further advance the practicality, efficiency, and ingenuity of his firearms. The light machine gun as at the time of presentation to the Dutch featured a magazine support assembly in place of rotatory magazines, integrated feed lips, and like the rifle came with the inherent capability to be refilled with single cartridges without removing the magazine. Johnson’s Light machine guns would then go on to be adopted and used by the Marines and Specialized units of the US army for the most of world war II. Google Photos Sequel to WWII Johnson expanded his firearm production reach to cover for civilian demand. By the early 1950s on account of his burgeoning expertise and knowledge of firearms, he was brought into Winchester as a weapons designer and advisor by the then chairman of the company, John Olin. At this stage, Johnson had four unique patents to his name some of which were later used on the AR-50 and AR-10 by Armalite. Video Player 00:00 11:07 If anything Johnson’s continual involvement in the scene of firearms production up until his death in 1965 emphasizes just how pivotal he was to the development of firearms in the US. More importantly, however, it paints a lucid picture of what determination, intelligence and a knack for the daring can transcribe to in the real world setting – a persona that breaks barriers and leads the charge on innovation. Sources: Copyright sources for research on the topic that was used for this article include, “Johnson Rifles and Machine Guns” by Bruce Canfield, published by Andrew Mowbray, Inc. (2002); “The Johnson Rifle Site” at www.johnsonautomatics.com managed by James Pullen; “Practical Marksmanship” by MM Johnson, Jr., published by William Morrow & Co. (1945), as well as information provided in the two videos attached. Here is the basic article itself: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Melvin Maynard Johnson, Jr. Melvin Maynard Johnson, Jr – Lawyer, author and more notably inventor. Melvin Maynard Johnson, Jr. goes by many titles all of which are well deserved by this fledgling overachiever, but to his family and friends, he was known as Maynard. Ambitious to a fault and ingrained with a proven sense to innovate, Melvin Maynard Johnson, Jr. was born into a rather affluent Boston, Massachusetts family in 1909. He was the son of renowned lawyer, college professor, author and co-founder of Johnson and North law firm, Melvin M. Johnson Sr. Unsurprisingly, Melvin Maynard Johnson, Jr. took a calling in law, graduating Harvard in 1934 before going on to practice until 1939. However with his fervor for law also came a contrasting passion for firearms, a reality that ultimately shaped his eventual path in life as the persistent lieutenant. Melvin Maynard Johnson, Jr. was commissioned into the Marine Corps Reserve as a second lieutenant in 1933. By virtue of this position, he was privileged to attend a slew of Marine Corps firearms programs and in the following years managed to develop and demonstrate a keen understanding of the mechanism and operations of firearms. So profound was his understanding that it influenced the decision of the United Automatic Rifles Corp to contract his father’s law firm, Johnson and North, as legal representatives. U.A.R.C’s foray with Johnson and North provided the young Johnson an avenue to test his skills. And test he did. In collaboration with the former, Johnson developed a semi-automatic rifle system based on the M1903 Springfield. Unfortunately, the prototype failed to meet preliminary expectations and was subsequently scrapped. Rather than bow out in disdain, failure on the first attempt had instead sparked creativity and a zeal to innovate in the young lieutenant. By 1936, he was back on the drawing board, this time perfecting designs for a semi-automatic rifle with a unique short recoil operating system. Johnson had succeeded in coming up with a working model that when implemented could compete against the Garand, – the de facto rifle of the US army. August that same year the first prototype of what would become the M1941 Johnson rifle was fabricated. Johnson named it Betsy. Betsy had a cousin named Emma. It was his attempt at developing a fully automatic light machine gun capable of firing 1,200 rounds per minute. Emma would go on to form the basis of the M1941 light machine gun. Seeing the Johnson light Johnson’s prototype firearms were innovative, no doubt, but amongst other things, they provided practical solutions to the many deficits commonplace in weapons at this time. In designing his guns, Johnson made certain to address these inherent flaws. The Garand, for instance, as Johnson noted had an ‘en bloc’ clip that was hard to reload in combat situations and a gas bleed system that was particularly susceptible to damage. On paper, his designs were technically more superior, and a number of key stakeholders saw this light. In 1937, Johnson entered a contract with Marlin Firearms that would see the later manufacture models of Johnson’s prototype firearms. By March 1938, three rifle pieces aptly named rifle number 1, Rifle number 2 and Rifle number 3 were fabricated for testing. After extensive rounds of testing by both Britain, America