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Norinco M14 Clone

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by RevJames, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. RevJames

    RevJames Monkey+

    Question from a first timer....

    I don't know about in the US but here in Canada we can buy a chinese made clone of the m14 ( limited to a five round magazine ) [dunno]

    Anyway, my question is, I've cleaned the cosmoline off the metal and now it just looks grey...is that normal?

    Any thing I should be aware of pertaining to this firearm?

    Bought through the mail so there wasn't an opportunity to ask questions...
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

  3. slug36

    slug36 mil surplus junkie

    the grey on the metal is probably parkerizing.
  4. Hispeedal2

    Hispeedal2 Nay Sayer

    The gray is certainly parkerizing.

    The Chicoms actually have a closer spec receiver than the SAI M1As. They are actually forged (not cast like SAI) like the M14.

    There were some issues with soft bolts at one time. I think that was a long time ago. At the price you can get one in Canada, they are a steal.

    Go here:


    The Chinese are pretty good at reverse engineering.
  5. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    Usually the Chicom have a slightly larger gas cylinder requiring an oversized piston and oversized gas cylinder wrench. Not a problem as long as you are aware of the differences. We (Sadlak Industries) make oversized pistons and wrenches just for this purpose. As most of you know, a manganese phosphate finish has the possibility of resulting in variations of color depending of the raw metal prep as well as the solution and temperature during the process.
  6. myriflemylife

    myriflemylife Monkey+

    if you mean the surface of the metal, yes, it's normal, all 5 of norinco M14 I saw are gray, parkerizing I thingk.
  7. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I had one ten years ago. Never shot it, then sold it to someone that wanted it badly enough for me to make a good profit on it. One of my few regrets, should have kept it.
  8. XR750

    XR750 Monkey+

    Can they be purchased in the states
  9. CrufflerJJ

    CrufflerJJ Monkey+

    Yes, but you've got to find one that was brought into the country years ago before Chinese imports were banned (??early 1990s??). I believe the designation for these is the M14S.

    Check GunBroker or AuctionArms, or just keep an eye open at your local gun shows.
  10. Tommy Jefferson

    Tommy Jefferson Monkey+

    Cool! I didn't even know these things existed.
  11. XR750

    XR750 Monkey+

    Thanks for the info Cruffler.
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