Classic Arms has some Cetme 7.62X51 rifles in. The first batch I know of came in during the mid 1990's, they were parts kits put back together with Century International Arms receivers. It was during the Feinstein ban, so the guns had muzzle brakes rather than flash suppressors. I have one of these. The Cetme was originally designed and put into production by the same Mauser team that was working on a replacement for the STG-44. When the war ended, the German team fled to Nationalist Spain, where they found work at the government arsenal. When the post war German Army decided to equip with a new rifle to replace the STG-58 (they couldn't get a license from the Belgians to produce it domestically), the Cetme was modified to meet their specifications and went into production in Germany as the G-3. That rifle is still in use all over the world. I have a G-3, though I find having the charging handle on the forward part of the rifle rather than the receiver to be a bit awkward. Some people say you can use Cetme mags or G-3 mags in the Cetme. I tried both and had no trouble, but the internet gun forums are full of people who did. You pays your dime and you takes your chances. The Cetme is a fine rifle, and if you want a battle rifle in 7.62X51 rather than 5.56 you could do worse.
My wife and I lived in Italy for four years in the early 1980's. She was on the staff of ComAirSouth (NATO staff of 5th Air Force) and I was on the staff of ComStrikeForSouth (NATO staff of 6th Fleet.) We lived in a little villa out on the shore of the Mediterranean sea, outside Naples. There was no officers housing in Naples, so everybody lived on the economy.
Living with the Italians, I got to know a lot of the older folks in our "Parco" (neighborhood) pretty well. Most of the men had been in World War 2. Most of them had been prisoners in Scotland, and had liked it a hell of a lot better than fighting. They were honest about that. But I also learned that Italians, in general, prefer a strong, powerful man at the head of government, and they don't much give a damn if he's the Duce, the President, the Premier or the King as long as there is order, the economy is good, people have jobs, crime is low, and there's enough to eat.
I know from watching foreign news on the satellite that President Trump has a large following in Europe. Whatever country you pick, there are a lot of people who view him very favorably because he is seen as strong, as a promise keeper, as a leader opposed to unbridled and illegal immigration. They also like him because he's not seen as part of the "for life government bureaucracy."
When a friend sent this video to me, I wasn't at all surprised to see President Trump being lauded at the carnival of Via Reggio. It's held in a sea side resort annually, and has been going on since the late 1800's .Pretty good parade, seemed to me!
This video is a good example of what happens when you let an aggressive , invasive species into your community. I used to read about this in Europe and think it could never happen here, but given the events of the last couple of years all over this country, I think we are going to have to deal with it too.
Here's a link sent by Michael, it's an evaluation of the Ethiopian 8mm Mauser ammo discussed in a previous post. The evaluator is a big name in Curio and and Relic circles, with lots of videos on Amazon Prime.
Ethiopian 8mm Mauser ammo evaluation:
On the home front, it's been raining all day, and it's still raining tonight (about 9 p.m.), supposed to continue for the next two days. It's not cold though, in the mid fifties outside right now.
The wife and I took the Jeep and went over to Murphy, N.C. to the "scratch and dent" grocery store. We spent $83.00 and got two shopping carts full of supplies. Among the things we got were olive oil, olives, whole cheeses, large summer sausages, canned chili, lots of frozen vegetables, frozen chicken, spare ribs, stew beef, smoked hog jowls for the dogs, canned fruit, canned vegetables, large cans of orange juice (79 cents each), cans of spam in different flavors ($1.50 a can, compared to almost $3.00 at Walmart, and they had flavors Walmart never has.) It feels good to get so much, for so little and it helps with the budget.
Tonight the kids are arriving from Nashville. I didn't even know they were coming until late last night. They aren't leaving Nashville until after rush hour (probably will leave around 7:00 their time , 8:00 our time.) Since it's raining so hard and there's a lot of fog, it will be a long trip for them. They are bringing four cats that need homes and will find a permanent residence with the barn cats. What's four more?
That's pretty much the way things are.
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