Korth Introduces 9mm Revolver

2015-01-18 11_03_31-Korth Sky Marshal in 9 mm Para _ Luger - YouTube

Korth, maker of fine revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, has just released a video showcasing its new “Sky Marshal” 9mm Luger revolver. The revolver is set up as a personal defense weapon, with a side-mounted 1913 rail and, very oddly, speedloader capability:

I am not in touch enough with European preferences to know if there is a market for something like this over there, however I think the market is very limited in the US. It is, however, very neat, and though its addition is ugly, I think the side-mounted Picatinny rail is a good position for mounting lights and lasers within reach of the index finger.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • iksnilol

    If it was 8 rounds I would consider it in spite of the Korth pricing.

    • Dan

      In regards to Korth pricing, 9 out of every 10 bad guys shot have said they would prefer to be shot by a premium priced revolver.

      • iksnilol

        “Dat fool was serious ma man, he blasted me with a 10k gat but he did cheap out since it was only a nine milla.”

        -Gangbanger that wants to remain anonymous

      • TXgnnr

        Thank you. My day has been brightened by you wit.

  • Cheese_McQueen

    How many dollars of American money?

    • No word yet. Korth prices, surely.

      • Cheese_McQueen

        Maybe they will pull a Sphnix and release a gun that is more affordable for the Everyman.

        • Looks like it’s more reasonable than I expected, so you were right!

          • Cheese_McQueen

            I might have to buy one to match my Sphnix SDP. Cheap quality guns FTW.

      • Vorant

        M.S.R.P. $1000.00

  • Interesting. If the price is fair I’ll take a serious look at one. Can I get it in 4 inch barrel as well?

    • 3XLwolfshirt

      It’s Korth. The price won’t be fair.

      • Nicks87

        Oh, don’t criticize the price of something on this website no matter how ridiculous or you will be labeled a child and a communist.

        • Dan

          And the legions of kool aid drinkers will come on and tell you exactly why it worth the steep price then telk you to buy a hi-point because you fail to believe some over inflated price that makes people think the product is light years better and you will shoot better just for buying it. Kind of like you become Michael Jordan on the court when you buy his shoes

        • iksnilol

          Or if you don’t buy American you are suddenly a communist. Economics 101; protectionism has a negative effect on the product since you don’t face competition from outside the country.

          • Phil Elliott

            The .22 Jet was a joint Rem. and S&W development. Rem. introduced the rd. which was a .357 necked to .22 with a long taper. S&W introduced the gun dubbing it the Model 53, supposedly a 2400 fps. with a 40 gr. bullet. Never achieved that in real life, plus you had to have absolutely no oil in the cylinders or the cartridge would back out and bind the cylinder. That is the reason you never heard of it.

  • Giolli Joker

    Korth, German firearm manufacturer ONCE known for the beauty of its revolvers…
    Now the Chiappa Rhino feels like a beauty queen…

    • iksnilol

      What’s wrong with Korth now?

      • Giolli Joker

        I was just implying that this new revolver drastically drops the beauty of their guns, on average.
        Nothing more than a joke.

        • iksnilol

          Ah… It is just that I am not good with aesthetics and guns. I still fail to see the ugliness of an AK or SKS. And I still fail to see the beaty of a H&H shotgun. Guns are sorta all nice to me in regards to looks (even Glocks aren’t that ugly for me).

          I don’t really consider aesthetics when buying a gun. Though I wish Korth had made this one with an eight-shot cylinder. That would put it on more even footing with the compact autos.

          • Giolli Joker

            Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
            Especially whenever we talk about military guns, forms should follow function.
            However Korth is well known for high quality revolvers with very classic and balanced aesthetics… this one clearly isn’t.
            Personally I love classic looking revolvers and my personal pinnacle of revolving beauty is reached by some (most) of Hamilton Bowen’s customized guns.
            However I see a lot of beauty in the Chiappa Rhino as well and I own a Mateba 6Unica, both very unconventional and often called ugly revolvers.
            (BTW, to me, the Rhino, that can be had in 9mm or 40S&W other than .357, is way superior to this Korth… and cheaper although not cheap)

          • Hyok Kim

            “Though I wish Korth had made this one with an eight-shot cylinder.”

            Wouldn’t that make it too thick for a backup gun?

          • iksnilol

            Doubt it.

  • Paul Epstein

    You could go back a hundred years and this still wouldn’t be state of the art. I understand Korth has an excellent reputation for quality, but I’m having a hard time seeing how a revolver larger than a subcompact pistol but with equal capacity in exactly the same cartridge was worth expanding into in this day and age.

