170,000 rounds without any issues. That’s how hardcore the original MR73s were tested, and with red-hot European .357 Magnum ammo at that. Until 2021, new manufactured MR73s were extremely rare, and their owners tended to treat them like museum pieces, instead of fighting handguns. When we set out to review the MR73, the goal wasn’t to tell you how accurate it is, or how beautifully it’s put together, but rather to run it hard and see what happens. Shoot fast, reload fast, slam metal into metal chasing sub 0.20 splits.
The Manurhin line of revolvers, and specifically the MR73 have a legendary reputation. Their association with the elite counter-terrorist unit GIGN and incredible durability are the main driving factors for that status; which was enhanced by their relative scarcity in the United States. Now, with new manufactured Manurhin MR73 revolvers available in greater quantities than ever before in the US market, we have the opportunity to explore what goes into Making the Manurhin, and how the materials and manufacturing process combine to create what is widely regarded as the greatest double-action revolver of all time.