Originally Posted by carve
I've been looking around for a battle rifle for a few days. There are some nice PTR-91's for about $1700 on gunbroker. I can get a service grade Garande for about $650 from CMP. That's a crap-shoot on quality, plus an antiquated design, but it has an interesting historical signifigance and shoots readily available 30-06 ammo. I'd really like an FAL, but they're running about $2k now.
However, I was looking in a local online ad and found this...
I hear CETME are crap quality, but 2-3" groups are acceptable, plus it comes with a nice little stock of ammo, and I can get as many 20-round mags as I want for $4 each. Best of all it's local and I'm sure he'll accept cash. That's probably about as cheap as you can find a semi-auto battle-rifle, especially in these times. I don't plan to shoot it recreationally very often- that'd be a waste of .308. I'd probably get a bolt gun to shoot for fun. It'll be a just-in-case high-power battle rifle with no paper trail to more or less store away and forget about.
Opinions? Anything I should be mindful of inspecting a CETME?
In all honesty, another $300-400 will get you an AR-15, if you can find one. You won't be getting a Daniel Defense but you could pick up a nice Bushmaster or RRA for that price. I would hold off. But that's just me.