Nighthawk Partners with Korth to Import Revolvers at NRA 2016

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Big news for fans of fine wheel guns: Nighthawk Custom has partnered with Korth to bring their legendary revolvers to the US market. Finally, Korths will be imported with the full manufacturing support of a stateside officially sanctioned importer. As part of this agreement, Korth will be importing 3 new models in 6 barrel lengths, branded as Nighthawk firearms with accompanying new model names. Those are:

– Sky Hawk 9mm (formerly Sky Marshal), with both 2″ and 3″ BBLs

– Mongoose .357 Magnum, with 3, 4, 5.25, and 6″ BBLs

– Super Sport .357 Magnum, 6″ BBL

Mongoose 4″:

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6″:

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The Mongoose and Super sport share the same basic design, one based on the Korth Combat, but heavily Americanized for the US market. Instead of the lever type cylinder release behind the hammer , the new Mongoose features a thumb release similar to Smith & Wesson revolvers. The trigger has been made smooth, instead of serrated, and the contours of the revolver slightly changed as well.

Super Sport:

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The Korth Mongoose uses an unique five-way adjustable internal mechanism. With screws both internal and external, the overtravel, mainspring weight, trigger return weight, and sear engagement can be modified; this last also changes the cylinder index point in double action. By swapping out internal roller bearings, three of which are included, the hammer travel can also be adjusted.

The Mongoose and Super Sport both accept L-Frame speedloaders. All Korth .357 models also are available with additional 9mm clipless cylinders for an additional cost, fitted to each gun, which use a very interesting extraction mechanism. The cylinders can be easily swapped with just the push of a button.

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With a cylinder release this easy, who needs speedloaders? Some of my readers may recognize the hands and chin of a certain kombucha-drinking wheelgun expert.

 

The revolvers will not be cheap, being Korths, with .357 models ranging from $3,449 for the 3″ Mongoose, to $5,799 for the Super Sport with 9mm cylinder. The Sky Hawks retail for between $1,699 and $1,799 depending on barrel length.

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Nighthawk expects the first shipments to be available in early September.



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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  • Twilight sparkle

    So if you put a vfg on that side rail would that make the revolver an AOW? or since it’s horizontal would it not count?

    • Cymond

      Sadly, it counts, but I can’t remember the citation at the moment.

      • Twilight sparkle

        Well I was thinking it might not since an angled fore grip doesn’t count on ar pistols

    • Southpaw89

      Such a modification would convert the revolver into a ballistic hair removal tool, as the gasses venting between the cylinder and barrel would leave a portion of your forearm completely bare, and somewhat scorched.

      • Twilight sparkle

        It would probably get pretty hot but I think you’d have enough space for it to not matter that much. I’ve heard gasses can hurt your finger if it’s over the cylinder but I’ve never seen it actually do anything.

        • Google “Mythbusters Revolver Cylinder Gap”, and then be very careful what sort of two-handed grip you use on a revolver.

          • Twilight sparkle

            I saw that when it aired and that seemed a bit excessive to me, I would think a tense human thumb would hold up much better than the chicken stand in thing. I’m not a doctor though.

          • Well, I completely failed to hide that graphic image.

          • Twilight sparkle

            Well it’s a good thing I always knew to not hold a revolver like that, I figured it wouldn’t be any worse than getting hot brass on you though.

          • Cattoo

            Without graphic images photos would be blank. And that photo is completely in line with the topic and in no way offensive.

  • For those that don’t know Korth is a legend among gun makers since they are one of the very few handcrafted gun makers that do pretty much everything by scratch. Also the revolvers are incredibly accurate. These revolvers are works of art hence the high price that people who know the name are willing to pay. Korth is also bringing a semi auto with Nighthawk to the market.

    • Swarf

      While it’s certainly out of my price range, I’m glad that there are still companies that put in the work that warrants such a price.

      I hope they sell a bunch.

    • LG

      Buy a Korth if you want THE BEST.

      • Cynic

        Eh I’d say maruhin stand as fairly close to korth (the french police revolverd) in terms of a gun that’s accurate and can withstand HEAVY use.

