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Question about a Manurhin

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Hatchett, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Hatchett

    Hatchett Member

    Jul 24, 2003
    Birmingham, AL
    I've encountered, for sale, an MR-73 with a phosphated or parkarized type finish. The seller believes it to be the weapon's original finish. Literature on these things is scarce even in an extensive web scrawl, but nothing seems to suggest one would ever be factory parkerized. Can anyone weigh in on whether it is at all likely that such an example might exist?
  2. bragmardo

    bragmardo New Member

    Mar 21, 2008
    la tour abolie
    There exist Manurhin revolvers with matte blue finish, e.g. the Convertible and late production Silhouette and Match variants. In regard of more common variants, anything is possible, beginning with factory-commissioned engraving with gold inlay. An aftermarket refinish on a police or private security gun should be easy to identify, e.g. by examining the erosion pattern on the forcing cone, looking for wear marks under the oxide finish, and so on.

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