In Fiction Edit
As tall as an average assault rifle, but a few inches shorter than Funco. She is shown to have green eyes and short red hair in the anime. Not much is to be known due to her lacking presence but we can assume she wears normal panties thanks to her plain fixed stock.
Not much was known about CETME L due to her lacking presence and non existing role in the manga or anime other than being featured briefly in the competition arc in the first volume of the manga as a competitor against Funco and Ichihachi with her assigned partner, FARA 83.
Later on she was said to be back in Spain briefly visiting her relatives.
In Real Life Edit
The CETME Model L (L for Ligero, or "Light") was Spain's answer for a 5.56x45mm assault rifle to comply with NATO's transition from battle rifle cartridges to intermediate cartridges. First developed and designed in 1968 by Centro de Estudios Técnicos de Materiales Especiales (CETME) in Madrid, she was rechambered for the 5.56 cartridge in the late 1970s and successfully trialed between 1981 to 1982 and was approved for production in 1984 in the Empresa Nacional Santa Bárbara factory (currently Santa Bárbara Sistemas, integrated into General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems division). Her production then begin in 1986 and the first batch were released into service in 1987, gradually replacing the CETME Model C in service with a reinforcement of 60,000 more orders for her production at the time. Her combat reputation in while in service has been reliable at best, to god awful in the worst case scenario featuring her given infamous nickname "Mierda Descondida" (Hidden Shit). This is mostly thanks to Spanish piss poor, or more accurately put, non existing quality control in her parts and magazines (Most notorious being weak recoil springs). Despite such flaws, the rifle was well rugged to tolerate your average conscripts retardedness and is a well sealed design to keep foreign objects (Like mud or sand) out of her working bits.
Her adoption has been used in all of the branches of the Spanish military and has also earned service with domestic forces like the Spanish Civil Guard, and the National Police. Despite her limited service, she has undergone combat and peacekeeping (In which many of her problems were also experienced) in some of Spain's involvement throughout coalition efforts in Iraq and Somalia, with the most notable being The Bosnian Intervention and the Kosovo War.She was officially replaced in 1999 by the G36E under the declaration of being obsolete due to her inability to be modernize and lack of modularity.
The CETME prototypes first issued and tested by the Spanish military gave very impressionable results and utmost reliability with little to no failures. However, this came with a concern of production prices, due to requirement demands by the Spanish Ministry of Defense that the rifles must not cost equal to nor exceed the pricing of the CETME C due to being a bunch of poor peasants. This requirement reduced the original price of the CETME Ls from 226,000 Pesetas to 108,00 Pesetas (The equivalent of $4,022.69USD to $1,922.45 USD with applied inflation) however, it came with the cost of material quality and reliability of the firearm. This then created a categorization of several models categorized by firearm enthusiasts: The CETME L1 (Used in the Spanish Field trials as a prototype), CETME L Preseries Model 1° and Model 2 °"Early Model" (Which was widely bought and issued to the Civil Guard and National Police) and lastly the CETME L Series 1 and 2 "Definitive Model" (Also known as "The Cheapened Model", this one was bought and issued to the Spanish Armed Forces).
CETME L1 and the Preseries Model 1 and 2 "Early Model" EditThese models is most distinguishable for its rectangular handguard, HK style drum sights (Calibrated with a 100m open sight, and 3 apretures for 200m, 300m and 400m), a lower profile on the sight base, and smaller rear sights guards. The preseries had a four position selector for Safe, Semi, Full automatic, and 3 round burst (Designated as S, T, R, and r respectfully) while the Prototype lacked a burst function. The preseries was widely bought and used by the Spanish Civil Guard and National Police, while some trickled in slowly for the armed forces. The L1 model was used in the field trials where she earned her approval of production, with the main design flaw being assymetrical dilation of the receiver when use (This was fixed with the designated preseries and main series byt thickening her receiver a bit more). What differentiates an L1 from the Early model was the rear sight which lacked a rear guard to protect the drum, it featured a ribbed straight magazine of 20 round capacity, and contains its the designation CETME mod. L1 cal.5.56 (.223) on the top left side of its receiver. The Preseries are given small raised lugs to guard the drum sights, along with a few adjustments in its metallurgy. What differentiates the model 1 to the model 2 Preseries is the location of the bolt hold open/release, the model 1 contains it to the left compared to the model 2 that keeps it to the right like the L1 prototype and the others. The black painted fire selector is another distinguishable feature but the Series 1 also contains it. Overall, these rifles were robust, reliable and functioned flawlessly. as they didn't had corners cut in their production to save in cost.
