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recommend me a low cost, intro 1911...thinking a Norinco?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by rtl, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. rtl

    rtl Robby The Guy Millennium Member

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    never owned one before, but am getting the bug i guess. was hoping to stay as cheap as possible, and it seems in that price range the Norinco is a standout, but looking for advice in the matter.
     
  2. Brucev

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    Currently the best low cost 1911 on the market is the Rock Island Armory 1911. I've seen them new for $407 plus tax in my local area. You can get a tactical model for about $469 plus tax. Very well made pistol.
     


  3. MD357

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    Norincos are built with better parts, and steel than any of your low cost phillipino 1911s. This doesn't mean those respective guns are crap, it just means that the Norincos were just that good of a deal.
     
  4. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    A Norinco was my first 1911 and look where that got me. :rofl: They're gonna be harder to find than a RIA, but they're a better gun. Both are great starter 1911's. But a good gunsmith will upgrade your Norinco, where as a lot of smiffs won't touch a RIA.
     
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  5. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    I've had a Norinco, and while they are a solid 1911, they really aren't in the same league as a Metro Arms, which I think is right up you ally.

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  6. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

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    Personally I wouldn't consider any cheap gun other than a Springfield.
     
  7. R0CKETMAN

    R0CKETMAN NRA MEMBER

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    Norincos are baddass. They always remind me of the dude that did the disassembly video. He offed himself a year or two ago. One funny MF

    I want one too
     
  8. bac1023

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    Norincos are about the best value for the money in low cost 1911s.

    As mentioned above, they are built from better quality materials than the Filipino 1911s.


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  9. DarkShooter

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    Havent seen one in years.


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  10. PlasticGuy

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    I have had two Norinco 1911's, and both were excellent. Nothing against RIA, but the Norinco is made of far better materials and the fit and finish is similar. The problems is finding one in this country. I still see a nice used one show up in a shop occasionally, but it's not like you can just go to the store and order one.
     
  11. FFR Spyder GT

    FFR Spyder GT Ex-Gunslinger

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    I have a Norinco. I bought it in '92 and I wish I would have bought several of them.

    It's bone stock except for a 2-piece guide rod and 18.5lb recoil spring. I replaced the barrel bushing awhile back too.

    I shot it last week and it averaged 3.5" groups at 20yds using my reloads and Tula steel cased stuff.
     
  12. JaPes

    JaPes Rimfire 1010101

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    Will a Ruger SR1911 fit the "introductory" role?

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    I was also looking for an introductory priced 1911. Because I feel that owning a 1911 is a firearms enthusiast moral imperative, I needed just one. I'm not an 1911 aficionado, so I read BAC's 1911 buying guide.

    I wanted just one decent 1911 that wouldn't break the bank, made in the U.S.A., and backed by a reputable manufacturer. The SR1911 fit the bill.
     
  13. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    Agree, but while the Norinco has better materials, I'm betting the Filipino guns are more refined judging from the few I've handled... I really liked mine, but it was very rough.

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  14. ETNSHOOTER

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    How about a Para GI Expert? Never handled one but have heard they are a great value.
    just my two cents.
    Dave
     
  15. Snaps

    Snaps Hail 2 The King

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    rock island makes good guns, great for the price point.
     
  16. bac1023

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    I'd put the GI Expert below the Filipino 1911s in terms of quality.
     
  17. bac1023

    bac1023

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    Yeah, they aren't overly refined, Matt.
     
  18. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    They are really great values. The only reason I sold mine was because I was upgrading to another 1911...kinda wish that I held onto it.

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