What can you say about the Norinco JW25 .22LR, Mauser 98 look-alike?


March 7, 2009, 12:02 PM
I want one of these. Is it worth the space in my safe? I'd like to hear comment on its accuracy, fit and finish, overall quality.

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March 7, 2009, 12:31 PM
I have a Norinco 22 rifle I got about 20 years ago. Looks like a clone of the CZ rifle. Think I paid $119 for it and you could buy 2 extra mags for $10 with the gun and I got those, too. I believe mine is stamped JW15.

I like mine a lot. Very sturdy, reliable, and good shooting. The quality of the finish isn't going to rival a Browning at this price but I find it a nice shooter.

March 7, 2009, 01:11 PM
wood is usually bambo, and inletted with a butter knife or chocolate bar, by Ray Charles even more blind brother. the top rail can be as straight and as consistent as a piece of well cooked spagetti. however, the rest of the metal, bbl, action, etc., will be very good, and very accurate, and they will run with the cz's and such...

March 8, 2009, 02:40 PM
Thanks for your replies.

Is the JW25 a copy of the CZ action clad in Mauser 98 furniture?

March 8, 2009, 04:14 PM
I am not familiar with the JW25 specifically. My JW15 is a pure sporting rifle with a light colored stock that is fitted and finished quite nicely as opposed to the opinion expressed previously.

This one is like mine.


This one has a military "trainer" look to it.


March 8, 2009, 04:22 PM
Yes basically, the JW25s are pretty much a copy of the Brno No1s & as such it would be hard to find a better pedigree. They are all steel, & all those that I've talked to that have them seem to be way pleased with the way they shoot, the one I had before I got a genuine No1 sure shot well. I'd say the wood work is some sort of stained Hardwood, maybe beech or similar. It can let them down a bit. This pic might help you to decide, I reckon it looks very cool.

March 8, 2009, 04:48 PM
I sold one years ago when they were first imported. I wish I still had it. The fit and finish was quite good. As I recall, I ordered it from Navy Arms.

March 8, 2009, 08:08 PM
I remember seeing one in a gunshop quite a few years ago. It was the same model as shown in the pic from shinz, looking like a miniaturized Mauser 98. As I recall they were asking around $120 for it, but I was a little concerned about parts availability and service, so I passed on it. For a Chinese import at the time, I was rather impressed with how well made it was.

March 10, 2009, 08:54 AM
Thank you for the replies. A local store has 3 NIB for CAN$190.00. Should have bought one in Dec. 2007 when they were on sale for less than a hundred.

May 2, 2009, 10:42 PM
I have one of these rifles. The machining of the action is a little rough, the safety is so stiff as to be inoperable, and the bolt has alot of movement within the action. All that being said it is a fun gun to shoot; accuracy is fair but can vary from one group to the next. I have shot a verified .44" group at 100 meters, then backed it up with a 2 1/4" group!! If you put a scope on it as I have done you will need fairly tall bases. Mine wears a 3-9x Tasco, can't remember who made the bases/rings. I purchased mine for $140Can. delivered to my door.(Got a deal from a friend!!) Hope this helps!!

Rancho Relaxo
May 3, 2009, 12:01 AM
I got one for my 18th birthday. It's a great rifle. As others have said, the action is a clone of the CZ. The K98 lookalike has a very nice heft to it and it's a lot of fun. CZ 452 mags are interchangable, although it looks a little strange with the 10 rounder sticking down.

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