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Texgunner
May 15, 2017, 13:22
Allan's Armory has three of these French revolvers at the moment. Do any of you have any experience or opinions with/on these pistols? I've always read glowing comments elsewhere but I never know if they are more hyperbole than fact.

Descriptions:

http://www.allans-armory.com/aaresult.php?PageId=58

I've been looking at this one for too long now. Must not keep looking...:smile:

http://www.allans-armory.com/aapictures.php?ItemId=091301MG

SWOHFAL
May 15, 2017, 16:34
PM raubvogel - he has one.

pre1989
May 15, 2017, 18:51
One of the finest wheel guns ever made other then maybe the Korth..

They were use by the French special forces and other over auto loaders if you can belive that ....Beyond over built made to take a lifetime of heavy 357 mag use.. Very high end steel adj triggers etc


The non cop models can go for 3-4k easy esp if they have the hard to find 9mm conversion kit ( this was stop when they did not allow civies to own 9mm in France I think)

The cop models are going to be in rough shape from the ones I have handled /seen but they are guns that should last a long time even when the heavy wear

I have tried one out before ..Very nice DA and grand SA ..And this was a beat to heck cop gun

Ps the grips on that are great for shooting ..Very commfy carry eh but target oh yeah

They look to be in better shape then the ones Classic got in

That said 1k is high for a cop gun ..If that is a commerical market gun I would go for it as it is cheep but if a police trade in I might pause as I think the classice ones were like 500-700 or so but in worst shape

Looking again these are the same style that classic got in but a lot more money ...But they do look better


Edit I just looked back the Classic add ( these are the same batch I would guess as they have the same classic letter head import mark ) the cost was about 520 shipped ..That was the same as these fixed sights 4inch barrel rubber grips

So it is up to you if the extra money is worth it for these as they are used cop guns that from what I have seen were well used

Texgunner
May 15, 2017, 20:29
That's very interesting stuff, thanks for that information. I thought that $1100 was a bit of a steep tariff. I bet they are great shooters though. Hey, thanks again gents.

raubvogel
May 16, 2017, 05:39
I've never had a bad deal with Allan's Armory; he never puts generic pictures of the different firearms he is selling and will describe every single one as best as he can. And you can always email him for more info/pictures. FYI, I bought my first one from him.

Small shop which finds interesting stuff.

I did not check recently but he was offering people the opportunity to get new MR73s. Note that it might take a year because different from the mighty Smith and Wesson, the French manufacturer likes to take its time.

Now, you need to consider its good and bad features. Yes, it is accurate and smooth, and it was designed to handle shooting 150 full house rounds every day for its operational life, but:

1. It is French. Think surrender monkey, dropped once and never fired. Or, let me put this way: if you own one, the first 2" of your penis will fall off and you will have an urge to pee sitting on the toilet (maybe they will happen at the same time?). Can you afford that? :eek:
2. Would you pay $1K for an used French revolver when you can buy cornerstones of wheelguns, the S&W and the Ruger, for less new? Yes there are older Rugers and S&W that go for much more, but, ahem, they are Rugers and S&Ws: men's guns. :whistling:
3. Imagine how your buddies at the range will laugh when you produce a French revolver?

Jokes apart, if you lived in my area I would like you test drive it. Also, Allan seems to get some every so often but the new batch seems to always cost more than the last. With our current fearless leader "Buy American" chest thumping, I would not be surprised if they would end up going for much more.

About their wear, if your name is hansellhd do contact Allan about ordering a brand new one.

Texgunner
May 16, 2017, 07:03
I've never had a bad deal with Allan's Armory; he never puts generic pictures of the different firearms he is selling and will describe every single one as best as he can. And you can always email him for more info/pictures. FYI, I bought my first one from him.

Small shop which finds interesting stuff.

I did not check recently but he was offering people the opportunity to get new MR73s. Note that it might take a year because different from the mighty Smith and Wesson, the French manufacturer likes to take its time.

Now, you need to consider its good and bad features. Yes, it is accurate and smooth, and it was designed to handle shooting 150 full house rounds every day for its operational life, but:

1. It is French. Think surrender monkey, dropped once and never fired. Or, let me put this way: if you own one, the first 2" of your penis will fall off and you will have an urge to pee sitting on the toilet (maybe they will happen at the same time?). Can you afford that? :eek:
2. Would you pay $1K for an used French revolver when you can buy cornerstones of wheelguns, the S&W and the Ruger, for less new? Yes there are older Rugers and S&W that go for much more, but, ahem, they are Rugers and S&Ws: men's guns. :whistling:
3. Imagine how your buddies at the range will laugh when you produce a French revolver?

Jokes apart, if you lived in my area I would like you test drive it. Also, Allan seems to get some every so often but the new batch seems to always cost more than the last. With our current fearless leader "Buy American" chest thumping, I would not be surprised if they would end up going for much more.

About their wear, if your name is hansellhd do contact Allan about ordering a brand new one.

Yeah, I done business with Allan many times, bought probably 8 or 10 rifles from him over the years. He has been great to deal with and very accommodating. He is offering the brand new Manurhins now. I believe half the $3000 price is required as a deposit and delivery around the end of the year or early next.

