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bac1023
01-11-2013, 15:40
Yes, I'm finally picking up one of these awesome French revolvers. It will be a 6" Sport version in 357 magnum. MR73's are known as one of the strongest and most accurate revolvers ever built. While no revolver other than the Python has ever been on my "must have" list, this one probably came the closest.

I should have it in a week or so and plenty of pics and info will follow. I'm really looking forwatd to this one. :supergrin:

Not only is it a great revolver, it was introduced the same year I was born. ;)

Here are some links for info on the MR73 for now. :cool:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manurhin_MR_73

http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?126804-Finally-got-a-Manurhin-MR-73

http://world.guns.ru/handguns/double-action-revolvers/fr/manurhin-mr-73-e.html

raven11
01-11-2013, 15:52
nice buy , another pistol I never heard of

12 hrs of hand fitting:wow: sounds more like a custom revolver than a service pistol

s&wfan
01-11-2013, 15:55
Beautiful. Cannot wait for the pictures. I am about to ask you an insanely dumb question... with the legendary strength of the MR73, where they were designed to eat hot rounds and eat them without slowing down... what would they be compared to Rugers, which are also well known for being overbuilt workhorses?

I may have even asked you this question before, but I forgot the answer.

bac1023
01-11-2013, 18:23
nice buy , another pistol I never heard of

12 hrs of hand fitting:wow: sounds more like a custom revolver than a service pistol

Yeah, they are extremely well built revolvers. I would say easily one of the best firearms ever produced in France.

Morris
01-11-2013, 22:17
Nice! Didn't AIM surplus or SARCO have a batch for sale a few years ago?

fnfalman
01-12-2013, 15:24
Congratulations!!! You've just bought a Frenchie Ruger!!!

I would too.

bac1023
01-12-2013, 17:26
Congratulations!!! You've just bought a Frenchie Ruger!!!

I would too.Thanks fnfalman.

Yeah, they are very strong, robust revolvers. I'm really looking forward to it. :cool:

bac1023
01-12-2013, 17:29
Beautiful. Cannot wait for the pictures. I am about to ask you an insanely dumb question... with the legendary strength of the MR73, where they were designed to eat hot rounds and eat them without slowing down... what would they be compared to Rugers, which are also well known for being overbuilt workhorses?

I may have even asked you this question before, but I forgot the answer.


You won't be waiting long for the pics. I already have an overnight tracking number, so it will be delivered on Monday. :cool: I won't be able to pic it up until Tuesday or Wednesday though.

I'm not sure about the strengh, but I would say the barrel is at least as strong has a Ruger. I'm not sure about the cylinder or frame though. :dunno:

All I know is that it's a much classier revolver than a double action Ruger could ever dream of being. They're beautiful guns.

bac1023
01-13-2013, 04:18
Nice! Didn't AIM surplus or SARCO have a batch for sale a few years ago?

that's quite possible. I'm not sure.

They sell for some big bucks now, over $2000 easy.

CJStudent
01-13-2013, 06:24
Yeah, they are extremely well built revolvers. I would say easily one of the best firearms ever produced in France.

Only dropped once, right? :tongueout:


Seriously, man, looks like a winner to me! I'm normally not a fan of anything French, but that looks like something special there.

ca survivor
01-13-2013, 07:33
Congrats Brian, very nice, enjoy.

bac1023
01-13-2013, 19:42
Congrats Brian, very nice, enjoy.
Thanks :wavey:

Steel Head
01-13-2013, 20:28
Nice.

Never heard of them:dunno:

The pics I saw looked like they have nice classic looks.
Didn't think the French were capable of that:whistling:

bac1023
01-13-2013, 20:35
Nice.

Never heard of them:dunno:

The pics I saw looked like they have nice classic looks.
Didn't think the French were capable of that:whistling:

Yeah, France is not exactly known for quality firearms, but they made a couple of good ones. The MR73 is one of the best double action revolvers ever built by anybody.

