I decided to give myself a birthday present - a M1941 Johnson Automatic Rifle. These are difficult to track down up here, and I was looking around for a while before finding this one. For those of you who are familiar with the Johnson, most of the information below is probably unnecessary. History: The M1941 Johnson was designed by Melvin Johnson as a private venture. It used a 10 round rotary magazine and a unique recoil system consisting of a rotating bolt and recoiling barrel. He campaigned to have it adopted by the US Army instead of the John Garand's design. After a somewhat controversial testing period, the Army decided to keep the M1 Garand. After this, Johnson signed a contract to supply M1941s to the Dutch for use in the East Indies but the contract was cancelled when the Japanese invaded. At the same time, the USMC became interested in the rifle, which was in need of new semiautomatic weapons. As a result, some of Johnson's M1941s went to the Marines and saw service in the early days of the Pacific War before being replaced by the Garand. Marine Raider battalions and Paramarines used the M1941 for a more substantial period of time (~until about 1943/1944 IIRC), and a number were also used by the 'Devil's Brigade' (1st Special Service Force) in Europe. This small number were continually phased out throughout the war, but apparently one of these M1941s made it all the way to Iwo Jima. Johnson also made a light machine gun that saw more widespread use than his rifle. In the end, the M1941 Johnson was a technological dead-end (although the AR15 bolt has some similarities to the M1941 bolt). It was never used in large numbers, but is a fascinating WW2 footnote. The Johnson was "considered" weaker and less reliable than the M1 Garand, especially because of its exposed barrel. About 20,000 Johnsons were built. After the war some Johnsons were used by Brigade 2506 in the failed Bay of Pigs operation. Many of the ones sold to civillians after the war were sporterized by Winifield, even further reducing the number of full-military examples on the market. My M1941: This one has clearly seen some used -- most of the parkerizing is worn off, and like many Johnsons today the rifling is well-worn. It still might shoot good, I still have to test it. The wood is in good shape, and it seems to function fine. I just stripped it down and most of the parts seem to be in good condition. This rifle has serial number 244. A collector has the original logbook and I am waiting for information pertaining to this particular rifle to be sent to me. The M1941 is a surprisingly modern looking rifle for something designed in the late 1930s: The other side: The bolt and rotary magazine. Not the slot to allow loading from standard stripper clips. Unlike the Garand, the Johnson's magazine can be 'topped off' with individual rounds. The top of the receiver. Note the low serial number. Trigger and rear sight. The trigger is very nice -- I actually like it better than the one on my M1D Garand! The rear sight is unique. I've never seen another quite like it on a military rifle. --- In the US, M1941 Johnsons are selling for over 4000 bucks a piece. All considered, I think the one I got was a very fair deal. Next up is to find a bayonet -- these were specially made for the recoiling barrel (a heavy bayonet would impede the functioning of the recoil system) and very light. They're currently going for about 500 bucks a pop.