From Beretta . . .

Beretta USA is excited to announce the inclusion of Manurhin revolvers into our commercial product line-up. The official launch of this new line will take place this week at the 2021 USPSA LOCAP Nationals in Talladega, AL.

The French company Chapuis Armes, a world leader in hunting firearms, has manufactured, produced, and distributed the legendary Manurhin revolvers for nearly 20 years. These storied firearms benefit from the expertise and craftsmanship of Chapuis Armes’ gunsmiths for quality and finish. The full range of Manurhin revolvers fulfills the needs of target shooters and law enforcement officers worldwide.

The Manurhin MR73 series of revolvers were explicitly developed for the requirements of the French Gendarmerie and special service units of the French Police and Military. The pistols feature exceptional accuracy and proven reliability, tested with tens of thousands of rounds of full power .357 Mag ammunition during durability testing.

“Beretta is proud to have the opportunity to bring the best revolver in the world to the US market in cooperation with our sister company, Chapuis Armes – the parent company of Manurhin. These products are in keeping with our philosophy of producing the best offerings on the market, and we are excited to enter into the revolver market with such a storied brand and the renowned MR73 series specifically,” Erik Stern, Tactical and Pro-Shop Product Manager, said.

The MR73 Gendarmerie 4” and MR73 Sport 5.25” will be the first Manurhin products that Beretta will import and include into the current premium product line-up. The accurate and durable MR73 series features cold hammer-forged barrels, target adjustable sights, an ergonomic target grip for enhanced recoil mitigation, and a premium target trigger that is adjustable for overtravel.

The cold hammer-forged barrel allows for enhanced durability and world-class accuracy. Cold hammer-forging processes provide the highest level of repeatability and consistency possible in the industry and are standard for Manurhin revolvers.

The LPA target adjustable rear sight allows the shooter to make macro and micro-adjustments for wind and elevation as necessary, making any adjustments needed for longer range shooting a snap.

The MR series of revolvers ships with a highly ergonomic target grip created by the legendary Jacques Trausch. These grips are known for extreme recoil mitigation (especially with full-house .357 Magnum loads) and high levels of shooter control and allow for increased accuracy, faster follow-up shots, and limit recoil transfer to the shooter’s hands.

All Manurhin MR73 series revolvers feature a triple adjustable trigger with an overtravel screw built into the trigger as well as a hammer force adjustment screw and a hammer spring weight adjustment screw built into the frame. This high level of adjustability allows for the shooter to dial in the trigger to the precise specifications needed for maximum control over the shot.

Starting today, consumers can visit one of our three Beretta Gallery locations (New York, Dallas, and Memphis) and select Beretta Dealers to learn more about and purchase one of these world-class revolvers.

 

Beretta, established in 1526, is the oldest industrial dynasty in the world, tracing its roots through 15 generations of continuous family ownership. Firearms bearing the Beretta name have been sold for almost 500 years. Beretta USA Corp. was founded in 1977 and provided the most widely deployed sidearm throughout the U.S. Armed Forces. Today, Beretta manufactures, distributes, and markets a complete line of firearms, accessories, and apparel. Beretta also owns and operates six retail Beretta Gallery stores worldwide. For additional information, visit www.Beretta.com.

61 COMMENTS

    • I’d love one to round even out my Beretta semi autos. While I can easily drop the money to purchase it I can’t justify $3000 for a revolver. If I am going to drop that much I’d rather go for the 6 Unica/ Mateba that is a lot more…falvorful.

        • That is interesting but there is a draw for me towards a semiauto revolver. Guess that covers the big bore revolver though 🙂

      • The 6 Unica is a really cool gun. I’d love to have one, but (for me anyway) I would consider it nothing but a collector novelty. Something that you could use to confuse and amaze your friends at the next BBQ. I don’t consider the MR73 in the same category at all. The Manurhin is a workhorse. A duty gun. It’s my EDC. (and it’s also a big hit at the BBQ 🙂

    • Yeah, I had to clench my butt cheeks when I saw the MSRP. I think I’ll just keep my 4″ 686 no dash and 6″ 686-1 Silhouette…. these look kinda like a Taurus and S&W snuck off some place dark and had an illigimate child.

