Noricon Type 54 and Type 54-1 pistols
I recently came across a pair of these pistols, both in 7.62x25, one marked "Type 54" and the other marked "Type 54-1". Both say "made in China by Norinco" on the left side of the slide and they both look like newer imported pistols, not war "bring backs". The 54-1 has import markings of "CSI ONT CA" on the right hand side of the slide, but the straight 54 has no import markings at all on it, on the right side of the slide, or anywhere else I could see. Both have the safety at the rear left of the receiver. Wondering if someone can explain this a bit? Is the Type 54 without the import markings just a "mistake", i.e. likely was an import that just for some reason missed out on getting stamped with the import markings? Any real differences between these two models?
(Sorry, typed too fast, and can't edit the title..... obviously, it is supposed to be Norinco!)
Chinese copies of Russian Tokarevs. Started as a T-51.
No markings may mean it was imported before US legislation required it. Maybe a war prize from Vietnam or Korea?
Nice wiki article on them. Sounds like 51 had some Russian components, and 54 is all Chinese. 54-1 may be an export model.
Nope, looks too new to be a war bring back. The finish is almost new looking.
Was Norinco going to start manufacturing here in the US?
I believe most of their import guns are blocked.