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Manurhin stands for “Manufacture de machines du Haut-Rhin”. No need to translate I guess, sometimes French is easy.

The MR 73 was introduced in 1973 obviously. It was the first revolver built in France since 1892 !

In 1999, Chapuis armes, a small craftsman builder specialised in luxury hunting shotguns, took over the production of the MR 73.

Some claim quality is not on par with original guns. As far as finish, I find it hard to believe. Mechanically and reliability wise I cannot judge, since I have less than 2000 rounds through mine.

I bought this revolver brand new in 2009 (so it is a Chapuis build), cost $ 2000.

It’s a very well made revolver, the blueing is very deep and rich. Mechanically it is very tight.





Different grips (Nill combat)















 

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As far as I remember, one interesting feature of the MR73 is its capacity to also shoot 9mm Para in the same cylinder (357) by mean of a device (clip or something like that) that allows to extract the empty 9mm Para cases from the cylinder.
 

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As far as I remember, one interesting feature of the MR73 is its capacity to also shoot 9mm Para in the same cylinder (357) by mean of a device (clip or something like that) that allows to extract the empty 9mm Para cases from the cylinder.
You need a second cylinder for 9 mm. It was meant to use cheaper and French made ammo for police forces (France did not manufacture .357). It was not a great success it seems, accuracy was not as good.

 

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I remember a fellow shooter that used a Manurhin, in .32, in the very competitive ISSF center-fire pistol. Where if you make less then 570 out of 600 points you're out of luck. And he often qualified in the first 3.
 

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Interesting looking ammo. 9mm? Do you reload you're own ammo. I never have seen such pointed tips on those bullets!
I reload, but those are Serbian Prvi Partizan (PPU), widely sold here and cheap.







Those numbers are metric, equates to 1542 FPS and 834 Ft-Lb
 

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I have been fascinated by these since i bought Rob Adams' coffee table book on modern handguns a few decades ago. Thanks for posting the photos. I have still never seen one in person.
 

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I expect for less than half the money I could acquire a Smith and Wesson with which, given my mediocre marksmanship, I could shoot just as well. But if I were Paul Manafort I'd trade a couple ostrich suits for one of these spiffy revolvers in .32 and explore a conversion to .32 Magnum or better yet, .327.
 
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