I don't think I can spend what he's asking for even a used pistol though. The guns do look to be in great shape but I believe I could get a new S&W TRR8 in .357 for that $1100 or less. I have a S&W 686 4", bought new around 1985 or '86, that was tuned by a local gunsmith who was a S&W specialist. Most folks who handle that proclaim it as having the best trigger they've ever felt. I don't need another .357 revolver really but I guess it's just an old man's lust for another as much as anything.

At any rate, I ordered a S&W Shield in .45 acp yesterday. That $75 rebate will get the in-hand price down to $242. I just could not resist that deal for a new carry gun. That will do me for new gun buys for now.

Thanks for the advice raubvogel, and the offer to shoot your Manurhin. I would take you up on that if possible. :) Maybe hansellhd will read this an post some pics of his, all lined up! That would not surprise me at all. :wink:

SteelGreyML
May 16, 2017, 12:34
I got one from Allan's sometime back. I had it refinished at Robar in AZ. It is nice. The sight picture is not the greatest but I guess that was the style back in the day. The action is smooth. I have not had the chance to handle a Korth so can't compare.

Impala_Guy
May 16, 2017, 18:39
They are high quality revolvers with an action loosely based on smith and wesson. They are made of very tough steels, with no material or process shortcuts. They have very accurate barrels, like the Python. Although they are high quality guns, the ridiculous prices that NIB samples bring are based more on their legend with the Gendarmerie and GIGN than on actual intrinsic value. I've owned a NIB Mulhouse made MR73 and handled several Korths and the MR73 is not in the same league when I comes to precision fit and finish.

FUUN063
May 16, 2017, 21:09
I like mine. I was only slightly involved in one of the large batches that got brought in some time back. A friend had them all at his place for a short time and I cherry picked the very best, near new one. I still have it. It's the four incher with the black rubber grips. Sorry for the crappy pic.

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/FUUN063/20170207_162229_zpsnsdiyok2.jpg (http://s1185.photobucket.com/user/FUUN063/media/20170207_162229_zpsnsdiyok2.jpg.html)


Leland

eternal24k
May 16, 2017, 21:17
i wish i had a cherry pick, the sights suck, but the trigger is amazing. I wish these were more common

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z152/eternal24k/EFDDCD6B-FA26-42E7-B1F9-E18008A6EDFF_zpsnov9euus.jpg

I like mine. I was only slightly involved in one of the large batches that got brought in some time back. A friend had them all at his place for a short time and I cherry picked the very best, near new one. I still have it. It's the four incher with the black rubber grips. Sorry for the crappy pic.

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/FUUN063/20170207_162229_zpsnsdiyok2.jpg (http://s1185.photobucket.com/user/FUUN063/media/20170207_162229_zpsnsdiyok2.jpg.html)


Leland

pre1989
May 17, 2017, 01:29
For all the crap the french get for not fighting hard ..They can be very brutal effect killers at times ..Just ask the Algerians.....

And yeah even if your buddies laugh at your for owning a french gun ..Lets remember where a lot of these saw use and who used them ..Sure normal cops did but also the GIGN and they took out a lot of people often armed with full auto gun with these ..Prefering them for many years over the hi power the sig etc ...

Sure they have surrander a bit but when they stood and fought it was pretty brutal

raubvogel
May 19, 2017, 12:24
They are high quality revolvers with an action loosely based on smith and wesson. They are made of very tough steels, with no material or process shortcuts. They have very accurate barrels, like the Python. Although they are high quality guns, the ridiculous prices that NIB samples bring are based more on their legend with the Gendarmerie and GIGN than on actual intrinsic value. I've owned a NIB Mulhouse made MR73 and handled several Korths and the MR73 is not in the same league when I comes to precision fit and finish.

Have you considered that their price also reflects the current size of the manufacturer + all the custom fitting they do? This is not a mass produced firearm and France is going through some weird moments regarding their small weapons industry right now. Besides, you can buy new 1911s for way more than that.

Here is another example of my point: take a look of the prices for these revolvers: http://www.freedomarms.com/. Are they comparable to a Korth? If they had to be imported to the US, how much would they go for?

2336
June 14, 2017, 22:50
Hmmm, after reading all of the comments I believe an MR73 will be in my future. I love .357 revolvers. Currently have a 4" S&W M66. After reading about the MR73 I just gotta have one!:wink:

Texgunner
June 14, 2017, 22:51
I likes that black one. But that's a lotta scratch for me. :smile:

raubvogel
June 17, 2017, 06:47
I likes that black one. But that's a lotta scratch for me. :smile:

Can always wait until a brand new one shows up for $150

Texgunner
June 17, 2017, 07:22
:rofl: Long wait.

bulletslap
June 17, 2017, 08:41
I bought I well used one a few years back, it is a great revolver.

raubvogel
July 07, 2017, 15:53
For those who think this is too much for a MR73, would $3K be too little for a new Colt Python?
https://d2saw6je89goi1.cloudfront.net/ed/fab5c0512511e7b587e1b2315f52e6/Colt-Python.png

SWOHFAL
July 07, 2017, 16:43
Are they bring it back? I sold one almost like the picture for over $4000.