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Old 08-06-2017, 12:33 AM
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So today I purchased a Manurhin MR 73 revolver 3". I have been looking for a 3" revolver for some time now and came acrossed this beauty while surfing calguns.net one evening and just had to have it. Apparently these French guns are both very strong and very high quality. One of the features I look forward to trying out is the adjustable trigger weight, apparently it is designed in such a way that an extra screw turn is all it takes to adjust the pull and over travel without affecting the hammer strike capability.

After looking it over today (since I live in Cali I can't Take it home for another ten days) I can say that it is the tightest revolver I've ever held. Whether or not it's accuracy is as good as what I've read remains to be seen but I will be reporting it here when I do finally take her out to the range. It has a parkerized finish with some characteristic holster wear that I love. The man I bought it from, purchased it from a collector who got it from a French fighter pilot supposedly, who knows but it's a cool story anyway.

As I said I've been searching for the coveted 3" k frame revolver for a long time and was going to just pick up S&W's new 2.75" model 66 but then I found this one and after holding it can already tell I'm going to love it just as much as my 4" model 19... probably even more, if I'm allowed to say that here.

The only thing is I'm having a very difficult time finding any wood grips for this thing, besides Nill grips which are beautiful but pricey and not exactly the style I'm looking for, I'd really like something compact that balances out the pistol in terms of length and ergonomics, something like a boot grip. I did find some surplus original grips for the Manurhin model f1/88 but I'm not sure if these will fit the MR 73. If anyone has any suggestions or knows if these would work for me please let me know. Regardless I am very excited about my new purchase and am eager to hear your thoughts and experiences with this rare wheelgun.

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So I took it apart last night and broke it down to the bare frame, cleaned everything, oiled it up and put it back together. I have to say that I was impressed by the detail of the work as well as how tight everything was fitted. The cleaning felt like it took a little off the trigger and slicked up the action a bit as well. I adjusted the trigger to my liking, not too light but enough to make it fun at the range, which I hope to visit sometime this weekend. I will post some pics of the internals in a little bit.

The gun is worn but functions flawlessly and is very tight, tighter than my model 19, and it hasn't been fired nearly as much. It is actually tighter than my 686+ was and I had purchased it brand new!

When in lock up the cylinder does not move at all. For it's age and heavy use over all the years I am quite surprised that this is the case.

The hand uses a coil spring so it must be a first generation, meaning from the mid seventies. It is clear from the wear of the parkerized finish that the gun was used a lot. As well as from the wear on the cylinder release, as the grooves have been smoothed out over the years.

The hand was a little bit marred on the end but to be expected. There are some dings and scratches indicating the gun was probably dropped more than once over the years. I managed to find the original wood grips factory new from Manurhin through a supplier/importer stateside. Well worth the price!

There is much more to include in my description that I will have to add later along with some pics of the internals for you guys.
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Congrats on what some consider the finest combat revolver ever made.

Have to admit, I'm a little jelly.
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I think the grips on it now are rubber Nills. Kinda big on the three-inch bbl. version, but should help you to shoot well.
Probably no US-made grips. Ask Manurhin about round butt originals. Address the Export Director. He should speak English.

The Commercial Counselor at the French Embassy should have their address and phone number.

Expect a high price, plus shipping, of course. But you may get lucky.
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For the price you may have to pay to get the French made grips, one of the custom grip makers here could make exactly what you are seeking.
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I think the grips on it now are rubber Nills. Kinda big on the three-inch bbl. version, but should help you to shoot well.
Probably no US-made grips. Ask Manurhin about round butt originals. Address the Export Director. He should speak English.

The Commercial Counselor at the French Embassy should have their address and phone number.

Expect a high price, plus shipping, of course. But you may get lucky.
Nill does not make rubber grips, these are Trausch grips.
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Does it have an import stamp?

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I don't know much about Manurhin, but they also make (made?) ammunition, as I have several boxes of it in different calibers. They are famous principally for the manufacture of high speed commercial ammunition loading machinery. I have seen it in operation at both Winchester and Federal ammunition plants.
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I don't know much about Manurhin, but they also make (made?) ammunition, as I have several boxes of it in different calibers. They are famous principally for the manufacture of high speed commercial ammunition loading machinery. I have seen it in operation at both Winchester and Federal ammunition plants.
Ammunition and ammunition manufacturing machinery were (and are still) actually Manurhin's primary business pretty much since its founding in the early 20th century, although there have been some changes in terms of corporate identity and exactly what entity the name Manurhin applies to.

They are known for producing the Walther pistols under license after WW II; most people have seen the PP's with Manurhin-marked slides, but what most people don't know is that until the 1980s ALL Walther PP and PPK pistols, including the "Made in West Germany"-marked ones, were manufactured by Manurhin and just the end-finishing done at Walther in Ulm.

