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Old 01-11-2013, 16:40   #1
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Manurhin MR73 on the way...

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.

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.

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

http://forums.gunboards.com/showthre...Manurhin-MR-73

http://world.guns.ru/handguns/double...n-mr-73-e.html
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Old 01-11-2013, 16:52   #2
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nice buy , another pistol I never heard of

12 hrs of hand fitting sounds more like a custom revolver than a service pistol
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Old 01-11-2013, 16:55   #3
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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.
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Old 01-11-2013, 19:23   #4
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nice buy , another pistol I never heard of

12 hrs of hand fitting 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.
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Old 01-11-2013, 23:17   #5
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Nice! Didn't AIM surplus or SARCO have a batch for sale a few years ago?
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Old 01-12-2013, 16:24   #6
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Congratulations!!! You've just bought a Frenchie Ruger!!!

I would too.
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Old 01-12-2013, 18:26   #7
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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.
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Old 01-12-2013, 18:29   #8
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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. 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.

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.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:18   #9
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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.
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Yeah, they are extremely well built revolvers. I would say easily one of the best firearms ever produced in France.
Only dropped once, right?


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

Never heard of them

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

Never heard of them

The pics I saw looked like they have nice classic looks.
Didn't think the French were capable of that
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.
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You have an excellent eye for quality. Congratulations.
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You have an excellent eye for quality. Congratulations.
Thanks Janice

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Old 01-14-2013, 00:00   #17
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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.

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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.
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I have heard of them and read about them but never have seen one. Congratulations.
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