They may not have any stinkin’ badges, but they are definitely Federales.
Published in Osprey’s “The Mexican Revolution 1910-20″ book, this photo postcard shows a very rare Hotchkiss 37mm automatic cannon. It was designed to compete with the Vickers Pom-Pom, and apparently was only bought in small numbers by the Mexican Army and the [...]
The rifle we are looking at is an early Mondragon bolt-action design, model of 1894. Prior to designing his self-loading 1908 rifle (which is notable as the first self-loader adopted by a national military), Manuel Mondragon created this bolt action design. He was working in Switzerland at the time, and the guns were actually built [...]
One of the more interesting (and rare!) variations on John Browning’s iconic 1911 automatic pistol is the Obregon. Developed in Mexico in the mid 1930s, this pistol uses a frame nearly identical to the stock 1911, but has a completely different locking system. It uses a rotating barrel, like a Steyr 1912, instead of Browning’s [...]
I don’t think these two jóvenes have ever been in combat before
La Decena Tragica (the Tragic Ten) is the common name for the ten days in February 1913 when Mexican president Francisco Madero was deposed and executed by military coup.
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We were able to find a Mendoza light machine gun in a private collection, and took a number of photos of it. Sadly, the gun is deactivated and we were not able to disassemble it, but the external photos are still nice to have. This is the original variant of the gun, chambered for 7mm [...]
Very flat hat brims? Springfield rifles? Lots of yucca? Oversized muzzle booster?
Yep, that’s an American 1904 Maxim in action in Mexico!
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James Hughes’ Mexican Military Arms is a pretty good book on a subject not often written about. It covers all the rifles used by the Mexican Army (both locally designed and purchased elsewhere) from the Spencer repeater up to the adoption of the M1 Garand. It is a bit limited in coverage, though, with [...]
You may recall the Fusil Mexico from our initial post or followup – it is the interesting slide-action rifle that showed up at a Denver gun show a few months ago. Well, the owner has kindly sent us some more photos of the rifle, showing a lot more of its internal workings.How’s this for an [...]
This may come as a surprise to some folks, but the first semiautomatic rifle adopted for military use was the M1908 Mondragon rifle designed in Mexico by Manuel Mondragon. He was granted a US patent on the design in 1907, and the variants of the rifle were purchased by the Mexican military starting in 1894. [...]
So, you might wonder how firearms were procured in Mexico before the ATF was around to hand them out. Would you believe indigenous development?
Mexico had a couple notable firearms designers working hard in the decades prior to World War II, most significantly Manuel Mondragon and Rafael Mendoza. It’s one of Mendoza’s works that we’re [...]