You may recall a while back I picked up a CETME-L flat from Prexis, because it was the only option available for building a CETME-L rifle. Well, there is now another option available.
Hill & Mac Gunworks made a run of completed CETME-L rifles, and is also now offering builders’ kits, with barrels, weldment blocks, semauto and 922(r) conversion parts, receiver flats, and bending jigs, along with CETME-L parts kits – everything needed to build one of the guns (as of the time of this posting, flats and weldment blocks are available to order, with complete kits coming soon). I spent the last couple days building one with my friend and InRange TV co-host Karl, and we will be posting a series of tutorial videos to walk folks through the build process shortly.
However, before that publishes I thought it would be worth a quick post to point out the differences between the Prexis and HMG receiver flats. It is true that a handful of people have actually received flats from Prexis and managed to build them into working guns, but that is an excruciating process. The HMG flat and jig, on the other hand, actually work fantastically well. Let’s take a look at why…
(Note: All of the photos here use a Gen 1 Prexis flat, because those are the ones I have been able to get my hands on. The Gen 2 flat is reportedly better, but as far as I can see one would have to be crazy to actually pay money for a Prexis product)
If you’ve been waiting to do a CETME-L build, now there is finally a usable flat available. If you have already gotten a barrel somewhere and are a skilled builder, the HMG flat and weldments will get you going. Otherwise, I would suggest waiting until HMG’s full builder’s kits are available, so you can get all the necessary components in one package. Having just finished building one myself, I know they are a good product.
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“922(r)” is not CETME-specific, it is a US law issue.
There are guns that can legally be manufactured inside the US, but can not legally be imported into the US.
A gun that consists entirely of imported parts, and is only assembled in the US, counts as “imported” – so you have to use some US-made parts.
Have already purchased 2 flats with weldments from them awaiting delivery in early saw there stg44 was impressed also have 2 reactive targets and was also impressed . looking forward to the build .thanks hmg
Have already purchased 2 flats with weldments from them awaiting delivery in early August saw there stg44 was impressed also have 2 reactive targets and was also impressed . looking forward to the build .thanks hmg
With having some experience building guns, for now, I will stick with the Prexis flat for $129.00 VS the $250.00 price tag. I MUST NOTE,I have build my share of MP5’s Cetmes and H&K’s, so it is not like I would be jumping in blind. That could make a big difference for someone whom never built a rifle of that style.
The inability of the Prexis flat to allow a CETME to eject an unfired round suggests to me that manually cycling the bolt to eject a faulty dud is completely impossible. Should your rifle suffer a dud round in the field, you should be able to manually cycle the action to get rid of the useless cartridge! The inability to do so could cost you your life if you were under attack by knife-wielding maniacs!!!
I have two running Cetme L’s now. I did have to Rework almost the whole thing but they are running. I have not seen the Gen2’s but might get one if they are “ready to ship” to rebuild one of mine. I have not seen any of the Gen 2’s out there.
This is fantastic news! I picked up both a Cetme L and a Cetme LV kit from Apex and after reeding about your experience with the Prexis flat I was worried that they would never get built. Well I’m heading on over to hmgunworks.com to order a jig and a few flats/weld kits.
I cant wait to start building along with your videos.
Does this flat have the ability to have the rear ejection port “flare” formed? It looks like they forgot that detail in the stamping which would be a shame after putting in so much time and effort. I hope I’m wrong as having near 100% correct appearance is important (to me personally), not to mention it’s a functional feature.