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FUUN063
May 05, 2014, 23:39
I was just wondering if there would be any interest here on a seldom seen revolver known as the French Manurhin MR73 revolver? It kinda' resembles a Smith and Wesson K model, but with some refinements some would say. The internals are not like a Smith and Wesson, but some would say that they are actually a little smoother. This opinion from some comes from the fact that there is actually little rollers inside on the mechanism giving it a smoother action. The reason I was wondering this the fact that I have a friend who scored a few when they were imported some time back and they have been in storage this entire time. He know wishes to sell them and asked me if there was any interest here before going of to GB or some other similar auction site. I can post pics later of one that I have which has a 4" barrel, worn blued finish and chambered in .357 Magnum. The MR73, I believe, was made in 4 different barrel lengths (3", 4", 5.25" and very rare 9"), but the ones that are available are all 4" fixed sight models. These have been carried extensively and some have black rubber grips and some have very worn wooden grips. I tested one today with a Smith and Wesson K model wood grip, but the grip does not fit. Just gauging interest here before going through the photo process. Of course, all sales would be through an FFL to and from and also only if you are allowed to have a revolver. Let me know here. Pics to come.


Leland

SWOHFAL
May 06, 2014, 02:40
IIRC, these were imported somewhat less than fifteen years ago and were from an Austrian counter-terrorist police unit. I'm sure folks would like to see pics and they might be enough to generate interest. These are alleged to be right up there with a Korth for smoothness and accuracy and better than a Python.

Texgunner
May 06, 2014, 10:29
Allan's Armory has a few for sale.

Guy-epic
May 06, 2014, 10:32
I always like new stuff may even buy one

FUUN063
May 06, 2014, 23:23
I promise, guys, that I will get some pics up soon, it's just that I worked another 20 hour day to day and I'm going to bed now. I gotta be up and going again in the early a.m. (I usually work late nights). Thanks for the heads up on Allan's Armory. I can say that the ones my friend has are in about the same condition as the ones listed on that site for sale. The two exceptions being that 1.) some of his do not have nice rubber grips, some have beat up wood grips and 2.) some are missing a small side plate screw here and there so his will be about $200.00 cheaper because of the aforementioned minor details. I can say that I will post pics of a few when I can take them and list them here for you to look at and pic out if interested. I am told he wants to get $400.00 each plus shipping and an FFL transfer fee as these will go from FFL to FFL where one can legally own them. I will also clean out the bores of them to give a more accurate description when the time comes, too.


Leland
:fal:

mrf2
May 07, 2014, 07:20
The pistols sound interesting, I look forward to pictures.

FUUN063
May 08, 2014, 08:53
OK. I was looking at most of the revolvers today and two things happened. One, I bought the only parkerized one as it looked nearly unfired and the grips look like new rubber Trausch oversized grips. Two, I snapped a few quick pics just to get the ball rolling. Some have the Trausch rubber grips and some have beat up wood grips. I only took photos of one revolver, but they all look very similar to this one. Before they are sold, photos will be taken of each one. I also cleaned the bore of this one and the rifling looks great. The bluing is very worn. When looking these revolvers over, I also noticed that they kind of reminded me of the Imbel FAL variant-carried a lot! I also noticed that some had a sideplate screw that was either missing or had been replaced with an allen type screw. I can also say that when I took the sideplate off of this one, the fit of it to the frame rivaled any Colt or Smith & Wesson. I had to tap quite a lot on the other side to remove it. And, the lockwork mechanism looks to be top notch as well, although very dry. Lastly, I also noticed that the import marking is underneath the underlug near the front on most of these revolvers that says "C.A.I. Georgia VT", but at least one of the revolvers had the import stamping on the side. They're not perfect, but a rare chance to own an even more rare pistol that you can actually shoot and not just look at the in the box. Well, some pics to get her going for those that are interested.


http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/FUUN063/MahurhinMR73revolver001_zpsfb7614bc.jpg (http://s1185.photobucket.com/user/FUUN063/media/MahurhinMR73revolver001_zpsfb7614bc.jpg.html)
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Leland
:fal:

SWOHFAL
May 08, 2014, 12:56
Kinda like seeing a million dollar Ferrari with faded, cracking and chipped paint, parking lot dings front to back and curb rash up and down both sides. I'm betting that were these carried in a culture that has civilian firearms ownership and didn't view guns as a necessary evil, emphasis on the "evil," they would've been better taken care of. I'd actually prefer the look of those wood grips if they hadn't been used to pistol whip numerous suspects until they split. I think I'd at least try finding a Euro distributor for new replacement grips or aftermarket ones in about that style.

jugrunner
May 08, 2014, 16:49
cool pistola !!! ... wood grips are a must have !!! ... looks well built Leland ... you said $200.00 ... ???

