[SHOT 2016] Korth’s Fine Firearms

German gunmaker Korth was present at Industry Day, showing off variations on the Sky Marshal 9mm clipless revolver, and the PRS roller retarded blowback semiautomatic handgun. TFB got a chance to fire both guns, and found their triggers – as expected – to be excellent, with the PRS’s trigger being especially light.

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The Sky Marshal 9mm was a very enjoyable handgun to shoot, although I noted that due to the higher pressure ammunition, it was considerably “barkier” than I would have expected from a comparable .38 Special revolver. The gun had some problems ejecting, which the Korth rep explained as the result of differences in German and Italian ammunition (it was loaded with Fiocchi), but which were exacerbated by the short ejector rod – it required considerable force to eject spent cases all at once.

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Unfortunately, Korth reported that their original demo guns (which had been sighted in and properly tuned) had been lost in transit to the US, and their back-up guns had not been so prepared. This was evident especially with the Sky Marshal, which shot a full round steel silhouette target lower than its point of aim. Even with this handicap, once I had figured out my dope, the gun rang steel with every pull of the trigger – and I wouldn’t expect anything less from such a high-end gunmaker like Korth.

The company had on display alongside its functional models a cutaway PRS, showing the locking mechanism and other details of its operation.

Our own Rusty S. took some excellent photos of this cutaway gun and others on display:

Thanks to Edward O. and Rusty S. for their help with photography.


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 is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • G0rdon_Fr33man

    Good gosh I wish I could afford a PRS… Too bad we don´t see more variations of fixed barrel designs, and that we live in a time of lowest bidders.

    • Your username breaks my heart in foregone anticipation…

      • G0rdon_Fr33man

        Time… doctor Freeman? Is it really that time again?

  • chris lynch

    That PRS is so so sooooooo sexy

  • Paladin

    I’d like to see more about that PRS, takedown, design, ergos, availability etc.

    • Giolli Joker

      Everything but price. 😛

      • Paladin

        I already know it’s more than I can afford, but a guy can dream.

        • Giolli Joker

          If you search on this website, there’s an article from SHOT ’14 with more data.
          Regarding dreaming, I fully get it. 😉

  • gunsandrockets

    I’m intrigued by that PRS mechanism. Why it looks like a complete slide unit that could in theory function on a standard 1911 frame. If so, wow what potential!

    • mechamaster

      PRS ‘bolt ‘mechanism is like G3 / MP5 roller-locked delayed blowback.

      In theory, yes it can be adapted into 1911 frame.
      It’s like Hogue Avenger 1911 concept.

      • Giolli Joker

        I’m pretty sure the Hogue adopted a different system, probably lever delayed (think FAMAS).

        • mechamaster

          Kiraly system delayed blowback ? Wow, I should read more about this. ^^

          • Giolli Joker

            That’s what I remember reading online… there aren’t many sources on this model.
            I think the system is similar to that of Benelli B76.

          • mechamaster

            Haha, yes it’s alright, not many source online indeed ^^, somehow when I searching the Avenger, the B76 Benelli is popping in google.

            and the article from world.gun, the B76 is indeed lever-delayed blowback operation. so there are are some connection there.

  • 9mm revolvers? Yes please!

    • Giolli Joker

      There are already a few.

  • Giolli Joker

    Aren’t the last photos of S&W (PC?) revolvers?
    The Sky Marshall doesn’t appeal to me, and a finicky “defense” revolver that is ammunition sensitive is laughable.
    The PRS on the other hand is uber-cool… and it desperately needs 10 Auto.

    • Rusty S.

      Good eye! Those are S&W revolvers with the Korth 9mm cylinders fitted, so as to not need moon clips.

      • Giolli Joker

        …as to fail ejection? 😛

      • Nomad

        In the coming days please find out more information about this conversion cylinder!

        • Rusty S.

          The crane is made oversized so it can fit various 9mm S&W revolvers after fitting, it has extractors and ejectors in the extractor star that grab the cartridges.

    • maodeedee

      One of them looked like it had a rail on the SIDE of the barrel. Same thing with the Korth sky marshal revolver. Is that for mounting different sights to be able to shoot the gun sideways Homeboy/Gangsta style?

      • Giolli Joker

        It’s their Super Sport model… they came late to the rails game and overdid it, killing the classic elegance of their wheelguns…

    • Hyok Kim

      Yea, I cannot believe a defense revolver having ejection issues.

  • Edeco

    I like stubby cylinders (Webley, mhrrr). The way they look, plus they kind of lend themselves to a stiffer chassis. But the Sky Marshal is hard on the eyes.

  • DIR911911 .

    why does it look like he removed his second hand midway through shooting the prs?

  • Leigh Rich

    Bargain prices too. Put RIA to shame…