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Old August 21, 2012, 06:36 PM   #4
James K
Join Date: March 17, 1999
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It now dawns on me what looks funny about jnicita's Johnson - it has no perforated shield around the barrel. On the Johnson rifle, that shield is effectively part of the receiver and is not decoration; it provides support for the barrel bearing as the barrel moves back in recoil and also contains the latch that allows easy removal of the barrel for cleaning or replacement, a major Johnson feature.

All the rifles pictured by SDC, as well as all the vertical feed and rotary feed rifles shown in Canfield's book, have that shield. Perhaps jnicita would show us some pictures of the rifle at the front end of the stock so we could see how the barrel is supported and latched.

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