Chinese CQ M4 being sold in Canada

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Canadian gun dealers are importing the civilian version of the Norinco CQ 5.56mm Type A, a clone of the Colt M4. It pretty much a straight clone of the M4A1, complete with 14.5″ barrel, the biggest difference being that the civilian version that is being imported is semi-automatic only.

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The rifle seems to be well received by Canadian shooters, although the finish is said be be poor. Of the Norinco manufactured firearms I have seen, they tend to be poorly finished. The badly scratched finish can be seen in this photo:

This video shows the firearm being used (iron sights and Magpul stock has been installed): are selling it for C$899.00, which seems like a good price for a M4 clone, although I am not sure what M4 AR-15s normally sell for in Canada. Canada is likely the only country where it is being sold to civilians.

Thanks to Dennis for information about the rifle.

Steve Johnson
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  • Amaso Amaso on Dec 03, 2013

    Americans pay the additional $1000-$2000 for the finishing, that's the only diff. The US banning of Norinco is simply to prevent US gun manufacturers from bankruptcy and brainwashed their citizens to believe their guns are worth every penny when they are simply way overpriced.

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    • John John on Sep 06, 2014

      @amaso You forgot about when Norinco tried to sell LA gangs tanks and MANPADS.

      Regardless, the price of good, plain jane ARs has dramatically fallen and is cheaper than this (Even BCMs)

  • Belac Belac on Jun 11, 2014

    They retail for 550-600$ now :p