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bac1023
01-16-2013, 14:35
I just picked it up today and couldn't be happier. These revolvers are true works of art. They were introduced in 1973 (hence the model number) and were developed and built in France. They were available in several different barrel lengths. Mine is a 6" version, which is also considered the "Sport" model.

The MR73 is not just a pretty face. Its one of the strongest and most durable revolvers ever built by anyone. Once you get past the beautiful blue finish, finely checkered walnut grips, and great sight picture, you can feel how solid this revolver really is. The action is as smooth as a Colt Python's, but much heavier. Here we have a revolver with a mid size frame, much like a Smith 586 or Ruger GP100, but even more refined than the Smith and possibly even stronger than the Ruger. You can tell the quality of this gun by just moving the cylinder release. The gun just extrudes awesome craftsmanship in every way. The MR73 uses several roller bearings in the trigger mechanics and requires 12 hours of hand fitting and polishing to build. The trigger weight is adjustable for both single action and double action via set screws under the grips, which is a unique feature. Also, the Manurhin's barrel and cylinder are cold hammered from extremely hard and dense steel and tested with pressures much, much higher than the 357mag generates, making the gun virtually indestructible to normal shooting. The barrel's rifling is completed during the forging process, not cut afterwards. This adds to the durability and continued match-grade accuracy of the barrel after many thousands of rounds. Each MR73 is factory test fired at 25 meters for accuracy and no 15 shot group is permitted to group more than 20mm, which is less than an inch. That's quite impressive to say the least, as far as I'm concerned.

Here's some additional information on these great wheelguns:

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

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


The attention to detail is phenomenal. The bluing is the best of any revolver I own, including all my Smiths and Colts. In fact, the only other handgun I own with bluing this nice is my USFA 1911. The grips are very comfortable and nicely checkered with the gold "MR" medallion towards the bottom. I think look nice and contrast the deep bluing extremely well.

As far as condition goes, this revolver has been shot somewhat, but other than a distinct cylinder line, its in like new condition. I can't wait to get it to the range! :supergrin:

All told, this is one of the best revolvers ever built bar none. Workmanship is truly superb. Its extremely tight, heavy duty, and solid, but I was expecting that. However, the level of refinement just blows me away. I pulled my 5-screw K38 Target Masterpiece out of the gun room and compared them back to back for a good 10 to 15 minutes. I hold the older S&W's in extreme high regard and I particularly love my K38, but its simply not the gun the Manurhin is. I'm not saying the MR73 is leaps and bounds nicer, but its certainly a step up from what I consider one of the best revolvers Smith ever built. Of course, all that quality comes at a price. That, coupled with the fact that these revolvers are very difficult to find, makes them quite expensive to say the least.

Anyway, enough rambling, I guess. Does anyone own one of these amazing revolvers? Anyone have any experience with them?

Please enjoy the pics. Today was a horrific day for picture taking with the poor overcast lighting, but I did my best. I hope to take some better pics this weekend.

As always, you're thoughts and opinions are welcome. Thanks! :cool:


http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/010-4.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/068-2.jpg

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bac1023
01-16-2013, 14:36
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/002-5.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/069.jpg

Slackinoff
01-16-2013, 14:44
Awesome revolver, congratulations!:banana::broccoli::pepper::devildance:

jfost11
01-16-2013, 14:46
:wow::bowdown:
Gorgeous, as always. Man, that's a sexy gun! Congratulations and thanks for the pics and education.

oldnoob
01-16-2013, 14:57
Shinny.

But I recall "some body" stated he is done with wheel gun... :whistling:








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bac1023
01-16-2013, 16:42
Yeah, I think I said I was done with revolvers a few times now. :)

The Pirate
01-16-2013, 17:02
Yeah, I think I said I was done with revolvers a few times now. :)

I don't think anybody could pass on that, I'd love to own it!


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Glockdude1
01-16-2013, 17:09
Nice!!!

