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I bought a Spanish FR-8 a couple of years ago without a rear sight. These were converted in the 1950s into training rifles for the CETME. Along with other modifications the sights were changed to a style simular to the CETME. The rear sight is on the rear bridge and I am told it was some sort of rotating affair. Guns were imported by Century and they have no parts. I've checked the usual places to no avail. This is a great handling .308 carbine that probably deserves to be fired aimed instead of pointed! Any help is appreciated.
 

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I own a CETME Sporter, myself (there's a CETME/G3 forum, by the way!), but all I can get ya is this site, as I'm not too familiar with the FR-8's: FR7/FR8
 

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I used to own a FR-8, and you are correct it does have a rotating rear sight. It has 4 positions, 3 peep,with small, medium, and large holes. The 4th being a V type open sight.

I found it to be a very handy little rifle, the only thing i didnt quite like about it was that the front sight is a spike type setup, and under low light it was almost impossible to see the top of the front sight, but under the right light conditions i found that i didnt notice the problem.

I dont know where you might find a replacement rear sight for your rifle, but i wish you luck and hope this small amount of info was helpful.
Nathan.
 

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Thank you all very much. It seems the model is scarce and the rear sight must be very vulnerable because none of the "usual suspects" have one. I do like a challenge!

The Spanish Mauser site was very informative. One link stated that the FR-8 used the CETME rear sight, my guess a very early one or the reference is more to "type" than specific. I'll go check out the CETME/G-3 site for possible leads. In the meantime I will appreciate further assistance.

I would appreciate info on accuracy and quirks and hints.
 

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The FR8 rear sight is quite different from the CETME sight in construction, though giving the same sight picture. Does your rifle still have the welded-on base, or has it been ground off? Some of these fine guns were 'converted' to mount scopes. In this case, having a good gunsmith D&T the receiver for a side-mounted Lyman peep sight would make it a good shooter. Lots of these centerfire Lyman peep sights on ebay. They mount to the right side, as the bolt stop prevents left-side mounting.
If the original mounting post is in place, best place to check would be the FR8/CETME forum on Tuco's Gunboards (Gunboards.com) - a fellow named Arnaiz in Spain has access to many original parts. If anybody has them, he would! Good guy to do business with too.
My FR8 shoots a good group, but it can be difficult finding the 'sweet spot' with the V-notch in the rear sight. Recoil is stouter that a longer-barreled rifle, but less than an 8mm Mauser or a Mosin Carbine. Mine works fine with commercial .308 as well as milsurp 7.62X51.
 

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My rifle still has the "posts" or bases. This is the reason I am interested in replacing with original parts. I know these rifles are more oddities than being considered rare; but someday if I deface it someone is apt to say why did someone ruin this unique piece of history. Everything is with the rifle; cleaning kit, proper sling and bayonet.

I'm taking your advice and trying Gunboards. I'll keep you informed.
 

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I had one...paid $150 for it...turned around 2 months later and sold it for $375...:D
 

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Joe, you're my hero . . . talk about some great deals . . . :)
 

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It was a cool little rifle but I didn't like the recoil or the odd sights.
 

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A friend's FR-8 has the rear sight mount as part of the receiver. It would be a shame to machine that off. It's solid and accurate within reason. I don't see how an FR-8 could be used to train for a CETME. Bolt and semi-auto are 2 different acting guns. The CETME's bolt carrier is big and heavy which absorbs a lot of recoil
It's a bolt action and will kick harder by design. His M-14 kicks way harder than my CETME or Garand.
 
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