About the Handgun:
It is commonly reported that these inexpensive small caliber pistols were manufactured by Tanfoglio of Italy.
About the Manufacturer:
This company was not a manufacturer but a private label importer of inexpensive and average quality firearms. Many of it's products came from small shops in Spain and Italy, Pakistan and the Philippines. FIE filed bankruptcy in November of 1990 and all models were discontinued.
About the Cartridge:
The Stevens Arms Co. developed the .22 Long Rifle rimfire cartridge from the .22 Long cartridge case developed 16 years earlier, with a 40 grain round nose bullet loaded to a higher velocity than the older 29 grain .22 Long bullet. Modern .22 Long Rifle High Velocity cartridges drive a 40 grain copper-plated bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1255 fps and muzzle energy of 140 ft-lbs from a rifle barrel. This rimfire cartridge has become the most popular sporting and target shooting cartridge in the world.