:thumbsup:

Wishoot
01-16-2013, 17:13
Man, I would love to visit the inside of your gun safe/room. You've got to have one of the most interesting collections.

fnfalman
01-16-2013, 17:24
Damn, that is HOT!!!

Bac, didn't Manhurin also come out with a wheelgun that looked like Ruger? How about a comparison between it and the Korth?

Bruce M
01-16-2013, 17:31
Wow very nice. The blue does look gorgeous.

USMCsilver
01-16-2013, 17:33
Congrats! :)

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GlockinNJ
01-16-2013, 17:33
First of all, congrats on acquiring that functional work of art!

Secondly, thanks for posting the background and your comments. Reading that was a nice reprieve from all the bad news I'm reading about on GT right now.

Enjoy your new baby and please post shooting impressions.

Glockdude1
01-16-2013, 18:04
Man, I would love to visit the inside of your gun safe/room. You've got to have one of the most interesting collections.

I'll bet it looks alot like the HK "grey room".

(only with mostly 1911's :supergrin:)

DeLo
01-16-2013, 18:06
Once again another beautiful handgun that I heard about for the first time from BAC!

c01
01-16-2013, 18:07
Very nice revolver. And,as usual, thanks for the history lesson.

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Glock40man
01-16-2013, 18:10
Very nice addition sir.

Congrats!:cool:

bac1023
01-16-2013, 18:24
Damn, that is HOT!!!

Bac, didn't Manhurin also come out with a wheelgun that looked like Ruger?


Thanks fnfalman :)

Manurhin had a few different revolver models. The MR73 was the first and also the flagship model.

The MR88(introduced in 1988) is the one that was based on the Ruger. Its a totally different revolver mechcanically and much cheaper to produce. Its similar to Colt's Python/King Cobra relationship. That said, they're no easier to find.

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://img1.hyperinzerce.cz/x-cz/inz/2620/2620646-revolver-manurhin-mr-88-1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://hobby-army.hyperinzerce.cz/zbrane-lov/inzerat/2620646-revolver-manurhin-mr-88-nabidka/&h=900&w=1200&sz=258&tbnid=8nSwYgILevM77M:&tbnh=81&tbnw=108&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dmanurhin%2Bmr88%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=manurhin+mr88&usg=__no6bmv8KhmTS-up1Uh-qcX2wwqs=&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YkP3UOLHGubG0AH694CgAQ&ved=0CBYQ9QEwAQ

http://www.armoury-online.ru/articles/revolvers/france/mr88/

bac1023
01-16-2013, 19:22
Once again another beautiful handgun that I heard about for the first time from BAC!

That's my specialty. ;)

ChiefWPD
01-16-2013, 19:31
Curious. I recall being told (some time ago) that Ruger cast the frames for that handgun. Is that correct?

RyanSBHF
01-16-2013, 19:32
I simultaneously love and hate opening your "new gun threads", Bac. :whistling:

bac1023
01-16-2013, 20:36
Curious. I recall being told (some time ago) that Ruger cast the frames for that handgun. Is that correct?

That very well could be. I've heard that before as well, but I'm not sure.

Ruger has done and still does a good deal of casting for other companies.

PzGren
01-16-2013, 22:40
I am glad that you like the MR73! I know for sure that you will not be disappointed when you take it for a spin at the range.

The MR73 is a serious temptation and I am thinking about getting one for over three decades now, ever since I shot one the first time.

I do not doubt that the frame for the MR88 was cast by Ruger but severely doubt that the frame for the MR73 would be made anywhere but in France.

janice6
01-16-2013, 22:47
As said before. Thank you for exposing me to the finest guns that I wasn't even aware of. That's beautiful.

Morgo
01-16-2013, 23:10
very nice, congrats bac! :)

steve1911
01-16-2013, 23:23
Very nice!




