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Trio of Misfit Handguns

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Spieler, Sep 19, 2003.

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  1. Spieler

    Spieler Member

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    With several recent threads dealing with surplus or cheap (read "inexpensive") service handguns I thought I would post a pic of three of my "cheap" misfit guns. I call them cheap because all three were less than $290 each and I call them misfits because, although all three are classic military service handguns, none of them were produced by the primary manufacturer. But, they are all shooters, and the FM and P1 even outshoot my G17 and HK USP9!

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    Norinco M1911A1 Compact (Chinese)
    FM Hi-Power (Argentina)
    Manurhin P-1 (French-marked P-1 for the W. Berlin Polizei)
     

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  2. kalibear45

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    Very nice! Looks like a bunch of keepers to me. Good deal!
     
  3. 10-Ring

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    Nice set of "misfits!" ;)
     
  4. Dorrin79

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    like that P-38 clone.

    very classy piece.
     
  5. Zer000

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    Nice. I'll take one of each, please!
     
  6. BigG

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    I believe all Walthers were made by Manurhin for a period when Germany was barred from building weapons after WWII. :confused:
     
  7. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus

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    I run an orphanage for under 300 buck guns. :)

    Those three look like they would play together nicely.

    Sam
     
  8. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    What my friend C.R. Sam doesn't want; I can make
    room for them here in Poverty, U.S.A.:D

    I can speak about .45 caliber Norinco's. One word SHOOTER'S,
    describes them best. If you don't believe me, just ask my
    friend and fellow THR team member Capbuster; as
    he has one that will shoot better groups than his Colt
    or his Springfield !:uhoh:

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
     
  9. berettaman

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    Did you hear the one about the Chinaman,the Argentinian,and the Frenchman all laying on towel?:what: :evil: :evil: :evil:

    Nice collection!!
     
  10. Snowdog

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    I'm scratching my head trying to figure out the make of that 1911.
    It looks recently manufactured... for under $290, is it a Charles Daly or Auto Ordnance?


    (Edit- It does help to read the entire post... Norinco, gotcha).
     
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  11. chaim

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    How do you like the P1 (though I guess you must like it from your post). I'm sort of thinking about one, not sure (some bad history with that gun, but it isn't the gun's fault, but it does bring certain memories to some people and communal memories to my co-religionists), but being a history buff I just might.
     
  12. firestar

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    I know this wasn't directed at me but I have had a Walther P-1 for over a year now and I happened to shoot it today. It is a heck of a gun for the money I paid ($285 OTD). It came with tow Walther mags, a leather holster, cleaning kit, box, ect. It is very reliable and accruate. The grip is super confortable and it balances well. The DA trigger is a little stiff but not too bad and the levers and controls are smooth, even and light. I will keep this one forever, I hope. Anything under $400 for one is a deal in my book.
     
  13. Spieler

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    Chaim

    There isn't much more I can add to what Firestar has said - it is a great gun and I love mine. I have had that P-1 for seven years now and it is one of my favorite guns to bring to the range. You don't see many P-1/P-38s at the range and I always have somebody asking me about it and asking to squeeze off a few rounds. It fits and points very naturally in my hand and is super accurate. When I bought it in '96 I paid $290 OTD w/holster and 2 mags. Mine is a keeper. The markings on it indicate it was manufactured for the West Berlin Police, hence the Manurhin instead of Walther markings, due to the status of forces agreement in effect for West Berlin Police during the Cold War. This is significant to me because I was born and raised in W. Berlin (Army Brats Rule!):D :neener: and I can recall the police carrying P-1s, so it represents a bit of a connection to my youth.
     
  14. clubsoda22

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    people are always confused when i tell them my little nickle bersa was $240 new.
     
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