I also like the MAB PA-15 9mm quite a bit.

janice6
01-13-2013, 20:39
You have an excellent eye for quality. Congratulations.

bac1023
01-13-2013, 21:19
You have an excellent eye for quality. Congratulations.

Thanks Janice

Much appreciated :)

Glock40man
01-13-2013, 23:00
Congrats!:cool:

PzGren
01-14-2013, 00:46
Congratulations!!! You've just bought a Frenchie Ruger!!!

I would too.

The revolver that was patterned after the Ruger was a different model, the MR88, but I would not pass on that one, either.

Actually the MR73 is one of the few guns that I would not mind getting. When I bought my Python in 1985 and the salesman told me that it was the finest revolver ever built, I had to disagree with him and told him that I considered the Manurhin MR73 far superior.

Brian, you will like it and I am looking forward to your photos and opinion of its performance!

Now, my next recommendation is the P240. If you want .38 Special WC, see if you can get the conversions in .32 and .22 with it. Those are tricky to disassemble, it is one of the few pistols where I needed the manual.

PzGren
01-14-2013, 00:51
Yeah, France is not exactly known for quality firearms, but they made a couple of good ones. The MR73 is one of the best double action revolvers ever built by anybody.

I also like the MAB PA-15 9mm quite a bit.

The Charles Petter 1935A is the father of our SIG P210s and Manurhin has made the Walther pistols for long enough to know the biz.

Imho, the MR73 is as nice as the Korths but with a slightly less refined finish and less handfitting. It is a commercially made revolver, while Korth was more a customs shop in Ratzeburg, Germany.

G26S239
01-14-2013, 00:55
I have heard of them and read about them but never have seen one. Congratulations.

PzGren
01-14-2013, 04:15
I have heard of them and read about them but never have seen one. Congratulations.

I have shot an MR73 and MR32. I consider them top-guns and have told Brian so.

I can only hope, that he will not be disappointed and consider my advice foolish.

bac1023
01-14-2013, 05:38
I can only hope, that he will not be disappointed and consider my advice foolish.

Not a chance, Andy :cool:

bac1023
01-14-2013, 05:48
Imho, the MR73 is as nice as the Korths but with a slightly less refined finish and less handfitting. It is a commercially made revolver, while Korth was more a customs shop in Ratzeburg, Germany.

Very true, Andy

The designs are quite a bit different as well.

PzGren
01-14-2013, 06:22
Brian,

I am almost as impatient as you must be, waiting for that gem! Did you have any luck with the Korriphilia? Those are so hard to get, they are so elusive, that I have never even seen one.

bac1023
01-14-2013, 07:04
Brian,

I am almost as impatient as you must be, waiting for that gem!

Thanks Andy.

The MR73 is being delivered to my FFL today. The tracking number says its on the truck right now. I won't be able to get there until tomorrow or Wednesday though. Pics will be up by Wednesday. :)

I can't wait!

bac1023
01-14-2013, 08:04
Did you have any luck with the Korriphilia? Those are so hard to get, they are so elusive, that I have never even seen one.



Andy, I sort of put the Korriphila on hold for right now. They are extremely hard to find. I'll have one at some point in the future, but maybe not this year.

I do have a Delta AR Top Gun on the way this month. :supergrin:

PzGren
01-14-2013, 09:38
Brian,

you have a large following here, we all are looking forward to your report and your personal opinion of the MR73 based on the expertise and experience that you have gained with achieving a truly great gun collection!

Let us all hope that legal gunownership for those that cherish firearms for legal purposes will not be made harder in the future.

bac1023
01-14-2013, 17:04
Brian,

you have a large following here, we all are looking forward to your report and your personal opinion of the MR73 based on the expertise and experience that you have gained with achieving a truly great gun collection!



Thanks for the very kind words, Andy.

bac1023
01-14-2013, 23:22
Let us all hope that legal gunownership for those that cherish firearms for legal purposes will not be made harder in the future.
Amen...