and Netherlands, it was the Dutch who saw it fit to procure 500 units of light machines guns and another 14,000 units of Johnson semi-automatic M1941 rifles. Johnson had made his first official sale, and it was a sign of better things to come producing better and more capable firearms Johnson went on to set up the Johnson Automatics Trust, which later evolved into Johnson Automatics Inc. Under this umbrella, he was able to further advance the practicality, efficiency, and ingenuity of his firearms. The light machine gun as at the time of presentation to the Dutch featured a magazine support assembly in place of rotatory magazines, integrated feed lips, and like the rifle came with the inherent capability to be refilled with single cartridges without removing the magazine. Johnson’s Light machine guns would then go on to be adopted and used by the Marines and Specialized units of the US army for the most of world war II. Sequel to WWII Johnson expanded his firearm production reach to cover for civilian demand. By the early 1950s on account of his burgeoning expertise and knowledge of firearms, he was brought into Winchester as a weapons designer and advisor by the then chairman of the company, John Olin. At this stage, Johnson had four unique patents to his name some of which were later used on the AR-50 and AR-10 by Armalite. If anything Johnson’s continual involvement in the scene of firearms production up until his death in 1965 emphasizes just how pivotal he was to the development of firearms in the US. More importantly, however, it paints a lucid picture of what determination, intelligence and a knack for the daring can transcribe to in the real world setting – a persona that breaks barriers and leads the charge on innovation. Sources: Copyright sources for research on the topic that was used for this article include, “Johnson Rifles and Machine Guns” by Bruce Canfield, published by Andrew Mowbray, Inc. (2002); “The Johnson Rifle Site” at www.johnsonautomatics.com managed by James Pullen; “Practical Marksmanship” by MM Johnson, Jr., published by William Morrow & Co. (1945), as well as information provided in the videos. Excuse the accidental duplication of some material above. Old age is catching up to me! Ed J
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  6. Hey Guys Heads up! Switzer's Auction August 25th.... ITEM 961 - Johnson 1941 - Serial Number 0140 ITEM 1057 - Johnson 1941 - Serial Number B2595 Cheers!!!! B
  7. I received my butt stock from murrays gunstocks,It was sent without a recoil spring tube hole drilled as he is unable to do it. I sent it out to be drilled and it came back perfect. Bill ( rifleman) sent me a recoil tube which was installed after the stock was drilled (by the forum member that drilled the stock ). I now have a fully functional Johnson rifle !! I would like to thank Brian, Bill, and Joseph for all the help and parts but mostly that they stepped up to help me get my Johnson working. I would be unable to do this on my own. I am very happy to belong to this forum with all the members knowledge that they are so willing to share. Bob G.
  8. I will be taking good photos in the near future and posting them. Will probably end up putting this on an auction eventually, just wanted to give the folks here first chance. As mentioned, serious buyers can email or call me 425-785-0093 tomgraham01@msn.com Regards, Tom
  9. Photos would be helpful....certainly on this forum.
  10. Hello all, Offering up M1941 with serial number 7790 along with the bayonet and scabbard. Based on what I have seen selling I feel my price of $5,500 plus shipping is fair. Serious buyers please call or email me directly at 425-785-0093 - tomgraham01@msn.com I am in the Prescott Valley, AZ area and this will need to ship to a C&R or FFL and will come from a private party. I have this listed on other military forums so be sure to contact me soon if you are interested, I doubt it will last long. Thanks for looking, Tom Graham
  11. Some Johnson Bayonets if anyone is interested prices seem high and a scabbard https://www.ebay.com/itm/ORIGINAL-WWII-US-M1941-JOHNSON-RIFLE-BAYONET-WITH-LEATHER-SCABBARD/253760803440?hash=item3b15529270%3Ag%3AI~YAAOSwAOdbT4jC&_sacat=0&_nkw=johnson+rifle&_from=R40&rt=nc&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1312.R1.TR10.TRC1.A0.H0.Xjohnson.TRS1 https://www.ebay.com/itm/ORIGINAL-WWII-US-M1941-JOHNSON-RIFLE-BAYONET-WITH-LEATHER-SCABBARD/123260224484?hash=item1cb2e1c3e4%3Ag%3AFoQAAOSw4-1bUQzK%3Asc%3AUSPSPriority!12771!US!-1&_sacat=0&_nkw=johnson+rifle&_from=R40&rt=nc&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1312.R1.TR10.TRC1.A0.H0.Xjohnson.TRS1 https://www.ebay.com/itm/ORIGINAL-WWII-US-M1941-JOHNSON-RIFLE-BAYONET-WITH-LEATHER-SCABBARD/123260224484?hash=item1cb2e1c3e4%3Ag%3AFoQAAOSw4-1bUQzK%3Asc%3AUSPSPriority!12771!US!-1&_sacat=0&_nkw=johnson+rifle&_from=R40&rt=nc&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1312.R1.TR10.TRC1.A0.H0.Xjohnson.TRS1
  12. Rich - Your rifle sounds very familiar, but I can't find my old numbers list right now. Is the number on the magazine "real close" to the receiver number? If this is my old rifle, it's a good story....

