As a kid, I was living in France and I remember standing behind a Security Officer on an escalator, on our way up from the underground. He was carrying a safety box, obviously with something valuable inside, and as we prepared to get out in the open he opened his holster and put his hand on his revolver. Perhaps it was a Manurhin MR73 Gendarmerie? I’ll never know for sure, but this series of revolvers was developed specifically for the requirements of the French Gendarmerie and special service units of the French Police and Military.
Beretta USA is now bringing these revolvers stateside. They feature cold hammer-forged barrels, target adjustable sights, an ergonomic target grip for enhanced recoil mitigation and a target trigger with adjustable overtravel.
Here’s what Beretta has to say in the announcement:
Beretta USA Launches Line of Manurhin Revolvers
Accokeek, MD (May, 2021) – 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.
To check some of the history behind this pistol, read Beretta Holding Take Majority Stake in Chapuis Armes” article. Also make sure you read Rusty’s recent review here: Wheelgun Wednesday: Manurhin MR73.
What do you think of these revolvers? Interested in buying one?