        • LG

          No. You are comparing a Corvette to a Ferrari.

          • Cynic

            Hardly unfortunately most marching guns that enter the states are mil/police surplus guns that have reached the end of their service life so it’s not really fair to compare a gun with 10 – 20k of +P service ammo through it to a brand new korth.

            The maruhin had the best trigger of any revolver I have ever shot. It’s solidly constructed and really reliable. The korth are prettier though il give you that.

            Both are high end guns if they were cars the korth would be something like the Mercedes Mclaren SLR or the Flying spur sport break luxury and power.

            The maruhin I’d say is more similar to something like the DBR9 or the RS3 a completely stripped out racecar that’s got the bare legal nod to road legal. It’s a working gun first and foremost so things like pretty and ultra adjustable aren’t quite as important.

      • john huscio

        Used to be HK’s slogan

        • DW

          Before it changed to “Because you suck and we hate you”

    • Shocked_and_Amazed✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      They make the under barrel revolver thingy that is so novel

    • Kyle

      Good looking out. I was on my way down to the comments to ask who the hell Korth was and why I should care lol. Sounds like a sweet operation though. Sadly out of my budget for the time being though.

    • Raven

      Is that the original Korth semiauto pistol, or that odd roller-locked 1911 derivative?

    • n0truscotsman

      Im definitely buying one, thats for sure.

  • PK

    Those prices are far, FAR cheaper than those I’m used to on the Sport and Target. These will sell very well, especially the Sky Hawk being 1/4 the price of importing a Sport.

  • Pete M

    What is the knurled dial near the front sight on the Super Sport? Front sight adjustment?

    • You can pre-zero the front sight to specific ranges. This has been a common feature on custom PPC revolvers for decades.

      • Pete M

        Thanks. I’m not a revolver guy.

        • Now that PPC has been taken over by semi-auto pistols, manufacturers like Aristocrat make pre-set sights for those too.

          http://www.aristocratproducts.com/page2.html

          • Swarf

            Good God, they need a proofreader badly.

            Deisnged specifically for PPC competition, the precise user pre-setable adjustmaents are for 7, 25 and 50 yards.

            Spelling mistakes aside, “user pre-setable” has got to be the clunkiest way to say “adjustable” I’ve read.

          • The use of “pre-set” is appropriate here, as you have already adjusted the set screws for the individual zeros at the desired ranges. A standard adjustable sight would require the user to remember the number of clicks to achieve the appropriate zero, not to mention it would not always be obvious at which range the sight was last set. With sights like the Aristocrat and Wichita, you merely look down and verify that the dial is set to the appropriate range. If not, you turn the dial to that range setting.

          • Lobster

            Taken over by semi-autos? Too bad if that’s the case in the US. 🙁
            In Europe we still shoot both. Four revolvers and two semi-autos covers most classes, except Open, and most shooters have that set-up.
            Revolvers are easier to shoot for beginners and a great way to getting started with PPC.

          • The rules still allow for multiple revolver classes, but so few departments issue revolvers anymore.

            http://ppc.nra.org/documents/pdf/law/competitions/rulebook.pdf

      • Here is the patent for Ron Power’s “Grandmaster” sight rib. In this example, the preset dial is on the rear sight.

        https://www.google.com/patents/US4208821

        • Pete M

          Thanks!

  • If I’m not mistaken, the Mongoose is the Korth “National Standard” model.

  • Jack Burton

    I’d say those prices are practically a bargain for a new Korth. The “Mongoose” is friggin’ gorgeous, even with those Hogues…

  • Burst

    So a Korth with an ugly hammer, worse trigger, and without the distinctive cylinder release? Nighthawk’s middle finger couldn’t be more prominent if they tried.

    • m-cameron

      1) that is Korths standard hammer…..its on pretty much all of their new guns…

      2) you know the trigger is worse, how?

      3) the Korth cylinder release honestly kinda sucks……….on the side is much more intuitive….

