Big news from Beretta this week! The company just announced that it’s now importing the French revolvers that were originally made for special police and military units. These Manurhin wheelguns are made by Chapuis Armes, a French manufacturer best known in the US for the MR73 series, which they are now importing and distributing in the the USA through Berretta.
Beretta is starting by making two models available stateside, the MR73 Gendarmerie 4” and MR73 Sport 5.25”, but the company plans to add more models in the future.
Both MR73s have target-adjustable sights, an adjustable trigger (adjustable three ways: overtravel adjustment on the trigger itself, trigger weight on double-action, and trigger force — two screws that adjust the mainspring force within the frame), and a fully cold-hammer-forged barrel.
About that barrel, Beretta’s Tactical and Pro Shop manager Erik Stern said, “With the cold-hammer forged barrel, and the extremely strong steel used in the manufacture of these pistols, the French GIGN and special police units actually tested and mandated in their spec for these revolvers when they were developed back in the 70s, that they be able to withstand tens of thousands of full-power .357 Magnum loads, and be able to maintain timing and lock up.”
“They are, in my biased opinion, the best revolvers in the world,” Stern says, adding, “It is a .357 Magnum, medium frame revolver with “some of the best bluing, period, as well as one of the best triggers on the market.”
In this video, Stern covers the details.
Here is the full product release 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.
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Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri’s Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. With a BA in technical writing, she freelances as a writer and editor. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, fishes, butchers, and cooks most anything. When not editing or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer.
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