    • Holy Cow! You were not kidding. Beretta’s MSRP of $3299 is utterly ludicrous.

      That is a hard pass for me.

      The only way that I would even begin to think about spending $1500 for a revolver is if every chamber in the cylinder aligned precisely with the barrel (ensuring the same accuracy/point-of-impact for every chamber of the cylinder), the gap between cylinder and the barrel was 0.0005 inches and there was zero forward/backward cylinder slop, and the trigger was second-to-none.

      I highly doubt that the revolver in this article checks off all of those boxes. And even if it did, it is twice the price that I would be willing to pay.

  1. WOW!

    Tried to leave the link to TTAG’s own test on this revolver and the comment was censored.

    Really Dan?

  2. This is what I’m talking about. And some walnut stocked rifles? Say what you will about Wayne (his suits and destroying the NRA), he had good taste in rifles.

    Can we get one in 44mag? With an optic mount?

    ***

    I’m tired of all the tacticool Roni chassis and glock 1.5lb connectors to ND into your appendix.

  3. These like nice. I wonder if they are targeting s&w models and price points or if this will be like Korth revolver levels

    • You’re kidding! I was wondering if there is an aftermarket business to machine some ventilation into that rib, giving a Python clone.

  4. Got censored from comments without saying anything bad except for the price…. if it’s a sponsored “content”, say so upfront so we don’t waste our time with it !!!!!

  5. …and you thought the new Python was expensive…!

    I would consider one at 25% – 35% of their MSRP of $3299.00.

  6. Why give a byline of Staff Writer when it is press release from Beretta? Or am I wrong to assume that no TTAG writer wrote any of the above except maybe the “From Beretta . . .”

  7. Seeing what these go for on Gunbroker, this price is right in line.
    Considering it is a HAND FIT gun with HAND POLISHED trigger group parts, and considering what I’ve spent on some of my Wilsons and Nighthawks, the price is fine.

    The real question is will this be as awesome as the legendary revolver or just a shell of itself like the “new” Python or Hillary Hole S&Ws?

      • Concour, DG has been absent for a long time, I hope it isn’t health related…

    • These revolvers have been in continuous production since 1973. Original they were made buy Manurhin directly in Mulhouse France. Manurhin sold the revolver line to Chapuis Armes when they were absorbed by GIAT industries, who wanted their munitions business and other heavy industrial capabilities. The revolver line was not really a fit for them as they focused on missiles, tanks, artillery, etc. Chapuis Armes has been around since 1900 and is located near St. Etienne, France. Beretta purchased all or part of the company and they are now part of the Beretta Group. This may be all new to many Americans, but these companies are not new and trust me, they are not targeting anyone else, they make the best, you either buy it or you don’t. Simple Really.

    • I have owned a few Manurhin MR73’s, and one new one built by Chapuis Armes.
      The new one double action was not in the same league as the older ones made by Manurhin. I have a friend who collects the older ones. I tried to sell the new one to him. After dry firing it, he would not buy it.
      As for the price, the older ones in mint condition are worth every penny. The accuracy is insane as is the double action.

  8. Wow, I’ve always considered getting one, but for now I will content myself with my two older L Frame Smiths…the cost of this cheeky French Mademoiselle would not be $3200.00 but my marriage. But…

  9. “The Manurhin MR73 series of revolvers were explicitly developed for the requirements of the French Gendarmerie and special service units of the French Police and Military.”

    So it’s been drop tested then?

      • Revolvers have no problem getting listed on the Roster. Yet. But Beretta would have to give up three of them and ***ton of ammo for testing. I doubt they’d have any problem turning over $10,000 worth of steel, but they might have a hard time finding enough ammo.

