Are they crap,good,great, a POS? I just want to know a guy that I have known for years said he would sell me his for $300 bucks. I personally dont think thats bad even it isnt the most accurate thing in the world.
Now if we want to talk about relative hardness of steels, Norincos are made from a different steel formulation than Colts are. Comparing Rockwell hardnesses really won't tell you much, but as a general observation, on average the Norincos are at least 30% harder on the surface than most other 1911's, including the Colt. This does not mean they are more brittle - it means that the alloy used to Make the Norincos (5100 tool steel*) results in a much harder surface when heat treated than does the Colt alloy (4140 Ordnance grade tool steel*).
*Although the exact alloy formulations are "industrial secrets", destructive testing done in the USA by the DCM (circa 1997) determined that Colt uses 4140 and the Chinese formulation used in 1911's and M14S receivers is an exact match to AISI 5100 series steel.
The same is also true (or at least was at one time) of the Polytech M-14's with Fulton Armory doing the work. They build a lot of those super-fancy M-1's and M-14's that cost many thousands of bucks and the Polytech receivers are some of the ones they list that they'll build on.bubbat said:Norinco's one of the few "low priced" gun Wilson will customize.