My first 1911 (Norinco Factory Enhanced)

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  1. Deltastar

    Deltastar New Member

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    I'm new at this forum and the Norinco 1911 Factory Enhanced model is my very first 1911. I have a Glock 19 and a Sig Sauer P226. I used to have a Bersa .380 Super Thunder, a Glock 21 and a Walther P22. To celebrate 100 years of the Colt Model 1911, I decided to get myself a 1911 (or a reasonable clone). I can't afford the higher end models so I settled for a Norc which cost me $360.

    The firearm seems solid and a bit heavier than similar models, although I did not use any scales. It came with two 7 round magazines whose aesthetics leave much to be desired but are functional as later field tests showed. I got myself two more as they are cheap.
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    I took it to the range right after I got it from the store. I used standard load FMJ reloads. I fired 100 rounds through it, no jams, misfires, FTFs, FTEs. The trigger was on the very heavy side out of the box, probably greater than 6 pounds although I did use any measuring scales. The accuracy suffered as a result with some hits being 6 inches away from intended POI (low and left). Another shooter fired two rounds through it and hit the target dead center, so it wasn't the gun. I was having problems with the heavy trigger. I tried double taps and the groupings were around 2 " from 4 meters. With my last 4 rounds, I did two consecutive double taps and they were within 2 " of each other. The greater mass of the pistol helped damp some of the recoil.

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    Two consecutive double taps at 4 meters

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    Close up of Two consecutive double taps at 4 meters

    When I got home, I re-touched the three dot sights with white paint.

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    I didn't lighten the trigger yet. When I returned to the range after the 'paint job', I fired another 130 rounds through it with the same results, that is, inconsistent shots. The heavy trigger was really messing with my accuracy. So I did a trigger job on the Norc. I pulled back nos. 1 and 2 of the sear spring and cut 2 coils off the mainspring ( which was probably in excess of 20 pounds. The trigger weight was palpably reduced, probably down to 3 to 4 pounds. When I got back to the range, I was shooting consistently. The sights were zeroed out of the box it turned out and there were no jams, FTFs FTEs or light strikes. It is a sweet shooting gun for $360. I got myself an 18 pound mainspring and I'm thinking of replacing the recoil spring with an aftermarket 14 pound Wolff recoils spring. I'm real happy with the Norc. Next time I go to the range, I'll try to post videos. :)
  2. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

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    Welcome to the Forum !

    and great first post ,

    the norc's while not pretty lacking finish etc , are pretty good functionally i've found , yes cheap but far from nasty and are on the whole rather reliable

    Glad your happy with it and look forward to your range visit and vid's
  3. mesinge2

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    The old Norinco 1911s were sought by people wanting custom 1911s as they were inexpensive but of great quality. Nice Buy!
  4. H-D

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    Welcome to the forum! Great buy! My recomendation is take it to an experienced pistolsmith and have a trigger job done on it. My dad had a norinco when I was a kid it was a great shooter he had no problems with it.
  5. hogger129

    hogger129 Active Member

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    Heard the Norinco 1911s are good guns if built to spec.
  6. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member

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    Hogger, the Norinco 1911 IS built to spec. Did you know that the Norinco is one of the few 1911's that Wilson Combat will do custom work on ?

    They are an excellent platform for custom work. I have built several and all have been flawless. I just wish we could get them imported into the US again.
  7. Deltastar

    Deltastar New Member

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    Yes, the Norc is a great 1911. It's inexpensive too. I'm not too concerned about the aesthetics, I care more about its performance. It is accurate and fun to shoot.

    A question though. What is the weight of the recoil spring that the Norc came with? It is a factory enhanced model with a full length recoil spring guide rod. I was thinking of getting a 14.5 pound or a 16 pound recoil spring.
  8. Deltastar

    Deltastar New Member

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    Thanks. My first impulse was to go to a professional gunsmith but I saw the sticky article on how to make the 1911 more reliable. And I also read some articles on doing a trigger job on the 1911. I did the trigger job myself and I am quite happy with the result.

    I might change the sear and hammer, and the firng pin spring later on.
  9. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

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    The chinese are fantastic at following diagrams. The norincos are probably truer to JMBs own handbuilt 1911 prototype than any other manufacterer. And excellent quality steels.
  10. jlloyd73

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    welcome....nice 1911.
  11. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member

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    The Norinco came with a 16 lb recoil spring. If or when you change it, use a Wolf 16 lb variable power spring from www.brownells.com .
    That spring should also work with reduced power LSWC ammo.
  12. Deltastar

    Deltastar New Member

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    Will do. Thanks.
  13. Squeak

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    Nice photo work. Welcome to the forum & enjoy that gun!
  14. Deltastar

    Deltastar New Member

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    Thanks. Went to the range yesterday and tried it out. Had a good time. It is a sweet shooting .45. I'm still trying to master the pistol but it is quite user friendly.

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  15. PanhandlePop

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    Welcome and congratz. Nice report. Take your time getting used to it, get it well broken in, and you may find you are happy with it just like it is.
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