Introduction to the Mondragon Rifle
Welcome to mondragonrifle.com, the website dedicated to the first self-loading battle rifle to be issued to a standing military organization, which happens to be 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 a Mexican officer, General Manuel Mondragon. The rifle was invented during that period known as ‘The Mexican Revolution”. This would be the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s.
The information available about the Mondragon is extremely scarce. The Revolution, a SIG factory fire, 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 and a personal collection of Mondragon rifles. There are 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 Luis Gonzalez, of Mexico, who has provided invaluable pictures, historical documents and insight from south of the border.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.