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I have recently acquired a single shot 12 guage, 2 3/4" full that belonged to my grandfather and was trying to get appox age on it.

Made in Brazil
Brasileira De Cartuchos
S.Andre' - Est. S.Paulo

Firearms Import and Export
Miami, Fl

Model #SB - Serial #363273

Any help would be appreciated.
Bob

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Hello Bob Inman.
  F.I.E. company was an import agency for many foreign manufactured firearms for many years. Some say it goes back as far as 1926. But your shotgun is not one of those. The SB was manufactured by the Brazil Cartridge Company after 1968. This company sold to C.B.C. in early 1990's. I hope this helps. Charles Gage  

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I can answer questions dealing with firearms and their development due to western expansion. I can answer most questions about any firearms of the world manufactured after the Civil War(1868 - present. I can offer safety warnings about these. I can offer opinions and the reasons behind these. I can also answer questions about Iver Johnson firearms. I can identify by pictures most firearms. If your question involves a firearm you have access to, please include a good quality photo with your question.

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I have been at the study of firearms and their use since my first issue of Field and Stream in 1962.At that time I was completely devoted to rifles, but over the years I have experienced the thrill of the hunt with handguns, shotguns and of course rifles. I moved from Oklahoma to New Mexico in 1972 and, since, I have taken numerous game and non-game animals with all firearms (cannons excluded)including blackpowder muzzleloading rifles,shotguns and handguns. My favorite handgun for large non-game animals, such as feral hogs, is my Uberti replica of a 1847 Colt Walker. Very heavy, but accurate.

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I am a 1973 high school graduate. Junior and senior year I developed a class on Wildlife Depredation and Conservation of our Rocky Mountain states. My specialty was the brown bear.

Awards and Honors
New Mexico Hunter Safety Program Instructor 15 year award.

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