After World War II, German weapon designers that escaped to Spain produced a new class of assault rifle called the CETME rifle. CETME translates from Spanish to "Center for Technical Studies of Special Materials". The first model CETME was created in 1949. The CETME rifle was adopted by the post-war West German military in 1957 and called the Gewehr 3 (G3). The G3 has since been replaced in Germany with the HK G36 rifle.
The Heckler and Koch took over production of the CETME rifle with the G3 model. The G3 model has been adopted by at least 48 countries. The G3 is licensed for production in at least 13 other countries.
The G3 model using the West German 7.62 mm round has been found to cause greater incapacitation than the standard NATO 7.62 round due to higher ballistic fractures.
The G3 design system has been since used in 5.56 rifles.
There are several variants of the CETME rifle produced. Modelo A and A1, Modelo B, Modelo C, Modelo E, CETME L and LC.
Many years ago, CETME's were imported into the United States by the MARS Equipment Corporation in semi automatic in small numbers. They had wood stocks and metal SF lower receivers. These rifles were grandfathered by the BATF due to the swing down lower receiver now considered to be machineguns.
Photo: Rare MARS Equipment Corp. CETME Import from Spain in semi-auto configuration.
Photo: Spanish Cetme Mags and view of CETME Mag well.
CETME Rifle Specifications
CETME Manufacturer: CETME, Heckler and Koch, Various others
CETME Length: 1025 mm
CETME Weight With 20 Round Magazine: 4.4 kg empty (varies based on configuration)
CETME Bore Diameter: 7.62 X 51
Cetme Maximum Effective Range: 300 m (600m with scope)
Barrel Length: 450 mm
CETME G3 Muzzle Velocity: 800 m/s
CETME Cyclic Rate of Fire: CETME Cyclic: 500-600 rounds per minute