Manurhin revolvers ?????


September 16, 2008, 04:22 AM
I am looking for someone who really knows the French Manurhin revolver and its models and/or history. I know you are out there friend help me out here.

I was sorting through some old gun magazines and came across an article by Lee Thompson about the Korth 357. At one point he was making comparisons to the Manurhin. I started doing a little web searching for info on both and actually came away with more questions. I quickly determined the Korth was out of my price range, but I came across one company that had a French Manurhin MR96 and a MR88 available for about a grand. It then became a real possibility that I might want to own one of these. The high end MR73 is real nice granted, but again a might more expensive that I want to get into.

I have been unable to find anymore information about the MR96, but plenty about a MR93, so I am thinking maybe the web site offering the MR96 might have been a typo and what they actually had for sale was a MR93

I understand that the MR88 is actually built on a Ruger frame but other than that maintains all of the other Manurhin features; sleeved barrel like a Dan Wesson, good double action trigger, cylinder release button that allows one hand opening, and high rise grip.

I have always been a Ruger DA revolver fan except for one irritating thing and that is that when releasing the trigger for an additional shot, there is a distinct first click that can be mistaken for full trigger reset and then cause the shooter to short stoke the pistol. This is annoying in competition and possibly fatal in a defensive situation. I have talked to all the better revolver smiths and all say that the heavy first click on trigger reset cannot be gotten rid of or mitigated.

I really like the old Dan Wesson barrel set up where you can minimize the cylinder gap and in my opinion a tensioned barrel should be more accurate - (all other things being equal).

Could someone clue me in to exactly what the different Manurhin models are and how they differ in features, finishes, mechanisms, etc. I would also like to know if there are any short comings to these revolvers that I should be aware of. A link to any really informative web pages would be appreciated.

Thanks in Advance - TEX

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September 16, 2008, 04:35 AM
Hi Tex,

You should go to, French firearms section, a guy (Edmond, who's also on THR) posted a thread about his MR96 with tons of pics. You can probably ask him.

Here's the link:

September 16, 2008, 02:52 PM
The Manurhin MR73 (create in 1973) has the best double-action out-of-the box : a short 8# trigger pull. Only Korth can compare. And acurracy is very good.
It still is the primary handgun for the french GIGN.

The MR88 is a very differend kind of revolver. Basically, it is a copy of Ruger GP100. It has been made to be sell to french Police , because MR73 was better but to much expensive...

The MR93 has still the Ruger mecanism, but has a very specifique design and interchangeables barrels.

The MR96 is the one described and pictured in the link Barman gave.

Some links :

September 16, 2008, 06:29 PM
I spent a great deal of time trying to chase down an MR 73 starting about a year ago. I am still on the hunt.

I would love to read and share info on this subject. There was a company in Australia that was advertising them and a few were imported through them but that has long since passed.

I also emailed with a guy who had bought one (an Austrian Police trade in ) through Cabella's in the mid west a year or two back when they had a small quantity.

I have forgotten more than I remember now, but the one to have or so I though was the 73 in 3 or 4 inch. I will be very interested to read more postings

September 17, 2008, 02:47 AM
So, doe sthe M96 have the Dan Wesson type barrel?

September 18, 2008, 08:03 AM
I dont think it has.
If memory serves, interchangeables barrels are only for the MR93.

By the way, some MR73 had interchangeables cylinders in 9mm. This was a Police request. But the idea was finally abandonned, because of a loss in accuracy and extraction problems with the 9mm.

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