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battlemonkey
01-06-2010, 16:18
I have a chance to buy a Norinco 1911 for $300 from a buddy. I know nothing about 1911's but have been wanting to get a good one built. Took it to the gunsmith and said it was in very good condition and to jump on it. And said they are the best 1911's to do a custom bulid on. What do you guys think

faawrenchbndr
01-06-2010, 17:56
I'd pick it up for that price if it were me.

Brad454
01-06-2010, 18:05
I've havew a Norinco 1911 I bought in 1995, they are a really good 1911, much better then the cheap ones from Rock River. The reason there popular to customize is because the steel is much harder then most others. I've heard of gunsmiths breaking their tools trying to work on them.
Thats a great price and I'd pick it up.

Glock-it-to-me
01-06-2010, 18:39
I paid $199 for mine NIB. :cool:

Jim Watson
01-06-2010, 19:23
$300 is not a bad price for a Communist Chinese knockoff of a 1911A1 these days.
The steel may be strong, it is definitely low machinability. A gunsmith willing to work on the frame and slide must have heavy duty equipment and a lot of patience.
Budget for a new barrel in the rebuild, there are Internet Reports of poor fit.
I knew a guy who said the skew hammer and sear pin holes on his were no problem, he just filed the sear to a matching angle to engage both the hammer hooks.

FLIPPER 348
01-06-2010, 19:29
Budget for a new barrel in the rebuild, there are Internet Reports of poor fit.....
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'internet reports' are no way to judge a weapon


They work just fine as is and are a great value, better than any clone made in the USA or Brazil. For a $300 price ...... I'd give you $50 for the seller's phone number!

Jim Watson
01-06-2010, 19:34
'internet reports' are no way to judge a weapon


They work just fine as it and are a great value, better than any clone made in the USA or Brazil. For a $300 price ...... I'd give you $50 for the seller's phone number!

Why?
That's what you are asking us to do.

FLIPPER 348
01-06-2010, 19:37
Why?
That's what you are asking us to do.


What am I asking anyone??

I'm giving my own opinion after working with Norinco 1911s, not an 'internet report'

faawrenchbndr
01-06-2010, 19:40
:dunno:

Neener Neener
01-06-2010, 20:20
I'll give you $51 for his phone number.........

bac1023
01-06-2010, 20:34
I've havew a Norinco 1911 I bought in 1995, they are a really good 1911, much better then the cheap ones from Rock River. The reason there popular to customize is because the steel is much harder then most others. I've heard of gunsmiths breaking their tools trying to work on them.
Thats a great price and I'd pick it up.

That would be Rock Island, my friend. ;)

JK-linux
01-06-2010, 20:35
I had one back in about 1995. Great pistol. It cost $295 before taxes. It was of sufficient quality that, at the time, Wilson Combat considered it an acceptable base to send in for a custom pistol build.

Buy it.

bac1023
01-06-2010, 20:38
Norincos are very good 1911s. While they're a bit crude looking, compared to some modern GI replicas, they built like a tank. Norincos are built in China out of old railroad steel, which is very high quality material. Its this fact that makes them desirable for custom builds.

Hope that helps.

Here are some pics of mine. :cool:


http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/000_2279.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/000_2281.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/000_2287.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/000_2282.jpg

GVFlyer
01-06-2010, 21:53
I would buy it; I've been looking for a good Norinco for a long time.

Jim Watson
01-06-2010, 22:55
There is one in town here that would fit right in on bac's rug alongside the custom and boutique stuff he shows. We are blessed with a 1911 specialist who brought it up to full custom mechanical specs to the customer's taste, cursing the slow cutting, tool killing "railroad steel" all the while. It then went out for a professional finish with polished and blued slide, hardchrome receiver in the 1970s IPSC two-tone style. It looks good and shoots reliably and accurately, a fine gun all around. It still says "made in China" but that bothers some people less than it does me.

glock2740
01-06-2010, 23:11
Buy it.

AZ Husker
01-06-2010, 23:34
I'm curious what well known custom builders prefer to ply their skills on a Norinco. I'm yet to see one posted anywhere.

