View Full Version : Norinco 98 I thought we couldn't get these??

12-06-2005, 8:24 AM
I picked up a couple of Norinco 98 (remington 870 copy) shotguns yesterday. They are complete with ghost rings sights, extended mag tube , sythetic stock etc. After taking them apart, One had a chrome lined bore and one didn't . Nicely finished for a Chinese made gun. I paid $165.00 ea new in box.
I thought that there was an import ban on Chinese made firearms? Why are these showing up. Technical Ted you should know this one;)
Is there hope of the Norinco 305 (m14s) rifles coming back???


12-06-2005, 10:57 AM
Was it the Big 5 ones they were selling 2 years back? Mine is exactly like your's, minus the chrome-lining. I put oh... 2k rounds through it without cleaning and it still works!

12-06-2005, 11:03 AM
aren't Norinco's made in china, and imported by a Canadian company???

12-06-2005, 6:49 PM
I picked these up at big five. I cannot imagine that they were sitting on the shelves for two years though. Shipping tag on box was dated Jan 05 from Los Angeles. I am under the impression that the Chinese ban was still in effect.
Anybody have any ideas?????


12-07-2005, 10:47 PM
the ban doesn't apply to shotguns

where'd you get'em? Trying to catch one at Big5 has been tough

12-08-2005, 10:31 AM
I bought them at big 5 in Redding (Way northern ca.) I asked the manager yesterday about getting more and was told that these were returns that were sent out for repairs. Seems one had a broken /damaged rear sight and the other had a stuck safety. They were just returned after being repaired. Took 10 months to get fixed I guess. They said that none were in the system for future sales as far as he knew.

Nice guns for the money,


Mssr. Eleganté
12-08-2005, 8:44 PM
It's true that both the 1989 "non-sporting" import ban and the 1994 ban on Chinese arms imports don't apply to "non-combat" shotguns, but for the last two years there has been a separate import ban on any products made by Norinco.

The 2003 Norinco ban finally ended in May of 2005, so more of these shotguns are probably already in the pipeline.

12-09-2005, 7:35 AM
That sounds great, I am all for affordable decent firearms. Lets hope that the Norinco 305 (M14S) returns. They are a great source of receivers for custom builds. They are being sold in Canada for about $350.00 U.S. at that price I would buy a dozen.


12-09-2005, 5:11 PM
Actuallt fella's... the ban on Norinco products as just expired this past September. I believe it's legal to import them now. Am I wrong? Hope not! If so... I apologize.

12-09-2005, 5:44 PM
I sure hope that is true. I would love to import a dozen of the M305 rifles!!!


Mssr. Eleganté
12-09-2005, 11:03 PM
Unfortunately the Norinco M14 clones are still banned under the 1994 executive order that bans all imports of "munitions" from China.

Only "non-combat" shotguns and black powder guns can be imported from China these days. You can probably expect to see more of their Winchester 1897, Remington 870 and Ithaca 37 copies back at Big 5 soon.

I wonder if they kept making these shotguns during the two year Norinco ban. The ban has been over for 7 months now so you'd think the ships would have already docked and been unloaded. Maybe Norinco has to fire up the assembly lines or retool them from making AK47's for Iraqi insurgents.

12-09-2005, 11:42 PM
He he, a cheap 1897 is within reach