Elmer H. Pratt Washington DC: The Infantry Journal, 1944. First Fighting Forces Edition [stated], presumed first printing. Mass market paperback. , 406 pages. Illustrations. Cover has some ward, soiling and sticker residue. Some page browning. Topics covered include Classification and History; Small Arms of World War II; Automatic or Machine Rifles and Light Machine Guns; Submachine Guns, Carbines, Pistols; Antivehicle Weapons; Aircraft and Other Automatic Cannon; Ammunition; Malfunctions, Stoppages, Care and Cleaning; Accuracy, Sighting, Hitting, Fire Power; and Concepts of Small Arms. Also contains Appendix: Modern Military Carriage Development. This book also includes a Publisher's Foreword, Author's Foreword, and Acknowledgments. The original hardcover edition of this book was published by William Morrow & Company of New York. This is an introductory textbook for the user and student of modern small arms. It describes and discusses the basic American and foreign weapons of World War II, from the pistol and rifle to the aircraft machine gun, with data on development, description, operation, loading, firing, and field disassembly of each weapon. There is further material on ammunition, stoppages, accuracy, and employment. This is primarily a soldier's book. Melvin Maynard Johnson Jr. (August 1909 – January 9, 1965) or Maynard Johnson (as he was nicknamed) was an American designer of firearms, lawyer, and US Marine Corps officer. He was commissioned into the Marine Corps Reserve in 1933 as a Second Lieutenant and completed Harvard Law School in 1934. Johnson designed a recoil-operated rifle (M1941 Johnson rifle) while serving for the Marines as an observer at the Army's Springfield Armory in 1935. Johnson received four U.S. patents on various design features. He also designed the Johnson Light Machine Gun, derived from the M1941 rifle, which was used in limited numbers during World War II and the M1947 Johnson auto carbine, also derived from the M1941 rifle and M1941 light machine gun. In 1942, he co-authored Weapons for the Future, a book in The Infantry Journal series. Johnson worked tirelessly to promote his rifle and machine gun throughout the war. Johnson transferred to the Army Ordnance Corps Reserve from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1949 and rose to the rank of Colonel. In 1949, Winchester bought the Johnson Automatics corporation and employed Johnson for a short period. While at Winchester, Johnson was employed alongside "Carbine" Williams though it is unknown if they worked on the same projects. He was later appointed as weapons consultant to the Secretary of Defense in 1951. Johnson's patents were used by Armalite on the AR-10, AR-15, and later M16 rifles. Johnson was hired by Armalite as a consultant to promote their rifle incorporating his bolt design. Later, Johnson worked to improve the M1 carbine eventually developing the 5.7mm Spitfire cartridge in 1963 and starting Johnson Arms, Inc. The M1 Carbine can be converted to use 5.7mm Spitfire by replacing the barrel with modification of the feed ramp. Condition: Good.
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