Johnson rifle

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by GSpears471, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. GSpears471

    GSpears471 New Member

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    Has anyone ever heard of a Johnson rifle? I worked the Kane County gun show this last Sunday and one came thru. My job is to check all firearms that come thru to assure that they are not loaded. I have seen some pretty unique firearms come thru the doors (Kane County is in N.illinois for those that didn't
    know.I understand is was made back in the 1940's and not many were ever made.
     
  2. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    I believe the Johnson was a "semi auto" that was competing against John C. Garands rifle for the US Military Contract Rifle.

    Many thought the Johnson was superior but it's glaring flaw, "to Military procurement folks" was that it required "lubricated" ammunition to function reliably... and greasy rounds don't do too well in the field. ;)

    Did it look like this?

    http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4774497038567040&pid=15.1

    Tack
     

  3. DFlynt

    DFlynt New Member

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    It was a Semi-auto in 30.06 and if I recall the Marines took a long hard look at it before settling on the M1 to maintain commonality with the Army.
     
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  4. shadecorp

    shadecorp Active Member Supporter

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    Nice.
    Another regret
    Had a chance to buy one many years while I was in the Army.
    Did Not buy it.
    Damn.
     
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    303tom Well-Known Member

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  6. Tackleberry1

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    robertb6112 New Member

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    I think marines used them in ww2 but was very limited use. There a rare gun.
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Tack- watch it- or I'll whack you with my walker- again.

    Johnson weapons system was interesting- in testing, story was that the mag on one test wepon got dented, resulting in fail to feed- and it was downhill from there.
     
  9. GSpears471

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    Hi, I was told that this had a rotary magazine system, and as I mentioned earlier not many were ever made. Was it finicky in use? Some say that it needed lubed cartridges?
     
  10. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    It was featured years ago on a History Chanel mini series called "History of the Gun". Yes, it required "lubricated" ammo, which any grunt will tell you is a recipe for disaster.

    Tack
     
  11. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    What did I say?

    The "social security" joke? Did you note the big :D

    Really, C3... I'm just envious because I highly doubt the program will be there why my turn to draw comes around. ;)

    Tack
     
  12. 7point62

    7point62 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Don't forget the Reising submachine gun


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    The Marines tried these too and apparently they sucked
     
  13. Dearhunter

    Dearhunter Supporting Member Supporter

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    Johnson

    click here [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoYsfbq3vMc[/ame]
     
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