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Berto
01-17-2013, 00:59
It's always nice to have an extra revolver like that around for the glovebox or to keep with the fish bait in case you encounter snakes.
















:supergrin:

PzGren
01-17-2013, 02:15
It's always nice to have an extra revolver like that around for the glovebox or to keep with the fish bait in case you encounter snakes.


:supergrin:

Yeah right, so that your Luger would not feel so lonely:supergrin:.

bac1023
01-17-2013, 05:11
I do not doubt that the frame for the MR88 was cast by Ruger but severely doubt that the frame for the MR73 would be made anywhere but in France.

Yeah, I agree Andy

Ruger casting the frame for the later MR88 makes sense. I seriously doube they had anything to do with the MR73.

Beretta92guy
01-17-2013, 05:13
bac,

where do you find all this good stuff?????

bac1023
01-17-2013, 05:13
It's always nice to have an extra revolver like that around for the glovebox or to keep with the fish bait in case you encounter snakes.
















:supergrin:

Yeah right, so that your Luger would not feel so lonely:supergrin:.

:rofl:

G26S239
01-17-2013, 05:50
That looks real nice bac, congratulations.

Green Dragoon
01-17-2013, 06:06
wow....beautiful. Reminds me of some of the old Dan Wesson blueing. Will you shoot her?

raven11
01-17-2013, 10:06
beautiful revolver, I wish more Manurhin revolvers were sold in the U.S. , and thanks for the thorough review

bac1023
01-17-2013, 10:48
wow....beautiful. Reminds me of some of the old Dan Wesson blueing. Will you shoot her?

Thanks. Yes, it will be to the range a good amount.

I have an old Dan Wesson 357maximum and that's the only revolver with bluing like this one.

Dr. Leaky
01-17-2013, 11:21
Beautiful gun. If I may be so crass, could you give a ballpark figure of what it set you back?

Rinspeed
01-17-2013, 13:10
Very sharp Brian, how much do they go for and how hard was it to find.

nathanours
01-17-2013, 18:08
Wow that is gorgeous. Of your revolvers, I think I prefer it to your Korths as well.

bac1023
01-17-2013, 18:37
Very sharp Brian, how much do they go for and how hard was it to find.

Thanks Jeff :)

They are quite hard to find in the USA. I don't think I've ever seen one in a shop or gun show around here in all my years. One sold on Gunbroker last year for a little over $2000, I believe. I think it was $2150 plus shipping or something like that. It was a 4" model in slightly rougher condition than mine.

There was a rimfire MR73 in like new condition that sold on GB for about $1800 last year, but they don't sell for as much as the 357mag version. I think they were the only two on Gunbroker in all of 2012, so that tells you how often they come around.

I bought mine from the same collector that I bought my Korth auto from and paid $2400 shipped. Considering the great condition and the fact that its the 6" Sport model, which is what I wanted, I think it was a fair price.

There was basically the same thing on Gunsamerica a few months back for an asking price of $2800, I believe. I'm not sure of the actual selling price, as GA does not have live auctions like GB does.

At any rate, I think I did fine. They're only going to continue to go up in value. :cool:

Slackinoff
01-17-2013, 18:54
Hell yea, I would take that over a $2000 DPMS AR any day of week.

bac1023
01-17-2013, 19:02
Hell yea, I would take that over a $2000 DPMS AR any day of week.

:rofl:

Yeah, I don't feel so bad spending big bucks on an awesome revolver when people are spending what they are on black rifles. ;)

bac1023
01-17-2013, 19:08
Beautiful gun. If I may be so crass, could you give a ballpark figure of what it set you back?

Thanks :cool:

I got it for $2400.

bac1023
01-17-2013, 21:39
bac,

where do you find all this good stuff?????

Its just a lot of focus and patience, I guess.

A little luck never hurts either. ;)

bac1023
01-17-2013, 21:52
How about a comparison between it and the Korth?

They're quite a bit different, fnfalman. I'm not going to say one is better than the other.

