Pre lock/pre mim 686 vs. Manurhin MR73 comparison?

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Thread: Pre lock/pre mim 686 vs. Manurhin MR73 comparison?

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    Pre lock/pre mim 686 vs. Manurhin MR73 comparison?

    I am thinking about acquiring a 4” SA/DA revolver sometime in the future (my vetting process usually takes a long time).

    I do not have a lot of firearms and focus on quality over quantity. Right now, my decision tree is at the nib or mint prelock 686 vs. nib or mint MR73 branch.

    I have noticed that prices for NIB or mint 686 pre lock and pre mim parts are running high. In fact, really good examples can cost half as much, or even as much as an MR73.

    I own a prelock 686 and am pretty familiar with the specs and trigger.

    But I am lacking information on comparisons with the MR73.

    Can anyone who owns or has shot both tell me:

    How do the triggers compare?

    How the does the height compare?

    Overall, how does the shooting experience compare?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by mountainjogger; 09-19-2019 at 07:15 AM. Reason: Typo

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    Sorry about the typo - poll should be MR73, not MR43.

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    Your choice of a S&W M-686 is a good one, for carrying any .357 Mag load, to handle any situation. Bob
    Last edited by Bob K; 09-19-2019 at 07:35 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob K View Post
    Your choice of a S&W M-686 is a good one, for carrying any .357 Mag load, to handle any situation. Bob
    Not an expert but that has been my experience.

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    Really no experience with the M73. But have had new and old 686 and found them all to be well balanced and accurate shooters of some pretty warm reloads. Newer ones are 7 shot vs the 6 shot and like having the extra round.
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    Teaching for the
    IALEFI organization I have had experience with the M-73.. While they seem to be a good firearm they are rather heavy. It is my opinion that the actions are heavy and the parts inside are not made as well as a Smith Wesson Action. I also feel that their hammers are shorter and . The other thing to consider is that parts might be hard to find in the USA as they are made only in France.

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    The Manurhin has an excellent reputation but as Layne pointed out it doesn't have
    much parts/maintenance support in the U.S.

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    I have never had a Manurhin revolver, but understand from friends in Europe that they are quite high quality handguns. Manurhin stands for "Manufacturer of the Rhine" and is located in Mulhouse, France just across from Germany in Alsace Lorraine.

    I have a Manurhin PP (1953 vintage) in my collection, and it's every bit the quality of wartime and post war Walther PP pistols. In fact, for many years after WW-II the Walther PP was actually manufactured by Manurhin in Mulhouse, France then final finished and marked by Walther at their Ulm facility. This allowed sales of French made PP pistols within Europe for those that did not want to buy Germany products after WW-II.

    Given the choice, and the relative rarity of Manurhin revolvers, I'd probably buy the Manurhin if it was at the same price as the S&W 686. Understand that repair, parts and finding gunsmiths familiar with Manurhin revolvers will be more difficult.
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    No experience with the M73 but i do have a 6" 686 no dash thats great to shoot and a nail driver. Good luck with your decision.
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    Of course, if the OP really has his sights set on a European .357
    revolver, he might consider the "cheapo" Korth or the Janz, both
    made in Germany. Both currently made and available.


 
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