Ed Johnson

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  1. Thanks, Alasdair. I'm expecting my copy any day now. Been expecting it. We still have one more to go with F N in a few months. ej
  2. Yup. We had the two-plane flyover at ours, along with a high school band and our local band as well. Music makes a difference. But it sounds like your parade & politics might be a little different than ours.
  3. Art, I tend to agree with most of what you say, at least as I see it on a national level. And, yes, some political folks I won't mention can sometimes make very inappropriate comments in their attempt to promote them selves or their agendas. The pendulum of overall civic behavior has swung in an uncomfortable direction over the years. However, my sense is that smaller, hometown village parades and celebrations probably retain their historical traditions more firmly and without the political or commercial nonsense. I have seen this in CT and MA. and I hope it is true in some areas of VT, which is your turf. I live in such a village in CT, with a population of circa 1,500 residents, 6 marinas, 4 restaurants, 1 brunch counter, 1 package store, 1 church, 1 graveyard, 1 historical society, 1 water department plus a volunteer fire dept. with 2 engines & 1 rescue truck.. We just finished our annual Parade through the village today with stops at the cemetery and local war memorial to honor the fallen. Our parade is organized by the local American Legion, who also provide a picnic benefit at the end where locals can have lunch and visit with each other. Certain local politicians do participate by invitation, but they do not try to take advantage of the event and here is no hint of unusual commercialism. I feel proud to march in such a parade, even though the event itself requires time and energy for many of us, and my 78 year old knees complain to me afterwards. But I wouldn't change anything, and hope this spirit might, in time, help swing the pendulum back again.
  4. "You can't take it with you".....unless you think you'll need extra protection because of where you think you'll end up...... : - ))
  5. Correct on the use of the Johnson multi-lug bolt system. When Dad worked with Armalite in the 1950's on the AR-10 series, his bolt design was utilized, and the style of the AR-10 was patterned in appearance to the 1941 JLMG. Later, the M-16/AR-15 adopted that same bolt design and overall appearence. Thus, the M-16 is the "grandchild" of the Johnson SAR & LMG. As Joe indicates above, others later adopted that bolt design. Much of this is mentioned in the Bruce Canfield book "Johnson Rifles and Machine Guns" with info our family provided via myself in co-operation with research by Robert Lamoreaux. The book was initially published by Mowbray in 2002 and is in its 2nd printing.
  6. Doesn't sound like an actual shooting rifle. Perhaps more of a well ornament. Certainly not for $2000.00
  7. Thank you. I was able to obtain a copy of the magazine thanks to Alasdair. There will be 2 other articles coming over the next several months. More later when I have more info.
  8. This new entry is still holding at $2,500.00
  9. Possibly SARCO in PA ?
  10. Any photos would help. Also strongly recommend you purchase Canfield's "Johnson's Rifles & Machine Guns" now in its 2nd printing. Tells a lot about those rifles.
  11. I do try to encourage folks not to use loads that are too "hot" and also to make sure that the bullets being used are not too large for the bore of the carbine being used. We had problems briefly back in the 1960's with this. As for the loads themselves, we used Dupont IMR 4227 powder with 11.5 grains, a 40 grain speer soft-point or sisk fmj, #6.5 primer caps and .30 caliber M1 Carbine Brass which we necked down to a .223. Some other folks used .224. My last bullets were .2235 flat nose from Winchester. Everybody who handloads has their own concept of what's best. Just be careful, use gloves and safety glasses if you aren't sure.
  12. Also strongly suggest you obtain Bruce Canfield's "Johnson Rifles and Machine Guns" to go with your rifle....and it will give you a thorough history.
  13. Walt Liss has specialized in dealing with these bayonets. Problem is, a tree fell on his truck so he's trying to deal with that mess at the moment.
  14. Also suggest you purchase the book, "Johnson Rifles & Machine Guns" by Bruce Canfield. It will answer many questions, such as the ones concerning the sights. Don't make any changes yet.
  15. Strongly suggest you purchase the book "Johnson Rifles & Machine Guns" by Bruce Canfield....a good investment if you now have that gun. It will answer many questions.