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Johnson Automatics/NPC contract for M-S rifles, etc.

August 26 2006 at 8:38 PM
Bob Lamoreaux 

Response to Arms production and equipment continued


Was following these postings. Two things that might be of interest: first, Johnson Automatics Manufacturing Co. (Johnson semiauto rifles and l.m.g.s) had a contract to produce at least parts for rifles and carbines used by the NEI (Netherlands East Indies), these -- apparently to be assembled in the NEI. JAMCO produced a great number of buttstocks which were, at the cancellation of the contract -- given to employees to burn as firewood. I believe the rifles and carbines were M-95 (Hemberg?) Mannlichers. Additionally, JAMCO was to produce at least certain parts for the Madsen l.m.g., again the contract being cancelled before production really began.
The second topic is on the Dutch firm mentioned in the first post (didn't print it off so can't refer to it accurately). This firm was accused (in about 1936 or 37) of creating a war scare in France, allegedly pointing out the extent of rearmament of Germany in an attempt to sell arms. Will try to find the New York Times reference (from the "Nye Committee") to this incident.

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