POTD: WWII Rarity – Brand New Johnson LMGs Out of the Box

   05.05.21

POTD: WWII Rarity – Brand New Johnson LMGs Out of the Box

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! All the WWII military arms history buffs know about the Johnson rifle that was developed as a competitor to the M1 Garand. If you do not, even though it was developed for that, WWII was raging on, and swapping to any new rifle was not going to happen. But! This was not the end of the Johnson rifle or the Johnson LMG’s pictured today. A good amount actually made their way to battlefields. Cody Firearm Museum gives a little more information below:

“The Johnson rifle and LMGs were designs from Melvin Johnson intended to compete against the M1, but were eventually only used in small numbers by the Marine Corps, special operations units, and other Allied forces. Around 11,000 were offered to the Free French, although it isn’t clear if they used them or not. These three are all slight variations of the M1941 LMG with its distinctive raised wood stock.”

For the third day of Christmas, three Johnson LMGs (with some new in box magazines). [Photograph found in Photos, Cody Firearms Museum’s Facebook]. (2017, December 27). Retrieved May 4, 2021, from https://www.facebook.com/CodyFirearmsMuseum/photos/2437000729857425

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