CETME-L/LC

Notes: The standard issue weapon of the Spanish military, the CETME-L is an evolutionary design based on the earlier CETME (Model 58). It is supposed to be a sturdy, lightweight weapon for fighting in rugged areas, but the Spanish Army has had so many problems with stoppages and fragility that they started replacing them with German G-36s in 1998. Early models had a three-round burst setting in addition to the automatic and semiautomatic settings; it was quickly discovered that the rate of fire was low enough and controllable enough that the three-round burst setting was unnecessary. It had some foreign sales, especially in Latin America. The CETME-LC is a short-barreled, telescoping stock carbine version.

Twilight 2000 Notes: These weapons were never replaced by the G-36, though a lot of soldiers went back to the old CETME-58s.

Merc 2000 Notes: After the Spanish government felt sure they were going to get enough G-36s to replace the CETME-Ls and LCs, they began dumping the CETMEs on the international arms market, where they were bought mostly by African and Central American nations that need rifles fast and cheap.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

CETME-L

5.56mm NATO

3.4 kg

10, 20, 30

$562

CETME-LC

5.56mm NATO

3.25 kg

10, 20, 30

$550

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

CETME-L

5

3

1-Nil

6

2

6

39

CETME-LC

5

3

1-Nil

4/5

2

6

27