    Thanks, Joe

  13. Maybe someone could use this. http://www.joesalter.com/category/products/Johnson-Model-1941-Bayonet?utm_source=JoeSalter.com+New+Arrival+Updates&utm_campaign=9175415a52-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_01_04_59&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_147ebcfa39-9175415a52-122736005&mc_cid=9175415a52&mc_eid=b6dadf02f9 Sorry, it's been sold.
  14. A few years ago, I had a gunsmith in Texas refinish a M1 carbine for me. He did a phenomenal job!! His company is Warbird Custom Guns. He specializes in M1's, M1A's and M1 Carbines. I don't know if he would be willing to refinish your JSAR but it wouldn't hurt to ask. Good luck.
  15. I am not redoing any sporters due loss of vision in one eye. Joe
  16. I've been away from this site for a few years. You refinished a Johnson for me a while back, "converting" it from a Winfield, and put a new stock on it. Do you still re-finish them?
  17. Not something I would pursue at that price.
  18. Price seems fair.........
  19. Couple of bayonets on ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Johnson-Automatic-Rifle-Bayonet-with-Leather-Sheath-USMC-Paramarines/173364755776?hash=item285d583d40:g:qGoAAOSwCXJbIk7V https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Johnson-Automatic-Rifle-Bayo-with-Leather-Sheath-USMC-Paramarines/292606504595?hash=item4420b4ee93:g:ebsAAOSwCHBbCE1k
  20. Other than a couple of the mag housing rivets coming out{will be replaced soon} mine works beautifully. I shoot it on a somewhat regular basis. Also after appearing on the Forgotten Weapons episode it now gets a bit of attention when i take it out They updated the post on GB with" the weapon has been tried and functions with dummy rounds but should be checked by a gunsmith before attempting live fire" buyer beware... Ryche
  21. when you have none, a repo is better thatn nothing imho. I improvised a coil spring, bought an original on ebay and now picked up one on Sarco...just to make sure I have one.
  22. Obviously. Yours is nicer, particularly the sight base.....and we know it works! The same builder did the 303 Dror and the 41 LMG with the wrong bipod the same seller recently sold on GB. Not quite sure why he welded in the pin which retains the bolt catch support on all 3.
  23. Got one years ago and I think it's slightly different, but don't recall if it was from Sarco or Gunparts. I don't think there's as much of a pinch in the center. Mine is very U shaped and matches what came in the Johnson. This one is more lightbulbish. Repro??
  24. I was wondering if you have any clean1941 Johnson- stripped receivers for sale. I`m an FFl gunshop owner.
  25. I am not sure who the seller is but i bet i know who built it......... Not your guy Brian. Ryche
  26. SARCO in the last couple of days, added to their Johnson 1941 parts listing, a small batch (as they described it) of Johnson 1941 Semi Auto Rifle Magazine Door Springs. Under SARCO go to Rifle Parts & Accessories. Under Johnson 1941 go to the 2nd page of parts, to find the new listing of Magazine Door Springs. They are listed as JHN 061, & are somewhat pricey @ $37.50. They do not indicate one way or the other if they are original. A chance for everyone, who has recently been looking, to pick one up.
  27. On gunbroker https://www.gunbroker.com/item/774021064
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