Semi-Automatic Decision: 1940

Semi-Automatic Decision: 1940

Description with the photo: "Study Johnson semi-automatic rifle. Washington, D.C., May 29. Senator Morris Sheppard, left, Chairman of the Senate Military Affairs Committee, Maj. Gen. George A. Lynch, U.S. Chief of Infantry, and Senator A.B. Chandler of Kentucky, inspect the Johnson semi-automatic rifle which may replace the Garand gas-operated rifle as the Army's standard shoulder weapon. Capt. Melvin M. Johnson, inventor of the Johnson rifle, told the Senate Military Affairs today when it began consideration of a bill to change the Army's standard shoulder weapon, that his rifle could be manufactured more rapidly than the Garand." Harris & Ewing, photographer, 1940. Vintage photo provided by LOC. Original Medium: glass negative.