Plz help identify this revolver

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Mcbrad86, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. Mcbrad86

    Mcbrad86 New Member

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    I recently acquired a cheap little snub nose revolver and have looked everywhere online to try and find out exactly what it is but I haven't found an exact match. It says on the barrel "standard" cal .38 spl F.I.E Miami FL. Serial number ST04996. The Titan tiger is the closest match I've found but mine doesn't have a swing out cylinder. You have to remove the entire cylinder to reload. I know it's not worth anything I'd just like to know exactly what I have. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Sorry cant post a pic right now but I will try to get one up later if that will help.
     
  2. bearrwe

    bearrwe New Member

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    F.I.E. Standard I believe.
     

  3. bearrwe

    bearrwe New Member

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    Just search FIE 38spl Standard on google images.
     
  4. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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  5. Mcbrad86

    Mcbrad86 New Member

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    That would be it. Thanks.
     
  6. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Question is: is it a good gun?
     
  7. phildenton

    phildenton New Member

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    Doubtfull, probably cheap pot metal. I had an fie imported 22 lr saa clone, and the top strap broke, gun wasnt even loaded. I repeat it most likely not safe
     
  8. Mcbrad86

    Mcbrad86 New Member

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    Actually it shoots just fine. Excellent for a cheap little snub.
     
  9. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Classic Saturday Night Special. They were used a lot as a throw away.
     
  10. phildenton

    phildenton New Member

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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.
     
  11. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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.
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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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.