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Old 03-18-2011, 13:10   #1
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Norinco 1911, sorely tempted

Don't own a 1911and hadn't really intended of getting one soon, but......... the local pawn shop has a Norinco for $399. It's a bit scratched up but seemed fairly tight and smooth.
What's the opinion?? I know the steel is as hard as a hard thing and I've seen some here say that they're a good solid pistol that can be used as the basis for a build.
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Old 03-18-2011, 13:20   #2
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I am really fond of my two Norincos. I was fortunate enough to get them in really nice condition. I paid $450 each for these.

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Old 03-18-2011, 14:35   #3
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Up there on my list, just haven't found the right gun for the right price. That's a good deal. Of course much more north of there and RIA begins to appeal.
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Old 03-18-2011, 17:06   #4
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Railroad rails or not, I wouldn't buy a chinese pistol.
I would however buy a gun from just about any other country.
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Old 03-18-2011, 18:05   #5
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I don't understand why people think it is special if it is made from hardened railroad rails.
Once you melt the steel and forge or cast it into a gun it is no longer a hardened steel rail and has to be re harded at a spec that someone chooses their guns to be hardened at.
Plain and simple.
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It was once a Chevy V-8 engine block out of a 55 Chevy.
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Old 03-18-2011, 18:10   #6
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Norincos are outstanding, in my opinion.
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Old 03-18-2011, 18:15   #7
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My two Norinco 1911A1s, Norinco Model 213, and my Polytech M14S are some of the best firearms I own. There are a few things the Chinese did well. Afterall, they produced a couple of the best AK-47s money can/could buy.
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I personally don't give two damns which country its from as long as its a good firearm.

There are so many things today that are built in China or have parts out of China.
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Old 03-18-2011, 21:14   #10
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Railroad rails or not, I wouldn't buy a chinese pistol.
I would however buy a gun from just about any other country.
The sale to China has already been made. This money is staying in country and at a local shop to boot
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Old 03-18-2011, 21:16   #11
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Back to the original question - if I found a nice used one, I wouldn't hesitate to buy. However, its a ways down on the list currently.
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I would buy it in a heartbeat!!.. unfortunately I am in the PRK...
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Old 03-18-2011, 21:40   #13
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I have heard nothing but good things about them. If the price is right and it is good condition, get it.
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Old 03-18-2011, 22:48   #14
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Don't own a 1911and hadn't really intended of getting one soon, but......... the local pawn shop has a Norinco for $399. It's a bit scratched up but seemed fairly tight and smooth.
What's the opinion?? I know the steel is as hard as a hard thing and I've seen some here say that they're a good solid pistol that can be used as the basis for a build.
Great steel. I could tell the difference. Check the lugs. Some have issues. The ones I've seen did... which is maybe whey there were for sale.
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I own a Norinco .25/9mm,I'd love the chance ta buy a 1911.I have a systema and 2 ballisters.If I landed a Norinco 1911,it'd be my base for a build.'08.
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The sale to China has already been made. This money is staying in country and at a local shop to boot
Yep, you aren't buying from China anymore. They haven't been imported for years.
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Old 03-19-2011, 07:43   #18
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I've owned three Norinco 1911's, and all were great shooters. $399 is a great deal for one. I'd buy it before somebody else does.
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I don't understand why people think it is special if it is made from hardened railroad rails.

I don't understand why people think the 1911s are made from hardened railroad rails.
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I don't understand why people think the 1911s are made from hardened railroad rails.
Um, because they ARE!
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I don't understand why people think it is special if it is made from hardened railroad rails.
Once you melt the steel and forge or cast it into a gun it is no longer a hardened steel rail and has to be re harded at a spec that someone chooses their guns to be hardened at.
Plain and simple.
My old Colt is special...
It was once a Chevy V-8 engine block out of a 55 Chevy.
It makes your 1911 run faster, right?
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Old 03-19-2011, 13:07   #22
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My only 1911 is a Norinco. Fairly accurate. Goes bang. The only problem I have with it is that the case from the last round gets pulled back into the magazine lips and is wedge tightly there. The front of the case then pivots upward and gets jammed at the top of the slide/end of barrel. I replaced recoil and mag springs with Wolff springs, tried Wilson mags. Still have the problem. Gun just sits in the safe now.

Sorry....back to the topic at hand. For that price --- buy it!
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ERASER...That's an extractor problem. Check it for clocking. Adjusting the tension may help...may not.
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Railroad rails or not, I wouldn't buy a chinese pistol.
I would however buy a gun from just about any other country.
But you will buy all kinds of small goods from China?!
Seems like a flawed plan to me. I bet you have 5x the cost of a Norinco 1911
tied up in your kitchen & doo-dads in your house.


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Um, because they ARE!
No,........they are made from steel that USED to be railroad rails.
Big difference, once the steel gets melted in the forge, all the work hardening is lost.
Then it just become a very good grade of steel.
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