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Norinco 1911 or RIA?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by craig19, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. craig19

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    My Dad has a Norinco 1911 that he bought new back in the mid 90's. Its in nice shape, other than some holster wear, I would say it probably has less than 2,000 rounds through it. He still has the box and all original paperwork. Yesterday he tells me he is thinking about selling it and buying a RIA 1911 GI version.

    He really didn't give a good reason for wanting to sell the Norinco other than he hates the goofy "Model of the 1911" roll mark. I can't remember the Norinco ever having FTEs or FTFs.

    My questions are:

    What do you think the Norinco is worth?

    If you had the Norinco would you sell it to buy a RIA?
     
  2. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    The Norinco is a higher quality gun than the RIA. Persoanlly I wouldn't swap a Norinco for a RIA. If he is planning on leaving it stock, then just keep the Nork. If he sells it, he will probably not get as much as what the new Rock will cost. If he wants to customize it, he has one of the best base guns out there. I've owned both and like the RIZ
    A's, but regret trading off my Nork, which I upgraded in the trade, but still wish I still had the old Nork. But, if he's dead set on selling it, send me a PM with a pic and a price.
     


  3. It is getting harder to find the Norinco 1911's these days.
    The RIA is as common as dirt and not as good a quality as the Norinco.
    Your Dads gun runs without a problem so it is a keeper in my opinion.
    Besides, the RIA is so cheap that if he really wants one tell him to save his pennies for a bit longer and buy one while keeping the Norinco.
     
  4. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    :agree:
     
  5. craig19

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    Thanks for the replies. I'll talk to him later and see if I can talk him out of it. I always liked the Norinco, so I was kind of surprised when he said he was thinking about selling it.
     
  6. jrs93accord

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    I would keep the Norinco. I like them so well, I have two of them.

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  7. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Senior Member

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    Right behind you...
    Going from a Norinco to RIA because of the NORINCO's goofy rollmarks?:rofl:
     
  8. tango44

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    Run to your local gun shop get the RIA, give it to your father! And keep the Norko!
    Simple as that!
     
  9. Lockback

    Lockback Polymerlicious!

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    You mean "Model of the 1911"? :tongueout:
     
  10. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Senior Member

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    Right behind you...
    I mean they both have horrible, gaudy rollmarks.
     
  11. jakebrake

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    too close to philly
    it just becomes a matter of form or function.
     
  12. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Senior Member

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    Right behind you...
    I know it doesn't matter, but he said the reason he wanted the RIA is because of the Ugly Rollamrks. Which I thought was funny because they both have ugly Rollmarks in my opinion.
     
  13. jakebrake

    jakebrake cracker

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    too close to philly
    yeah, that is tough to argue.
     
  14. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Everybody raved about the NORINCO, but the only one I've ever seen in action was a jammamatic. One of my college classmates bought a NORINCO when it was first imported because of the raving reviews. It didn't matter which mags he used, which ball ammo he used, how much he cleaned, changed out recoil spring, how much the gunsmith tinkered with it, that gun kept having ejection problem. The same problem over and over - smoke stack jam.

    So, that one experience colored my opinion of NORINCO. I was glad I bought the Springfield GI instead of the NORINCO.
     
  15. Norincos are forged steel, have no MIM parts and apparently are made of extremely hard steel.
    Apparently they're great base guns.

    Tell him to get a Springfield or Colt or just keep his Norinco.
     
  16. bac1023

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    I have both. The Rock Island is a good 1911, but the Norinco is better.

    I really don't think its that close, to be honest.


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  17. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Ditto. I've owned both and the Nork has the upper hand on the Rock. Plus, I doubt you can find a "name" smiff, that won't work up a Nork, where as you'll be hard pressed to find any that'll work up a Rock. Kinda says it all right there IMO. :dunno:Plus, the Nork has a better finish and better sights.
     
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2011
  18. bac1023

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    Yeah Joe, the Norc certainly uses better quality steel.
     
  19. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Straight off the train tracks. :rofl: