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Anyone owned or shot a Korth?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by JohnKSa, Oct 15, 2004.

  1. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    Not that I have a few thousand to spend on a revolver, but I'm curious. I've heard a lot about these guns--but mostly from people who've heard about them as well.

    Anyone got some FIRST-HAND experience?

    What do you get for $5K? Nicer finish? Better performance? Prestige? Incredible durability? Rock-solid reliability?


  2. mainmech48

    mainmech48 Well-Known Member

    FWIW, many years ago I happened to be visiting the rural home of a friend at the same time as Frank James. He had brought several revolvers along to test for an article or articles. Among them was a Korth with a 4" bbl in .357.

    To the best of my recollection, I was semi-impressed by its precise fit and lustrous finish but frankly couldn't find a way to equate the difference between it and a new 4" S&W .32 H&R Mag side-by-side with the difference in their prices. I mean, it was nice and all, but not THAT much nicer.

    Also to the best of my recollection, I can't recall that anyone there managed to get groups smaller in any significant degree with it than they could with a Dan Wesson which cost about 10% as much.

    Value being the entirely subjective concept that it is, I suppose that there are those who would be willing to pay that much more for the cachet of a rare name and a nice polish job, even if there's not much quantifiable difference in performance there. To each their own.

    Being both a working stiff and a functionalist, I don't suppose that I'll ever be one of them.
  3. Blueduck

    Blueduck Well-Known Member

    Your forgetting the built in option of using $1,000 speed loaders :)

    Personally I crindge at $7.95 for my Safarilands but to each thier own....
  4. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    I have a hunch $5,000 buys you the satisfaction of knowing you're the only person in town with a Korth. Personally, that wouldn't trip my trigger, but I'm sure that's one of the main reasons a few people buy that revolver.
  5. munk

    munk Well-Known Member

    Actually, the reason for the price is simple and well planned. When the Aliens finally invade, as Fox Mulder found out, we will be killed or enslaved.

    Except for all of those with a Korth revolver: they will be beamed aboard a special ship and allowed out of this Solar System to colonize another planet, already pre-selected for just this task. As only the rich and informed own Korths, it was seized as being an ingenious way of culling out inferior DNA for the best possible chance of making it in the New World.

    Sadly, though I know of the plot, I am not considered vital enough to own a Korth. I understand that even if I were to buy one, I would not be one of those beamed up.

    I hope this helps.

  6. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    So, I take it that the general consensus so far is this:

    1. If I suddenly win the lottery, or otherwise happen into an obscene amount of money it would be far wiser to buy a GP100 and send it to Bowen for a complete rework than it would be to buy a Korth...

    2. The price of a Korth is primarily a function of the manufacturing techniques, more than a measure of quality.

    3. Aliens like people with Korths. (Perhaps "korth" means "large hooter" or "high IQ" in the alien tongue. This could explain why the alien leaders have instructed their minions to collect the humans with "korths" prior to destroying the world to make way for the next hyperspace bypass.)
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2004
  7. sgt127

    sgt127 Well-Known Member

    "to make way for the next hyperspace bypass."

    Uh Oh. I would guess you too are a fan of the Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy.....Remember, Don't Panic
  8. mainmech48

    mainmech48 Well-Known Member

    I think you've pretty much nailed it, John.

    Personally, if I ever came into an obscene amount of disposable cash I'd have Hamilton Bowen, Gary Reeder, Ron Powers, or one of the other premier revolver artists build me something just as 'pretty' and functionally superior in every quantifiable respect. My tastes are simple. It would likely even cost less than a Korth, too.

    Being something of a xenophobe when it comes to aliens, I have a less sanguine take on the possible motive in choosing only Korth owners for their 're-seeding' project: anything silly enough to pay 1000% more for a machine that doesn't do anything more efficiently or more precisely than its competition would likely make for an amusing pet. Or at least a fine conversation piece to make fun of at cocktail parties. Especially after a couple of Pangallactic Gargleblasters.

    While we're out there, it might be almost worth the cost of a Korth for the chance to see Eccentrica Gallumbits et al.
  9. saltydog452

    saltydog452 Well-Known Member

    Korth gun rug..

    Having a Korth just won't be enough..You gotta have a towel to wrap it in in.

  10. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    A Korth wrapped in a towel...

    I'll bet just the thought would be enough to make a Korth owner hurl!

    "hyperspace bypass"--what other possible reason could the aliens have to destroy us given that we are "mostly harmless."

    Seriously though, I've got to admit that I would still like to handle and shoot a Korth. Anyone know of a range that has one for rent? :D
  11. Blueduck

    Blueduck Well-Known Member

    If you do not understand the direction this thread is taking just stick this fish in your ear....
  12. stans

    stans Well-Known Member

    Anyone care for me to recite some poetry?:D
  13. Browns Fan

    Browns Fan Well-Known Member

    Anyone carry a Korth? If you do, you better CONCEAL it!! :uhoh:
  14. Browns Fan

    Browns Fan Well-Known Member

    I think i'd conceal it in a safe that costs at least as much as the gun!
  15. MyDogReese

    MyDogReese New Member

    Yeah, I have four of them: a circa-1972 38 Special with a 2.5" barrel in polished blue; two Combat .357 Magnums, a 3" in polished blue; a 4" in silver plasma; and a 6" .357 target model in polished blue. The .38 Special has the classic "Bakelite" plastic grips and the .357s have the deluxe walnut grips with thumb ledge (the target gun has non-checkered grips).

    The Korths are not inherently more accurate than a Colt Python or a Smith 27, but they are more attractive (I love the Python) and are certainly better built. The balance and the ergonomics of each gun are far better than the Smith or the Colt making them far easier to handle and shoot well off-hand as opposed to a rest. The .38 Special is a five shot and has an outer wall thickness of .74" which is just a tiny bit thicker than the 6-shot K-frame .357 magnums. The steel alloys used in the Korths is superior to that of Colt and S&W, so they are strong and the fit and finish is far superior. The trigger pull is superior to the Colt Python, something I never thought possible (not by much, though) and the replaceable/detachable cylinder makes the Korth guns easier to clean. I have never shot 9mm or other calibers through them, so I can't say anything to that.

    MDR :D
  16. MidnightRambler

    MidnightRambler Well-Known Member

    If I came into an insane amount of money, I'd rather have an A1 Abrams or AH64 Apache, then a Korth. :)
  17. sgt127

    sgt127 Well-Known Member

    But, firing a Korth has been equated to having your brains bashed in by a brick of solid gold wrapped in a lemon peel. At least thats what I heard...

    (Who would have thought so many fans were on this board...I find that interesting)
  18. 461

    461 Well-Known Member

    I think I'd rather have the equivalent from Ruger. That would be a dozen Blackhawks I believe.

    Seriously I had a boss once who actually tried to buy one but was told the waiting list would be over a year so he bought a Freedom Arms instead.
  19. denfoote

    denfoote Well-Known Member

    I'm holding out for dinner at the resturant at the end of the universe!!

    But, till then, so long and thanks for all the fish!!
  20. Atticus

    Atticus Well-Known Member

    MyDogReese - you now have an obligation to share pics my friend...I would love to see them.:)

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