Norinco 1911A1

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by mcw120566, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. mcw120566

    mcw120566 New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2009
    Messages:
    126
    Location:
    W. Knoxville, TN
    Hello all,

    I have a chnce to do some horse trading and included in the deal is a Norinco 1911 A1. I know nothing about it other than I need about 400.00 cash value for it. I have seen the gun, and it looks to be in good shape.

    I would most likly keep it for a range gun for my daughter, but not knowing anything about them Im a bit concerned that I will be getting problems, and I dont want that.

    Can anybody shed any light on this, Im more concerned about the reliability, than the mony right now.

    Thanks
  2. TheGunClinger

    TheGunClinger Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2008
    Messages:
    2,800
    Location:
    SW Florida
    Do a site search on Norinco 1911's and you might be pleased with what the experts say. Some bad, mostly good.
  3. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2001
    Messages:
    9,730
    The Norinco 1911 is an excellent base for custom work. Also it is one of the few 1911's that Wilson Combat will perform custom work on. :)

    Not a bad deal for $400.
  4. mcw120566

    mcw120566 New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2009
    Messages:
    126
    Location:
    W. Knoxville, TN
    It sounds like it will be reliable enough, and that was my main concern. I dont want to give something to my daughter that she is going to have problems with. After all $400.00 for a Kimber aint a bad deal........

    The sooner she gets her own 1911, the sooner I get my Kimber back!

    Thanks for the input.
  5. hogger129

    hogger129 Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Messages:
    4,152
    I have heard the Norincos are very good 1911s if built to correct specs. I've never personally owned one though.

    As people are saying, if you have a chance to get your hands on one, get one and keep it.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2010
  6. old semperfi

    old semperfi New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2009
    Messages:
    1,514
    Location:
    i live in southern indiana,old country boy at hear
    i have fired a few of them and for the most part they are ok but i dont think they are a spec gun.i think 400.00 is too much,i would say more like 300-350.00.i can buy some used colts for 400.00.or a little more.however just because of the basic design and the clearence they will be reliable. old semperfi
  7. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2001
    Messages:
    9,730
    Every Colt part will fit the Norinco 1911. The Chinese may not know weapons but they do know specs. I have owned and built many Norinco 1911 into accurate, reliable pistols and shot them in matches. The only problem I have ever had with the Norinco is the " Copy of the 1911A-1" stamped on the slide. :)

    When the Norinco 1911 hit the US, the "experts" were all over it. You would hear stories of soft slides, out of spec parts, etc. All were proven false by knowledgable people. Read what you will and do your own testing. You may be pleasantly surprised. :cool:
  8. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2009
    Messages:
    6,397
    I have one I put over 8500 rounds (logged) of ball ammo through with NO failures of ANY kind. That is pretty good reliability (and sheer monotony).

    Jim
  9. lal357

    lal357 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2010
    Messages:
    2
    owned one years ago wish i had never gotten rid of it i had a comp barrel put on it,relieved the ejection port, polished the ramp,beveled mag well ,and wilson sites .used it for a pin gun loved it went to a gun show and got stupid traded it for something cant remember what. loved the gun fed it anything and it shot it tried to find one at the last gun show couldnt find one picked up a colt officers .next gun in jan. i'm looking again.
  10. hansom

    hansom Former Guest

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2010
    Messages:
    81
    OP, what you are not being told is that Norinco 1911's are some of the most sought after 1911's because some of the top 1911 builders use them as a base gun due to thier correct specs and Norinco's hard proprietary steel.
    you were lucky to have found that one.
  11. carver

    carver Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2008
    Messages:
    15,986
    Location:
    DAV, Deep in the Pineywoods of East Texas, just we
    Mine is a Jim Clark special Norinco 1911A. I have been shooting it now for almost 20 years, and it's still driving tacks! I would also advise you to try and get the price down, I paid $300 for mine new, but that was 20 years ago, and now that they can not be imported into the U.S. any more the price might not be to out of line.
  12. grcsat

    grcsat Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2010
    Messages:
    428
    Location:
    far,far,North
    The norinco 1911 is actuly pretty good considering what you pay for them.
    Up north you can buy any of the nine different norinco 1911s for around $359.Yep I did say nine different models. Not bad for what you get.

    The one thing I don't understand is when you can buy one new at $359. Why are they most always being sold in the local classifeds USED at $400 ?
    Kinda makes you wonder.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2010
  13. hogger129

    hogger129 Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Messages:
    4,152
    Supply & demand.

    They can't be imported anymore, so there is a limited supply. And if they are one of the most sought after, price naturally goes up.
  14. mcw120566

    mcw120566 New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2009
    Messages:
    126
    Location:
    W. Knoxville, TN
    Well its official, we have a new addition to the family. It was either make the deal or wait for who knows how long to get the cash I was owed. Either way, I dont think I went wrong. As long as I have something that is reliable, that's really all that mattered. Every one that gave in-put in this helped out a bunch!

    Thanks each of you for your help.
Similar Threads
Forum Title Date
The 1911 Forum Question.. Norinco M-1911A1 Government .45 ACP Jun 4, 2009
The 1911 Forum Norinco 1911 Oct 6, 2013
The 1911 Forum norinco 1911 Sep 19, 2011
The 1911 Forum Is it possible to use colt parts on norinco 1911's? Sep 15, 2011
The 1911 Forum My first 1911 (Norinco Factory Enhanced) Aug 5, 2011

Share This Page