      • The DOJ has a Roster of Exempted Olympic Competition Pistols. These firearms don’t have to pass their “safety” test, or comply with any “assault weapon” rules, because you couldn’t live in California and be an elite competitive shooter if they did. FWIW, the MR73 is on that roster.

      • That’s why he is the “Master of Wise Cracks”… 🙂

  10. I’d be a buyer at about $300-450. I’ve got an old Rossi .357 that I picked up at a pawn shop a few years ago for about $200 that does everything I need a revolver to do.

    • I’m sure you’d buy a hand-fit one gun, gunsmith from Nighthawk for $300-$450 too.

      But it’s never going to happen.

  11. Gotta be worth more than two S&W’s…. no lock, one piece pinned barrel, ergonomic grips, decent sights, nicer finish, etc etc.

  12. With the competition from Colt and S&W the price is to high.
    I can’t see the market this pistol is going after.

    • The Manhurin revolvers are said to so accurate they are fitted with a Harris bipod and a scope and used for urban sniping out to 200m.

      As for the market, there’s always a buyer who wants more than just utilitarian performance.

      • …but, are they chambered in 6.5 Creedmore?

        (@SC – hope you had a good day – mine is just starting. Range Day Thursday with the usual crew of retirees this morning)

  13. So, a couple of things to remember about the MR73, it wasn’t designed or meant for you. The French and Gendarmerie don’t really care what you have to say.

    These revolvers were designed to replace the post war mix of 32 ACP, 7.65 French Long and 9mm leftover guns from WW2 that the French Police were issued. The Gendarmerie wanted something more powerful than the 32 ACP pistol that were used throughout Europe at that time. Terrorism was on the rise in Europe and they decided on the 357 magnum. The service revolver needed to stand-up the the .357 – 158 Grain Full Power Norma rounds they were going to use. If you are old, you may remember that 357 Magnum was originally loaded much hotter than it is today and Norma, had a reputation for loading it to the max pressure.

    The Gendarmerie required officers to fire a 125 rounds a day, of full power Norma 158 grain 357 Magnum in training. Franking ALL of the revolvers they tested literally fell apart in short order. They liked the feel of the Smith & Wesson Revolvers and wanted a “Spare No Expense” version that was durable in the long run. The Manurhin MR73 (1973) delivered what they wanted and the price was a secondary consideration. You get what you pay for.

    Many of these revolvers easily shot over 100,000 rounds in service with zero detectable loosening of specs, especially throat erosion and timing. One example, is known to have fired over 1 Million rounds and was still within the stated tolerances +/- for a new revolver. Pretty impressive, if you ask me.

    Later in the 1980’s even the price of the MR73 was too much for the French and they went shopping for a cheaper solution. They turned to Smith & Wesson again and they submitted the 547 in 9mm with 3″ and 4″ barrels. They were not selected and Manurhin partnered with Ruger to develop the MR88 (1988) Revolver in both 38 special (for street cops) and 357 Magnum for the Gendarmerie. Although this version looks like a GP100, it is a different gun with side plates and a Forged cylinder and barrel in blued or stainless. In contrast to the average price of the MR73 – $3,000 to $3,500, the MR88 is a bargain at around $1,100 to $1,500 USD.

    Manurhin Revolvers have been privately imported for a long time and it will be nice to have the Beretta Dealer network behind the guns, just in-case. These revolvers, IMHO, are the best in the world and are priced accordingly. Shoot as much as you want, of the hottest ammo, every single day until you die and your son and grandson can do the same and the gun will work and maintain its accuracy which is spec’d at 25 m (27.3 yd). Averaging 15 rounds (not 3 or 5 rounds), with no group over 20 mm (0.79 in) diameter,

    Interestingly, these are actually the least expensive offering from the Chapuis Armes factory which turns out awesome and very expensive double rifles, shotguns etc. for the mega wealthy, royalty, etc.

    If you have the means or wish to save your pennies, you will not be disappointed. Hyper-Inflation is coming, so they will never be cheaper than they are today.

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