Beryl
May 08, 2014, 17:41
That's pretty beat up for $400. I wouldn't give that much for a S&W that looked like that. Nice guns, though. GIGN uses them IIRC.

SWOHFAL
May 08, 2014, 23:24
That's pretty beat up for $400. I wouldn't give that much for a S&W that looked like that. Nice guns, though. GIGN uses them IIRC.

They might've offed a few muzzie terrorists:

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The movie version:

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Two of the four were killed with an MR-73.

http://i42.tinypic.com/2v2f8tj.jpg

FUUN063
May 09, 2014, 01:47
Hmmm, (from above) it depends on what Smith would be in the same condition. I paid more than the listed amount for a pre-27 5" Smith in about the same condition and am glad of it.

Now, for the above pic of the really nice Sport model with the adjustable rear sight, the rubber grips that are on it are similar (or exactly like) to the ones on some of the other guns and the one that I bought. They kinda' look a little weird, but actually feel decent and are supposed to really keep the revolver in the same place in the hand rather than let it move around too much. A range trip will tell the tale there.


Leland

bulletslap
August 08, 2015, 17:50
Bringing an old thread back.

Does your friend still have the MR73s ?

jugrunner
August 08, 2015, 18:47
YES ... I'll take the one in the bottom pic ... :biggrin:

Andy the Aussie
August 08, 2015, 20:47
I remember fondly some time I spent roaming in some of the French South Pacific Islands, all the chain smoking Gendarmes were sporting low slung Manurhin revolvers...ahhhh simpler times. The warning was that if you got picked up by men in the blue Peugeot 4x4 you may be OK ( a beating most likely) as they were Gendarmes, the olive green Peugeot was another story (military)... ;) ;) I just got drunk with them in the end.... no one got beaten thankfully... ;)

FUUN063
August 09, 2015, 12:38
No, I believe those all went like wildfire. I picked up a super nice condition one, though, and it is smoooooth.:biggrin:


Leland

bulletslap
August 09, 2015, 13:16
I picked up a 4 inch one about a year, I want a 3 inch.

AKmoose
August 09, 2015, 18:55
A buddy got the last 5 fixems from Century a couple years back, I got one with no grips, a sideplate screw missing and timing was not consistant. The screw was, if I remember right an M2 or M2.5 and the grips from a S&W fit after trimming away where the front strap hits the timing cleared up after a good cleaning. These things are built like tanks!

SteelGreyML
August 10, 2015, 11:45
Mine:
http://i1315.photobucket.com/albums/t596/SteelgreyML/MR73/7241D83D-7543-4B33-BFA0-DF725D8820FC_zpsfex8uhsb.jpg (http://s1315.photobucket.com/user/SteelgreyML/media/MR73/7241D83D-7543-4B33-BFA0-DF725D8820FC_zpsfex8uhsb.jpg.html)

raubvogel
August 10, 2015, 14:25
AKmoose, how did your friend fixed the timing?

For those looking for grips, http://www.allans-armory.com/aaresult.php?PageId=96

SWOHFAL
August 10, 2015, 21:22
A buddy got the last 5 fixems from Century a couple years back, I got one with no grips, a sideplate screw missing and timing was not consistant. The screw was, if I remember right an M2 or M2.5 and the grips from a S&W fit after trimming away where the front strap hits the timing cleared up after a good cleaning. These things are built like tanks!

Supposed to be good for at least half a million rounds of full power .357. These and the original Citroen DS-series are the only things French I have much desire for.

AKmoose
August 11, 2015, 19:57
AKmoose, how did your friend fixed the timing?

For those looking for grips, http://www.allans-armory.com/aaresult.php?PageId=96

All I did was give it a good clean up where the lock goes into the cylinder, seemed like there was a very slight burr on the edge of the recess on the cylinder. Other than that a cleaning under the side plate did the trick.
Thanks for the link
A pic of the S&W grips

http://i751.photobucket.com/albums/xx154/Moose-45/MR73.jpg (http://s751.photobucket.com/user/Moose-45/media/MR73.jpg.html)

Cava3r4
August 28, 2015, 13:42
Supposed to be good for at least half a million rounds of full power .357. These and the original Citroen DS-series are the only things French I have much desire for.

how about a French woman?

SWOHFAL
August 29, 2015, 10:04
how about a French woman?

Too high in maintenance and only if she shaves her pits and bathes often.

Freebooter
August 31, 2015, 08:36
A guy I got to know in one of the reserve units I was assigned to told me he used to carry one of these on a number of black ops he was sent on. He liked this gun because it was ultimately reliable, was in an effective caliber, and it has a high plausible deniability factor - not easily traced to US forces.