A Cetme project...
I recently traded into a Cetme...reluctantly I might add...and it was not a happy experience from the start. I had a feeling there were some problems with the gun but as I was only allowing about 300 in actual cash for it I didn't think I could be hurt too bad.
I got it home and disassembled the beast. First thing that happened was the disconnector fell out of the trigger group as well as it's retaining pin. One look in there told me why the guy was willing to trade so low, there was no way this gun would fire the way the trigger group was put together. (He told me it shot great....yea, right)
The upside is I am an H&K school trained armorer and I do know my way around these rifles. I yanked out the guts of the trigger group and re-installed everything correctly. First however I did do a little parts polishing. Now I had a functioning trigger group with a fairly nice trigger. Moving onto the bolt...another no-go. This thing wouldn't take a .007 feeler gauge. I upped the rollers to +4's, got it up to .009. Well, crap...ordered a complete bolt assembly for $65.00...added +2 rollers to it. Now it fits a .013 feeler gauge nicely.
As I had the rollers on hand already I had under $400 in this so far. On the up side the gun was shooting very well, grouping surplus into 1 1/2 inches at 100 yards out of my lead sled. UTG scope mount (80 bucks) and a old 3X9X40 Telstar scope (old Japanese make...superb glass). If you ever run across one of these scopes grab it. The post and crosshair make for a fast and easy to acquire sight picture.
As I already had $480 bucks in this rifle I decided to add and 12 more bucks to it and bought a set of OD HK G-3 furniture for it. Found a few more mags for 5 bucks apiece (Cetme not HK) and now my total sits at $525.00. Functioning is flawless, accuracy is great. Now I just need a HK Stock extender and cheekpiece and it will be my scoped .308 semi-auto allowing me to keep my FN/FAL as my iron sight rifle.
With the price of parts for these hitting an all time low it is worth owning one. When you go shopping take a set of feeler gauges and check making sure it falls between .010 and .015. These are great rifles and you can often find one at a bargain price.
I became insane with long periods of horrible sanity
Last edited by Dr Tarr; 09-24-2010 at 08:38.