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Korth semi auto?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by powderific, Dec 25, 2002.

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  1. powderific

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    Korth seems to make some of the most expensive and highly respected revolvers around, but I don't ever remember reading anything about their semi autos. Anyone know anything about this beast?

    http://www.korthusa.com/pistol_en.htm#
     
  2. dacinokc

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    An extreme high end gun, I purchased one 15+ years ago and thought it was outragious at the time, 1200.00. The prices have done nothing but go up, in large part because of the exchange rate of the mark to the dollar.
    It is of the same school as the sig 210, limited production, made by hand, of hand machined parts, honed and finished by hand to high levels of fit and finish.
    Mine is a safe queen, and at 10 round of 9mm I can't even claim it is a high cap like my P-88s. The Korth is also of the same school as a P-88 if you have ever felt the trigger or the decock one a full size P-88. I have maybe 500 rounds though it, but it is a keeper just from the collector point of view for me.
    If you have the money to play, I would recommend trying one at least just to say you have!:p
     
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    If I ever win the lotto I'll by one and let you know what I think. For now I'll just have to be content to drool.
     
  4. IRock

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    Wow, five grand. I hope it's perfect in every way.
     
  5. Tamara

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    Five... thousand... dollars...

    I'm going to go to my bedroom and kick my Springfield Pro a few times. I'll be right back... ;) :D
     
  6. MarineTech

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    I'm with Tamara. I have so far managed to keep the price of all my individual firearms under $2000. $5K for a semiauto that dosen't even come in .45? I'll pass.

    Kind of reminds me of the term they used for the pig they found in the camper in "Super Troopers". Trophy Pet
    I think this falls into the category of a Trophy Gun. You buy it just to say you have one.
     
  7. Mikke

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    Never seen one IRL myself (surprise, surprise!), but have read a test by a swedish gun magazine, Vapentidningen (a very good magazine). Their impression? Not very good.
    Accuracy was decent, about the same you get from most other autos, and as I remember it the rest wasn't all that impressive either.

    My impression from it was that I'd rather have my CZ-75... :)
     
  8. Glockster35

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    I never knew they made a semi-auto.

    But I recall reading in a gun rag (magazine) once that the Korth revolver was by far the worst revolver made today, and that it was also the most expensive revolver on the market today. I would have to guess this is with the exception of some of the fancy engraved "Pimp Guns" available nowdays.
     
  9. Blackhawk

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    Ahem... that's STARTING at $5k. An extra mag is $150 and cases run at $850 for walnut or leather. Caliber conversions are $1,200.

    I know what my next CCW is NOT going to be!
     
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    If they start at $4947.00 for the Scheibenrevolver ,I wonder what one with all the "frills" costs..:eek: :D
     
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    The revolver looks like it wants to be a Python when it grows up. I assume from the decidedly small pictures the cylinder release is in the left ear, which actually wouldn't be a bad place for it—but starting at $5,000 strikes me as ludicrous.
     
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    It seems sometimes that all a manufacturer has to do is put ,Made in Germany GmbH , on pretty much any product and the watch the price soar... :D

    I still can't get over that price. That's just insane.
     
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    If they're going to charge $5,000+ for it, at least make it a good looking gun. :rolleyes:
     
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    One correction, though I have not owned one, I have seen a few and spoke to the maker. Most of the parts are not machined or have little machining. The parts are ground. I am not a machinist, but apparently it has something to do with putting a piece of metal on a very large, very expensive, spinning wheel. From what I understand it is an expensive, but precise, way to do things.

    An engraved and inlayed Korth would have to be the ultimate BBQ gun.
     
  15. rock jock

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    Korth handguns are most lilely bought by the same crowd that buys $50,000 Rizzini shotguns.
     
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    dacinokc,

    Do you have the Korth semiauto and, if so, how accurate is it? Some of the replies to this thread indicate it's only so-so (in many categories not just accuracy) and therefore outrageous for the price. I'd be interested to hear a first hand report...
     
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    Now thats what I call HIGH END $5000.00 OUCH.:what:
     
  18. Handy

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    You know, if this truly is a precision, made from scratch gun, I can understand the price. It's like buying a $200,000+ car. It's not a cleaned up production gun, it's a hand made luxury item. I can respect that.




    I won't be buying a Korth or Bugati anytime soon, though.
     
  19. Handy

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    Just looking at the pictures. How the hell does that thing work? It looks like it might use a P-38 locking block, but at the front of the barrel. Dacinokc?
     
  20. Arkady

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    $150 for a spare magazine? That only holds ten rounds?

    I'm so glad i'm not rich... i'd feel so stupid buying stuff like that.


    But i still want one.
     
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    precision manufactured, blah, blah, blah.

    If every component of the gun is ground, than I can understand the $5k price, but that kind of precision isn't necessary, and does nothing to suggest the quality of the finished product.

    IOW, I can make a part almost exactly to to the print by grinding the whole thing. Say within .0005" instead of .002" or .003" inches with high precision machining. That doesn't mean the dimensions on the drawing are right. It doesn't mean the gun will be accurate, or function well. It seems like this company is putting their money into exorbitant manufacturing practices instead of R&D and product improvement.

    If the whole gun is ground, I am surprised they can sell it for as little as $5k
     
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    Korth autoloader.


    $5,000.00 :what:


    Wow. The Korth's price actually makes the price for HKs seem reasonable. :eek:
     
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    ya but at least w/ a bugati you get a really fast car.
    This korth semi-auto, what do you get? You get an ugly beretta knockoff that doesn't even have Hi-caps!

    atek3
     
  24. Soap

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    Hmm...I'm guessing y'all have never dealt with the double gun crowd...

    The Korth semi isn't a performance piece like the Sig 210. It is more of a 10% performance, 90% psychic income (intangible value) sort of gun. For me, I'd rather Korth keep their psychic value, get a pair of Les Baer TRSs and head to the Ranch.
     
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    It's definately a snob appeal item. Maybe not 15 years ago, but definately so now. What sort of accuracy do you expect with a $5,000 pistol? I mean, Rock River will guarantee 1.5" groups at 50 yards for $1,250? That's darn near every shot touching at 50 yards! How about reliability? 9mm Glock 17s are known to go several rounds between jams and they're always under $500.

    I mean, you have the AutoMag that would be pretty neat for a price. And the pistol that was vaguely similar to the Automag but in 357, Sobilinski? It's been 15 years since I've seen one. Throw in a BrenTen and you're still probably under the price of a new Korth and they'll only go up in price as well.
     
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