Norinco Model 95 inline BP rifle at my local toy store...


April 23, 2011, 05:21 PM
Yes, I've been bitten by the BP bug in a major way, last week, I only shot five PRB's out of my T/C Black Mountain Magnum before fouling began to make loading difficult (left the cleaning supplies at home) today we have a torrential downpour that's lasted all day, so range time is a wash today, perhaps if tomorrow is nice I can get some range time in....

anyway, while I was at KTP this afternoon, I was perusing the used BP rifle racks, when a rather interesting inline caught my eye, nice reddish stained stock in good shape, decent bluing, bright bore with good rifling, a little corrosion residue around the bolt area, but overall, I'd put it's condition at around 95%, looks to be a Model 95....

I know inlines are not "traditional" and they inspire either love-or-hate reactions, but personally, I don't really care, as long as it's a BP gun, I like it, be it sidelock, inline, break barrel, flinter, whatever, they're all fun, so let's keep the "Inline Hate" out of this thread, please

Basically, I'm wondering how the Nork M95 stacks up, are they reliable, unreliable, accurate? any idiosyncracies I should know about?

the asking price is $90, not bad when the average used BP arm in decent shape there sells for around $125-130ish, and your average T/C sidelock in decent shape starts around $150ish

Oh, and there's also a used CVA Electra there 99% new for $185, normally I'd be hesitant to use a firearm that relies on electrics/electronics to function, but when I think about it logically, one advantage of the Electra design is that it doesn't need caps/primers/flints as the ignition source...

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April 23, 2011, 08:04 PM
Some Electra's reportedly have battery problems in cold weather and will lose power and die after a short time.

There are other inlines from CVA, Traditions and others that are almost as inexpensive that wouldn't have problems getting parts like the Norinco might present. It's not a model that many folks have ever heard of or were reported about because it may be a very old model with not many being sold in the U.S., at least not by the Norinco name and having that model number.

April 23, 2011, 08:13 PM
Cut my BP teeth on one of those chinese ML. Accurate but I sold it to pay for a more traditional gun. Had trouble poping RWS caps but did fine with Remington caps.


April 23, 2011, 10:14 PM
Interesting, guess my distrust of "electronics/electrics" as primary components in firearms is actually somewhat reasonable then....

Turns out that the Electra's "illegal" here in Maine for some illogical reason, I'm assuming the illegality is for using it for hunting during blackpowder season, and it'd be okay to use for punchin' paper at the range or for hunting during "normal" non-BP season

still, if it's known for reliability issues, I'll pass

April 24, 2011, 12:26 AM
I'm not a big fan of the bolt-action inlines. I wasn't even tempted to buy an inline until Rossi came out with the break-action. The break-action is simpler and easier to clean. The ease of cleaning actually caused me to even try sabots something I would never do with a side-lock for fear of plastic build up.

April 25, 2011, 05:21 PM
Norinco is really involved is all facets of the firearm markets! They make everything from aairguns to Black Powder arms. what a product catalog!

April 26, 2011, 01:51 PM
Are you folks in the US now allowed to import and sell NEW Norinco guns? I thought that there was an embargo on PRC items.

Up here in Canada Norinco is a popular budget priced firearm. But they don't import ALL of the line.

April 27, 2011, 06:05 AM
No new Norincos are imported.
The only report that I read was about an old Norinco import from maybe 15 years ago or more.

April 27, 2011, 04:01 PM
Ah, that's what I thought.

This embargo is so complete that the US border folks will not even allow us to bring our Norincos down into the US for a match.

Oddly enough down your way the older Norinco 1911 frames and slides are well thought of and often seen as superior as the basis for custom builds. Up this way a lot of gun snobs or political types look down their noses at these guns as cheap and inferior. And granted SOME of their product from SOME factories very much deserves this "junk" reputation. But some of their other guns are great options. After all Norinco themselves does not make the stuff. THey just put their name on product from a wide number of independent factories for export.

Anyhow this is supposed to be the BP forum and I'm getting well off topic.

April 27, 2011, 09:09 PM
The one thing that the Chicoms do right is the what we can't get here anymore. We can have all manner of cheap Chinese junk, except for their guns. Too bad, since their guns are the most reliable and durable things they make.

May 1, 2011, 11:05 AM
omega z wallmart 266.00 1 in groups @ 100 yrds,250 gr hornady sst and 3 777 pellets= dead deer:cool:

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