Morgo
01-07-2010, 01:19
I like the Norinco 1911's, I bought the 9mm and its been far more accurate than I thought it would be. Repeatable hits on pieces of a clay target at 50 yards straight out of the box.

http://i392.photobucket.com/albums/pp4/brycemorgan452/P1020043.jpg

I plan buying a .45 1911 Norinco towards the end of the year :)

MD357
01-07-2010, 02:16
'internet reports' are no way to judge a weapon


They work just fine as is and are a great value, better than any clone made in the USA or Brazil. For a $300 price ...... I'd give you $50 for the seller's phone number!

+1

Maybe $75 from me. :supergrin:

Gary1911A1
01-07-2010, 07:34
I'm curious what well known custom builders prefer to ply their skills on a Norinco. I'm yet to see one posted anywhere.

Me too. I've read that Wilson will no longer work on them so I'm wondering who would work on one I have.

Mayhem like Me
01-07-2010, 13:22
As said the Norincos are built from EXCELLENT steel.

Nestor
01-07-2010, 13:36
Soon I will have one, so I'm going to share some pictures as well.
That would be a piece produced lately, so I'm just interested if the overall quality improved over the years or not...

bac1023
01-07-2010, 17:36
Me too. I've read that Wilson will no longer work on them so I'm wondering who would work on one I have.

Call one of the custom builders, which Wilson is not.

AZ Husker
01-07-2010, 21:59
Four of the biggest are here in AZ, and all told me they would pass on a Norinco.

MD357
01-07-2010, 23:52
Four of the biggest are here in AZ, and all told me they would pass on a Norinco.

You're not going to get Yost or someone of the like to build a full house off a Norinco. I'll bet you can find someone to do some metalwork on one here or there though.

stengun
01-09-2010, 11:10
Howdy,bac1023,

Norincos are very good 1911s. While they're a bit crude looking, compared to some modern GI replicas, they built like a tank. Norincos are built in China out of old railroad steel, which is very high quality material. Its this fact that makes them desirable for custom builds.

Hope that helps.

Here are some pics of mine.


http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/000_2279.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/000_2281.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/000_2287.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/000_2282.jpg

Gee, your's looks just like mine. Well, mine has a little finish wear from being carried for 13yrs and from sending +10,000rds down range.

They are a great 1911!:supergrin:

The only hiccup that I've ever had with mine was just a couple that were due to a bad GI mag.

Even after +10,000rds, mine still has all the factory springs except for the recoil spring and it will still put a huge crater in the primer. Mine is completely stock except for a 2-piece full lenghtt guide rod and a Wilson 18 1/2lb recoil spring.

I wish I had several of them.

Paul

DesertEagle.45
01-09-2010, 11:33
Grab it up. You wont regret it.

DesertEagle.45
01-17-2010, 21:40
Did you get it?

battlemonkey
01-17-2010, 23:05
I got it today for 250 with 6 macgar mags. I have been talking with Clark Custom to do the build, will have pics up tomarrow.

yerscattergun
01-18-2010, 18:03
Here's mine, pretty reliable so far. Remington Rand grips by the way...

http://i463.photobucket.com/albums/qq354/yerscattergun/Roof-8165.jpg

Gary1911A1
01-19-2010, 13:55
I got it today for 250 with 6 macgar mags. I have been talking with Clark Custom to do the build, will have pics up tomarrow.
That's a good deal! Keep us posted on your build by Clark Custom.

deadite
01-19-2010, 15:50
I dig mine. Trade value of $225.00 for it. All I did was replace all of the springs with Wolff Springs and replace the plastic grips with checkered ebony. :)

http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq15/deadite_photos/P8310009.jpg

$300.00 is a good price.

deadite

Brian Dover
01-20-2010, 15:52
If I recall correctly, at one time the aforementioned Clark Customs were even very willing to set up a Norinco in the (much more powerful) .460 Rowland chambering. That seems to say something for the overall strength of the Norinco frames/slides.

tango44
01-20-2010, 17:58
Jump on it Bro!
Cannot be happier with mine!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2706/4291147593_c57c83a20a.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2730/4291147241_72885b3186.jpg

GVFlyer
01-20-2010, 18:16
Very nice. You guys are killing me with the deals you're getting on Norincos!