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M1941 Johnson rifle

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M1941 Johnson Rifle - .30-06
Not to be confused with the M1941 Johnson machine gun.

The Johnson rifle was developed in 1939 by Melvin Johnson, who was promoting the weapon design to the U.S. Army prior to World War II. Variants of the rifle were delivered to the U.S. Marines fighting in the Pacific, however, the overall design for a semiautomatic Infantry rifle went to (and stayed with) the M1 Garand Rifle which had been formally adopted in 1937. The Johnson was formally adopted in small numbers in 1941, thus the rifle was then called the M1941 Johnson Rifle. It had a unique rotary 10 round magazine, however the recoil operation (versus the gas operation of the Garand) required a moving barrel, which made it unsuitable for bayonet usage and also made the weapon a bit more fragile than the sturdy Garand. A light machine gun variant was also used and shipped to some client nations abroad as well as used in small numbers by Marines and U.S Special Forces in the 1950s-1960s.


  • Weight: 9.5 lb (4.31 kg)
  • Length: 45.87 in (1,165 mm)
  • Barrel length: 22 in (559 mm)
  • Cartridge: .30-06 Springfield, 7x57mm Mauser
  • Action: Short-recoil, rotating bolt
  • Muzzle velocity: 2,840 ft/s (866 m/s)
  • Feed system: 10 round cylindrical magazine
  • Sights: Adjustable Iron Sights

The M1941 Johnson rifle or it's variants has been seen in the following:


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Domino Principle Unknown Assassin With sniper scope 1977
Assembly (Ji jie hao) Baoqiang Wang Jiang Maocai 2007
Assembly (Ji jie hao) Nationalist Chinese sniper With sniper scope 2007
Captain America: The First Avenger Sebastian Stan Sgt. James "Bucky" Barnes With sniper scope, portrayed as bolt action rifle 2011
Cold Steel (Bian di lang yan) Mingxiang Guo Major Masaya With sniper scope 2011

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Hidden & Dangerous 1999
Karma Online 2011
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly M1941 Johnson rifle w/bayonet 2014
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades 2016
Battlefield V Added in June 2020 update 2018
Enlisted 2021
Marauders "M1941 Johnson" Incorrectly chambered in .300 Magnum 2022

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