    And what, precisely, do they foresee being stuck onto the rail? A light would not only seriously affect the balance, but it would make the gun ridiculously wide. A laser would be better off built into the grip or frame than stuck on using an after market module on the rail. Foregrip makes no sense whatsoever. Scopes or holo sights would be impossible to use unless you’re using the gun left handed and even then would be better off on top. I’m baffled as to why they went through the trouble to add it on considering how poor the choice of location was.

    • If you’re like me, then you’d be demounting the light for carry. I agree that it’s… An interesting choice on Korth’s part, especially given the velocity loss from a revolver.

      • Hyok Kim

        “An interesting choice on Korth’s part, especially given the velocity loss from a revolver”

        Is it significant enough for the purpose intended?

    • undeRGRound

      c’mon Man!!! You’re overlooking the OBVIOUS,
      right side red dot, for shooting GANGSTA!!!

      • BattleshipGrey

        I was thinking MBUS sights, but the RDS is a much better idea.

    • Tom

      Looking at Korths website it would appear this is for a laser module. How that’s an improvement over a Crimson Trace set up I do not know.

  • Kevin Craig

    What is “very oddly” about speed loaders?

    It’s the rail(s) that I find incomprehensible.

    • Most revolvers chambered for rimless cartridges use moonclips. I do find it cute that Korth thinks they’ve invented the first 9x19mm speedloader. At best, it is the first in 30-plus years since HKS introduced their speedloader for the S&W Model 547.

    • Tom

      I suppose its good that it doe not need moon clips from the point of view that you could just load loose ammo straight into it.

      • Hyok Kim

        Actually, one could even use a mag. Could be handy, if one were using the Korth as a back up gun for his 9mm pistol. No need to carry those bulky speedloaders.

  • Martin Grønsdal

    “We all know the feeling of not having a rail on the right side of a snubby revolver”

    said no one ever

    • iksnilol

      It would be a good place to mount a sight… especially if you shoot gangsta-style. And we all know that is all that snub revolvers are good for.

      • Martin Grønsdal

        Tosk

        • iksnilol

          Hva er galt med det? Du må kunne ha det litt gøy selv om det er livet det er snakk om.

          Translated: What’s wrong with that? You must be able to have some fun even if it is a matter of life and death.

  • undeRGRound

    It’s currently $1107 converted from Euros.

    • undeRGRound

      Buy American…
      S&W > korth

      • dannye

        Even the good S&W’s from previous days can’t hope to match a Korth on quality. Deal with it.

    • iksnilol

      That’s cheap, about 50 percent more than a Glock. Though I hope they make one with a longer barrel and possibly a conversion barrel to .357.

  • Franciscomv

    I love revolvers, and usually find some sort of use even for the most ridiculous ones. However, this one just doesn’t seem to have anything going for it when compared to other more affordable (and still high quality, like S&W and Ruger) guns.

    I always though that the main advantage of chambering a revolver in 9mm or .45acp was to load it fast with moonclips. Whatever you mount on that rail is going to get blasted with all the stuff comming out of the cylinder gap. If you really want a laser, there are Crimson Trace grips available for most revolvers. It also seems rather large for a six shot 9mm revolver.

    Maybe I’m a bit old fashioned, but I’d take my humble .357 Security Six over this Korth any day of the week.

    • Blake

      Good point about the cylinder gap blasting whatever’s mounted on the rail.

      • iksnilol

        It can also chop your fingers off if you shoot it the same way you would a semi auto (that fancy IDPA grip where the support hand is way forward).

        • James Massman

          Amen…

      • James Massman

        THANKS! For the Great advice! Anyone who owns a revolver should watch this video and follow the suggested hand-hold… I personally changed from my IDPA grip years ago for just the above reason — Hot Powder!…

        Once again, Thanks for the post,
        yNot1911

        • iksnilol

          Glad you changed before you lost some fingers.

    • Badkarma060

      I had one years back, it was a solid gun, sad I sold it. I now have a S&W 686, also solid piece.

  • Blake
    • Nicks87

      Go ahead and skin that smoke wagon and see what happens.

      • Jeffrey Scott Boyer

        Smoke pole shessh

    • Jamie Clemons

      Why is that? Revolvers are much more reliable than automatics.

      • Blake

        My point was that if I were to buy a revolver I’d rather get this lovely hand-tuned competition-ready cowboy gun for about 2/3 the kilobuck they’re asking for the little German snubby thing featured in the article (plus some nice gun leather to go with it with the change left over).

        Of course I’m not advocating concealed-carrying a cowboy gun &ltgrin&gt. I’m fond of revolvers, but for the moment occasionally shooting my Dad’s .44 Mag Super Redhawk suffices (esp. with mild cowboy loads, it’s a tack driver).

        In general, whether it’s watches, phones, gadgets, or whatever, I have a hard time spending more than a couple hundred bucks on something small that you’re going to carry on you all the time. The odds of it getting stolen, crushed, dunked, or just falling out of your pocket during activity are too great for me to justify anything better than “Good Enough”.