The Korth Combat is probably a little more refined than a Manurhin MR73. However, when it comes to hard duty and non-stop full power loads, I think the MR73 would outlast the Korth by a good margin.

Of course, that's not to say the Manurhin isn't an extremely refined revolver or the Korth isn't very strong. Its different strokes for different folks, I guess. Both are world class revolvers and certainly two of the best ever built. They just go about it in different ways. Handling them both back to back makes seeing the contrasting styles quite easy. :cool:

johnstein11
01-17-2013, 21:57
Congrats! That is a beautiful gun.

RJ's Guns
01-17-2013, 22:06
Brian

I would have never believed that the French could make anything that nice. The French usually make nothing but crap, but that looks like a very nice revolver.You always seem to come up with some handgun that I have never heard of. With your knowledge and frame of reference, you should write a well-illustrated book on handguns. I would suggest that you collect a bunch of your pictures of your handguns and contact a literary agent. Publishers are always looking for some new project to publish.

RJ

PzGren
01-17-2013, 22:24
Brian

I would have never believed that the French could make anything that nice. The French usually make nothing but crap, but that looks like a very nice revolver.You always seem to come up with some handgun that I have never heard of. With your knowledge and frame of reference, you should write a well-illustrated book on handguns. I would suggest that you collect a bunch of your pictures of your handguns and contact a literary agent. Publishers are always looking for some new project to publish.

RJ

I lhave lived in Paris Cedex 14, on the campus of the Cité Universitaire, and wonder how many times you have been to France to come up with such b.s.

RJ's Guns
01-17-2013, 22:59
I lhave lived in Paris Cedex 14, on the campus of the Cité Universitaire, and wonder how many times you have been to France to come up with such b.s.


As I said before, the French usually make nothing but crap. Since you are so worldly, perhaps you can give us some examples of anything that the French have made that is stellar, of exceptional quality or outstanding.

The only thing that I can think of is the Concorde and that was primarily designed by the British Aircraft Corp and the British government made it a requirement that the B.A.C. take on another financial partner, hence the French Aérospatiale got involved. So I really cannot give the French much credit for that.

RJ

Jim Watson
01-17-2013, 23:08
As Henry Stebbins said of French guns about 50 years ago, they can do precision work when they set their minds to it.

My MR-73 is not as pretty as bac's (One of the Vienna PD surplus of some years ago, with the funkiest rubber grips known to man.) but is obviously well made.

I wonder at the little step in the under lug just back from the muzzle. A gram of balance tuning or just e'cole d arte stuff?

There are TWO Manhurin Rugeroids. They started out buying Speed Six frames from Ruger and fitting French made barrels and cylinders. Then they went to making their own frames which superficially resemble the Ruger but have side plates.

There is also an ultra modern design, I think the MR 98.

My Verney Carron shotgun is likewise a truly fine gun in spite of about minus 10% finish.

glock2740
01-17-2013, 23:53
Cool deal Brian. :cool: Congrats!

gatorboy
01-18-2013, 10:46
Bootiful! And thanks for the history/education also.

2@low8
01-18-2013, 11:17
Designed and built in France???

Surprised it doesn't have mud in the barrel when it was dropped during a retreat.:tongueout:

Seriously nice looking gun.

bac1023
01-18-2013, 19:54
very nice, congrats bac! :)

Thanks Morgo. I don't know how many are in Australia, but with your fine tastes, you would certainly love an MR73. :cool:

bac1023
01-18-2013, 19:56
Designed and built in France???

Surprised it doesn't have mud in the barrel when it was dropped during a retreat.:tongueout:

Seriously nice looking gun.

:rofl:

Yeah, France isn't known for their great firearms, but the MR73 was a masterpiece. :cool:

bac1023
01-18-2013, 20:21
As Henry Stebbins said of French guns about 50 years ago, they can do precision work when they set their minds to it.



