I understand that a good casting job can be as good as forging. Now I made a thread displaying my distaste for Norinco firearms, based on heard experience from others who have owned malfunctioning ones and the basis that everything from China seems to be dismal in quality. I will admit that I am surprised to find out, that the Norinco 1911-A1 is made from steel that is supposed to be harder and "better" than any other gun out there. To quote a larger writeup on another forum I am surprised to hear that Norinco 1911s apparently use a better steel than a lot of 1911s on the market. The question I ask though, (and partially to m'self) is..."So?" Does it make a lick of difference the quality of steel used? Does the money of 1911s tend to go into the steel quality, or more into the customization/fitting work? And is harder always better? I'd be interested to know the difference in steel grade from say, a RIA to a Colt, to a Wilson Combat. And if it makes a lick of difference to the average or even high-mileage shooter. I would also like to apologize for badmouthing Norinco 1911s; they apparently make a damn fine frame/slide.