Don't know what happened over at Forgotten Weapons, but the M1941 rifle is one of the great firearms designs. WWII Marines swore by theirs.
It took me many years to find an excellent all original example. It's been absolutely reliable, very accurate, and a joy to shoot. I know it's probably heresy, but I prefer some of the features of the M1941 to those of the M1 Garand, particularly the light recoil and the ease of cleaning. You need to clean only the barrel, which is removable in a 10 second operation. Being recoil actuated, there's no gas system, so there's no baked on carbon. You can also top off the magazine with loose rounds or five round Springfield chargers.
The problem is that these rifles have become truly rare, and so very valuable. Most M1941s you see were sporterized and then restored, or they're guns (including 7mm guns) worn out in long foreign service before being refurbished. Many have barrels in .30-06 that were made from turned down M1903A3 barrels. So, if a M1941 has problems, don't blame the original design, which is superb.
I've wondered what the M1941 would have morphed into had it been adopted as an alternate standard US service rifle, and been subject to ongoing service revision and product development. Imagine a select fire M1941 that uses detachable 20- or 30 rd. magazines, and that does not have the very restrictive rate of fire limitations of the M14...
Edited by TSMGguy, 11 January 2018 - 12:26 PM.