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LHRGunslinger
October 9, 2011, 04:44 PM
Just to satisfy my curiosity; does anyone know anything about Korth revolvers?

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P5 Guy
October 9, 2011, 04:49 PM
All I know is they are way out of my price range.

CraigC
October 9, 2011, 05:02 PM
You won't get much useful information. I don't recall ever being in an online discussion with anyone who actually owned one but there will be lots of folks who never even saw one chiming in that you're only paying for a name. Which makes no sense because most shooters won't even recognize the name. Personally, I don't have a problem with a $5000 revolver but I find them to be lacking aesthetically. I'd still love to thoroughly examine one inside and out to find out just how finely they are made.

LHRGunslinger
October 9, 2011, 05:24 PM
I figured I won't get much useful information short of calling the US facility but I'd rather hear 3rd party reviews & such over the sales pitch I'd get calling them.

Sam1911
October 9, 2011, 05:30 PM
Here are three fairly recent threads with answers to your question:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=566085
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=593034
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=601311

Yes, members here do know a lot about them, and a few actually own (or owned) them.

Mike1234567
October 9, 2011, 05:31 PM
Gee whiz, man. If you've got that much cash to spend on a revolver just buy it and judge for yourself. :) Don't forget to post a review and some pics so the rest of us can have a little gun pron too. :D

To CraigC below... I was joking (mostly). Chill, dude. :D

CraigC
October 9, 2011, 05:55 PM
Just because you're willing to spend $5000 on a revolver doesn't mean you have $5000 to just throw away. I spent $4000 on a shotgun but that doesn't mean I went into it blindly or that I had $4000 to just throw away, nor do I light my cigars with hundred dollar bills.

waidmann
October 9, 2011, 06:14 PM
Years ago in Germany I handled a couple, shot one of them. While I agree they are not exactly "eye candy", the fit,finish and function were truly a marvel. At the time my presentation cased S&W 25-2 cost $350 the Korth was in the thousands then. BTW they didn't shoot themselves.

Kiln
October 9, 2011, 06:52 PM
I think that Korth intentionally ryhmes with North...as in waaaay North of what most shooters can afford in terms of price. ;)

ArchAngelCD
October 10, 2011, 02:21 AM
An outstanding product I will probably never be able to afford.
http://www.korthusa.com/revolver_en.htm

Kiln
October 10, 2011, 03:36 AM
At least from the votes in the thread people are telling the truth about their experience with this gun. I wonder if the same could be said for the majority of other and cheaper guns?

DM~
October 10, 2011, 10:45 AM
I've handled a Korth, i knew a guy that owned one. I can tell you, i wouldn't trade my old M-27 for one! Not then, NOT now...

DM

Guillermo
October 10, 2011, 11:49 AM
Chill, dude

I failed to see how CraigC was not "chilled".

Read like a simple explanation to me.

I would love to own a Korth. After all, it is a gun I don't have. :D

rcmodel
October 10, 2011, 05:09 PM
I'm 67 years old, and have been a gun collector for most of my life.

I must say I have one more possible Big Foot sighting, and two more UFO sightings then actually seeing a real Korth revolver.

I think they only made one, and it gets it's photos published on the Internet a lot. :D

rc

22lr
October 10, 2011, 05:25 PM
Very familiar with then, one of these days ill actually buy one. Never seen one in real life, but like rcmodel says, only one was made and its pictures are all over the internet. :scrutiny:
If you have an extra 5.2k here is one you can buy.

Pic from the gunbroker add.
http://pics.gunbroker.com/GB/255338000/255338859/pix520339642.jpg

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=255338859

oneounceload
October 10, 2011, 08:02 PM
Handmade in a small shop by highly-paid German craftsmen - just like a proper-made Swiss watch, only YOU can decide if it is worth the cost

InkEd
October 10, 2011, 09:16 PM
I have ACTUALLY handled one at a gun show. I did not fire any ammo through it. The quality was really nice. However, it wasn't OMG that's awesome or anything. The cylinder release was a weird lever deal.

Dude was asking (and not getting) $7500. I told him they're like $5000 NIB. He said... they're so hard to get, super rare, finest revolver made and they have a waiting list of
forever and day.

I said.... "Good for them."


In all honesty, it was nice BUT a well tuned Colt Python or Performance Center S&W for about half the price would be a better investment for a real shooter. If you want to put it on the wall of your summer home in Hamptons and talk alot of b.s. to other wanna-be aristocrat yuppies then buy the Korth.

igousigloo
October 10, 2011, 09:54 PM
Will it take the wiggle out of my sight picture? If not then it is not worth it.

