9x19 Norinco "9x19 LY 92" box

Is Norinco still not allowed to import ammo and guns? May someone remind me Clinton Norinco ban story?



Nope, no PRC imports of guns or ammo. That 9mm is excellent shooting fodder, with Boxer primers, so get any you find. I can’t even begin to imagine how much was brought into the US when it was still legal, but you still find stocks of Chinese ammo at gun shows…about 20 years after it was last imported.

What was the story behind this bann?

China wanted “Most Favored Nation” trade status with the US to better facilitate their sales of products to the US. The Clinton administration traded that for the understanding that US Customs/ATF would no longer allow importation of firearms and ammo from them.

… for saving the US marked?

So, I assume that the Chinese Government is the only entity allowed to manufacture ammo in China. How come all the different factories have a different box look and a different wording on the boxes? Wasn’t there a unifying standard way to package ammo in China? Like German WWII boxes? Also the bottom box is actually a hunting soft nose type.


Vlad, same as in the USSR, commercial ammo box design varies.

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Alex, you are of course correct. I went to a small gun show deep very deep inside rural northern Pennsylvania, not much historic ammo stuff there, but what a beautiful country view!!! Judging by the political election posters on front lawns, Trump is going to have a landslide victory, at least in Pennsylvania. And then I drove back to work and became stupid, hence my question.