Norinco 1911A1 build

Discussion in '1911 Photo Gallery' started by Tomasg, Oct 22, 2018.

  1. Tomasg

    Tomasg New Member

    3
    Oct 22, 2018
    Ladies and gentlemen, this is how my Norinco looks after some work on it.

    - Graphite black Cerakote
    - Briley match grade barrel
    - Wilson Combat Bulletproof Beavertail safety
    - Wilson Combat springs kit
    - Fusion Hammer & trigger
    - Wilson Combat full one pice guide rod
    - Kensight tritium sights (had to cut the slide)
    - Wilson Combat fitted beavertail safety
    - Front grip stripes
    - Magupl grips
    - Wilson Combat flat mainspring housing
    - Magwell
    - Wilson Combat ambi thumb safety

    I wanted to share this with you because i’m very pleased with it.

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  2. mikegalway

    mikegalway CEO of DILLIGAF industries Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014

  3. pistolwretch

    pistolwretch Dremel jockey Supporting Addict

    Aug 26, 2011
    Very nicely done!
     
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  4. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Very nice, can you make the pics full size please? If you go into edit, options and full image it will enlarge the photos full sized.. ;) easier for us blind as a bat folks.
     
  5. pistolwretch

    pistolwretch Dremel jockey Supporting Addict

    Aug 26, 2011
    Cutting the front sight dovetail can be an ordeal on some of the Norcs.
    I've seen/cut several that had the original front sight silver soldered as well as peened. The area was silly hard due to a fast cool down.
    I now test with a file first and anneal if needed.
    I suspect this is the source of the stories about the Norc's overall hardness.
     
  6. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Thanks for the enlarged pics great job...
     
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  7. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    Any truth to the story that these 1911s were manufactured from recycled railroad steel?
     
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  8. Clem

    Clem Member

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    Oct 21, 2018
    Very nice!
     
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  9. july19

    july19 Womb? Weary? He rests. He has travelled. Supporting Addict

    Sep 16, 2013
    Great job on that pistol. I’d be pleased too.
     
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  10. 22ConversionUnut

    22ConversionUnut Well-Known Member

    68
    Oct 25, 2018
    Very nice Tomasg!
    I just recently had a STI rear sight low mounted in my Norinco slide and a red fibre optic installed in the OEM front sight. Quite happy with the work.
     
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  11. Slapshot

    Slapshot Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2017
    Nice work. I’ve got a Norc for a winter project I’m going to enhance a bit. Did you swap out the metric grip bushings?


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  12. 22ConversionUnut

    22ConversionUnut Well-Known Member

    68
    Oct 25, 2018
    ahhh grip bushings.....I have a stripped one, so i'm interested in a solution for the bizzare Norinco's.
     
  13. Slapshot

    Slapshot Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2017
    I know Challis has repair bushings with a drill/tap tool for standard stripped bushings. That’s what I was thinking of replacing the Norc screws with but I was hoping somebody has already done it for confirmation.
     
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  14. switchback

    switchback Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2014
    Very nicely done, thanks for sharing
     
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  15. Tomasg

    Tomasg New Member

    3
    Oct 22, 2018
    Nope. I left them stock. Working great so far
     
  16. Jim w.

    Jim w. Well-Known Member

    991
    Jul 27, 2016
    No. I have seen speculation on what alloy was used, but it was foundry fresh.
    People mistake low machinability for strength. Maybe it is strong stuff, but it is definitely hard to machine.
    There was one nice example circulating here with a lot of American parts and a two tone finish.

    Anecdote Alert:
    My FLG was called on to change the sights on one. He could not drive out the rear so he cut it out with some difficulty, even the sight was tough. Turned out the Chinese couldn't machine it either, the slide dovetail did not go quite all the way across. Apparently the rear sight had been driven in from the other side hard enough to swage itself into position. Cutting the new dovetail took way more time and tool wear than he had quoted the job at.
    I have heard reports of skew pin holes, one guy said "No problem, I just cut the sear nose and hammer hooks at the complimentary angle so they engaged evenly." Another shop leaves the sear a bit floaty on its pin to self align.
     
  17. Slapshot

    Slapshot Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2017
    I read somewhere that back in the day the Norcs were on Wilson Combats list of guns they would work on because all of the holes and dimensions were correct.


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