What a $4,800 Revolver Looks Like: The Super Sport from Korth

The Korth Super Sport custom revolver with Jim Wilson grips.

Korth Arms produces some of the finest revolvers in the world. They’re machined in Germany with the kind of precision you’d expect from a hand-built German gun. Korth Revolvers come in several models, both for carry and for sport shooting. Pictured here is the Super Sport .357 with wooden Jim Wilson grips.

Everything about this gun screams precision. It’s smooth and crisp.

This gun feels wonderful to hold and points naturally. The trigger is crisp. I didn’t get to shoot it at SHOT Show, but it feels like it will shoot really well.

It’s a Double Action/Single Action revolver. Even the hammer feels finely tuned.

Korth (pronounced like “court”, not like “north”) has been crafting revolvers since 1954, and they are distributed in the USA by Nighthawk Custom. Each gun is built from custom machined parts and tuned by hand to fit and function.

The Super Sport model has a vented barrel and rails top and bottom. Also available with a standard barrel.

Korth revolvers come standard in .357 Magnum, but you can purchase a spare cylinder chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum. That’s great so that you don’t have to shoot the high recoil .357s all the time. Of course, you could shoot .38 special in the .357 cylinder, but 9mm is still cheaper and easier to come by.

It’s a six-shooter chambered in .357 Magnum, which will also shoot .38 Special ammo, but for another $1,000 you can buy a 9mm Luger cylinder, as well.

This model is optics ready with a Picatinny rail on top, and another underneath the barrel for lights.

It’s got Picatinny rails on top as well as under the barrel.

If you get a chance, you should go hold these guns and try the triggers. They are very fine. And they should be: the Super Sport model starts at $4,799. That extra 9mm cylinder will only set you back another $1,000. Korth Revolvers are available for order now through Nighthawk Custom.

Each gun is custom machined for a precise fit, and it shows.

The barrel crown is polished for the US market. It’s made in Germany and imported by Nighthawk Custom.

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  • Chuckermaroo February 23, 2019, 5:19 pm

    The barrel crown picture looks like it was polished with a ball pein hammer.

  • Mark N. February 23, 2019, 3:19 am

    Y’all do realize that this particular model is a competition grade target gun, not something one carries as an EDC? And that fact accounts for much of the price, apart from the grips? For a more “regular” looking gun, Nighthawk sells the Mongoose. (A jibe at Colt, no doubt, because Mongooses kill Cobras.)

  • Vigilante February 23, 2019, 12:03 am

    Finally, Decard’s Replicant stopper comes to the market.

  • maddog February 22, 2019, 7:56 pm

    that is one butt ugly revolver. i guess it’s true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder…..

  • Glenn61 February 22, 2019, 7:22 pm

    I paid $200 for an old Ruger Security Six, 357, spent another $140 to have it tuned and polished out by a famous gun smith in my area,,, and I guarantee you that for $340 I can t
    match or beat this over priced piece of crap at every level of performance.

  • Jim February 22, 2019, 6:17 pm

    Actually had not heard of Korth. Looked them up. I really like this gun however have a couple of observations. Firstly, the blue finish is “real” and perhaps if I am holding the weapon in my hands, will appreciate it better. The grip looks nice but the finish of it is not bespoked as this gun touts itself to be. I can safely say it proably shoots very well. I own a Performance Center S&W 8 shot 4” .357 J Frame in Satin Stainless. I put VZ grips on it and must say, it is a dream to shoot. I paid $900.00 from a hurting dealer on the net. To me, it is a very fine “by the bedside wheel gun”. Daily Carry is a Kimber Ultra Carry II or a HK 45C. This gun would be a very cool carry in my CCW bag. I actually want to buy it but with the grips finished in a more elegant Mahogany Polished finish. Some say: sights are afterthoughts but in reality are not, they are precision ones and buy a 9mm kit…oh bulls#it. You buy it to have a .357 Mag by your side and who cheaps out with ammo and wheel anyways? Not me. Only thing is… $4800. Seems a bit steep yet if I have enough single malt scotch it’ll seem like a deal😏 just my two cents. Korth seems to be a very good fit and finish weapon maker. Coming from a guy that has Ed Browns, Nighthawks (who sell these) Wilson and Kimber… maybe this is a special gun made by a high quality weapon maker.

  • al February 22, 2019, 4:38 pm

    All that fancy stuff with the shroud, and a plain ‘ol cylinder?!?!?
    Richard is right, Steampunk.

  • Cam King February 22, 2019, 2:40 pm

    The rest of this crowd doesn’t like it ? I do..I will take theirs ! Good looking gun ! Wish I could afford it.

  • Area 52 February 22, 2019, 2:25 pm

    The barrel looks like it was made out of lego blocks.

  • Charlie February 22, 2019, 2:16 pm

    A $4800 gun will not replace practice. Buy one of the quality handguns from many of the major manufacturers and spend the rest of the money on ammo and practice. You will find that that is the true value of a handgun. Not he over inflated price.

  • Grant Stevens February 22, 2019, 1:04 pm

    Built during the Golden Age of revolvers, a Smith & Wesson model 19-3 will do everything this ugly Kraut gun will do, and do it in classic style for a fraction of the cost. Sometimes older is better.

