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Norinco 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by loadedround, Aug 12, 2010.

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  1. loadedround

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    There is a fellow I know trying to sell a used Norinco 1911 clone for 900.00. I am aware that the government banned the sale or importation of Norinco firearms into the US, and it is also my understanding that these 1911 clones were POS. Any comments regarding quality would be appreciated. BTW, I have no intention of buying this pistol.
     
  2. Boris bush

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    They are not POSs. They are not worth $900.00 either..
     
  3. js2013

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    Norincos make a very good base gun. Barrel fit is usually poor but the slide and frame steel are the best you'll find (at least on the older ones, I'm not sure what they're using these days). But $900 bucks is way to much. If you can find one in good shape for $300-ish it's a good deal even if you have to fit a new barrel.
     
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    In nice shape, it's a $400 or so gun around me.
     
  5. HuntAndFish

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    For $900 you can have a brand new Colt.
     
  6. herohog

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    They are great guns made with better steel than the ones made for the US army. They are just plain old 1911A1s. Nothing beyond that. If ya want a good base 1911, they are fine but 900 is WAY too much. A good one shouldn't run over $500 or so.
     
  7. schmeky

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    $900.00 ??? Like Richard Pryor used to say, wish in one hand ($900.00 for a used Nork), and poop in the other . . . . . see which one fills up faster . . . . ;)
     
  8. Full Metal Jacket

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    my first gun was a norinco 1911 when they first hit american shores. it was the biggest jamming POS. others had better luck with theirs.

    if you do buy it, it's worth no more than $450.
     
  9. S&Wfan

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    $900 should buy you TWO of 'em in great condition.

    Before the China ban on 'em, they were considered a good, cheap 1911 to modify into an economically done custom .45.

    Hmmm . . . I wonder what would happen if we'd banned all the other products from China too . . . back in the early 90s!!!;)
     
  10. Steve C

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    It depends upon how much it was customized and by whom. Norinco's where one of the few models that Clark accepted for their .460 Rowland conversions. The top gunsmiths used the Norinco pistols to make top notch guns so if its been customized into a Bullseye gun or other it may be worth $900. If its just an untouched used with all the factory OEM Chinese parts, $400 or less would be a more reasonable price.
     
  11. okespe04

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    They do seem to be getting harder to find but $900! No way. Hopefully some day... I would lose mine in a second for $900. Any takers???
     
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    $900 yikes. Lets see how that one works out for him.
     
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    Wow, I shoulda snagged my dad's before he sold it. I think he paid $200-ish for it back in the 90's when they still imported them.

    Man, if they ever lift the China import ban guns are gonna be cheap and US manufacturers are gonna be poor.
     
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    My brother in law has one in 9mm. It's probably never been disassembled, much less cleaned properly. It lived several years in the dash of a 4wd bronco.

    I've been trying to liberate it from his neglect since we've known each other. It is no rare find, but it's reliability to fire amazes me. I just want it because it's an interesting 9mm 1911.

    If I offered him $900, he'd let me have it and the beater hunting truck it lives in from time to time. But I wouldn't pay a dime over $300 for it, unless it was in outstanding condition.
     
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    A guy at the club has a Norinco 1911 and often outshoots me. They are terrible guns.





    Just kidding. But they are not 900.00 guns unless a Norinco frame and slide have been used as the basis of a really nice custom job.
     
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    Back in the 80's, Wilson Combat told me the Norinco and the Colt were the only guns worth spending the money customizing.

    Twenty years later there are a few more makers on the market.

    However the Norinco was a good basis for a custom M1911.

    Friends who have spent the money find out that the finished pistol is worth less than what they put into the Norinco.
     
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    Even here in Denmark a new Norinco 1911 costs less than 600 USD!
     
  18. Dino

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    $900 is INSANE. :eek:
     
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    I sold mine a short while back for $450 and had plenty of people interested in it at that price. I admit it was priced at the high end of the scale but it was a solid, well cared for gun in perfect working order. The ONLY changes I made to it was to throat it and polish the feed ramps. After doing that, she ate any .45 ammo I fed her and ran just fine on those flying ashtray Gold Dots! Oh, I also put a set of Pachmayer grips on it and had 3 spare magazines for her.

    Norinco45ACP.jpg
     
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    One of the most dead reliable guns I have ever owned. I logged almost 9000 rounds through one with zero failures of any kind. If that is a POS, all guns should be like it.

    BTW, they are (or at least were) all forged, the old fashioned way; no castings, plastic, or MIM parts.

    Jim
     
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    Every one I've ever fired was a solid no frills WORKING gun!

    But that price is WAAAAAAAY out of line!
     
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    That gun is worth perhaps half that and $400 is more like it. I'd buy a Norc 1911 but not for $900. To get $900 it would have to be a nice custom build by a gunsmith of good repute.

    Your understanding is about as far of as his price. Use google and you can find more info on Norcs than you care to read. They are far from POS. They were a platform used to make custom guns by gunsmiths such as Bill Wilson back in the day.
     
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    Nork

    Several of the auction sites have 95%+ Norks for $450-$500.
     
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    Norinco barrels are nothing to be sneeezed at. I have one which I use. IOt is soliodl;y made but certainly not $900. I would say $400 to $500 max. For $900 you could purchased a nicely use and not abused Dan Wesson Pointman, SA Trophy MAtch, etc - already fitted with adjustable sights etc.
     
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    I'm a big NORK fan, having owned at least half doz. Most were checked by a noted Smith and the lockup on all were fine. I have one main NORK shooter that I've not done anything with other than put taller sights on, and prefer it over the Springer Loaded I had, and my present 1991Al. Never a failure due to the gun. Eats my reloads like candy.
    They are no longer a "cheap" gun and if you find one for $400, buy it. I sold a couple last spring for $450 when I was paring down my supply of guns. They were NIB tho.
     
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