P5 Guy
October 10, 2011, 10:09 PM
North of this one, about guns and evidence.
While I'm not paranoid, what would happen to such an expensive piece if it got used for defense and held as evidence? I know of a NJ resident that had a trap gun destroyed because it was stolen and used in a robbery and assault.

zombie44
October 10, 2011, 10:47 PM
I've never handled or seen a Korth revolver, how does the bluing, trigger and overall durability compare to a Python, is it on a whole other level?

hexidismal
October 10, 2011, 11:10 PM
I've known they exist for near as long as I've been interested interested in firearms, but I can't say I've ever come across one in person. There is an FFL I know of that caters to a certain celebrity. I've been told candidly that this celebrity has transferred in several Korths, as well a number of other unusual, rare, and enormously expensive firearms. I have met the man, but I didn't get myself invited to dinner or anything..heh. I wish I had known at the time I met him that he had an interest in firearms, then I would have had something to talk about.

Owen Sparks
October 10, 2011, 11:14 PM
Probably like a Stradivarius. Most of us can't play the violin well enough to know the difference. Same here.

BlayGlock
October 10, 2011, 11:16 PM
I think bac1023 on here has one.

He is also a mod at www.1911addicts.com. Hit him up.

CraigC
October 11, 2011, 01:02 AM
If I'm gonna spend several thousand dollars on a sixgun, I can think of a few ways I'd rather spend it.

http://photos.imageevent.com/newfrontier45/miscellaneous/Bowen%20Paradox.jpg

http://photos.imageevent.com/newfrontier45/miscellaneous/Bowen%20Lightweight%20Colt.jpg

http://photos.imageevent.com/newfrontier45/sixgunsiii/large/Stainless%20.500%2002.jpeg

LHRGunslinger
October 11, 2011, 08:19 AM
Craig is that bottom one a Freedom Arms .500 S&W?

JohnBT
October 11, 2011, 11:33 AM
The tale of my great Korth disappointment.

I saw a Korth revolver. A buddy told me there was one for sale at the Gander Mountain in Fredericksburg so I got in the car the next morning and drove 50 miles north.

Yep, it was a Korth. It looked average, maybe less than average for a revolver. What it was, was one of the run of about 1,000 police guns they'd made and it was only $850 and it was used. I turned around and drove home.

It was called "Polizeirevolver Serie 20" in 38 special. The Hamburg Harbor Police ordered some (in addition to the 1,000?) but never issued them because shortly after they ordered the revolvers, the State Police of Hamburg issued P1 and PPK to all officers. Or so I was told after I got home and asked around.

Duh. All that glitters is not Korth. :)

edited to add a pic link. The one I saw sure didn't look this nice.

http://dienstwaffen.di.funpic.de/images/polizeirevolverkorthserie20.jpg

CraigC
October 11, 2011, 12:22 PM
Craig is that bottom one a Freedom Arms .500 S&W?
That's a custom Ruger, a .500Linebaugh built by David Clements if I remember right. For the record, it's not mine. Since we're talking about money and expensive guns, that one would cost around $2800-$3000 to build.

CajunBass
October 11, 2011, 02:14 PM
I must have seen the same one John. I was sorta tempted. At least enough to do a little research and find out what it was. Like you, I really wasn't that impressed, but I gather that one wasn't one of their best efforts. In the end, I didn't have the money anyway.

ArchAngelCD
October 12, 2011, 03:16 AM
I have to agree a Korth is probably not worth the money but a Freedom Arms revolver is a completely different matter IMO. I'm sure there are many who disagree with me on both points but I really want a FA revolver some day. (yeah right, some day is like tomorrow, it never comes) I would love to have a Model 97 in .45 Colt.

tipoc
October 12, 2011, 04:46 AM
Here is a link to a previous discussion of Korth revolvers and a number of pics.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=345730&highlight=korth

tipoc

Dnaltrop
October 12, 2011, 05:20 PM
Never heard of a Korth...

My buying ability ends at about $2000 on the utmost extreme and that will take some planning. Beyond that the wife turns an even paler shade of marble white.

If i had 5 grand to burn on weaponry... FA Octagonal barrel in .45/4 would be my first choice before a single revolver at that price. followed by likely some sort of suppressed weapon.

The recent NFA thread on the De Lisle has my attention, apparently the parachute jumper version was only 8 lbs (though only a prototype) I walk with a 7 lb steel cane, making one handed operation of a 8 lb weapon not unreasonable.

4v50 Gary
October 13, 2011, 04:09 AM
The Korth's smooth DA trigger may be attributed to the roller that is mounted on the end of the sear. It works in the same manner as the old bent tear-drop shaped Python sear. Because of the lengthened sear and trigger contact, that allowed for a longer, smooth double action trigger pull.

For the money though, I'll take an old Colt Python.

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