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CETME Ameli



Overview


CETME Ameli

Spanish soldiers operating the Ameli light machine gun.
Source: MARINO - © copyright lies with original owner

Origin
Spain
Type
Light machine gun
Entered service
1982
Status
Limited service
Development
1974 - 1981
Developer
Spain - CETME
Production
1982 - 2013
Producer
Spain - Santa Bárbara Sistemas
Designations
MG82
Spanish military service

Description


Introduction

The Ameli is a machine gun of Spanish origin. It was developed in the 1970's by CETME and adopted in the early 1980's. Ameli is short for "Ametralladora ligera", which is Spanish for "light machine gun".

Design

The Ameli looks like the MG3 from the outside, but is very different internally. It uses the roller delayed blowback mechanism that is also employed in the Model 58 and Model L rifles. Belt boxes can be attached to the weapon and feature a translucent rear cover to indicate the remaining amount of ammunition.

Firepower

The Ameli fires the 5.56x45mm NATO round from 100 or 200 round disintegrating link belts. The only setting is fully automatic fire at 900 rpm.

Users

The Ameli is the standard light machine gun of the Spanish military. It has been exported to Mexico and saw some other limited sales.

Details


CETME Ameli

Left side view of CETME Ameli fitted with SUSAT optical sight.
Source: Unknown author - © copyright lies with original owner

CETME Ameli

The Ameli is a light machine gun that fires the 5.56x45mm NATO round from linked belts. The Ameli uses the roller locked delayed blowback system that is also used in the Spanish CETME Model 58 and German Heckler & Koch G3 battle rifles.

There are no variants other than the baseline model. Some Ameli have been fitted with the British SUSAT sight for improved effectiveness at longer ranges.

Facts Ameli
General
Origin
Spain
Type
Light machine gun
Caliber
Caliber
5.56x45mm NATO (or M193)
Magazine
Belt fed, 100 or 200 rounds
Barrel length
400 mm
Rifling
6 grooves, 178 mm (or 305 mm) right hand twist
Muzzle velocity
875 m/s
Operation
Action
Gas operated, roller delayed blowback
Fire selector
0 - F
Rate of fire
900 rpm
Dimensions
Stock type
Fixed
Length
900 mm
Weight
5.3 kg empty
Sights
Type
Iron sights, post front and notch rear
300 to 1.000 m gradations
Sight radius
340 mm
Optical sight
Optional, including SUSAT
Accessories
Bipod
Fixed foldable bipod