It was said best here, “Korth: you either know the name or you don’t. And if you do know it, you either dream of one day scraping together the scratch to buy one of the legendary German gunmaker’s custom pistols, or you think it’s silly to shell out untold thousands of dollars for a gun that’s not even made in the USA.”
In my opinion, when it comes to handguns there is no finer choice than a Korth pistol, and I own this monument to excess. The announcement of the new Korth PRS made me weak in the knees too, and this video shows how awesome it really is:
I wandered over to the Korth booth and it was manned by three German men who did not speak English very well, but were eager to show me their firearms.
I walked up to the man who seemed to be the most senior of the bunch and asked if the new PRS was like the old H&K P9/P9s pistol in that is uses a form of roller delayed blowback with a fixed barrel. His response was neat:
“Vee hav taken ze best that America has to offer, the 1911 pistol and combined it with classic German engineering to make what vee believe is ze best pistol on Earth. This Pistol is the best of both countries!”
I thought that was too cool. He asked if i wanted to try out their line of firearms and it took me a nanosecond to run up to the firing line.
Two other employees were working with a revolver (starting at $6,000) at the time:
I was more interested in the automatics myself, and a pair of PRS pistols awaited me:
I blasted through a magazine with the shorter model on a small gong that was 7-10 yards away. The gun shot incredibly, with little recoil for a fixed barrel .45acp firearm.
The one I really wanted to shoot was the longer barreled competition model with the red dot. I got behind it and tried my luck and hitting the far gong:
The trigger is so light and so crisp that it surprised the hell out of me, breaking at 2 pounds or so. The red dot and familiar 1911 styling also made hitting anything with the red dot over it a breeze:
As for price, the PRS will come in at around $3,000 and for that amount, they can count on me as a buyer.
Because of the small language barrier I had difficulty getting all of my technical questions answered. I asked the oldest man if the rollers would have to be replaced periodically due to wear, like on any HK roller gun. He looked at me, not quite sure of what I was asking so I asked another rep. The three of them spoke in German for about 30 seconds after I asked my question, looked at me and then responded with a simple “no”. While nice to know, I did not want to take any more of these gentlemen’s time with a line forming behind me.
Shooting the PRS was a great experience, and as a result I know what my next handgun will be.