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3082A
$23,000.00

SUPERB SWISS SIG MONDRAGON MODEL 1894 “MARCHING FIRE” CARBINE.

SN 9. Cal. 5.22mm. 22-1/2″ round bbl, blue finish, walnut stocks. The Type IIA Mondragon is an extremely rare carbine with a straight pull bolt that was made by SIG of Switzerland to the advanced concepts of Gen. Manuel Mondragon of the Mexican Army. As was true for rifle version, it too was made to fire a small caliber (5.2mm diameter bullet) high velocity cartridge using an “en bloc” clip loading type magazine as later implemented in the Garand. The most charismatic feature of this carbine is the 3-position selector switch mounted on the right side, just above the trigger, marked “A” (safe), “L” (normal fire position),”R” (rapid fire). The idea was to be able to fire the gun by pulling the trigger normally or fire by simply driving the bolt forward (not touching the trigger). Most of the quick firing was to be done while advancing, hence the “marching fire” appellation. Inside the intricately machined receiver is a very unusual bolt made with three separate sets of locking lugs: one set is around front of the bolt body, a second set is at the rear of the bolt body, the third set is around the cocking knob assembly. The carbine has a 2-pc stock. The forend is a single piece of wood that wraps around the bbl, much in the manner of a Mannlicher M1897/03 Carbine. The forward bbl band is reminiscent of a Swiss K31. In the center of the forend is a rotating sling swivel. The rear sight is graduated from 6-10 and has a flip-up option for 400 meters. SN “9” appears at the rear of the bbl, left side of chamber, on the follower and on the bolt handle and associated components. On the rear tang is the manufacturer identification: “FAB.D’ARMES/NEUHAUSEN”. The buttstock is fitted with a single sling swivel and a metal buttplate. Although very few of these carbines were made, the prospect of marching rapid fire was a novel consideration and laid the groundwork to explore automatic loading selective fire. CONDITION: Near excellent with over 95% orig rust blue finish with mild speckling and patina as one would expect in an experimental/military gun of this vintage. The sides of the carbine present extremely well with much of the patina is confined to the in-the-white bolt assembly. Wood retains a commensurate amount of orig varnish with a scattering of handling dings as one might expect after over 100 years. Bore is bright with sharp rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. An extraordinarily rare, all matching, and high condition carbine that could easily be the centerpiece of an advanced military collection. 51062-1 (20,000-25,000) – Lot 3082A

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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