Opinion on New Purchase Pls.


February 21, 2009, 01:42 PM
Please check out Norinco M1911A1 I just sent payment on. Go to GunBroker & type in 122420745 & scroll down to picture. Pd. $470.00. 1st. Norinco. Supposedly, "New Gun - Never fired." I appreciate your taking the time!

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Duke of Doubt
February 21, 2009, 01:47 PM
Why are you asking us now? Buyer's remorse?

For what it's worth, I wouldn't have paid that much for ANY Norinco, but that doesn't mean others wouldn't or that you shouldn't. I've done some deals that others disagreed made sense, and not regretted them.

February 21, 2009, 02:59 PM
After researching it, it appears that you paid about $50.00 too much. However, if it's really "never been fired" then I'd say you got a decent deal.

The Norinco is the basic 1911 that gets heavily modified by the 1911 "kool-aid drinkers". So, you got a good basic shooter, that can be tricked out in the future.

Let us know how well it shoots!

February 21, 2009, 03:07 PM
The Norinco is a good gun --- many are used by gunsmiths to build on -- the heat treating of the steel is above average for a non-US gun.

February 21, 2009, 06:54 PM
It's a good solid copy of a GI .45. I like them and I have heard good things about them. I am not familiar with what they go for so I cannot comment on the price. Bill

Jon Coppenbarger
February 21, 2009, 07:31 PM
I think it is a fair price for a good pistol. You should be very happy with it.

February 22, 2009, 04:17 AM
Screw the money, you gots a new gun! Yaaaaaay I'd be happy if I got a 1911.

February 23, 2009, 06:18 AM
They are excellent guns out of the box and made with steel that is superior to almost all the U.S. made 1911s.

They are also true mil-spec guns, unlike Taurus, RIA, etc., etc.

I build three or four custom 1911s a year just for kicks and grins. It is a kind of therapy, I suppose. My preferred platforms are Norinco, Colt and early model Kimbers. I will not use anything from the Philippines or Brazil.

You bought a fine gun and if you want you can turn it into any sort of custom weapon you choose. Don't worry about $50 one way or the other. A sear, disconnector and hammer of equal quality for a Springfield will run you $150. You're ahead of the game already.

I just finished a build on a Norinco by topping it off with a $150 pair of hand-carved ebony grips. It is a great shooter and gorgeous to boot.

Enjoy your purchase. It will last a lifetime.

The Lone Haranguer
February 23, 2009, 08:32 AM
Lose the grips. :barf:

Mr. Bojangles
February 23, 2009, 08:49 AM
I'm jealous.

February 23, 2009, 11:28 AM
Not a bad purchase. I find myself questioning the "never fired" status. Looks like there is a bit of wear on the mag on the right, and the mag well as well.

Also, if it has never been fired, where is the box and paperwork? If I were you, I would take it a gunsmith or someone more knowledgeable in firearms and have them look it over. Safety First.

Also, don't leave feedback for the seller until after you find out these results.

I happen to like Norinco pistols very much. The best quality they have is the Steel that they are forged from. It is 5100 steel. Most every other manufacturers forgings are 4100 or 4150 series steel. This is good and bad.

The Norcs frame and receiver are basically as strong as you can get. The downside is that this much tougher steel wears out drill bits and machinery faster, and armorers and gunsmiths will charge more to have machine work done. The only thing on that pistol that might need some machining if desire would be the sights. Kings makes replacements that only require minor machining to the front sight. The rear sight is a slide in replacement. You can see these on the Norinco picture I posted in your last thread. That pic is also posted in a few threads in this section of the forum.

The magazines are fine if you ask me. Some will say to toss them and buy Chip McCormick's or Wilson. Try them first. I had the 2 original Norinco mags with mine and they worked very well. 1 actually would have some failures. It was only when I used Blazer Brass ammo. Everything else I fired through it had no issues.

If you want to do upgrades and/or slowly customize that pistol, you now have the most solid foundation to build off of. Look into a different grip safety, trigger and hammer as a good start. Perhaps down the road a new barrel. None of these items are necessary. Only some range time will tell you that. But they may be a good place to start down the road.

go here http://forum.m1911.org There is a Norinco 1911 specific section where you will find out a good bit more info.

Congrats, and welcome to the 1911 club :D

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