Norinco VS SAM


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Skinny 1950
April 6, 2012, 08:49 PM
Here in Canada the cheapest 1911 (Norinco) is imported from China and retails for $379.00 but there is a new kid on the block... the SAM 1911 from the Philippines I am wondering if these two guns are common in the U.S. (I have heard there is an embargo on Nork's).... any input appreciated.

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nwilliams
April 6, 2012, 09:43 PM
Norinco 1911's are somewhat scarce and pretty highly sought after here in the US because they are considered very well made and are no longer imported.

Filipino 1911's are a good gun for the money but I would pick a Norinco over an Arsmcor without thinking twice.

Skylerbone
April 6, 2012, 11:53 PM
SAM pistols in the US are imported under the name ATI. I've seen a few examples at local shows and if they're built as well as they're finished they would represent an honest bargain. I've yet to lay eyes on, for example, a Springfield Armory 1911 short of a TRP that is as seamless in the rear slide fit between slide/extractor/ejector. No ugly gaps, no overhang, no bevels in place of correct finish.

The bigger hurdle here is pulling ahead of proven bargains like the RIAs and to a lesser degree the American Classic imported by Bersa. As for Norinco, I'd sooner buy new (here) than buy into the mystique of a "better than Colt" import that saw its share of problems. Those that worked were indeed a bargain in their day but the next wave of lower priced reasonable quality has already set up camp.

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