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Old 01-18-2009, 01:53 PM
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Norinco, Taurus, other?

I'd like to get a relatively inexpensive 1911 and do absolutely nothing to it. If Norincos were still available for their once low prices, I'd go that route. What can you tell me about the Taurus 1911's?

Firing pin block? If so, Swartz style or Series 80 style, or something different?

Any keyed lock on them?

Reliability?

Durability?

Anything else you believe is noteworthy?
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Old 01-18-2009, 03:44 PM
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I love my Taurus. Look in my sig for my only mods. The internal mods came to a total of $30 something dollars. And the grips are just personal feel. The guide rod was not a have to have but it's something I wanted since mine is my daily carry weapon.

You could easily get by with a set of Chip McCormick mags and a stock Taurus and 90% of people are happy with the setup and would never have any issue shooting anything.

I stick to Hornady TAP rounds for hollows because the mouth on them is smaller and less chance for hang up but if you're a ball shooter just get the Winchester 230grain and you'll never have a hick up.

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Old 01-18-2009, 03:47 PM
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If it was my money...I'd go with the Rock Island GI or Tactical.
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Old 01-18-2009, 03:49 PM
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I'd like to get a relatively inexpensive 1911 and do absolutely nothing to it.
I guess "absolutely nothing" means:
  1. No sight changes
  2. No Mag Changes
  3. No modifications to safeties or lock lever

Right? Otherwise, I might stay clear of the Taurus as you may need (want) to modify the ambi at some point and you might want to switch magazines. There is some argument for a little fitting on the slide lock as well.

Then there is RIA going for around $375 but you will probably want to change mags on that one at some point too (although lately their fit is pretty nice...just an observation)

If you did not want to modify sights (bigger ones) I can't offer the Springfield GI WWII, which is still selling for the relatively low $440 around here.

Not that Taurus is bad, just some thoughts.
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:08 PM
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I'm okay with changing mags - I don't really consider that a change, although I guess it is. I like to have at least a couple of extra mags for any gun, so I'd likely be buying some regardless of what make I get.

Does the Rock Island have a Swartz type firing pin block?
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:13 PM
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I'm okay with changing mags - I don't really consider that a change, although I guess it is. I like to have at least a couple of extra mags for any gun, so I'd likely be buying some regardless of what make I get.

Does the Rock Island have a Swartz type firing pin block?
Nope.

It's a Series 70 clone, with a few upgrades such as a beveled mag well, lowered and flared ejection port, and a flat mainspring housing.
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:28 PM
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What is their reputation? Are they widely considered a good value? I may have to get one just because of the price. I remember Norinco wasn't originally regarded very well, now a log of people wish they'd gotten one when they could.
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Old 01-19-2009, 04:25 AM
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If you can wait keep looking for an Norinco. Made of good steel and I have yet failed to see one work.
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Old 01-20-2009, 04:46 PM
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If you can wait keep looking for an Norinco. Made of good steel and I have yet failed to see one work.
I love my Norinco. Mine has been fully customized, even before that it was a great shooter and is Great know.
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Old 01-20-2009, 07:24 PM
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pt1911 my vote...
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Old 01-21-2009, 03:01 PM
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The only thing I've changed with my Kahr-built Auto-Ordnance is the grips and new mags. Although in all fairness, the factory mag worked fine, just didn't "look" very refined.
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Old 01-21-2009, 03:22 PM
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I'd like to get a relatively inexpensive 1911 and do absolutely nothing to it.
Get an RIA Tactical. Absolutely reliable and the tactical comes with the upgraded sights. Might be tough to get though. They sell out quick. The word is out and the price is starting to rise. I have 2 RIAs, a full size GI and a compact GI, and swear by them. www.centerfiresystems.com had a few last I looked. Or you can look on Gunbroker.com for Bellshire. They had them last I looked
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:53 PM
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Get the Norc, here is mine...



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Old 01-27-2009, 09:54 PM
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But if you don't like to modify it, maybe you should consider an STI Spartan.
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:18 AM
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That is a really nice Norinco. I have one as well.
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Old 01-28-2009, 02:44 PM
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Another vote for Norinco here..... great guns and they make a perfect base gun just in case you change your mind.
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Old 01-28-2009, 02:52 PM
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My Vote is with the Taurus... 2,000+ rounds and as tough as nails!






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Old 01-28-2009, 05:29 PM
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If it was my money...I'd go with the Rock Island GI or Tactical.
+1,000! RIA makes a great gun. They price is a bonus. I've had a PT1911, and a Norinco. I liked both, but came out on the better end by trading both off. Put it this way. I've got 3 RIA's. I never went and got another PT or Norinco. Not that if the right deal came along I wouldn't, I've just been very pleased with the RIA's when it comes to the "cheaper" 1911's.
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:31 PM
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My Vote is with the Taurus... 2,000+ rounds and as tough as nails!






That is a very sharp looking PT1911.
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:34 PM
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Get the Norc, here is mine...



Very sharp indeed! Did you do something to the slide? Something just looks different to me about that Norinco.
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