Lot 297

An Aviator's Self-Loading Carbine 15 (Mondragon)

Firearms of the 19th and 20th century | A81s | Live auction | 584 Lots


Cal. 7x57, Nr. 1008, Bright bore, length 63.5 cm, main parts with matching numbers, mounts and small parts without number. Certificate of proof mark absence for collectors. Bluing of the barrel, receiver and trigger plate with magazine nearly fully preserved, operational parts and the rotary action polished white. Rear sight leaf scaled from 400 to 2000 meters. Box magazine for ten rounds. Gas-operated gun that can be used as a repeating rifle by a turn of the gas valve at the front of the gas block. Walnut stock with the usual signs of use, no significant dents or cracks, no numbers on the exterior, with iron buttcap. Overall length of the carbine 116 cm.
The weapon is an extraordinary rarity made by SIG in Neuhausen as Model 1908, of which a total of approx. 4000 pieces were produced. Only approx. 400 of these rifles were shipped to Mexico, as the revolutionary turmoil and lack of payment prevented the shipment of the remaining rifles, which were purchased at the beginning of the First World War by Germany to arm aircraft and balloon crews. The carbine was modified with a retaining screw for the receiver end cap, another screw at the lever for the gas valve (preventing an inadvertent switch to repeating function) and the insertion of a rectangular, fluted safety lock in the loading lever. The most apparent addition was the specially manufactured 30-round drum magazine which could be inserted after removing the box lid with follower (similar to Model 98). Through these modifications the Model 1908 became the Aviator's Self-Loading Carbine M15 Mondragon. The three-line inscription at the top of the housing and the Mexican coat of arms at the receiver are not visible (anymore). Typical for weapons modified by the German military were the number at the stock, on the left next to the fixed box magazine, here the number "81.65". This weapon was not in high demand due to its strong susceptibility to failure. When aircraft were equipped with machine guns, this rifle became obsolete in mid-1917.
Attention - For this gun we will need to obtain an export license for you, based on your import permit (if needed in your country) or through your firearms dealer.

Condition: I - II

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The auction includes 584 lots and starts on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 10 am (CET). Lot no. 1 - 584. The pre-sale viewing will take place from March 19 - 20, 2020 and March 26 - 29, 2020 from 2 to 6 pm (CET).