Introduction to the most important rifle you never heard of.
Welcome to mondragonrifle.com, the website dedicated to the first self-loading battle rifle to be issued to a standing military organization, the Mexican Army in 1911.
The two patented Mondragon rifle designs you will be introduced to, are the “breech loading manual bolt action rifle” and the gas powered “self-loading rifle”. These were designed by an officer of the Mexican army, Manuel Mondragon. The rifle itself was invented during that period known as ‘The Mexican Revolution”. This would be the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s.
Like the rifles themselves the information available about the Mondragon rifle is extremely scarce. The Revolution, a factory fire in the Swiss factory at SIG, the resulting chaos after World War 1 and the fact no one wanted a SLR until WW2 has relegated this technology to the history books. There is a lot of misinformation about the Mondragon rifle. We aim to fix that!
The surviving facts laid out on this site are based on some the original patents, other collectors, authors and the worlds largest and most comprehensive personal collection of Mondragon rifles shown below..
Here you will see surviving telegrams and letters between the SIG factory and the Mexican government. The best and most accurate information comes from disassembling the actual rifle, which I luckily I have access to!
Some other information I have found over the years comes from articles and books, and credit will be given to those authors.
I am not a writer, just a collector whose hobby has gotten the best of him, so if I write something confusing… please let me know and I’ll try to reword the offending sentence! Any questions, comments or snide remarks are welcome!
Special thanks to Mr. Luis Gonzalez, of Mexico, who has provided invaluable pictures, historical documents and insight from south of the border.
NOTE: This site is in its infancy and not all the information has been posted.