Century CETME


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ckempton1
June 5, 2011, 06:21 PM
I just bought a new Century Arms CETME with the black plastic furniture. Does anyone have experience putting the German wood stock sets on a Century CETME?

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amd6547
June 5, 2011, 08:26 PM
The German surplus sets fit right on, with one small mod. The nylon washer at the end of the recoil spring is larger diameter than the CETME. You have to thin it down a little at a time till it will enter the bolt carrier.
In the interest of full disclosure, adding these parts may affect your US parts count.
Do a search on militaryfirearm.com for details on using these stock sets...it is a popular mod.
They also have a cetme section that will answer any question you might have, tell you how to check out your cetme, and fix any problems.
In good working order, the cetme is an excellent rifle.

Carl N. Brown
June 5, 2011, 10:30 PM
My experience is limited to my son's Century built CETME (or H91). He wanted to replace the original stock set with an H&K G3 stock set. Basically my experience dittos what amd6546 posted.

The Spanish CETME, H&K G3 and civilian HK41 and HK91 rifles are similar but slightly different, especially as production spanned different factories, different countries, different years.

W.E.G.
June 5, 2011, 10:34 PM
http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/rifle%20pics/CETME/CETME_and_G3_Wood_Comparison.jpg

seasmoke
June 6, 2011, 07:24 AM
As mentioned above the G3 furniture will fit with minor tweeking. Use the whole assembly, ie /stock/back plate/buffer/recoil rod/spring. Sanding the nylon guide will work fine, you can also remove the metal carrier guide from your CETME recoil rod and install on the G3 rod(I did this) Keep in mind the wood G3 furniture was produced in the late 50's/ early 60's. I bought a set of green furniture that appeared to have never been used and swapped the back plate/buffer assembly to the wood, giving me a 'new' buffer and recoil spring. Keep track of your US/German parts count for 922r compliance

http://centerfiresystems.com/HK8941.aspx

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/SearchResults.aspx?catid=957&site=All+Products&num=15&q=hk+g3

http://www.robertrtg.com/g3.html

dogmush
June 6, 2011, 07:45 AM
It's easier to get the rear metal along with the new stock, but you can actually mod a wood G3 stock to fit CETME metal. You have to move the buffer hole up, and then enlarge the hole for the buffer bolt.

But the preferred way is to get a G3 stock set with metal already and trim the nylon washer at the front of the recoil spring.

Good luck, I really like mine, and am looking for another.

Have you checked your bolt-gap?

451 Detonics
June 6, 2011, 09:26 AM
My CETME has G3 furniture on it...took about 20 minutes to get everything to fit.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z271/reloader1959/rifles/cetme3.jpg

But if you want wood why not go with CETME wood furniture rather than HK?

http://store.bravo5.com/servlet/-strse-33/New-Cetme-Wood-Stock/Detail
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=233355200

ckempton1
June 6, 2011, 10:15 AM
Thanks for all the great information. I am still unsure if all this applies to the Century Arms International CETME clone and not just a Spanish CETME. Is there a difference?

seasmoke
June 6, 2011, 01:31 PM
Yes, this applies to all CETME's and clones(G3,HK-91,PTR-91 ect)

animator
June 6, 2011, 03:05 PM
Thanks for all the great information. I am still unsure if all this applies to the Century Arms International CETME clone and not just a Spanish CETME. Is there a difference?




Yes, it will apply, as mentioned above. CAI takes used CETME parts kits and "builds" them on new receivers, along with their own US parts to keep it compliant. There's no real difference, other than Spanish CETMEs typically run a bit better than the average CAI rifle off the shelf...



Before spending money on accessories, I'd strongly suggest checking your bolt gap, along with your overall bolt head length. CAI has been known to grind bolt heads to set bolt gap, which is not the way it should be done, and can lead to problems as the rifle wears.


And even if the gap and bolt length check out, don't be surprised or frustrated if the rifle takes several rounds to "break in". Mine took roughly 200 rounds of the cheapest, crappiest heavy-ball ammo fired through it before it began to cycle 100% reliably. If it's a "new" rifle, and not been previously fired, it may need some time to break in.

amd6547
June 6, 2011, 05:13 PM
If it is new, clean it thoroughly, and lube liberally before you shoot it.
While mine came with Spanish CETME wood, and looks great, I have seen some German wood g3 sets which looked really nice.
Mine has the green set as pictured above...the only problem is, I can't decide which I like better, so I keep switching!
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h61/amd6547/CETME/DSC01903.jpg

ckempton1
June 7, 2011, 11:02 AM
I think I have learned more about this subject faster than anything else in my life! Thanks to all who have responded. I have realized I can buy CETME wood and , thanks to a post, found a couple of sites like Bravo5. I ordered a set of Spanish CETME wood. Stay tuned.

rogertc1
June 7, 2011, 07:50 PM
My CETME I got in 2011. Had all new wood and parts...great gun. And yes I had to do a little tweaking but it is a great gun.


sorry got mine in 2001 when they first came out. ot 2011.

wally
June 7, 2011, 10:54 PM
While mine came with Spanish CETME wood, and looks great, I have seen some German wood g3 sets which looked really nice.
Mine has the green set as pictured above...the only problem is, I can't decide which I like better, so I keep switching!

That's why I have two!
:)

ckempton1
June 11, 2011, 11:57 AM
I took my new Century International Cetme to the range yesterday and it performed flawlessly. Not a single problem. I paid $469 for this rifle on Gunbroker.com. $16 shipping and no sales tax. My only complaint is the buttpad is too narrow and hard. I have ordered Spanish wood and if the buttpad is no wider, I'll probably put some kind of pad on it. I also have a French MAS 49/56 and they come with a nice thick rubber buttpad. Maybe one of those would fit? Also ordered 10 aluminum G3 magazines from CTD. Further update when the Spanish wood comes in.

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