This morning when I unwrapped a gift from my wife it was exactly what I expected. A friend inherited two NIB Norinco 1911A1s along with a number of other guns back in March. He determined that there were 11 he was going to sell. He showed me his list first. On the list were the two Norincos. I checked them out and told him I wanted them. At the time I could not afford them, but he had told me he would hold them for me. We things didn't play out quit like I wanted them to and I didn't seem to be able to get the money together. So back in October I told my wife I wanted one for Christmas and one for my birthday which comes in January. She negotiated with my friend and today I got the first installment.
This is a photo of both that I took back when he first showed them to me. The one on the left is the one I got today.
This is what it looked like when I got it today.
Notice I've already added a Wilson Combat mag. Some of you may remember back in February CopperKnight posted a thread First attempt at making grips. In that thread I told him that should he make some more I would be interested in getting a set for my Springfield. On 12/12 I got a PM from him saying that if I was still interested he had a set of grips made from a block of Madrone wood for my Springer. I responded that he wasn't going to believe the situation. I had sold the Springer, but that I would soon be coming into possession of two Norincos. He responded that he had used a Norinco for the frame to fit the grips to. He offered to send the grips for me to examine to decide if I wanted them.
I got the grips last Friday and knew immediately that I would keep the grips. I told John (CopperKnight) that I would be posting photos of my Norinco with his grips on Christmas night and be singing his praises. If you have seen the thread with a set of his grips on a derringer you know he has improved since his first set. Well, I expect that after you set my set he will get more requests for grips. I told him that I could foresee a way for him to make some additional gun money by making this kind of grip. So without further here are photos of the Norinco with CopperKnight Custom Grips of Madrone wood.
It is my intention to keep one of the Norincos pretty much in original condition and to work the other into more of a custom gun. I plan to change the trigger, beaver tail, hammer, and add an extended thumb safety. I don't know yet about changing the sights. Oh, I plan to put some custom grips on too.
I'll probably get to shoot this first Norinco this week and will post a range report then.