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Your chance to get a Korth 357/9para

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Mp7, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. Mp7

    Mp7 Well-Known Member

  2. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    That IS a good price for that, especially with two cylinders........
  3. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Well-Known Member

    What makes the Korth so special that they are worth that much money? Looks like a Python knockoff to me :).

    Just curious what all the hubbub is about,
  4. Mp7

    Mp7 Well-Known Member

    Think of it as the Python being a Tupolev
    and the Korth being ... a Concorde ... Concorth.
  5. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Well-Known Member

    Ok, I gotcha. No comparison really between The Concorde and the Tupolev Tu-144 (aka The Concordski).

    I still won't pay that for a wheelgun.

    Just my .02,

    SHOOT1SAM Well-Known Member


    Following up on LeonCarr's question, can you expound more on this? I've often wondered exactly what gives the Korth such a reputation as the Rolex of revolvers? Not meaning to offend, but do you have actual experience with a Korth, or are you repeating what most of us have heard over the years?

  7. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    They are handbuilt in small numbers. They make a revolver and a semi pistol.

    The semi is offered in 9x19 and 9x21, while the revolver has offerings in .22 Long Rifle, .22 WMR,.32 S&W Long, .38 Special,.357 Magnum, 9 mm Lugernicely done.

  8. Oro

    Oro Well-Known Member

    You know, I'd like to know this, too. For years I assumed there was some basis in fact. Over the past few years I've handled about three Korths and fired one. I have found them universally unattractive and about equal in quality and accuracy to a high-end S&W or Python. The ergonomics were inferior to both (if the cylinder release were repositioned, it might be equal to the S&W).

    I am genuinely confused as to why they command such a price other than sheer rarity. They don't exhibit any superlative features from what I have seen.
  9. Eightball

    Eightball Well-Known Member

    Supply and demand, mayhaps?
  10. L-Frame

    L-Frame Well-Known Member

    I'm definitely not a Korth apologist. Never owned one, never will. But I did read Gun Test's write up on it in their July 2002 issue and they called it their ultimate conditional buy. They said it was as close as any production gun has ever come to answering the question "What kind of gun could you produce if money was no object". That's actually not a direct quote but that's the idea.

    Some of the details: each gun takes 4 months to build, the steel is proprietary and rates 60 on the Rockwell scale, they rated the machining as good as they had ever seen, multiple sub 1 inch groups at 25 yards. I found it interesting that they said that the polishing and bluing was superb and that the dirt "seemed to leave the gun on it's own accord" and it stayed cleaner than any gun they had ever seen. There was obviously much more but you get the picture.

    I'll end by saying that I think that kind of money for anything, revolver or semi-auto is crazy. But, for those for whom money is of no concern, I guess there would be no reason not to own something that has the extras to offer, no matter how little real world difference it would make.
  11. devildog66

    devildog66 Well-Known Member

    When considering a Korth, need is no basis to be brought into the conversation. A Korth handgun is akin to a Holland and Holland double rifle in that one can get a completely functional and damn nice rifle for a WHOLE lot less but then that is not the point.
  12. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    Not to mention I have been told the interior is full of gears to custom set the trigger pull, etc, which is why the cylinder latch release is in that goofy next to the hammer spot.
    That is a gun you own because you can, conspicous consumption, carry it while driving your Knight XV 4 wheel drive armored truck to the range, to show off whilst you blow off several magazines from your NIB STG44.
  13. Shadan7

    Shadan7 Well-Known Member

    We made arrangements to borrow both a .357 Korth revolver and a 9x19 Korth semi-auto for our tests this spring. I had handled these guns previously, but it was my first time to actually shoot a Korth. In fact, it was the first time that they had been shot, outside of the factory.

    They do have phenomenal fit & finish. The magazines are custom made to each pistol, and we actually had difficulty inserting and removing the magazine at first, it fit so tightly - though it did loosen up sufficiently that it was easy to change later. All the details are seen to with these guns - there is no slight 'play' in anything, no minor flaw in this or that which might be overlooked in any other gun.

    But to be honest, I was not impressed. It was fun to say I had shot them, but any good quality gun from my own collection is easier to shoot and enjoy. That could just be personal preference, but the other guys in our project tended to agree with me.

    Jim D.
  14. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Well-Known Member

    The Korth is probably what a Custom Shop Python would be today with very skilled American hands doing a lot of hand fitting.

    But maybe I am wrong. I know next to nothing about Korths except they are finely built and cost a great deal.
  15. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    And you can't get grips from Hogue, holsters for Cabalas, or parts from Numrich Arms. :neener:

  16. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    Point, but if you have that kind of scratch, you can order from the manufacturer anyway...
  17. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I guess they are so perfect they will never break or get out of time, the grips cannot be improved upon for any hand, and you don't want no steenk'n holster wearing the fine bluing off anyway. :D

  18. chris in va

    chris in va Well-Known Member

    It's been my experience that some rich people will buy something purely on price. If it's the most expensive, they whip out the card.
  19. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    They are not machined. The metal work (or at least most of it--they may do some initial roughing out via machining before the steel is heat-treated) is done by precision grinding.
    "Never" is a big word, but I'll bet the Korth repairman makes the Maytag repairman look massively overworked. :D
    I have a sneaking suspicion that if you can buy afford to buy a Korth you can also pay to have someone make a grip for it to your specifications. ;) Probably not owned by many in the crowd that does a lot of shopping for mass produced aftermarket parts online.

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