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Old 04-30-2012, 04:00 AM   #11
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I recommend getting it thoroughly checked by a competent gunsmith, i was gentle with mine, picked it up out of the padded case one brisk morning to load it when it broke.

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Old 04-30-2012, 09:51 AM   #12
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Is it a good gun?

Welllllll.................

I try never to bash someone else's gun, but there is a class of firearms that are best suited for paperweights and shadow boxes. They usually have RG or FIE on them.

Many of these guns had a frame made of "pot metal", a zinc alloy. With a low melting point of 786 °F, zinc is often alloyed with other metals including lead, tin, aluminium and copper. This was melted, poured into a mold, and barrels usually had a thin steel liner.

The 1968 Gun Control Act banned import of certain guns (Saturday Night Special was the term) that, among other things had a low melting point. Many of these were made in West Germany, and after 1968, became blank pistols.

Many of these become unsafe to shoot due to timing problems, or simply break.

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FIE was an importer of firearms and imported firearms from around the world. some were as C3 put, better used for paperweights, but some were actually pretty decent firearms. my father has an old SxS 410 shotgun, imported by FIE in the late 60's, made by a company called Felix Sarasqueta in Spain and they are actually pretty well made shotguns. some are junk and some are really decent firearms. judge them accordingly and not just by the fact they were imported.

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