Magnum Research Upgrades BFR Series

All BFR special-ordered calibers, and all twelve BFR standard models with in .454 Casull, .44 Magnum, .30/30 Win, .45/70 Govt., .460 S&W, .500 S&W, and .45LC/.410, and with barrel lengths of 5 inches up to 10 inches will feature the new upgrades.

Magnum Research (MRI) has updated its line of BFR (Big Frame Revolver) wheelguns.

All twelve BFR standard models in .454 Casull, .44 Magnum, .30/30 Win, .45/70 Govt., .460 S&W, .500 S&W, and .45LC/.410, with barrel lengths of 5 inches up to 10 inches will feature the new upgrades. The BFR models in special-ordered calibers will also features the updated specs.

About the BFR Series

It all began in 1999, when an independent gunsmith/designer named Jim Tertin, was approached by MRI to manufacture the new large caliber revolver for them. Tertin mastered the base pin design, firing pin, barrels, frame and cylinder, and fine-tuned the timing of all BFR revolvers, and then put it into production for Magnum Research. In 2005, Tertin sold the BFR design to MRI and was hired by them as the Director of Manufacturing. His focus is now that of Director of Design, Research and Development for all MRI products including the iconic Desert Eagles and Baby Desert Eagles.

Among the changes:

The hammer spur is now taller and narrower than previous models. It was raised vertically, allowing for easier cocking. The new hammer is machined stainless steel and is made with extremely tight tolerances.

The BFR’s product line now employs a soft-rubber one-piece grip, with a taper suitable for single-action shooting. It is slightly longer than the original two-piece grip. The new Hogue grip is a brand new screwless design that has never before been offered on a single-action revolver. Each grip is shipped with an assembly/disassembly tool that aids in installing or removing the grip. The new grips and hammers will fit any BFR manufactured since 2000 and are available directly from Magnum Research.

The last new feature offered on the entire BFR product line is the new BFR logo. The logo was designed by Kevin Yoon, marketing manager for Kahr Firearms Group.

What do you think of the redesign? Will you be purchasing a new revolver from the BFR series?

9 Comments On This Article

  1. I love the revolvers. Not for everyone, obviously, but they serve a purpose.
    The logo is terrible. I’ve had many graphic designers work for me in the past, and it looks like Yoon phoned this one in. Probably took him 15 minutes. They should have put out an RFP and let some young folks throw their hat in the ring!

  2. Yep, the Python is a great gun! I have a S&W 586 with a tuned action that helps me stay with the Python shooters. Don’t mean to brag, but, my Smith shoots better for me than any of the Colts I used to have…

  3. I believe I will purchase one of these, I just need to decide which caliber I want. Right now I am leaning toward the 30-30.

  4. I have an old 629 , just looked at its new version and noticed a difference in the hammer ! I did take exception to how thin it seemed from my model ‼️ I’ve been lucky to say I have killed a couple large hogs with it and thinking of going larger to maybe a 45/70 ❗️ I too have had colts and can say I prefer my S&W better ❗️ Just my opinion !

  5. From all that I can discern, the quality control and quality overall on the BFR line is VERY good, higher than most (including Ruger). One thing shooters are and have found, is that the Bisley grip is far more comfortable to shoot…a wise addition if they follow what shooters like in the Rugers…..which means, better sales.

  6. Men like things that are shiny. If something is shiny and goes boom!, even better. But the standard grips are butt ugly. Shiny & ugly is bad.

    I may buy the Bisley version. It is at least an improvement.

  7. Spent two hours trying to install the new Hogue rubber grip on my 475 Linebaugh…holes in grip would not linup with pins on frame..Terrible design…Received grip and a plastic tool with no assisting instructions …In a zip lock bag….Called customer service and left messeges..Never received a call back…Returned grip today…

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