        It’s also worth mentioning is that any weapon (CCW or otherwise) used in a defensive situation has a high likelihood of being seized as evidence. Sig etc. make some really nice carry guns, but if I’m potentially going to be forced to part with it I’d rather have something inexpensive and “Good Enough”.

      • Blake

        Now that you’ve got me thinking about CCW revolvers, it occurs to me that a really slick CCW would be a little 4- or 5-shot revolver chambered in .327 Federal Magnum. A 100gr defensive bullet at 1500fps will certainly do the business, it’s very controllable & comfortable to shoot, and the case diameter is smaller than any of the traditional .35″ caliber rounds so the cylinder can be quite compact.

        Ruger took the normally 5-shot SP101 & offered a 6-shot version of it in 327 Fed for a while (see http://www.realguns.com/Commentary/comar168.htm), but to my knowledge no one has designed a compact 4- or 5-round revolver specifically for the cartridge. I’d love to see NAA do this as one of their tiny classic-styled revolvers.

        http://northamericanarms.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/m/-/m-p_1.jpg

  • I agree the wording was a bit strange and that I could have chosen it better. What I mean to say is that it looks like it is set up as a backup or concealment weapon, as opposed to Korth’s usual “combat revolvers”.

  • Jim_Macklin

    In Europe and other backward areas, you may be allowed to only own ONE handgun. So they make it a good one. Military calibers in semiauto may be illegal for civilians. Might be any military caliber in any platform. But it would be easy to adapt the Federal .327.

    • iksnilol

      Maybe make it in 7.62×25 Tokarev? More common than .327, at least in Europe. Though I don’t know if revolvers do well with bottlenecked cartridges.

      • Phil Elliott

        They don’t, remember the .22 Jet? Or the .22 Hornet?

        • iksnilol

          The .22 hornet can be gotten. Ain’t exactly common but it isn’t rare either. .22 Jet, never heard of it. 7.62×25 Tokarev is pretty common due to being adopted by many countries as a millitary caliber. This does make it illegal in some countries while other countries don’t have much pistols at all (like in Scandinavia) so all pistol stuff is rarer there (only guaranteed is 9×19, .32 ACP and of course .38 special/.357).

          • greasyjohn

            .22 Rem Jet was a .357 Magnum necked down to .22 Caliber, used in the Smith and Wesson model 53. The velocities were extreme, and the highly conical cartridges could get stuck at the rear of the cylinder in mild powder residue. It was good for small game.

          • iksnilol

            I read up on it, it has a pretty extreme taper.

    • Arjan Blom

      Really? I guess i should empty out my gunsafe, and drop off my handguns at the nearest police station.

      • Jim_Macklin

        The case shift to the rear against the recoil shield and the shoulder is blown forward. That locks up the cylinder rotation. The .256 Winchester was great little cartridge in a lever action Marlin or a Ruger Hawkeye, the .22 Remington Jet was barely functional in the S&W revolver.
        Straight cases only have to spring back on diameter and the cylinder can rotate.

  • tacticaltshirts.com

    I love 9mm revolvers. I would buy that. But…I am trembling at the price. Being a Korth…I’ll take a guess. Typical Korth prices (up), a smaller revolver (down), in a caliber they do all the time (down), with a speed loader (up), being new (up)..I’m guessing $5000.00 US.

  • sianmink

    This thing is going to have to compete with the by all accounts excellent Ruger LCR 9mm revolver, its moon clips and its surprisingly good velocity for its short barrel (better than most 3″ pocket autos) , due to the extra length of its cylinder. The rail is nice, but of dubious usefulness in a snubbie. Good luck to em. They’re going to need it.

  • sianmink

    Have you looked at the 9mm LCR?

  • Giolli Joker

    The Chiappa Rhino can be bought with additional 9mm cylinder as well.
    (4″ and up Rhinos have picatinny)

  • sometrend

    Korth is a fine name in revolvers…..but I`m not sure I can see the gap they`re trying to fill with this gun. Kinda looks like they`re about 20yrs late in unveiling this critter. Knowing Korth,this little gem is probably going to sell for well over 1k…I like all kinds of guns and in all kinds of calibers,but I just can`t see a reason to own something like this

  • greg

    I can’t seem to find how much this revolver is and where you would purchase it.. Any help out there please? thx Greg

  • WrecklessRalph

    Since the name of this revolver is “Sky Marshall” I can see it with a light/laser combo to make precision shots (head) with frangible ammunition designed not to penetrate the skin of the fuselage.

  • J.T.

    That is pretty low for a Korth.

  • jimmarch

    They should have added magazine feeding and a gas powered shell ejector.