G3 clone at pawn shop


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CSestp
January 28, 2012, 02:59 PM
Hey there is a g3 clone up at a pawn shop for sale. I think i can pick it up in the 675-750 range. What should I looking for on this thing that would make it a good buy or crappy buy? Brands, serial numbers, styles? I have a FN FAL that I really like and have always wanted a G3 Clone.

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IROCZ
January 28, 2012, 03:22 PM
Hopefully it's a PTR91, That would be a good price for one of those. If it's a CTME, not so much.

mmitch
January 28, 2012, 04:55 PM
C,

Agreed, look for "JDL" and/or PTR 91. Otherwise, continue shopping.

http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/ww310/satcong_01/5x7_7431-1.jpg

Mike

leadcounsel
January 28, 2012, 05:59 PM
Avoid the Cetme...

seasmoke
January 28, 2012, 07:02 PM
More info needed and pics of both sides of the mag-well
'Be careful though about the caliber'? G3 is 7.62x51 NATO

Avoid the CETME...

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=270947459

jhnrckr
January 28, 2012, 08:18 PM
CETMEs are cool just not for $600 and not the Century version.

seasmoke
January 28, 2012, 08:28 PM
OP said G3 clone. G3 is a CETME clone. BTW, my CAI CETME runs great. As with all CAI 'builds' YMMV

wally
January 28, 2012, 08:50 PM
my CAI CETME runs great. As with all CAI 'builds' YMMV

So does mine, but I looked at several before bringing this one home. $675 seems high for a CAI CETME, usually $500-550 at gun shows around here.

seasmoke
January 28, 2012, 08:56 PM
Good point Wally, a CAI CETME is a roll of the dice. Once running well, it's much cheaper then alternatives. But, the OP asked about a G3 clone...Pics would help us help the OP.

CSestp
January 28, 2012, 09:21 PM
its at the pawn shop cant really take pics of it

seasmoke
January 28, 2012, 09:41 PM
Apologies to the OP, re-read your post. If you can get pics at some point.. Tons of CETME clones out there, some just worth more then others.
Cheers

splithoof
January 28, 2012, 10:17 PM
Take the time, save up your $$, and find an Oberndorf (HK) 91.

jobu07
January 28, 2012, 10:28 PM
Avoid the Cetme...

Absolutely nothing wrong with a well built CETME. And if the clone you're looking at is a PTR all the better. If it is a Century, it may be worth a roll of the dice. I've got a Century C91 and it is a flawless rifle in fit, finish, function, and accuracy. I love it.

RAINS
January 28, 2012, 10:37 PM
For that price it better say PTR-91 on it. The century guns are a toss of the dice. There are lot of good ones and really bad ones too. I had a CEMTE (witch looks/works like a G3/HK91 but is not as good as one) and mine was great. But no so great that I didn't sell it.

CSestp
January 29, 2012, 12:02 AM
Take the time, save up your $$, and find an Oberndorf (HK) 91.

Why is this?? How much better are the HK's??? We talking like .5 moa better??? Parts more available? Jams less??? Just so I can say F off to the guy next to me at the range with a PTR???

That statement was horribly vague on how a HK will benefit me more than a PTR. If there is some actual reason's for getting a HK over PTR I will deff. do that. If its just a different name on the side could care less.

Archaic
January 29, 2012, 12:13 AM
Why is this?? How much better are the HK's??? We talking like .5 moa better??? Parts more available? Jams less??? Just so I can say F off to the guy next to me at the range with a PTR???

That statement was horribly vague on how a HK will benefit me more than a PTR. If there is some actual reason's for getting a HK over PTR I will deff. do that. If its just a different name on the side could care less.
Its an HK, its vastly superior in all of the ways you mentioned, it was a standard issue military rifle for the German army. Unfortunately it usually comes with a pretty high price and they dont show up on the used market very often. Nothing wrong with a clone, just get a good one.

splithoof
January 29, 2012, 02:27 AM
Because original HK rifles don't exhibit problems I have seen with many of the clones:
Poor accuracy with many types of loads
Miss-machined claw mount bases
Excess headspace
Improperly installed barrels
Aluminum recievers
Non-fluted chambers (some)
Won't reliably cycle steel cased ball
Poor stock to reciever fitting

As for parts, I have never had to replace anything.

dak0ta
January 29, 2012, 02:32 AM
CETME for sale in Toledo, Spain (September 2011) [€450]

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx226/knightofcydonia87/Firearms/171.jpg

gotboostvr
January 29, 2012, 04:44 AM
a friend of mine has a CETME from Century, took a little tuning of the extractor if I recall but now runs like a raped ape on cheap Tula steel cased and the German battle packs. It's surprisingly accurate as well.

az_imuth
January 29, 2012, 10:54 AM
I have an early SS CETME from Century that I really like and it has been flawless from day one, but the price you quoted is way high for any Century CETME I've seen. If, on the other hand, it is one of the imports by MARS then the price is way too low and you should run right over and snap it up.:evil:

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