The combat troops in World War II who carried Johnson Automatics loved the rifle. Not many of these .30/06s were built, but they were used by Marines in the Pacific on Guadalcanal and other hellholes, and were carried in Europe by the 1st Special Service Force, aka the Devil’s Brigade. This particular rifle was picked up in a gun store in Macon, Ga., a couple of years back, and the new owners wanted to find out more about it. A curator from the Cody Firearms Museum who examined it said all the parts were original and the wear marks indicated it had been in action. But whether it had fought in the hands of a Marine or a soldier is a mystery. Despite its scarred exterior, the rifle is still fully functional, though these days it serves as a deer rifle on cold fall mornings, not as a weapon of war. That’s a fitting homecoming for a rifle that helped protect the world in its hour of need.