A tale of a "new" rifle, and customer service


October 12, 2004, 05:51 PM
Okay - Friday morning at Knob Creek, one of Arne's kids told me that there was a vendor selling Cetmes. Now, I _had_ been thinking of getting another AK variant, but hey - this thing's a .308!

So I wandered into the vendor's tent, looked at one, and filled out a 4473. Bought a "like new in cosmoline" Yugo SKS while I was at it.*

Picked up a few more Cetme mags down the street, schlepped everything back to the camp site.


Next morning, bought a bunch of .308, went by Arne's table, and we loaded up one of his interchangeable drums. Went down to the lower range, paid my $$, walked up to the firing line, stuffed in the drum, and yanked on the charging handle. Pointed the boomstick downrange, and "click." Tried it again. Same result. The tower adapter was very difficult to remove.

Figured that maybe his G3 adapter/magazine tower wasn't all the compatible with the Cetme, so went and got a couple of the Cetme mags.

Same result. Boomstick has become a clickstick. With the extra added benefit of becoming an instant california-compatible rifle - the magazine _ain't_ gonna come out. Eventually got things squared away and safe, and wandered back to the vendor's tent.

The fellow who owns the joint was there. Took one look at the Cetme, another look at the magazine, a modest yank on the magazine, and the words "let's exchange it" emerged.

Gonna buy more stuff from the vendor. It was Cole's.

*A little further down the road from the Cole's tent was an outfit with an ultrasonic cleaning setup. For $25, they stripped the SKS and dunked it. In significantly less time than it has taken me to type this post, they had it stripped, de-gunked, oiled, and reassembled. VERY nice looking rifle. I don't know about you, but it was worth it to me.

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October 12, 2004, 06:20 PM
I have gotten several things from Cole's. Good people!

October 12, 2004, 09:13 PM
Good service = repeat business.


October 13, 2004, 01:55 AM
Please post a link for Cole's.

As far as the ultrasonic cleaning went, did the do the stock, too? I'd love to have this done for mine.

October 13, 2004, 07:30 AM
Not to get to far off the subject. I have taken cosmoline coated guns to my buddies garage and used his parts washer to clean up the metal parts. Much quicker and easier than a hand cleaning!!

October 13, 2004, 02:55 PM
I think they dipped the stock too. Everything is nice and clean.

Bought a buncha ammo from Cole's too...

Good people, and they had enough of their folks in the tent to help folks out...

October 13, 2004, 03:08 PM
Those CETMEs are garbage. Hope the second one worked!

October 13, 2004, 03:31 PM
$25, stick the parts in a bucket of mineral spirits and stick it next to the vibratory cleaner while it cleans brass! But the stock, that could make it worth it! :D

October 13, 2004, 03:48 PM
To tell you the truth, it was worth $25 not to deal with the mineral spirits, much less taking the thing apart with it covered with gunk. Less than 5 minutes, and I had a pristine rifle. Didn't have to go buy the mineral spirits. Didn't have to store the mineral spirits. Didn't have to find a large enough container for the mineral spirits, the barrel, and all the other crapola.

While I don't think that the process succeeded in completely cleaning the stock (I'm sure it'll leech some when it gets warm), it's pretty nice. Next summer, I'm going to take it down, and put the wood on the dashboard of the van for a few days.

The Cetme actually seems like a pretty good piece of work, especially when compared with the other centerfire rifles in the price range.

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