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I was taken aback at how common knowledge the M1941 Johnson LMG was. @logger_sven was the first to ID it, within two minutes. Clearly, I need more obscure weapons.
The 30.06 M1941 Johnson LMG was designed as a lighter and more portable lmg for special forces use during WWII. Demands were made for a weapon that was lighter than the BAR but maintained the same stopping power and killing potential. As a result, the Johnson was born. Roughly 9500 were produced over it's lifespan, honestly making it a rare weapon. The primary recipients of the weapon were the US Marine Corps for the Raiders, the US Army Special Forces group First Special Service Force (aka the Devil's Brigade), and the Philippine Constables, an interesting recipient.
Although it met the requirements posed to it, the Johnson was not really a notable weapon. This is likely due to several aspects of the weapon itself. The magazine was incompatible with other weapons so such a rare weapon would have struggled to remain loaded. It was built in such low production quantities that repair and replacement was difficult. Beyond this, it almost certainly the offset loaded magazine made the weapon unbalanced and difficult to aim at long distance while firing.
It saw heavy action though, there is no doubt. In fact, 125 were lost by the Marines who traded plastic explosive for them with the Canadians. These 125 were then all lost following use to breakage and eventually replaced with BARs. The weapon was copied by Israel, but saw lackluster service when soldiers complained it jammed too easily in the sandy environment. Perhaps it's most famous use was in the hands of Che Guevara during the Cuban Revolution.
Since then, it has found itself in a number of video games and other works of media.
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