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Old 01-12-2011, 09:31 PM   #1
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My most unusual revolver. MR-73

I picked this up in the summer of 2009. I believe this was one of the MR-73's that was used by the Austrian anti-terrorist unit COBRA. In the early 90's the Austrians switched to the Glock 17 and the MR-73's were shipped back to Manuhrin for refurbishing (at least this is what I've found while researching) then shipped into the United States where they were sold.



This particular example has defintely been shot and shot alot, but it's tight, the timing is good and the bore is still clean and sharp. I'm certain that it was re-finished somewhere along the line.



I looked over this sucker for months before finally deciding to get it. It's an unusual revolver - especially for Idaho.



After having had it for just a week or so the firing pin broke on me. Guess what. Evidently NOBODY has parts for this revolver anywhere in the United States or Canada. I finally got put in touch with a gun dealer in Stockholm (yes Sweden) who was able to ship me another firing pin.



Boy was that a logistical nightmare and expensive. But I guess we did all the paperwork correctly. I then had my gunsmith put it on. Took him like ten minutes - probably less - and I was shooting it within the hour.



With the exception of the trigger mechanism it's very similar to Smith & Wesson's revolver design. And I have probably put too much money into what is basically a well used police revolver. But sometimes we do those things.



Oh did I mention it's a very nice shooter? But if anything else breaks on it it will be an interesting paper weight.



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Old 01-13-2011, 03:14 AM   #2
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Hello checkman,



As a recall, J&G Sales had a few for sale some years ago. They are very scarce here in the United States and our friend and fellow member Larry posted some good information on them in this thread from Switzerland:



http://www.handgunsandammunition.com...pic.php?t=8273



Larry seems to know quite a bit about them and has quite a nice collection of wheelguns.



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Old 01-13-2011, 06:58 AM   #3
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I always like to think of them as the Citroen of handguns. Not the Reynault. Now you need to find a modern Nambu revolver.
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:51 AM   #4
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Wow!! That is a "most unusual revolver!" Idaho or anyplace state-side.



Congratulations! The French counter-terrorist police/gendarmerie unit used those too, if I'm not mistaken. My understanding is that up in Hamburg, Germany the SEK/ Swat unit switched from a semi-auto to a Smith and Wesson Model 619 or something similar at about the same time the Austrians switched from revolver to auto.



Too bad about the exotic parts... I'm short a screw for a Spanish-made, discontinued revolver myself... ::)



Thanks for the pic!
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Old 01-13-2011, 03:18 PM   #5
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I guess most gun guys will end up with a few exotic or even odd pieces in their collection eventually. I have no doubt that one day I'll end up with a few more.



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Old 01-31-2011, 05:07 AM   #6
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Hello Checkman,



IMO, you did extremly well with this Manurhin. You have the real thing, the MR 73, not the Ruger clones (RMR, Special Police or MR 88), neither the aliens (MR 93, MR 96).



The MR 73 looks like a S&W but the mecanism is different, with a blade adjustable trigger spring and a rebound slide mounted on rollets.



I have a MR 73 Sport 5 1/4", in .38/.357, with an additionnal 9 para cylinder, and it is a marvel of accuracy. Recently, I bought a MR 73 Defense 3", and shoot it every session at the change with great fun. I'm always surprised by the tight goups that can be shot DA due to the great action.





A schematic of the MR 73. You can see the blade trigger springer and the rebound slide.





Here is a pic of the action of the 5 1/4", with the trigger spring and the slide on rollers.





The 2 MR 73: Sport model with 5 1/4" barrel and adjustable sights, Defense model in 3" and fix sights.





The Defense model with a Trausch rubber grip: ugly but very confortable for long session. The MR 73 models are very light (890 g./31,4 oz. for the 3", 1050 g./37 oz., which is similar to K-frame S&W) due to the use of high grade steels and heat treatment.



I don't consider the MR 73 as a "Citro
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Old 01-31-2011, 06:30 AM   #7
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Larry -



I respectfully call it a Citroen! The M73 is uniquely French and seldom encountered outside of the French Union. Citroens were robust if not handsome cars in my experience. I have often admired the unusual lines and features both in Metropolitan France and the former French colonies. I meant no disrespect at all. I have always admired the lines of the Peugot 500 series cars as well.

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Sorry oberstl,



I misread your post, here Citro
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:13 AM   #9
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Hello Larry,



Bravo!!! What a great post and such great information on the M-73! I consider the Manhurin a very fine revolver indeed and if they ever get imported again--I will definitely jump on one!



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Just an add-on with an historic pic:





President Mitterand congratulates GIGN Gendarmes, with MR73 at hip, after the dramatic assault of a hijacked Airbus in Marseilles in 1994.
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