The latest project gun I’ve acquired is a Century Arms CETME Sporter in .308. This rifle served as the basis for Heckler and Koch’s HK-91 and G3 series rifles, and has been used all over the world as a formidable battle rifle, and I’m excited to have it in my collection.
My first order of business is to make it a usable suppressor host. The first hurdle was to remove the pinned/welded muzzle brake, which proved to be more difficult than I thought. I was initially going to take it to a gunsmith to have it cut and rethreaded 5/8×24 so it could use standard 30 cal muzzle devices, but the one I regularly use doesn’t have a lathe large enough to fit the whole rifle in & I wasn’t looking to pay to have the barrel removed & re-pressed into the receiver. I also measured the barrel profile and found that it’s only 15mm, which is about 1mm too thin to accept the 5/8 threads. I then resolved to make do with the existing 15×1 HK standard threads on it.
In order to get the pin out, I had to dremel off the top of the weld about 3/4″ up from the base of the device, and used a magnet to pull it out. It turns out that the brake was also welded to the barrel at the base, so I cut through all the brake ports at the 6 & 12 o’clock down to the muzzle crown inside, and then using a large screwdriver as leverage to snap the brake in half. The threads underneath looked pretty good, just some carbon fouling near where the brake ended and was timed. A CNC Warrior thread adapter is on the way, and for now I’ll be timing a Killer Innovations brake on it until I can verify that the threads and adapter are concentric to the bore to avoid a baffle strike. I’m also debating between getting a 51T Flash Hider in 15×1, or a 5/8×24 Brake to use on the adapter.
Over the course of my research I’ve found that HK91/G3 locking pieces do NOT fit in the CETME, so I’ll have to figure out another way to increase the lock time in order to decrease the added recoil impulse due to the suppressor back pressure. H&K used different angled lock pieces in order to modify this lock time in the G3, however these parts are not compatible with the CETME bolt, and none of these variants exist. A heavier recoil spring or different rollers may be a platform fix, but I intend to try and solve the problem from the ammunition end by handloading lighter loads for .308.
I think the end dream for this rifle is to make a G3SG/1 inspired DMR rifle, with an M-LOK handguard and PRS2 stock, but we’ll see as time goes on. Before I go too far, I should probably hit the range with it.
I just entered the world of 1911 platform ownership as a generous gift from my parents.
At that price point, I elected to go with the Para USA Expert Commander. I only had a couple requirements for my first 1911; it had to be a single-stack .45 with a full-size frame. There were a couple other possible candidates from RIA/Armscor and a Springfield GI model, but the fit & finish on the Para edged them both out.
I had a chance to run a few rounds through it over the weekend, and my first impressions are overwhelmingly positive. The fiber optic front sight is incredibly fast to pick up, and being a 1911 it points effortlessly. After handling it for a bit, I added a set of Wilson Combat grips, a Wilson Combat 10 round magazine, and a Wilson Combat Full-Length Guide Rod. There’s a number of other Wilson Combat parts I’d like to upgrade down the road, but those three really rounded out the aesthetic I was looking for.
I’ll need a lot more time running it, but if everything stays consistent, I should be quite happy with it. Look for more soon.
I’m hearing reports that Rep. Blake has a draft of a 2016 SBR bill to clarify the “manufacturing” status in WA, and a companion bill in the senate has backing as well. It’s still pending legal review, but I’ll post as soon as there’s any new information.
Now that it’s coming up on Fall, I’ve begun preparing for my first deer season. I’m headed out with a buddy in the Wenatchee area in October, and I’m working on getting all my gear sorted out. First and foremost is my rifle, I went with a Savage Axis Heavy Barrel in .308 Winchester since I had some brass squirreled away, I can use the same bullets that I do for reloading .300 Blackout, and the same powder I use for .223 Remington.
I had the threading done by West Coast Armory as part of my birthday present (many thanks to my wife!) and an AAC Brakeout 51T muzzle device timed on. It’s pretty front heavy now, down the line I’ll definitely have to replace the stock either with one from Boyd’s or a chassis from MDT. I think it’s looking pretty good for now, though.
First-hand proof that Form 4s are being approved in WA!
Representative Brian Blake, one of the sponsors of the 2013-14 House Bill 1561 that allowed possession of SBRs in WA has been working to try to get the state Attorney General to clarify the state’s position on if filing ATF form 5320.1 (Application to Make and Register a Firearm) is permitted under the “acquire” language in RCW 9.41.190 (2), however since these questions have not been drafted yet & the 2015 legislative sessions are concluded, it is extremely unlikely that this issue will be clarified until the 2016 session.
Options still exist for those in WA who are willing to commit the time and money that plague the NFA game:
1. Purchase a complete SBR on a Form 4 from a dealer. Though, I have heard unconfirmed reports of SBR Form 4s being denied as well.
2. Complete the SBR in another state and relocate it to WA with a completed ATF Form 5320.20. This will require either a residence in another state, or that a trustee in one of those states completes the paperwork. I’d also strongly recommend a trust created in that state, and avoid any WA state specific confusion.
3. Contact one of the local dealers who is willing to take customer parts, file the ATF Form 2 to assemble it, and then wait on a completed Form 4 to return it to you. This may be the easiest option, but will incur additional cost. So far I’ve heard that Rainier Arms, Aero Precision, Pantel Tactical, and possibly MKX, LLC will be providing this service in some form or another.
Another round of SBR Form 1 rejections came down this week from BATFE.
On the plus side, Form 1s, 3s, and 4s for Suppressors seem to be coming through normally, with a few independent reports that all WA state NFA forms were previously on hold pending an update from the state attorney general, but that hold has allegedly been lifted.
Updates have been slower since it’s summer, it’ll pick up after the July/August camping trips are all done.
Just a quick update while I work on my next post. This looks like it’ll be pretty neat, and another potential win for M-Lok.
Now that I’ve had a chance to hit the range a few times and run them through their paces, I’ve got a solid impression of Magpul’s AK offerings. The host firearm is a 2013 production Romanian WASR-10 with the following hardware changed from stock:
Just today there have been a number of both e-filed and paper Form 1s for manufacturing an SBR rejected in WA citing “RCW 9.91.190(2)” which is not even a valid RCW.
RCW 9.41.190(2) states the following:
(2) It is not unlawful for a person to possess, transport, acquire, or transfer a short-barreled rifle that is legally registered and possessed, transported, acquired, or transferred in accordance with federal law
People have been assuming that making has been covered under the “acquire” language as the ATF have approved numerous Form 1s until today, 5/27
Apparently that has changed
UPDATE: Across the forums above and Facebook groups I’m in, I have counted between 30-40 independent reports of Form 1 SBR Denials.
Anyone else who has had a denial please send me the control number(s) below