Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Slater, May 6, 2021.
Manurhin MR73 Gendarmerie (beretta.com)
My famiily fought the French at the battle of the Nations in 1813, two years later under Blücher we marched to Waterloo, in 1870/71 we fought them in the Franco Prussian war and my grandfather fought at Verdun. The French are the enemy of my blood but they are everything but cowards. French military history is longer and more distinguished than that of most western nations, including the U.S.
"Can't think of any other French-made firearms on the market currently"
The MR73 is manufactured at Chapuis Armes and they are also manufacturing hunting rifles. FAMAS was the manufacturer for the issued military rifle until 2017, they still make a civilian version, afaik.
But this is a gun forum, and they do make good guns. Wish I would have bought a used Manurhin when they were available.
pretty good review
Also look at their impressive military record in the conquest of Algeria.
It can be compared to Vietnam, you mean?
You mean when we took Vietnam over from them after they lost?
And then did we win?
You must have mistaken me for someone wise enough to provide an answer to that.
No, look at the conquest of Algeria, beginning in 1830. There were many heroic French battles.
France used the guillotine in Algeria until independence in 1962.
All facts considered, this probably the best revolver ever made in terms of a service revolver.
the MR 73 heap nothing but praise on the
French firearm. More than a few S&W
owners also own at least one if not several
The TFB video in this thread is an excellent
review of the revolver.
I had shot my Chapuis Armes MR73 in a direct comparison against a finish challenged S&W 15 for accuracy at 25 yards, rested and off hand, and found no big difference. Same with my favorite .22 l.r. Korth. I shot that many times directly comparing it to my trusty old S&W K-22 that I had bought a few years ago for $250, there is no big difference in accuracy. My son shot my Korth in a direct comparison at 25 meters to a Taurus 96 and had a ring average of 96% with the Korth and 95% with the Taurus.
For offhand accuracy the sights, trigger characteristics and grip are important, more important than mere mechanical accuracy but the shooter has to still do his part and has to apply all the basics of pistolcraft.
Paying for the ammo to get there usually costs substantially more than a Manurhin MR73 or Hammerli International costs - even if you practice only with rimfire ammo.
Pretty funny considering they will outshoot and outlast anything S&W or Colt has built in the past 150 years…
Manufacture de Machines du Haut-Rhin was established in 1952, according to one source. The original location was Mulhouse, along the Rhine River, so, really, an area peopled largely by Germanic-Swiss folks. Manurhin is probably better-known to USA folks as the company that made Walther pistols, in the post-WW2 era, when weapons could not generally be produced in Germany. In the Nineties, Chapuis came to possess the Manurhin trademark.
....and they helped the American Colonials cast off the shackles of British Imperialism. Moreover, many of the Framers of the Constitution spoke French, had been educated in France, and the American independence movement itself espoused the ideals of the French Revolution (and Scottish Enlightenment, to be fair). The impression that the French are somehow inferior is a shameful disservice to the actual record and reality of French influence over American affairs.
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