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Old November 2, 2000, 12:41 PM   #1
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A friend of mine, who's not online, asked me to check out a gun he bought. It's made by FIE and looks like a Colt Single-Action revolver. Can anybody tell me more about this company?
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Old November 2, 2000, 01:20 PM   #2
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Icopy, As far as I know FIE stood for Firearms Import Export and were based in Florida. They have been out of business for a while now. I believe I heard that EAA had taken over their business but I am not sure. You might try contacting them for more imformation on the gun in question, but I know they have a Colt copy known as the Bounty Hunter. Hope this helps. Good luck and keep shooting for the 10 ring.

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Old November 2, 2000, 05:09 PM   #3
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F.I.E. was in deed Firearms Import and Export and located in Miami, FL.
They were known for their inexpensive price and inferior quality.
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Old November 2, 2000, 05:45 PM   #4
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A friend of mine had an FIE in .22lr. He couldn't hit the side of a barn if he put the end of the barrel right up against it. Not very good on accuracy and they tend to keyhole alot. I've only fired one (the .22) and the target I was using was used again.. due to no holes were in it.

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Old November 2, 2000, 06:48 PM   #5
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My TZ-75, one of the first CZ-75 clones, is an FIE gun. The entire gun was manufactured by Tanfoglio, the same maker of the other CZ clones (at least the frames). It is very rough, a lot of mill marks and burrs on the inside, but it will shoot as well as my other guns that cost 2-3 time as much. The barrel and slide are solid when locked up. FIE did bring in a bunch of low cost, low quality guns but occasionally a few (very few) of them really worked and worked well.

As I recall, Some of the people from FIE when they were folding helped mold EAA.

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Old November 2, 2000, 06:50 PM   #6
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I have an FIE Tex 22 w/ 22lr and 22mag cylinders that is a SA copy.

I bought it new for about $50 a few decades ago. It has performed flawlessly through 1000's of rounds and much abuse. I long ago lost count of how many new shooter got their start with this gun. Accuracy is OK with mine.

Here is a pic of it and a little chrono data.

Certainly not the crown jewel of my gun safe, but good for what it is, an inexpensive plinker.

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Old April 30, 2011, 01:58 AM   #7
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I have an old single shot 12ga made by the same company, and i couldnt ask for a better gun. its won at many of turkey shoots. ive always wondered exactly where it came from as far as production, and my understanding of one site i looked at, they are pretty much brazilian made remingtons. but wether its worth $1 or $1000 dollars, i wouldnt trade it for anything in the world.
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Old April 30, 2011, 02:14 AM   #8
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Model number? Caliber?

Might help a little. Just saying.
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Old April 30, 2011, 02:55 AM   #9
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The thing about FIE is, they were an importer. Some were good, some were bad, most were made in different places. So it's hard to ask "are FIE guns any good?" They tended to be lower in price but that doesn't necessarily mean a rotten gun.

The country of origin will be marked. It will most likely be German, and the German SA wheelguns of the '60s and '70s were mostly pretty decent. That whole business moved to Italy later, and the Ubertis and Piettas of today are mostly better than the old German stuff but in some cases, not by a lot.

Anyways. A German FIE was probably a JP Sauer and Sons gun, which were fair to good. It *might* be a Rohm, but believe it or not the Rohm single actions were better than the horrible double actions that just blew chunks.

Still not "heirlooms" but fair if you want a plinker/practice rimfire gun.
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..... and this is a 10+ year old thread.
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Old April 30, 2011, 03:40 AM   #11
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