Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by il.bill, Apr 30, 2021.
Same for me
You'd have to ask the guy who made the link. When my Sig P210 had major issues, Cabela's handled it, not Sig.
If I was paying for it? I would use my $3300+ for something else.
Actually, I've never fired either one but I have held and admired the quality and smoothness of the RM. I was shown some of the targets it had produced and I doubt any revolver could do much better (1" groups @ 50 yards, from a ransom, indoor range.) I have also held and examined several Korth's at Shot Shows, both autos and revolvers. Impressive, but at the price I was disappointed to see machining marks on some surfaces. Les would have bit my head off had I sent a gun out the door with any visible marks like that on an exterior surface.
As I said in an earlier post in a different thread, I'm kinda new to this revolver game. You could call me a wheel gun dummy. I really know very little about most of them, I've been an automatic man most of my life. My preference is not based on a vast knowledge of and experience with the breed, but simply on what pleases me esthetically and feels good in the hand. I liked the looks of the Smith, its high quality and those targets .
I prefer the older, blued Korths. I've never handled a RM but man, for what they get for those these days you could buy several MR73s or Korths.
There is one up for auction in a couple of weeks at the Rock Island Auction Co. 98% gun, with original box and all paperwork. 8-3/4" barrel, the longest offered.
Estimate is $9,500 to $14,000. As with most high end collectables, its price would be much more if it were graded even one percentage point higher. After 97%, each extra percentage point raises the price dramatically. If it were a 99% gun, you could probably add a few thousand to the estimate This is why it is so important to have the gun graded by a professional.
Other than possibly the broken MR73 video referenced above, I have seen little concrete information that would substantiate that the Chapuis variants are inferior to the Mulhouse variants, except of course in terms of collectibility. I'm not sure what to make of the broken MR73 video. I've heard no other reports of that kind of wear on a Chapuis MR73, so I'm inclined to lean towards there being a specific problem with that particular revolver and / or ammunition.
I asked someone who is a bit of of an expert on MR73s about the metallurgy of the Chapuis variants, and he said that to his knowledge Chapuis uses the same ordnance tool steel as the original Mulhouse version.
This seems to be confirmed here: Wheelgun Wednesday: Manurhin MR73 Review -The Firearm Blog
And here: Gun Review: Manurhin MR73 Sport .357 Revolver - The Truth About Guns
I have seen others say that it is not the same steel and that it is regular carbon steel. It's hard to know which one is true, because there is scant information available about the differences. I suspect that the available information for the Mulhouse variant is often repeated as being true for the Chapuis variant.
I will say that the 5-1/4" Chapuis produced variant that I currently have has a much nicer trigger than the 4" Mulhouse police model that I used to have (probably just an adjustment issue). I don't have enough rounds through my Chapuis variant to say whether or not it lives up to the MR73s reputed durability, but it is definitely the nicest 357 that I own.
I'm sure the bad MR73 in the video was a non-representative fluke, every gun maker has them.
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