Offer them $500 for the Norinco. It is a better frame, slide barrel as long as the locking lugs look good. The Norinco is a much better base gun due to these characteristics. These guns will not go down in value they might even go up a little.
Nothing wrong with the RIA it is a good basic 1911 but it is built to hit a price point and not much more. It will lose value as soon as you fire it. I see them selling used in the sub $400 range all the time.
If I were considering one for a duty gun I would get the Nork. Shoot a 1000 rounds get comfortable with it and then send it out for a bit or tasteful custom work to make it a 1 of a kind.
With the cost of 45 ACP ammo these days the initial cost of the gun is the least of your worries... LOL
-Fast is fine, but accurate is final. The trick is learning to take your time when you're in a hurry." -Wyatt Earp
-Its a tool box... I don't care you put the tools in for the job that's all... -Sam from Ronin
-It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. -Aristotle
-Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.-Frank Zappa
Last edited by WVsig; September 6, 2013 at 05:18 PM.