How do i fix the horrible trigger pull on a CETME?


Cap'n Jack Burntbeard
August 4, 2009, 03:15 AM
So I bought a CETME on Saturday.
I really like the rifle, its an evil auto-loading .308 MBR, who wouldn't?:D
My only complaint about it aside from the cheap black plastic furniture, is the trigger pull, its heavier than a refrigerator full of midgets, gritty, and uneven.:eek:
Does anyone have a solution?

On a related question, can I put a HK lower on it without swapping the bolt carrier?:confused:

Thank you all in advance

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wayne in boca
August 4, 2009, 03:43 AM
Send the trigger pack to Bill Springfield.You will have it back in a week,and be amazed at the difference.And it's cheap too.

Cap'n Jack Burntbeard
August 4, 2009, 03:49 AM
I probably should know this, but who is Bill Springfield, and how do i get in contact with him?

August 4, 2009, 04:04 AM
Bill gets great reviews from what I've heard. Here is his link.

If you really hate the plastic you could some wood stocks on pretty cheap or an HK91 stock on with a little fitting.

I'm not sure what you mean by lower but if your referring to the trigger pack then yes it will work without changing the bolt. Here is a link to compatible parts between the CETME and the HK91.

Cap'n Jack Burntbeard
August 4, 2009, 04:09 AM
Yes i mean the trigger pack, but sadly all i can find are those new all plastic "navy style" trigger packs.:(
Thanks for the info, what else should i know, as a new owner, of one of these rifles?

August 4, 2009, 04:26 AM
Get some automotive feeler gauges and check the head space. It should be within .005 and .020 to be safe. If its a century model then check the back of the bolt head to see if it has been ground. I really couldn't tell on mine until I took it apart. I will be a little brighter in color and squared off.

Here is a cetme manual in pdf

If your still not sure what to do then hk forums and gunboards is a good place to ask also. Here is a link to the cetme page on gunboards.

August 4, 2009, 04:36 AM
To check the headspacing is not hard. After making sure the chamber is empty pretty much you charge the handle. With the rifle slightly pointing down give the charging handle the old HK slap. Next you dryfire it. Now you insert the feeler guages finding the one that fits tightly but not hard to insert. You will want to check it several times to insure that you are getting a good reading without something binding. That would be it.

Now like I mentioned about the Centurys. I bought one and the bolt head had been ground. That does not really affect performance but what it does is give you and inaccurate headspace reading. If your bolt head is ground you really have no way to know what the actual gap is and could be very dangerous to you or your rifle. An easy fix if your gap is too small then you could get some new +2 or +4 rollers, and or a new locking piece.

Cap'n Jack Burntbeard
August 4, 2009, 04:44 AM
Thanks man
Now I just need to decide if I want to put money into the CETME trigger pack with the bass-ackwards saftey or an H&K one. what I'd like to find is an H&K trigger pack with the old style grip.

August 4, 2009, 07:56 AM
Sell the CETME and get a FAL or M1A.

If you really, really like the CETME design, the recent production PTR-91 has a significantly better trigger pull, from the factory. (A PTR is a clone of the HK91 which in turn is a slightly improved version of the CETME.)

August 4, 2009, 08:04 AM
Sell the CETME and get a FAL or M1A.No need - the CETME works fine, thankyouverymuch. These sorts of comments may seem cute, but they're unhelpful and (IMO) borderline rude.

My only complaint about it aside from the cheap black plastic furniture,I prefer the platic furniture to the wooden stuff. Most folk do, in fact. You can probably find a CETME owner who'd swap with you.

Trigger to Bill is the hot recommendation. He does good stuff and is well respected.

Checking the headspace is easy, and (for any CETME/G3 variant) bolt gap is a really important measure of rifle wear and health.

Cap'n Jack Burntbeard
August 4, 2009, 02:47 PM
+1 rbernie

1 I wanted an FAL, but no one was selling one FTF inside my state.:banghead:
2 If I wanted an M1a, I would have slapped myself, I just don't like the design of that series of rifle.:(
3 After using the rifle, i really like the design, which makes me really like the PTR but that in no way means that I would sell the CETME.

August 4, 2009, 05:54 PM

August 4, 2009, 11:19 PM
Trade the rifle for a Savage with accutrigger or a Remington 700 or any number of other rifles with adjustable triggers.

August 5, 2009, 12:13 AM
Well, i see the first few replies were for the best Cetme/HK trigger guy out there . .

So here it is again:

Bill Springfield -

Cap'n Jack Burntbeard
August 5, 2009, 02:52 PM
@ Ron
Thanks anyway I already own a Rem 700 .30-06, but that is another discussion and bolt guns really have nothing to do with this thread.

Thank you to the more relevant posters, I will probably send the trigger to Bill, hopefully I will get a decent trigger pull.

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