TAB Episode 56: Early Johnson Rifle with Handguard & Bayonet Lug

One of the M1941 Johnson’s most recognisable features is its exposed barrel. This rifle, an early military R-type gun, is unusual in that it has a traditional wooden forend and bayonet mount. This appears to have been an attempt to address one of the US Military’s main concerns about the Johnson Rifle – its poor bayonet fighting characteristics.

This early Johnson Rifle is a part of the Cody Firearms Museum’s collection and is fitted with handguard which was offered as an optional extra. Few of these survive today so we’re very lucky to get a look at the rifle.
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