It is my understanding that the Norinco supply of 1887s has pretty much dried up from the earlier lot BUT that there is someone else importing another 1887 clone. IAC I believe.
But this is the guy you should be asking is Coyote Cap (Jr). I happened across that chap at a 'shooters fest' and he is a few hours south of me. Well, he is one of the most respected gunsmiths for long guns in cowboy action shooting, and if there is anyone who knows 1887s and what can be done to them, he is your man.
See Coyote Cap (Sr) was a bronc busting cowboy on the rodeo circuit until he finally had some sense bucked into him, and then turned to gunsmithing. American Gunsmith's Guild voted him 'top 10' gunsmith in the USA, and he passed his skills on down to his son, and grandson.
What's more, Coyote Cap has been to to the Norinco plant making 1887s numerous times and got them to change some stuff for the better. Thing is, what they are really making is a Winchester 1901 clone but in 12 gauge (1901 was an improved 1887 made to handle smokeless powder but was available in 10 gauge only) but the 1901 has been improved even further, and can digest 2 3/4th magnum rounds. as well
Coyote Cap also was concerned about a 'made in china' gun...both in quality (which is why he went) and his concern for the American Worker
Here are some important facts you need to know - - These new 1887 lever action shotguns and M-93/97 pump shotguns, are NOT all Chinese made. A lot of American workers went back to work, making parts for these shotguns.http://www.coyotecap.com/index1.htmhttp://www.coyotecap.com/mod__87_wcse2.htm
The American Walnut stocks for all of the Chinese I.A.C. shotguns are coming from Missouri (about 35,000 were sent to China).
A large shipment of Pachmayr "Sporting Clays" recoil pads were sent to China to be installed on "Special Edition" models.
All of the "Win-Choke", choke tubes are a contract we have with Tru-Lock Corporation of Georgia. and each choke tube is laser engraved to depict each as a "Commemorative".
Manson Corp has supplied us with several complete sets of choke tube reamers and taps, chambering reamers and forcing cone reamers that were also sent to China.
All of the chambers in these shotguns are being cut with American made chambering reamers and forcing cone cutters.
The lettering and stamping tools were Made in America
Even the #4 large brass front sight beads are American Made
A huge shipment of Birchwood Casey Walnut stock stain and finish in 55 gal drums went to China for our shotguns.
Because the Chinese ship (5) guns to each box, we needed individual shipping boxes, which meant ordering boxes for all three models, the 99 doubles, the 97 pumps and now the 87 lever actions. I don't have the figures for all three shotgun models, however, there are pallets of American made shipping boxes being used for each shotgun to go to it's new owner
When you get right down to figuring out where all the money is going for these Chinese shotguns, we are putting a huge number of Americans to work - - from the UPS to Fed-Ex drivers and the postal office workers, Gun Dealers, Distributors, Ammo manufactures, printers and copiers, magazine editors and even the telephone and cell phone companies are making money.
When I was asked to go to China to sort out some problems, as a Viet-Nam Veteran, I had a real problem in that, and for more than two years I refused to go over there (for any reason).
After some hard thinking and serious questions to our Lord and maker, I was given the insight (vision actually) to pursue this project and put people to work, both here and in China.
I feel good about it !
You can get one that has had the 5 hour action job or a much more basic 'straight from the factory, just quality checked' for $450
December 2010 - - - - NEWS FLASH - - - - 2010 model IAC shotguns are now in stock. http://www.coyotecap.com/index.html
The majority of these guns are manufactured at the new plant in China, using CNC milling machinery, and the results can readily be seen in "out-of-the-box" smoothness and quality
These guns are the very latest in design, incorporating all of the M-93/97 upgrades, to include coil spring operation of the left extractors and serious attention to detail in the areas of fit and finish of the American Walnut and closeness of tolerances to the action.
These guns are so good, that we noticed each gun only needs slight tuning of the factory settings and they DON'T NEED AN EXPENSIVE ACTION JOB !!
Total capacity of the pumps and lever actions, is (7) rounds.
THIS IS OUR PRESENT INVENTORY
I.A.C. M-97w-20-tg "Trench Guns" - - - - - - $600.00
I.A.C. M-97w-20-st "Standard models" - - - $550.00
I.A.C. M-97w-20-pc "Period Correct" - - - - $600.00
I.A.C. M-93w-20-rg "Riot Gun Model"- - - - $550.00
I.A.C. M-93/97w-20 "Standard Model" - - - $550.00
I.A.C. M-87w-20-st "Standard Model" - - - $650.00
I.A.C. M-01w-20-pt "1901 Prototypes" - - - $1,500.00 (hand built 12ga.)
I.A.C. M-99w-20-cg "1887 Coachguns" - - $450.00
Coyote Cap M-93/97wcse-18, "Competition" $700.00
Coyote Cap M-87wse-20 "Commemorative" $700.00
NOTE: these prices are a departure from other prices posted in this site.
I know he or his guys are checking every gun that comes in, because frankly, the chinese manufacturers tend to Frak stuff up and not follow instructions. They even put the cosmetic leather strap that was to act as a 'finger pillow' on wrong in such a way that the dangly bits were getting caught in the action. http://www.coyotecap.com/gunsmithingsimplified.htm
The one thing I have to say about this is...this makes me think of all the OTHER guns (or anything) being made in china where the big corporation is NOT checking and finding the myrid of mistakes being made and slightly out of spec parts etc etc.