Spanish Police Seize HUGE Number of Illegal Firearms from Traffickers in Northern Spain

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by Nathaniel F

The Spanish National Police Corps (Cuerpo Nacional de Policía, or CNP) have captured a huge number of weapons during a series of raids conducted in the areas of Biscay, Girona, and Cantabria in Northern Spain. The raids recovered about 10,000 firearms including pistols, rifles, assault rifles, submachine guns, and machine guns, plus about 400 grenades, bombs, and other explosives.

Among the weapons recovered were a large number of CETME rifles, both the 7.62x51mm versions (including what appears to be at least one each of the rare CETME Model A and B prototypes) and 5.56mm CETME-Ls.

Top of the image, a rifle that I think may be a CETME Model A. Note the unusual grip panels and the oddly square receiver stamping.

Also included in the cache were large numbers of bolt-action rifles, including various generic Mausers (probably of the Spanish variety). However, probably the rarest weapon in the whole lot is what appears to be an example of the extremely obscure Spanish CB-52 assault rifle prototype:

For comparison, an image of the CB-52 from the Coruña Military History Museum:

The full scale of the weapons recovered can be seen in this image, showing a room full of eight-foot-tall stacks of assault rifles and a large number of what appear to be mortar shells:

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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

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  • Bobk90 Bobk90 on Mar 19, 2017

    Looks to me that they RAIDED their own Warehouses that were forgotten...

  • Jor 'el Jor 'el on Mar 21, 2017

    Awww, I cant help but sometimes feel that when a group of cutthroats, villains, anarchists, and warmongerers have spent all this time amassing a very cool collection of revolution startin' tools that when they get caught, I kinda feel bad for them. All their toys getting confiscated seems such a killjoy. sigh. . .