No doubt, Jim

I also have an MAB PA15, which is a great 9mm auto. It was also developed and built in France.

bac1023
01-19-2013, 07:58
Cool deal Brian. :cool: Congrats!

Thanks Joe :)

sawgrass
01-19-2013, 15:25
That's my specialty. ;)

It sure is and is appreciated.

Congrats!

bac1023
01-19-2013, 17:49
Guys, I just uploaded better pics, as promised. :cool:

bac1023
01-19-2013, 17:49
It sure is and is appreciated.

Congrats!

Thanks SG :wavey:

bac1023
01-19-2013, 20:17
Brian

With your knowledge and frame of reference, you should write a well-illustrated book on handguns. I would suggest that you collect a bunch of your pictures of your handguns and contact a literary agent. Publishers are always looking for some new project to publish.

RJ
Interesting thoughts RJ

Glockdude1
01-20-2013, 06:35
Interesting thoughts RJ

If you do decide to do a book, the "pink carpet" has to be in the book too!!

:tongueout:

bac1023
01-20-2013, 07:39
If you do decide to do a book, the "pink carpet" has to be in the book too!!

:tongueout:

:rofl:

Shhh...

Its been gone for so long that many members now have never seen it. ;)

Steel Head
01-20-2013, 08:55
:wow:
Impressive finish on it!
:wow::wow:
That really is one classy lookin piece!

hoghunter82
01-20-2013, 08:59
Bac- I've been wanting to ask this for a while. Do you source your guns from one specific LGS? I visit LGS all over the state of FL and I never see the stuff you find- I mean not even close. I am just amazed by the things you find in the display cases at a LGS. I'm not asking you to share your sources, just if it all comes from one place or you have a network of LGS that call you when they get something unique in? I gotta believe some of these LGS owners have sent their kids to college off of you ! I really enjoy your posts when you get something new. You do a great job of giving us a little background on the gun so it's like a history lesson.



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itstime
01-20-2013, 09:02
Wow. That thing is beautiful.

bac1023
01-20-2013, 09:20
Bac- I've been wanting to ask this for a while. Do you source your guns from one specific LGS? I visit LGS all over the state of FL and I never see the stuff you find- I mean not even close. I am just amazed by the things you find in the display cases at a LGS. I'm not asking you to share your sources, just if it all comes from one place or you have a network of LGS that call you when they get something unique in? I gotta believe some of these LGS owners have sent their kids to college off of you ! I really enjoy your posts when you get something new. You do a great job of giving us a little background on the gun so it's like a history lesson.



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No, not at all. I have a couple local shops in which I find very nice stuff in great shape. However, I track down stuff like this from different sources, which include some connections with serious collectors and, of course, Gunbroker.

#5xbr
01-20-2013, 20:05
i believe hks makes speed loaders for it!

bac1023
01-20-2013, 22:55
i believe hks makes speed loaders for it!

interesting...

PzGren
01-20-2013, 22:59
Try a speedloader for a S&W K-frame, if my memory does not fail me, it should fit.

Now, that you have the MR73, may I tempt you with this? Handbuilt by a former Korth employee.

http://www.jtl.de/revolver/revolver_d.htm

PzGren
01-20-2013, 23:00
http://www.armureriedelabourse.com/Product.aspx?id=630

Check this out, Brian.

bac1023
01-21-2013, 09:59
Now, that you have the MR73, may I tempt you with this? Handbuilt by a former Korth employee.

http://www.jtl.de/revolver/revolver_d.htm

The picture isn't showing up for me, Andy.

However, I do like the Janz revolvers. They're sort of a larger, more heavy duty Korth. :cool:

Edited: The picture finally came up. It just took a couple minutes. That is beautiful indeed. :wow:

bac1023
01-21-2013, 10:04
http://www.armureriedelabourse.com/Product.aspx?id=630

Check this out, Brian.
Very nice

I see they're selling speedloaders for them, :cool: