Tuesday, September 14, 2010

CET You, CET Me

My blogpartner MeatAxe is still buried under piles of stress and chaos, and I'm still looking for some time to polish off a few posts about such important topics as cigar humidors and the Jedi Order, but I do have a small question.

It looks like I'm going to get a small bit of cashy money coming up, and I'm thinking of spending it on... another gun, unsurprisingly. I'm feeling pretty good about my handgun situation - about the only thing I'm wanting in that arena right now is some sort of basic 1911 - so I'm thinking EBR, and the EBR I've been in like with since the first time I fondled one in a gun store years ago is a nice wood-furnitured CETME.

Every shootin' iron has its lovers and haters, so I'm wondering if anyone out there reading has any advice on the subject I can consider?

10 comments:

Tam said...

Most CETMEs you see are kit guns from Century Arms. Like all Century products, quality will vary depending on how angry the monkeys were that day.

I would personally avoid it, myself, but you should follow your heart.

Atom Smasher said...

Avoid the CA versions, or the whole platform?

MeatAxe said...

Well, I can't speak for the CETME platform, and Tam probably has forgotten more than I ever knew about Century, but I've seen some very bizarre configurations on CA rifles -- including an FAL with a plastic thumb-hole stock. Which makes me wonder at their judgment, i suppose.

And at the range a couple times, I've heard folks taking the name of Century Arms in vain.

This might be one of those situations where you're better off with a used rifle from a person or store you trust. So when they tell you its reliable, you can believe them.

OTOH, if you can find a non-Century CETME, that might be worth pursuing, too.

Atom Smasher said...

Yeah, I don't want anything freaky, just a simple wood-furniture semi-auto that throws large bullets a long way.

Anonymous said...

Get this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accuracy_International_Arctic_Warfare

Atom Smasher said...

Heh. A little too snazzy for me.

doubletrouble said...

I'm with Meataxe- find a gun at a local trusted store who'll stand behind your purchase.

My son bought a FAL (Israeli) a few years back, & is generally pleased with it. As a bonus, the metric mags for the thing are dirt cheap.

Shoots the 7.62 round as well... good luck.

Bubblehead Les. said...

"Simple wood furniture semi-auto that throws large bullets a long way"? Got a Garand? CMP, $600 (plus shipping and the BATFE Transfer paperwork to your local Dealer, of course.

Atom Smasher said...

CMP Garand is on the list for 2011. But between now & then........

DirtCrashr said...

Is DSA the same a Century? They have a wide variety of FAL offerings. Imbel, STG58 Austrian, but not inexpensive.

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