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Old 04-08-2012, 07:28 PM   #1
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I was wondering today if anyone else either has one or has seen another around? I found this two years ago where an acquaintence used to have a police supply shop which closed a number of years ago. He still had this new in the box. I got it for $350.

Norinco 1911A1, 4". I added the Pachmayr grips.



I understand that when these were still imported that builders loved them because of their sturdy construction. This one is one fine shooter.

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Old 04-09-2012, 01:34 PM   #2
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Only thing I have heard was it's Chinese built and is suppose to be very well built and dependable.

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i had one many, many years ago. worst pistol i have ever owned. bought it from a gun dealer friend of mine when he wanted to sell an inexpensive 1911 type pistol. it was horrible in the fit and finish, had many FTF or stovepipes, extractor broke with less than 100 rounds through it. spent most of it's time in the shop being worked on. my friend quit even ordering them because of the problems associated with them. i sold mine about a month later and was glad to be rid of it. these are just my experiances with one that i bought and from what i observed at my friends shop. all i can say is, shoot the snot out of it and see what it does, as you may have found a good one.

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I've got 2 Commanders and a full size two tone. I couldn't bring myself to shoot my two Wilsons or even the Springfield Trophy Match that I bought as a shooter. I haven't shot any of the Norincos yet either (I know, I know), but reportedly 100% functioning. The Commanders are tuned with performance internals. The two tone is stock and it has a tight slide fit, positive safety, and heavy but crisp trigger. Sights are small and really fit in tightly. Up in the Great White North, they're very common and popular and and aside from the previous post I haven't heard of any lemons or common problems. They function very well. Lot to lot they vary. The most recent ones are pretty rough inside, but many of the older ones are pretty good. I think of them as kind of the modern day equivalent of the GI pistols. Not so tightly fitted as to affect reliability but not so sloppy that accuracy is compromised. Not too pretty, more on the "Old Ugly" end of things. (They do take to cosmetic makeovers very nicely). It boils down to top quality steel in the frame and slide. Bill Wilson steel quality. If you want, but not necessary, tune and replace internals and you've got a gun that can hang with guns costing 2-3 times as much that you won't mind putting some wear and tear on.

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Old 04-10-2012, 01:03 AM   #5
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Norinco officers model is one of THE MOST accurate 1911's I've ever shot. I was disgusted.

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