The Ljutic was a semiauto rifle developed as a competitor (unsuccessfully, I should add) to the M1 Garand rifle during World War II. Rather than describe it myself, I suggest you read the Army report made when Mr Ljutic demonstrated it for Ordnance personnel:

US Army Report on the Ljutic Rifle Demonstration


  1. Bruce Canfield’s new Garand book has a photo. I think this may be a patent related to the design:

    It is almost certainly the same Al Ljutic that designed the wonderfully odd Ljutic “Space Gun” shotgun. While Al died back in 2007, his company still exists.

    • Ljutic is a big name in high end trap/skeet guns. The “Space Gun” that the company offered back in the day was offered as either a rifle or a shotgun. The company is still around but does not sell the space guns anymore (or at least it is not in the catalog.) The story goes that someone invited Mr Ljutic skeet shooting, but upon realizing that he lacked a shotgun for the event, Mr Ljutic went to his workshop and made one for the outing the next day. And that was the basis for the “Space Gun” design. Given that, he sounds like the sort of fellow who could have pulled off making such a rifle with limited resources.

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  1. Winchester 100, Anybody shot one before?

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