Advanced Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Central Texas
Re: Quality for $400.00?
Norinco brought a bunch of pistols into the country, some years ago; they were 1911A1 clones, dimensionally correct, not target guns, but here's a killer fact: The gun shop, at Lackland AFB, looked at several, did metallurgy and hardness testing, and concluded them to be "at least on a par" with the guns the military was then buying from Colt!
Not a 'finished project', but one heck of a foundation, sometimes at a $300-350 price point!
As well, the 1927 Argentine contract guns, the early ones, built by Colt, and the later ones, indicating production in Argentina, are often excellent buys; look at the numbers; the barrel, slide, and frame should all have the same number- all were stamped with it, originally. Bought one last year, an Argentine Air Force pistol, for $325
I think K-Frame Smiths are woefully undervalued, in the marketplace, as well; there are still a lot of 'police trade ins' if one looks, not always real pretty, but many have had the benefit of excellent, factory trained, departmental armorers, and whatever timing, etc problems once existed, were corrected, the right way, long ago; on these, you need to know the gun, and inspect/buy, accordingly. I've bought, and will continue to buy, those that are "right" in condition, and "right" on price, in the $150-175 range, with many shooting an inch, fixed sights, at 25yds, in the condition I bought them. A hint here- ask the seller, or call the PD the gun used to belong to, and ask for the armorer, then ask what their 'duty load' was, for the weapon. Chances are, if the gun was in a responsible armorer's hands, that's the load it shoots best! Two, maybe three, of these are within your budget- how 'bout that ****!
I hope this gives some direction to your search.
As another 'free tip', take the weekend to walk thru the gun show, look, on saturday, and wait til late sunday to revisit your 'finds'; if they're still there, and there were bunch of cars in the parking lot, they are over priced! Now's the time to 'low ball' the seller, and see how much the gun means to him! He's driven to the show, paid for his tables, hotel, and meals, and if he's gonna pack up about the same stuff he started with, he's either very rich, or very stupid; neither shows a profit, but panic set in, two hours before close,at many larger gun shows, and a 'selling frenzy' follows; you need to be a part of their 'support group', to buy, really right!
Don't start no s**t and there won't be none, Terry