The reverse happened to the Manurhin-marked Walther P 1's by the way. Made in Germany, shipped to France in the white and finished, and voila, "Made in France"; this was required particularly for the Berlin police which under its special occupation status could not carry German-made guns. Pretty silly.
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The GIGN fellas i got to know in europe had a very nice version of the 73 with 5 inch barrels in their holsters. All had wood grips that i assumed were factory. They were aggressively checkered rosewood (it appeared) and round butt profile. No medalion. These might be had on ebay international.
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The trips are a Trausch model
Mr Trausch were an policeman who make this néoprène trips more confortable to
Shoot for the shooters,at this Time all the police and gendarmerie forces were equiped
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In France Chappuis armes have taken all the machines from Manurhin and built
Revolvers MR73 and MR 88
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Looking forward to your shooting report.
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Yes, it's C.A.I. Which I believe is century arms.
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Yes, it's C.A.I. Which I believe is century arms.
No French fighter pilots. Just surplused by the government and sold to arms dealer Century Arms who imported it into the US. They import millions of guns a year

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For the price you may have to pay to get the French made grips, one of the custom grip makers here could make exactly what you are seeking.
Awesome, point me in their direction if you have any contact info.,

I'm looking for something like the Ahrends Retro Combat Round butt grips I have on my S&W. I'll pay the price if it's quality and what I'm looking for.

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Very nice sir.

I did a short summary of the MR 73 not that long ago here:

Manurhin MR 73...simply the best 357 Mag of all time | The Leading Glock Forum and Community - GlockTalk.com




When it comes to revolvers, the MR 73 is in my top three as far as quality is concerned, along with the Korth Combat and Freedom Arms.

My MR's are both commercial guns though.


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This blog article has got some nice background info on the MR73, also in relation to S&W, and its use by the French including the GIGN. Though I can't vouch for anything, the author seems to know what he is talking about:

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This blog article has got some nice background info on the MR73, also in relation to S&W, and its use by the French including the GIGN. Though I can't vouch for anything, the author seems to know what he is talking about:

manurhin mr73 – Larvatus Prodeo
Yes, Michael Zeleny is very knowledgeable. In fact, I bought both of my MR's from him.
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New grips can be bought here, not cheap.

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Nothing about the MR73 is cheap...
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Thank you, I literally bought them 30 minutes before reading your post from the same website.
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Yes, Michael Zeleny is very knowledgeable. In fact, I bought both of my MR's from him.
If he lives in L.A. I believe I spoke with him yesterday, got his contact info via Facebook and gave him a call looking for o.g. grips but he didn't know where to find them. Eventually I contacted Adam.s armory online and he directed me to the Hastings website, definitely not easy to find parts for these guns very few people know where to look and even fewer sell them. The next pics I post will be with the wood grips on it.
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Was lucky to find a 4" with target sights at Allens Armory years ago. Had it reblued to take it back to the way it looked new. Nice guns, shoot great. Yours is the best fighting revolver out there. Being about the same size as the model 19 makes it easy to conseal. Enjoy your MR73 and head to the range to give us a report. Wood grips come up for the gun on eBay, there were 2 sets recently. Larry
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3 inches was for inspector first production were blue After due thé cost they were
Parkerised, After 1997 aller the municipal police aren't allowed tout carry weapon
More than 38
À lot or 357mag were un the market,same now with the 38,due the islamic attentats
The municipal police have now à 9mm Glock or sig 2022
Never manuhrin was regular weapon in army or Navy
Pearhaps à gendarme pilot of chopper?
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Very nice sir.

I did a short summary of the MR 73 not that long ago here:

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When it comes to revolvers, the MR 73 is in my top three as far as quality is concerned, along with the Korth Combat and Freedom Arms.

My MR's are both commercial guns though.


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Checked out that link on glocktalk, very informative, thanks!
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3 inches was for inspector first production were blue After due thé cost they were
Parkerised, After 1997 aller the municipal police aren't allowed tout carry weapon
More than 38
À lot or 357mag were un the market,same now with the 38,due the islamic attentats
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Never manuhrin was regular weapon in army or Navy
Pearhaps à gendarme pilot of chopper?
Due to the fact that the pistol has import marks referring to century arms on the barrel, I doubt the story about the French pilot is true. More than likely it was part of an imported lot of Manurhin revolvers that were surplus police? Once I pick up the revolver I will look up the serial number and see if it's possible to find date of mfg. maybe that will help piece together its history.

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Due to the fact that the pistol has import marks referring to century arms on the barrel,....

More than likely it was part of an imported lot of Manurhin revolvers that were surplus police?.....
Your assumption is almost certainly correct. Century Arms' modus operandi has been for decades to purchase large batches of surplus foreign service weapons and import (or re-import) them to the US civilian market.

Their business model has been built on the fact that most other countries, due to restrictions on private gun rights, have no profitable market for their own no longer needed issue guns, and are willing to give them cheaply to someone offering to take them off their hands.

So Century has always been a volume buyer and generally wouldn't deal in private used guns, making your MR 73 most likely a former service gun and part of a batch buy.
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Interesting article on Wikipedia, including the statement that every MR73 is match grade accurate.
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Your assumption is almost certainly correct. Century Arms' modus operandi has been for decades to purchase large batches of surplus foreign service weapons and import (or re-import) them to the US civilian market.

Their business model has been built on the fact that most other countries, due to restrictions on private gun rights, have no profitable market for their own no longer needed issue guns, and are willing to give them cheaply to someone offering to take them off their hands.

So Century has always been a volume buyer and generally wouldn't deal in private used guns, making your MR 73 most likely a former service gun and part of a batch buy.
If it was it didn't look to be abused, it was in pretty good shape, but I'll examine it more closely when I pick it up and post some pics.
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Old 08-18-2017, 08:50 PM
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Bought a Manurhin revolver today, updates! Bought a Manurhin revolver today, updates! Bought a Manurhin revolver today, updates! Bought a Manurhin revolver today, updates! Bought a Manurhin revolver today, updates!  
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Updates to original post above as well as new pics of internals.
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