Since its commercial introduction in 1964, the .223 Remington has become one of the most popular centrefire cartridges ever, and all types of rifles have been chambered for it. The latest offering is a budget-priced JW-105 boltaction from Norinco.
NORINCO HAS BEEN offering the sportsman a line of bargain-priced rimfire rifles for a long time, but now they’ve introduced a centrefire rifle chambered for the .223 Remington cartridge. The rifle has a slim, classicstyled stock made from some kind of hardwood finished to look like walnut. It is well-shaped with a high, straight comb, generous cheekpiece, rounded fore-end and gently curved pistol grip. Stock furniture includes a hard plastic buttplate, but no grip cap. Coarse checkering on grip and fore-end is hand-cut in a point pattern and is functional rather than decorative. A crossbolt through the stock in front of the magazine mortise holds in place a steel plate which bears against the rear face of the recoil lug. This is a novel idea. Sling swivel studs are fitted. Machined inletting is fairly tidy and the barrel channel was free floated from the receiver ring forward.
Perhaps, because Norinco was experiencing success with its rimfire sporters, they designed and built their new centrefire rifle along the same lines. Essentially, it is what appears to be a longer and beefed-up version of their rimfire action which in turn was scared out of
the bushes by the old Brno Model 2.
The receiver is 205mm long and appears to have been fabricated from a piece of seamless steel tubing. An ejection port some 64mm long and 12.50mm wide is machined out of the right side.