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! 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!