The CETME L Series 1 and 2: Cada Esquina Tiene Mierda Escondida Edit
This is it boy and girls, the cremes of the crap in the CETME L series. As stated earlier by cheapening the quality of materials and construction for the sake of saving pesos gave her serious reliability problems, with dirty ammunition and out of spec magazines not contributing as a solution. 85% of the jams came from magazines with walls so thick that it made it difficult to chamber a round or interfered with the stripping process (Fun Fact: This feeding issue is usually fixed by taking STAGNAG mags made by a different country, but good luck not getting your ass whipped by your superiors for throwing away their precious Made in Spain™ magazines). The other 15% had to do with loose recoil springs causing ejection failures, double feeds, along with fouling by gun powder residue from the poor quality ammunition made in Santa Bárbara factory (Fun Fact 2:Their ammunition didn't passed the NATO homologation tests but were used regardless). Other factors of ammunition stoppages were caused by conscripts being unable to properly clean her due to either lack of training and/or the lack of cleaning tools (It also didn't helped that she cleaning her was laborious). She also had a major change in her irons, from the 100-400m drum sights, into a 200m and 400m apreture flip up sight that's designed like a literal hole in a wall (Fun Fact 3: In the designated marksmen model, it features a scope mount that theoretically let's you use the irons as a back up sight, however, the scope mount partially blocks your sight pictures and thus renders it useless). All of these reliability problems, along with her new horrendous sights gave soldiers a very well earned and meaningful bacronym for her with CETME meaning Cada Esquina Tiene Mierda Escondida (Translation: Every Corner Has Hidden Shit).The most distinguishable of the first and second series has compared to the preseries are its flip aperture sights and high profile rear sight guards, along with the elimination of the burst fire, and thus having a three position fire control groups of "Safe, Semi, and Full Automatic" (S, T, and R respectfully). Another small feature that differentiates the Main series from the prototype and the Preseries was the magazine catch being smaller and with a roundish profile instead of being a big ol' rectangle. To easily identify a series 1 from a series 2 is that the Series 1 still contain the square hand guards vs the Series 2 more ergonomic handguard and a vented barrel shroud jutting out to cover the remaining length of the barrel. Other than that, there really isn't much of a difference between them.
The CETME L is a closed bolt roller delayed blowback rifle like the HK33, nothing more, nothing less. Unlike her older sisters, the Model B and C which have a majority parts compatibility with the German G3 series of battle rifles (Both the Spainards and the Germans worked together on the project, with Rheinmetall fist licensing the CETME before handing it over to H&K, who refined it to their tastes and sold it worldwide as the G3A3), the CETME L share absolutely nothing with the HK 33.
Bolt and Features Edit
Like any other roller delayed blowback, the CETME L uses a two piece semi rigid bolt consisting of a bolt head complimented by rollers and an angular locking piece. During its unlocking sequence (Ex:The bolt opens and ejects the spend cartridge), the rollers on the bolt head are cammed inwards from a flank in a barrel extension, propelling it rearward at a velocity greater than that of the bolt, which remains closed until the round has left the barrel and pressures inside the bore have been reduced to a safe level before withdrawing together with the bolt carrier. Her ejector is located in the trigger housing which is supported by a spring.The rifle is hammer fired, and as stated by earlier, contains a three position fire control group (Safe, Semi, Full).Features a button at the sight base to hold your bolt with a simple pull n release of the bolt
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