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Thread: Norinco 1911 .45 Pistols

  1. #21
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    I needed something to start bowling pin shooting at Second Chance many years ago. Tight budget so I got a Norinco. Only problem I experience was in cutting a dovetail to replace the front sight. The gunsmith. complained that the slide steel was so tough it destroyed the dovetail cutter. I have many more 1911's now, but the Norinco still soldiers on. I too would love to find another at a gun show. Not pretty, but it won far more for me than it originally cost.

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    Any particular years to avoid? I have read somewhere that certain year spans were lower quality.
    Like someone's grandpa used to say "I can sit here quietly and let everyone think I'm stupid, or I can say something and confirm it for them."

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    I recently completed a 1911 Armorer's class where we were encouraged to bring our own 1911s to use for the many hands-on segments of the class. I brought a Springfield SS Mil Spec and one of my Norcs - both fine guns, but for a variety of reasons (LOL, many of which I don't remember since I've slept after completing the class), I felt that the Norc had many features that put it ahead of the Springfield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozarkmac View Post
    Any particular years to avoid? I have read somewhere that certain year spans were lower quality.
    the best ones came in back in the early 1990's before the 1994 cut off date for the USA imports

    some of the later models imported to CANADA are not as nice as the earlier ones

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    As someone already mentioned, these are basically solid guns, made of steel which is much better than some of the pistols build in US, by reputable names. Their steel is so strong that (again, as it was already mentioned) gunsmiths tend to curse them, because they destroy the mill cutting tools.

    The only thing that I would change in Nork 1911s is their barrel, I do not exactly remember the reason, it should be in here somewhere, explained by 1911Tuner, maybe what was mentioned (again) by someone before, the head spacing issue, but don't quote me on that. A search for "Norinco barrels" should bring up the thread it was discussed in.

    Apart from that, the pistols are solid and an excellent base for customisation.

    P.S.: Yes, those tiny sights need to go!
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    I'd like to have a metallurgist or master machinist weigh in on that.
    Does low machinability, which the Norinco definitely has, really mean stronger? It sure does not mean better in an overall sense.

    FLG was cursing the type. He could not drive out a rear sight, he had to split it and take it out in pieces. Even that was tough, they had used their low machinability steel to make a low stress part like a fixed sight. When he did, he found why it would not drive. The Chinese machinist had not been able to work it either, the dovetail ran out a little short of the far side of the slide and the sight had been swedged in under very high force.

    I have heard more than one account of skew action pin holes. One guy said "No problem, I just cut the sear and hammer hooks at the complimentary angle."

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