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Uncommon Norinco 213?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by AnaxImperator, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. AnaxImperator

    AnaxImperator Well-Known Member

  2. wnycollector

    wnycollector Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Aug 5, 2008
  3. AnaxImperator

    AnaxImperator Well-Known Member

    That's a Norinco Type 54 in 7.62x25mm (not 9mm), blued (not chrome/stainless like my 213), but without the typical ATF mandated add-on safety and apparently no importer stamp.

    $246 is actually a bit low for a non-added safety or import-marked Norinco Type 54; they generally go for at least $300 while unmolested Russian & Polish Tokarevs can easily sell for at least $350-400+, with the early Tula & Radom arsenal examples bringing top dollar.

    This is my 9mm Norinco 213. It's not that different from other 213s except for it being shiny instead of blued.


  4. wnycollector

    wnycollector Well-Known Member

    loosing that auction was the best thisng that happened to me! I would have missed out on my Polish Tok from AIM last month!
  5. AnaxImperator

    AnaxImperator Well-Known Member

    Informational tidbit: while an almost exact Tokarev clone, the correct designation for the Polish version is "Radom Wz48".

    Aside from genuine Soviet Tula Tokarevs, Polish examples are a close second in desirability for collectors.... and by some estimations, higher quality. Indeed, my own 1952 Wz48 is very well made.
    While the differences in fit-&-finish between Russian, Polish, Chinese, Romanian, & Yugoslavian Tokarevs aren't easily visible, the quickest way to assess the quality of a Tokarev is to grasp the slide and try wiggling it side-to-side. Any large amount of lateral play between the slide & frame will effect accuracy, and from what I've seen Russian, Polish, & Chinese TTs have the tightest tolerances.

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