I joined the Gun Buy Panic


November 18, 2008, 06:48 PM
And got A CETME Century Arms Import .308. I mow yards and petsit folks in my parent's neighborhood where I grew up for spending money while I go to lawschool. I had to check on two house's cats and there is a pawnshop on the way to the neighborhood so I figured to stop in on the way out and saw a beautifully black CETME .308, aka FAL. I asked the price and it was $600, which a year ago would have been a good buy. I looked it over, the exterior is in great to excellent shape, the mag catch is in great shape, the bore was nearly pristine (would say mint pristine almost but there was a little dirt needed cleaning out.

I raced the ten minutes to my house, didn't even bother to count out the cash I had in rubberbanded wads, and raced back. Walked in acting nonchalant saw they had a Ruger P90 in the handgun cabinet for 319.99 and had an idea after inspecting it and finding it in very good to excellent condition, it looked like it had been there for awhile. Asked the guy in charge over, pulled out the wads, rolls of twenties, tens, and singles, and put them on the counter which got his attention and earned a laugh.

I had luckily saw a sign for layaway written in Christmas colors. 10% down and rest within three months. "I'd like that .308, and this Ruger P90, today, and if you'll let me walk out of the store giving you $550 in cash right here and now for the .308 and giving you $50 down on layaway for the P90, and I want it for $275, we can do business today." I thought it'd be a good first low bid, instead the guy pondered for a minute and said, "okay, if that's how you want to do it." I nearly fainted in joy. I think maybe pawnshops are doing more buying than selling nowadays and he was going to make a good profit at that price anyways.

Why did I put the P90 on layaway, well my fiance loves my P90, we've been budgeting ourselves needlessly tight, and I figured as an early Christams present (even though she won't take it from me till we are officially married) she won't get pissed. She knows I'm in the middle of buying parts for DIY AR15 and she agrees with me doing it, and I'm going to get a AR15 lower reciever, actually got the FFL transfer filled out and carried out today as well at my usual shop. So instead of spending a grand to get it done I'll have my reciever for just shy of $150 and a CETME for just under $600 after taxes and such.

She also knows I have put 2,800 of ordinarily disposable income into my after lawschool savings, took a 1,000 out of the 4,000 profit I made trading Wachovia stock during the Wells Fargo bit(the rest going into savings), to stock up on ammo (still got a little over a $100 left so guess where that is going now), $500 in net profit (half of what I made after three visits to the local casino after involved expenses) that was supposed to go to my 9x23 project with a TT-33, and that I got out of the stock market a week before the election up over nine(k) for the year and haven't really gotten back in except day trading where I'm making small chunks of profit. And I mow yards and make $225 a week, $125 of which goes into after lawschool savings, the other $100 goes into my fiancees and I's dates and sockaway disposable savings, not to mention the can collecting which gets me $150-200 a month. So I'm hoping she won't be pissed when I also I get some Hi-cap mags and a thousand rounds of ammo for my new .308. I have a little over seven hundred left(after I pay off the Ruger P90 in time for Christmas) in sockaway disposable savings. Sure to say that after I get my ammo stock up and mags I'll be done for a long awhile, at least till July of next year. So hoping my fiancee doesn't get pissed.

Oh and I nearly vommitted on the way home with my new rifle when I first realized that I had had over $1700 in cash in my pockets when I walked into the pawnshop. But now I'm a member of the EBR club and got mine at a good price before the possible ban.

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1 old 0311
November 18, 2008, 08:12 PM
Good deal. Can't get hurt with that.

November 18, 2008, 08:16 PM
saw a beautifully black CETME .308, aka FAL.A cetme is a COMPLETELY different gun from a FAL.

November 18, 2008, 08:49 PM
Yes, the CETME is more closely related to the H&K91, whereas the FAL is the Belgian-designed rifle known variously as the SLR, L1A1, etc. I'd be happy with either, & hope you'll be happy with yours.

November 18, 2008, 09:01 PM
Way to go on your purchases!
Have fun.

November 18, 2008, 09:30 PM
You my friend, made a very good buy. :cool:

November 18, 2008, 09:37 PM
Nice job.

And Cetme = G3 or Hk91


November 18, 2008, 09:46 PM
good job

in even better job with putting away your money

Guy B. Meredith
November 18, 2008, 11:10 PM
What panic? Just mass rationalization for spending money.

November 18, 2008, 11:23 PM
Well the fiancee certainly didn't rip me a new one, but like my Rugre P90 she fell in love with the CETME LOL. And is ticked she's not going to get to shoot it till after both our exams are over, had to keep reminding her to cool her jets, and she squealed (in a good way, the really cute good way) when I told her about the P90, though now she has started hinting about moving in together, I know that was coming but....but....well at least she's not pissed.

Yeah I don't know why I put FAL and CETME in the same category, frayed nerves with the Fiancee I guess. Now she wants me to get spare parts and part kits, I love this woman. And she agreed to start asking about cans at school, she knows one of the sanitation guys (brother of a best friend), so she can get 'one' of her own. If I hadn't laid the law down that we needed to study she was wanting to pose with it so she could send her friends pics.

If the petsitting holds up in December I'll use half the proceeds (the other half going into savings) to get part kits and what, maybe do a project gun, found CETME parts comprably cheaper than AR and now the fiancee wants a CETME herslef (granted I'll own it and she'll get once we're married, she got miffed when I mentioned it was going in the prenup she knows is coming).

Anyone know if G3 parts are in any compatible with CETME. I got friend whose Dad has been sitting on CETME mags for years and he'll move off them I'm sure if I paint his house over my winter break.

Brian Dale
November 18, 2008, 11:25 PM
Enjoy your new rifle, MagnumDweeb. :)

Edited to add: excellent choice of fiancée too, it seems.

Kind of Blued
November 18, 2008, 11:31 PM
Good job! I'm in college too, and eating Ramen noodles to afford the things that I buy.

I have to protect my stockpile of Ramen noodles somehow...

I'm currently saving my pennies for a brand new DSA STG58 FAL. It makes it so much sweeter to obtain a nice gun when you reeeally have to work for it.

November 19, 2008, 12:05 AM
G3 parts are in any compatible with CETME.


You can pick up mags so cheap for these that skipping Cokes should do it. The ammo will break you, though. http://store.oldgrouch.biz/g3magazines.html

November 19, 2008, 02:13 AM
I have a CETME, as well. You should head over to surplusrifles.com, lots of good info. Make sure the bolt isn't ground (is Century still doing that?)

November 19, 2008, 07:08 AM
Everyone needs a CETME. If you have issues with it there is lots of parts and instructions on the internet. Easy to work on. Now you need ammo and mags.

November 19, 2008, 08:25 AM
"I'm in college too, and eating Ramen noodles to afford the things that I buy."
+1 :D

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