RANGE REVIEW - NP22
As most of us already know, NP 22 is a Sig P226 clone exported by Norinco (not manufactured by Norinco).
Itís available in the market in 38 k to 43k. Another Chinese variant of Sig P226 clone is HP 77B which is more or less similar to NP22 except it has slightly more weight. NP22 has an alloy frame and steel slide whereas HP77B has a steel frame & slide.
This is an NIB NP22. Comes in plastic box, grease packed. Includes two magazines.
NIB uncleaned NP22. Accessories include a cleaning rod, a cleaning pin and two spare springs (slide catch lever spring and trigger bar spring)
Here are the specs
Model - Norinco NP22
Caliber - 9x19 Para
Barrel Length - 112 mm
Overall Length - 196 mm
Height - 140 mm
Width - 37 mm
Weight w/o mag- 780 gm
Weight with mag- 875 gm
Trigger pull DA - 6-7.5 daN
Trigger pull SA - 2-3 daN
After cleaning, this is how NP22 looked like (much prettier I believe, matching the background :))
NP22 disassembled............ Assembly and disassembly of NP22 is a simple affair, nothing complicated about it. Please note that the barrel of NP22 is not chrome plated from outside, though its chrome plated from inside. The machining and finish of handgun parts is of average quality, rather crude in case of some of the parts. But this is something akin to all Chinese handguns.
I have so far fired 150 rounds with this NP22 and another above 400 rounds with 3 other NP22s belonging to my friends. Itís a fairly accurate handgun. The pics that you see below are the best fire from this gun. On all other occasions, NP22 could not produce that good a result. Distance, ammo and other details are given on every target sheet. On all occasions, I fired with both hands in standing position. Here are some of the results.......
These are the first 20 bullets fired from NIB NP22. The accuracy, as you can see, is pretty ok. Except two bullets, remaining 18 bullets making a group of 5.5 inches. The score was 159/200 (79.5%). One bullet in 10, nine in 9, four in 8, three in 7, two in 6 and one in 3 (which is obviously my fault).
Fired 20 bullets in four sets of 5 each. The fire was pretty accurate and I scored 181 / 200 (90.50 %) which is a good score from any handgun.
Fired 40 bullets in eight sets of 5 each. Scored 335/400 (83.75%) which, keeping in mind the number of bullets, is not a bad fire at all. You can see the bullets literally pulverizing the bull and #9 circle. The problem is that I have fired a lot with this handgun afterwards and have never been able to achieve such good results. All other results have been fairly good but nowhere close to these three occasions. (Probably I was in good form that day) :)
To check long range accuracy of the handgun, fired 10 bullets from 40 meters. 8 bullets hit the 12.5 inches target, 2 bullets missed the target. Out of 8 bullets, 7 were on the right side and 1 on the left (which was firers fault). Just to check, fired 10 bullets on the same target from Taurus PT99 and it did well, scoring 79/100 from 40 meters (PT99 bullets are encircled in black and NP22 bullets are encircled in red. From long distance, NP22 displayed just reasonable accuracy. You can see it for yourself :)
- Not even a single stoppage in 150 rounds. A reliable gun.
- The gun is fairly accurate under normal coditions. However, accuracy is affected at longer ranges.
- Trigger is mediocre, has some play and breaks off inconsistently at times. There is surely room for further improvement.
- Reasonably good grip.
- Broad Glock like night sights.
- Strong frame and rugged body parts. A gun designed to last for a reasonably good time.
- The finish of the gun is ok. There is however room for improvement.
- The magazine is well built and easily slides into the gun (unlike CF 98).
- Not a suitable gun for CC during summers. However, can be carried on person during winters.
Overall, I would rate it as a reliable and fairly accurate gun in this price range. HP77B which is an almost identical handgun from China costs less nowadays and offers almost the same quality (so its a good buy nowadays). If one likes Sig P226 shape and is looking for balance of quality, reliability, accuracy and price, NP22 is one of the better options. The fact that its the official sidearm of Pakistan Army also adds to its valuue. Happy reading. :)