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Johnston Model D1918

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4 comments to Johnston Model D1918

  • Huh. Doesn’t appear to have any finish on it.

  • The Hundo

    The Johnston was made to be a lightweight, high-capacity, high volume lead slinger, and the “radiator” is just a really huge heat sink to keep the tiny barrel from burning anything/anyone. Another novel idea was incorporating the muzzle device as part of the barrel shroud, making the rifle bark loudly at the enemy, but keeping noise down aft of the muzzle.

  • Venny

    There is a picture of Melvin Johnson and Isaac Newton Lewis, shooting a Lewis machine gun together in the book Johnson Rifles and Machine Guns by Bruce N. Canfield. Is it possible that this is an attempt to simplify the original Lewis machine gun.

  • Bruce L Johnston

    For those of you looking for information on this gun,Im the only surving person that knows about this one of a kind machine gun! The rest of the I see people say know nothing about this gun but me.I have photos and documentation to back up my statement and only me! Bruce Johnston in Whitesboro New York

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