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.
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
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 rifle – under barrel gas system
M1 Garand – under barrel gas system
SIG 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