Mondragon Legacy

If  “plagiarism is the greatest form of flattery,”  then  the Mondragon rifle designers should be proud of their accomplishments. Here is what the General left behind.

Integral Box Magazine Well

Note: the “receiver” and “magazine well” are all one piece.


                Mondragon                                                             M16

Modular Trigger Assembly


 Mondragon Model 1908                         Garand

Double Stack En-Bloc Clips

As used in the Mondragon 1890 manually operated action and the 1900 semi-automatic models.  And you thought the Garand was first!


As used in the Mondragon 1890 and Model 1900


As used in the Garand

Integral Bipod


It’s spindly, clumsy and its questionable how much support it would actually provide.  Someone  did realize that supporting the stock is a better idea than clamping it to the barrel.  Apart from this rifle, I have only ever seen sniper rifles with  integral bipods.

Gas Operated Reloading System

All gas guns have a gas  tap near the muzzle, either above or below the barrel. A gas tube that directs gas against a piston that drives the pushrod which is attached to the bolt and a return spring.  See gas system

mondragon-legacy-6Mondragon rifle – under barrel gas system

mondragon-legacy-7M1 Garand – under barrel gas system

mondragon-legacy-8SIG 556 – over barrel gas system


High Capacity Removable Magazine


10 round swiss modification in the Model 1917.


30 round German modification in the Model 1915.

High velocity small caliber cartridge.



.208 Caliber/5.2mm Ammunition

The Mondragon Rifle for the 21st Century


An interesting futuristic adaptation of the Mondragon FSK15 rifle…….. I like it!

Courtesy of Battlefield 1, an online war game

One thought on “Mondragon Legacy

  1. Congratulations for this excellent post, Manuel Mondragon and this mexican rifle were far more of its time, an authentic piece of art.

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