    • Richard February 22, 2019, 9:30 pm

      I agree! The 19 is a superb gun, but I prefer my 27 3in. Made in 1957”

  • Norm Fishler February 22, 2019, 11:19 am

    I had a Korth about 18 – 20 years ago. It was very nice, but certainly not worth what they’re asking for them these days. I had to fight tooth and nail just to get $900 when I finally did sell it. People keep comparing it to the Python and I must speak out on that. If I had to pick between the Korth and the Python there would be no contest, even if the Korth were half the price of the Colt. The Python is is an overpriced, delicate, and complex, antiquated design. The Korth will go the distance without having to be sent to the shop for a tune up every other box of ammo.

  • Gary Fowler February 22, 2019, 10:30 am

    No amount of special machining in Germany or any other country could account for that pricing. And $1000 for just a cylinder, outrageous. I am sure it will be a limited production due to the small amount of people willing to pay that price. As a collector gun, it may someday be worth $4800 if they keep the production under 1000 units.

  • slick February 22, 2019, 10:29 am

    that front sight is horrendous and looks like an afterthought with the exposed screw heads. the grips are the only think on that gun that looks expensive. the rest of the gun looks like something Taurus would manufacture.

    • Mark N. February 23, 2019, 3:13 am

      Did you notice that the front sight is fully adjustable, and apparently without tools?

  • Steve February 22, 2019, 10:22 am

    I remember seeing Korth revolvers in gun books in the 1980’s. The price then was listed as about the same as a python. Not much different from now. I cannot afford one but would like to see a shooting test shooting .357, .38, 9mm.

  • FirstStateMark February 22, 2019, 10:09 am

    Looks like my S&W 586 with a bad case of rot. Bet it doesn’t shoot any better either.

  • Richard K Baldwin February 22, 2019, 9:34 am

    over priced toy , I thought the BFR revolvers were expensive enough , at least their fit and finish are compairable to this thing

  • Richard Groenier February 22, 2019, 9:00 am

    For $4800.00+ it should be done in a high luster blue similar to Colt Python and hand-polished inside and out or offered in stainless steel.
    “Didja” ever notice that as times are or have been tough the cotton pickers called gun writers seem to only offer these Rolls Royce priced products?
    If I were a better writer I would be tempted to write about a non-existent place with a non existent gun writer who would most likely recommend that we buy any and everything he wrote about. It could be amusing.
    IF I ever get enough long green and gold I might but one just to be able to say that I own one.

  • darius February 22, 2019, 8:53 am

    peep all the broke losers bitching about something they could never afford! This gun looks awesome and fun.

  • srsquidizen February 22, 2019, 8:52 am

    So people who can afford a $4800 revolver will spend an extra $1000 for the inconvenience of ejecting cases via moon clips or a Bic pen…to save pennies per range round over .38’s which can be found at just about any store that claims to sell handgun ammo. I’m thinking some of Korth’s customers might be lottery winners.

  • Roy February 22, 2019, 8:10 am

    I have to agree with the first couple post – it is interesting but even if money were not an object, I would never pay that kind of coin for a revolver, hand made or not. BTW – rails – WHY? Maybe I am alone in this concept but a revolver’s true beauty is it’s simplicity. I don’t like accessories on any of my firearms, and I certainly would never own a revolver with an accessory rail. I’ll take five (5) Redhawks for the price of one Korth any day of the week.

    • Irish-7 February 22, 2019, 11:03 am

      I hold similar thoughts. Although I’d love to own a “high-end” revolver, if I had nearly 5 grand for new wheel gun purchases, I’d opt for several firearms as well. The Ruger Redhawk .45 LC/.45 ACP would be top of the list, the 8-shot .357 MAG Redhawk is a candidate, too. Perhaps the new Kimber K6 TLE and Colt Cobras………….

  • triggerpull February 22, 2019, 7:58 am

    Finally, a gun that shoots well just by it’s looks. I’m sold.

  • Rick February 22, 2019, 7:48 am

    Quite unattractive. I wouldn’t take one for free. Sorry.

    • Hubcap February 22, 2019, 9:44 am

      I would, then sell it and buy 4 or 5 of what I really wanted.

      • GomeznSA February 22, 2019, 12:56 pm

        I had the same thought – then again I already have pretty much all of my ‘grail’ guns 😉
        Never mind the matching pair of Pythons I (finally) acquired for substantially less (LOTS leftover for ammo) than this beast!
        I suppose if one can afford a Rolls Royce or a Ferrari this might be within reach but NOT for us mere mortals.

    • MagnumOpUS February 22, 2019, 11:37 am

      Really?

      Such unimpeachable standards you have!
      (in other words, you can’t afford it either; however, I allow myself to admire things far outside of my buying power)

  • Rob February 22, 2019, 6:48 am

    Looks like a nice revolver but, at that price I’ll stick with my judge.

  • Richard Vreeke February 22, 2019, 4:49 am

    $4800 huh? Handmade, hand-fitted, okay, but I don’t find much beauty in it. I don’t think I’d buy it even if money wasn’t an issue…and it is. “Steampunk” comes to mind.

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