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Norinco 1911 price question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by SJ78, Feb 11, 2009.

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  1. SJ78

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    I was wondering what a fair price is to sell a good condition ! used Norinco 45
    auto . I was looking in this gun price guide book and it said a new 1911 by
    Norinco are valued at $250.00 And a used was about $150.00 . I think this book is way !! off . I know 1911's dont come this cheap . Can someone please tell me what a new one of these sold for ? Iam aware they arent impoted any longer . Thanks
     
  2. colemanw

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    they are crap- poorly finished and low end metal injection molded internal parts (think high pressure JB Weld)

    The pistol may be cheap but your eye operation will cost 70K
     
  3. doubs43

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    $150 is much too low.... a steal, in fact. Looking at the gun auction sites I see that they are selling for $450 to over $500. Don't believe that they're "crap". They're far from it.

    When the Norinco 1911's were being imported, one of my good friends - Ed Banks - was among the best pistolsmiths in the country. With many, many years of 1911 experience, Ed was very impressed by the quality of the Norinco pistols. In order to install custom sights on the slides, Ed had to anneal the steel at the spot to be milled or the cutter wouldn't do the job. As I recall, Ed did various customizing jobs on quite a few Norinco 1911's and never had reason to complain about the quality of any of them.

    They were good enough to scare Springfield Armory into running full page ads lamenting John Browning's masterpiece being made in a foreign country. That was good for a laugh because Springfield's frames and slides were being made in Brazil.
     
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  4. SJ78

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    Thanks for the info . Yes i thought that was much too low as well . I was thinking it has to be worth atleast $350-$375 in decent condition . This book also said a new Colt King Cobra is worth $500 and i know they are more than that . So i questioned the prices right off
     
  5. mordechaianiliewicz

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    $300-$400 is a good price.
     
  6. combatantr2

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    If I were in the states I would probably drop 600 for a good and un-hack NORINCO. Over the budget 1911s NORINCO would be my top on the short list, seconded by springfield, taurus and last would be Rock Island. Not that something is wrong with the other brands but having owned 3 norcs 1911 I can honestly attest to the toughness and reliability of these chinese made 1911s.
     
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    I sold mine at a gun show in October. It had been completely rebuilt. Colt Barrel, Wilson, Kings, Wolff... etc The only thing Norinco was the Steel.

    I ended up getting $400. Not bad considering I needed to, not wanted to.

    I had the original box and paperwork. The dealers heads at the show were spinning around like I was a team of female college cheerleaders. Most tried to lowball me. One finally coughed up some dough.

    My expectation was $450. Not too bad. The citizens at the show had no idea what I was carrying as it was in the box.

    I miss it. It felt like I was walking around with a railroad tie in my pocket, but it shot wonderfully.

    How used? Got a pic. Here is my old girl:

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Mad Magyar

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    Post a few pics here or in the Classified and you'll get plenty of decent offers, including mine.....:) There seems to be "cult" following the Norinco's for good reasons....
     
  9. schmeky

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    It appears as though you know little about Norinco's. They are a preferred platform by many customizers of 1911's, have the hardest, most dense steel (5100 series) ever used to make a 1911, all forged, no MIM.
     
  10. CWL

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    SJ78,

    PM sent.
     
  11. rbernie
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    What a load of dookie. They are decent basic 1911s that in many ways are more correct to the 1911 design than many popular 1911-style offerings.

    They sell for $450-$500 most everywhere I go, and they're a good bargain for that. Unlike the RIA/Armscor offerings in the same price range, they use a forged frame.
     
  12. Ala Dan

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    One poster referred to the Norinco 1911 .45 ACP as "crap",
    in which everyone has his or her right too their opinion. While they
    may be poorly finished, with visible tool marks beneath the slide;
    these weapons were shooters, and for $325 NIB a bargain~! I
    dare say, I have a dear friend (and fellow THR member) that can
    shoot lights out (from the 25 yard line) with his box-stock Norinco
    1911. Quite often, he out shoots guy's banging away with their
    custom Baer's, Wilson's, Brown's, and Nighthawk's. :uhoh: ;)
     
  13. Zach S

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    Back in the day, Norinco 1911s were better deals than SA mil-specs.

    I've seen box-stock norcs sell for as much as $600 and as little as $300, although somewhere in the $400 to $500 range is more common.
     
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    I wouldn't dismiss all things Norinco completely out of hand. Their M-14 receivers are among the best available, although admittedly the rest of the rifle leaves a great deal to be desired.
     
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    My father-in-law picked one up for ~$250 back in the 80's before the chinese ban. It's not a pretty pistol but its a shooter. I occasionally see them at gun shows in the low $400 range. If I spotted a used one for $150...I dont thing I could get my $$$ out quick enough to buy it;)
     
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    Norks are hard to beat

    Being a Nork fan, I have an excellent shooter that gets more service than my Colt or Springer........and two NIB Norks. I'd put these two up for sale, but shipping is such a PIA! On my shooter, I changed the sights for a few bucks to make them taller. Colt sized rear fits..forget if the front tenon is narrow or wide.
     
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    QUOTE FROM COLEMAN:

    "they are crap- poorly finished and low end metal injection molded internal parts (think high pressure JB Weld)

    The pistol may be cheap but your eye operation will cost 70K"

    coleman, I don't know where you get your information, but you are out to lunch on Nork 1911s.

    They are made of a very hard steel that approximates 5110 ordnance steel that we use here. There are no mim parts and the hard sears and hammers take a tuning job as well as any Wilson Bulletproof or Ed Brown parts.

    My smith says that they are poorly finished clones of pre war commercial colts. I have had/have a number of them and they are very good guns to shoot out of the box or as a base gun for custom work. At one time they were the preferred base gun for Bill Wilson when he was a custom shop. The only non-ordnance steel in the gun is the plastic grips.

    As an anecedote, I have had more bad colts than bad norinco 1911s. Here is one that I just got back from my smith.

    [​IMG]
     
  18. jon_in_wv

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    What the heck possesses people like this to chime in when they have not ONE CLUE what the heck they are talking about???
     
  19. Jon Coppenbarger

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    going to look at a norinco today someone here in town is asking $349 for. If its nice I hope to talk them down a little.
     
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    Jon,

    Good onya if you talk them down, but 349 is a decent price. At what ever price you get it, you will enjoy.
     
  21. jjadkins1

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    I saw one last weekend at a show in Ohio for $450. It was the only Norinco for sale.
     
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    hmmm, maybe im wrong but you nork dorks seem to replace a lot of parts for something that is "sooo good"

    get off my back and stop with the nasty pm's
     
  23. Jon Coppenbarger

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    well I did get it today and got it for $250 out the door. They had $349 on it and when they had a blue book on the counter I asked if I could look it up and they said sure. after looking at the price and their records they dropped the price. I think they like me.

    the gun had the grips replaced with the rubber type that I like anyway. It has been shot but not a scratch on the outside. Trigger is very nice also and it looks all stock and nothing changed on it.

    I have like 12 colt 45acp auto,s from 1918 to the 1970,s and would not of bought it if I had not heard VERY good things from many folks over the years on them. going to look at a few more 45,s on monday and I believe them to be either colts or one of the other military ones.

    Oh yeah I did not call you any names so WHY am I a DORK again? Have the mods emailed you yet on the rules of this board? do your parents know you are on a firearm site or have they not put a block on your computer.
     
  24. colemanw

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    i get it now! you guys are upset that you bought crap and think you can drive the price up by telling unsuspecting people that its a good buy...

    you are right, i should contact a moderator... half of you people shouldn't be here
     
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    PM sent to colemanw.
     
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