Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by army_eod, Apr 26, 2020.
I handled a Chapuis model a few months ago, it was a nice revolver, but quite spendy…
Having never seen one of those revolvers in person, do any of you folks ever shoot them?
Interesting info, PzGren. (The rest of the post as well — I knew German handgun owners had to belong to clubs, but I didn’t know about the 18/12 requirement.) Do you happen to know what the most common problems are that they report with the MR73?
I certainly do. I bought most of mine as unfired, new-in-case collectibles, and I don’t shoot those, but I do shoot a couple of others.
My volume shooter is a late-1980s 6” blued Sport. It actually looked unfired/NIB when I bought it, but I got it for a great price, and the Korth revolvers I prize most are the full-underlug guns (especially Combats) made during the original Korth production run, which ended in 1981 when Willi sold the company. I was happy to feed it what were likely the first rounds it‘s digested since leaving the factory, and I’ve had a hard time leaving it at home during range trips since I bought it last fall.
Cool info about that sniper revolver. I never realized such a gun existed that wasn't specifically a hunting revolver.
I've got a couple MR-73's from the 1970's. In fact, the 4" is a first year model from 1973. They are awesome revolvers.
the first MR73 I shot in the early 1980s. It was owned by a doctor in my pistol club and I was present when the piano wire of the trigger rebound slipped and rendered the gun useless. The problems and complaints with MR73 that I am aware of are mostly about lock up.
As to the question if anybody shoots Korths and MR73s, I do, I have shot every gun in my safe. I shoot a 24 series rimfire Korth since about ten years and it is almost always in my range bag. My favorite .357 is a 5-shot 26 series Sport that I shoot with stout .357 Magnum reloads.
My Mulhouse MR73 is working well, so far, but I am not shooting it as much as other guns.
I recently purchased a current production Korth Mongoose and I think it is an excellent revolver. For me it is worth the price.
Nice, how does it shoot?
Unfortunately, I got it right before all this Covid crap and the state park that is the only place to legally target shoot is closed. It figures, but I will have to wait for a while longer to find out. The double and single action trigger pull is very smooth and crisp at the break. The revolver feel excellent in the hand and I have little doubt that it will be a nice shooter. I have owned quite a few other .357 revolvers and I am expecting this one to easily be the best. Here are the two that I owned previously to this Korth.
IMHO there is no magic gun that shoots so much better than another comparable gun in size and set-up, that even a shooter in marksman class or above will notice a big difference. The main difference that I found in practical accuracy can mostly be attributed to trigger, grips and sights. The rest is personal preference and appreciation of quality.
Got it. Thanks.
The MR73 was definitely a work in progress for a while. The one I shoot the most is a later Mulhouse 6" Sport with the late-pattern hand and ratchet (and the revised springs, of course), and it's been stellar. The other one I shoot on occasion is a later 1970s 6" Sport. I've never had the sideplate off, so I don't actually know if it was made before or after the spring revision. My earliest ones just sit unfired like they have for the last 45 to 47 years, and thus give me no trouble at all either. As for my shooters, I'm not doing any ultra-fast DA shooting with them either (nor with my Korths), so I probably won't ever see the problems that some German competitors have had.
Great shooting, as always, by the way.
I've never had any issues with my MR73, but it is a fairly new model and only has a few thousand round of .357 through it. I run it hard, with lots of fast double action.
The piano wire design was replaced with a flat spring in the 1977 (you have to take off the side plate to see what style you have) . The ratchet was changed in sometimes in the 80s. Both changes were to address issues when firing very rapid double action.
The grips must be made by Nill. They look very familiar.
They are from Nill I also have a very nice set of wood grips from Hogue as well as the original rubber ones from Hogue.
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