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Old 04-20-2017, 12:29 PM
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Wilson Combat custom work to existing pistol question

Hey, gents. I have a quick question about Wilson Combat working on existing pistols.

I noticed Wilson Combat has a list of accepted manufacturers for custom work. However, Norinco isn't on this list. My understanding is, Bill Wilson himself has said he enjoys working on the Norinco 1911A1s and that they're great slides and frames.

My question would be: I have a mint Norinco 1911A1 in stock configuration. Will Wilson Combat work on this pistol?

I am looking to get the following done:
#367FOR | Snag-Free Front Sight, Red Fiber Optic
#593 | Battlesight Rear Sight, Serrated Blade, Black
Checker Frontstrap, 30 LPI, High Cut
70 Series Complete Basic Reliability Package
Lower and Flare Back Ejection Port, 70 Series
Parkerize Complete Handgun, Includes De-Horn and Prep

The biggest reason I want to send it in is for a pair of better sights. Thank you, and I appreciate any help I can get.

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Old 04-20-2017, 12:33 PM
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Wilson Combat custom work to existing pistol question

I'm not trying to be funny or rude, but wouldn't Wilson Combat customer service be the best qualified to answer this question? Seems pretty straightforward...
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:34 PM
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It's best to call Wilson Combat directly. 1 (800) 955-4856
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:44 PM
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No, you guys are both right. I figured somebody may have already done this or Wilson Combat themselves would chime in.

I appreciate it. I'll drop them a line.

ETA: Just called and got off the phone with Kenny. The verdict is settled -- they won't work on the pistols because the steel is too hard. I told him jokingly, 'Are you sure it's not because it's blasphemy? I mean, we are talking about a Chinese 1911 here.' We had a good laugh.

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Old 04-20-2017, 01:41 PM
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You will have more $$$$ in the added custom work than you paid for the pistol.

I would just shoot it as is and save up for a second pistol.
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:43 PM
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You will have more $$$$ in the added custom work than you paid for the pistol.

I would just shoot it as is and save up for a second pistol.
I agree with this.
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:54 PM
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That's definitely true. I wanted to have a basic Norc with some enhancements, but if WC won't work on it, I might just buy a Dan Wesson instead.
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Old 04-20-2017, 04:23 PM
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That's definitely true. I wanted to have a basic Norc with some enhancements, but if WC won't work on it, I might just buy a Dan Wesson instead.
I had a Colt done up by Wilson about 4 years ago. Sadly, sold it off.

It sure was a looker and shooter.

With Colt prices so low these days, I wouldn't discard that option either. DW makes an awesome piece as well.
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:53 PM
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Some of the 1st pistols offered by Wilson were "tunned" Norincos

Oh how the times change
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:56 PM
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Some of the 1st pistols offered by Wilson were "tunned" Norincos

Oh how the times change

There was a time in this country when you couldn't get a quality base "70 Series" guns to do a nice custom job on. We built some customized Norincos.

There are much better base guns to build guns on now.
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:57 PM
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Some of the 1st pistols offered by Wilson were "tunned" Norincos

Oh how the times change
True, but it may not be Wilson that changed - it could be Norinco that changed....
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:57 PM
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There was a time in this country when you couldn't get a quality base "70 Series" guns to do a nice custom job on. We built some customized Norincos.

There are much better base guns to build guns on now.
Very true.........like a new Wilson for a stunning base
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:58 PM
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True, but it may not be Wilson that changed - it could be Norinco that changed....
No, Norincos always sucked.
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:59 PM
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Very true.........like a new Wilson for a stunning base
Or maybe a Springfield, Colt or Dan Wesson..
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Old 04-20-2017, 09:02 PM
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Norincos are too hard and their barrel/barrel fit is usually no good.
Wouldn't you want a pistol with tough steel for a base gun? Why put good money in a pistol with cheap forgings. What am I missing here?
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Old 04-21-2017, 05:47 AM
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Wouldn't you want a pistol with tough steel for a base gun? Why put good money in a pistol with cheap forgings. What am I missing here?
Seems to be just a mindset change. Great forgings, there are just better base guns available.
Why not start with the best base available?

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthr...hlight=norinco

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