This Norinco pistol will definitely see a lot of range time. It is fast becoming my favorite. Im getting reliability and acceptable accuracy at a much lower price. I like two-tone finishes but the out of the box finish on the Norinco needs more tender loving care. The chrome plating is like a medium rare steak. The plating that Norinco made is showing some rust marks on the corner areas so the slide finish has to go. I can t bear the short trigger that is why it is the first thing I changed. I have rather large hands and the Kings aluminum trigger solved the concern easily. It just took me about two hours of careful filing on the Kings hammer fit it into that hole. The gunsmith gave it a a 3.5 lbs. trigger pull. I wanted a no-frills pistol and wanted to save a few cents all the way. I decided I wanted the beavertail to avoid the possibility of hammer bites. I changed to a rounded hammer by Ed Brown (Hardcore hammer) for easier drawing from concealment. Since I have changed the trigger and hammer, I decided that I might as well change the disconnector and sear with Ed Brown match grade parts. Since the gun is for defensive purposes, I installed a drop-in type Novak sight and had the front sight dovetailed. I used a drop-in rear sight to save on machining time and costs. I like the extended thumb safety for a high thumb hold firing position and decided Ill go for a single-sided safety. I dont have a use for ambi safety since I am right handed. I also hate ambis because of the difficulty removing them. The original cheap looking plastic grips need to go for the eyesore it creates. I then installed a pair of ebonywood (or kamagong) and the gun look more distinguished. The original grips are also giving me a perception of thinness. A few cosmetic touches were made on the slide to make it look better. I had the rear serrations re-serrated for a more positive hold and look. The scallop on the front of the slide were given a little square cut to align it with the frames dust cover. The change is not very noticeable at first glance but its there anyway. I wanted the gun to be as reliable as possible. In doing so, I had the barrel throated and the extractor tuned. Even from out of the box, the pistol is already functioning well. After the throating and tuning, it is now superb. I also replaced the firing pin with Ed Browns Hardcore firing pin. I wanted the extra security against breakage because I sometimes dry fire a lot when I can. The springs were also replaced with ISMI springs using the standard 16 lbs. spring for the recoil guide. I dont have a use for full length guide rods because I hate the difficulty in disassembling a gun with them installed. The original Norinco part stays in place under the barrel. The gun now fits my hand better and I can see the sights better. I took it to the range and let it spout 250 rounds. I didnt experienced any jams except for a failure to feed using Armscorps Novak 8-rd magazine. When I switched to the original Norinco mags and Chip McCormick Power Mags, I went back to 100% reliability. I used 150 Armscor full metal jacket bullets and 100 rounds of standard load reloads from Stronghand. It is getting grouping of 3" at 15 yards with the reloads and a bit better with the Armscor ammo. I guess it's just me. Finally, the gun was reblued. The blueing is a temporary thing. I may opt for the lesser maintenance hard chrome later on ( I am looking forward to a black hard chrome finish). My criteria for reliability, acceptable accuracy, better ergonomics and lower cost is finally achieved. The Final Product My apologies for the smudges. Just too excited to show it before thoroughly cleaning it. Summary of Parts installed: Ed Brown Hard Core Hammer Ed Brown Match Sear Ed Brown Match Disconnector Ed Brown Hardcore Firing pin Kings Long Aluminum Trigger Armscorp Beavertail Shooters Arms Corp. Extended Thumb safety Gunsmith fabricated front sight Gunsmith fabricated rear sight Locally made ebonywood grips Wanna kill these ads? We can help!