Hill & Mac Gunworks CETME-L and CETME-LC Update | SHOT 17

    Hill & Mac Gunworks’ flagship is their ambitious project to create an affordable, shootable reproduction of the WWII-era German StG-44, but another thing they have been working on is a recreation of the CETME-L Cold War era Spanish assault rifle. Unlike their StG, which is being made from the ground-up, the CETME-L effort centers around the use of parts kits, now available relatively inexpensively on the surplus market.

    HMG’s goal with the CETME-L project was to provide kits to consumers so that they could create their own rifles at home, from scrapped surplus parts. To that end, the complete CETME-L set includes a parts kit, new receiver to be bent and welded, disconnector, barrel, and weldment kit for just under $800. A CETME-L welding jig is also available on their site for $125, allowing any enterprising homebuilders to get into their own Spanish roller delayed rifle for about the price of a mid-tier AR-15.

    Complete CETME-Ls were available from HMG in a very limited run of 100 guns, but all of those have been shipped. Moving forward, the way to get an HMG CETME-L will be to buy a parts kit and make your own, but HMG’s representatives told me that another small run of the compact version, the CETME-LC, could be made available, depending on the interest and how busy HMG is with their other projects.

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]