April 21, 2011, 02:45 AM
I will admit I am a movie nerd. I like having items from movies, and I am a filmmaker as well. All of my firearms have either been used in a film or are written into a film that's in pre production. I get use out of em.
Anyway, I've been looking for a .38 Sp or .357 Mag revolver for a good price. The FIE Titan is definitely cheap, but it's also the gun that was used primarily throughout one of my favorite films. For $170, should I snag it?
April 21, 2011, 05:58 AM
I don't have a clue as to good answer, but I do own one.. more or less
Imported by FIE back when, made by INA (Brazil), a maker of arms for the military, with ambitions of competing with Taurus and Rossi. They apparently introduced a bunch of cheap, poorly made 38s to the South American civilian market in pursuit of same, and FIE imported some. Logo on frame is a leaping jaguar, i.e., "Tigre".
Since I do own one (sort of), have Googled for "INA" a couple of times, but with little success. Some few pictures so found were not impressive, 38s that looked of same quality of the infamous "RG" flavor, with comments to match.
INA Tigre, ours is a quite nice blued 32 S&W snubbie six shooter, slightly smaller in size than J-frame. Nice fit and finish, fair SA trigger, pretty decent DA trigger (better than many of today's economy class small frames), good snubbie class accuracy, 100% reliable. Bought it from wife of LGS owner; she herself had used it in some in bullseye casual class competition. It was (and still is) a good shooter, very well suited to small hands. It was milady's 1st CCW piece, early in her journey to 357. She liked it a lot, it was a great little transition gun. if not for the limitations of 32 S&W/32 S&W long, it would be a mightily tempting little carry piece still.
I did at least once find a good web picture of same gun, pretty little thing, but a 38+p/357 it ain't of course.
so... really dunno the overall score on these low end price class INA/FIE revolvers.
They apparently made a lot of junk, but somewhere along the line, made some pretty decent guns as well... never found a wealth of info on 'em.
Planning on introducing a young lady in our family to that little 32 someday real soon though.
$170 bucks is pretty much Heritage Rough Rider SA rimfire class pricing, so you probably ought not expect greatness, but it will probably fire, and $170 doesn't buy a whole lot of anything these days. If it serves your movie buff interests, that's probably reason enough.
well lookee here - google found a youtube - the INA 32 S&W I referred to, that's it, sure enough (not mine, but exact same)
April 21, 2011, 12:31 PM
Thanks for the info. For $199, I can hold out for another J&G Model 10 sale, or for $250 I can snag a Taurus, which has a lifetime warranty. Still trying to decide which I should go with.
April 21, 2011, 06:43 PM
I believe this is the kind of gun that comes to mind when you here the phrase "Saturday Night Special".
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