This is a .410 Gauge shotgun, known as the SKELETON, however, the official FIE model name was the CBC Model SB series single-shot shotgun. The stock and receiver are made out of cast iron and are a single shot. I've never seen a perfect one so this one isn't either but it is in good shape for its age. (see the pictures) This one is in good shape showing only minor paint loss on the barrel. yes, they were painted.
The company that import these was the Firearms Import and Export Corporation (FIE) based in Hialeah, Florida. I would like to tell you that they are high-quality firearms but I can't because they were just cheap imports with limited quality control. However, they work and are hard to find these days. This one and another one I have for sale, in .22 caliber, have been on my wall as a weird kind of art for many years. They are so different they take on the mystique of, maybe a 1959 Edsel or an old Studebaker, they are so weird they actually look good. They might look good on the wall in your shop or man cave?
Firearms Import and Export Corp. (FIE), also known as "Firearms Import Export", "FIE Miami", "F.I.E." or simply "FIE", was an American firearms importer located in Hialeah, Florida (just outside of Miami). The company filed for bankruptcy in November of 1990. All models were discontinued.
As their name might suggest, they did not manufacture any of their own guns but rather sourced them from a number of firearm manufacturers from around the world. Those manufacturers included:
Tanfoglio of Italy,
Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos (CBC) of Brazil,
and a number of others.
List of Models
CBC Model SB series single-shot shotguns (12 Gauge, 20 Gauge, .410 Bore etc).
FIE Cowboy, a .22 rimfire single-action revolver,
FIE Titan pistol (a re-branded Tanfoglio GT27), manufactured by Tanfoglio of Italy, and imported/assembled by Firearms Import and Export Corp. These employed a cheap Zamak alloy frame (instead of Tanfoglio's original steel frame) to get around the Gun Control Act of 1968, which heavily restricted the importation of foreign compact handguns.