      • Burst

        1. It’s on the Skyhawk, at least. I can’t find a Korth Combat/Sport with it, other than these. No idea how you get that it’s standard.
        2. I know it’s not serrated.
        3. Unless you’re left-handed. Which I am.

        • Cynic

          Serrated vs flat vs smooth curve is all about preferable though I HATE serrated triggers on my comp 1911 it was the first thing I swapped out.

          The actual trigger weight and smoothness will be standard KORTH and I’m sure you’ll be able to swap to trigger itself out as you prefer.

        • ostiariusalpha

          1. He got that from Korth; all their new models have the skeletonized hammer & button release. The Super Sport does, as does the National Standard, which is their new, you know, standard production model. The blued Combat, Nibelungen, and engraved models with the spur hammer & lever release are all merged together into the custom line.
          2. You still have to explain why the lack of serration makes it worse.
          3. Somebody is giving you the middle finger for being lefthanded, and that somebody is Korth.

    • LG

      Until you have shot a Korth or Korths, you are speaking from a definitely ill illuminated corner. The only revolvers that I have shot that can begin to compare with a Korth are the Rex Specials for Smith & Wessons made during the late 40’s and 50’s. Kurt’s are THE FINEST made production revolver on the market. You can buy cheaper, but will never have a Korth.

      • Burst

        I’m actually agreeing with you. But there’s a lot of features on the classic Korths that aren’t making the jump over, and that irks me.

        • Cynic

          It’s one of those things where you kind of have to tailor a gun for the us market and use features that the market are comfortable with, heel releases vs button type for example.

          I hate serrated triggers and would like to try the lever style cylinder release as a left handed shooter.

        • LG

          Yes. The Korths made for the European market are the ones that I am familiar with and are referencing.

  • The Sky Hawk, she beckons me!

  • The 4″ Mongoose with extra 9mm cylinder shall be mine as my “one and done” revolver.

    Is the finish blued, or some type of Tennifer/Nitride like coating?

    • Marc

      Korth’s German homepage names DLC (diamond-like carbon) as the coating of the standard models.

      • Awesome, thank you for looking that up. I love the look of bluing, but hate having to wipe my fingerprints off it every time I put the gun down, so this is great news.

  • Don Ward

    That is interesting and good news.

  • schizuki

    “Mongoose”, huh? I see what you did there, Korth. Well played.

    • BobinMI

      God I feel stupid, I didn’t get it until I saw your post.

    • iksnilol

      I didn’t get it.

      • schizuki

        Mongooses kill snakes, i.e., Pythons.

        • ostiariusalpha

          Mongooses don’t kill pythons.

          • TDog

            Lazy mongooses….

          • schizuki

            Well, it would if you gave it a .357 Magnum, I betcha.

          • ostiariusalpha

            It would if you gave them both .357 Magnum diets, and see which one lasts longer. 😉

          • Bill

            OK, technically cobras, but still a Colt.

  • ProLiberty82

    …30 years too late, and with prices for serious collectors only.

    • LG

      No, only SERIOUS shooters need apply.

  • Edeco

    I want that 6″ mongoose. Not enough to pay that much.

    The sporting one reminds me of, there was this adult cartoon; Assy McGee, and the titular character has a revolver with one of those PPC-type sight bars.

  • wetcorps

    That interupted rail looks strange.

  • I fired the Korth-badged versions of these revolvers at this year’s SHOT Show. There were some teething problems with some of the guns on the stand, but the ones that worked did a good job of approximating the feel of what Korth Lollar calls its Classic line, at half the price. Compared to the Ratzeburg originals, it is a different design wherein the cylinder rotates the wrong way, with its latch moved from the back to the side; made of different materials, i.e. CNC billet rather than ground forgings. Also, according to Korth, the National Standard is designed to minimize hand-fitting. They seem to be angling for what Manurhin did with its MR93, namely just-in-time assembly out of closely toleranced parts. Of course, that futuristic revolver was a “clean sheet” design adapted for casting technologies, not a simplification of an existing design for CNC manufacture. Also, whereas Manurhin got out of the gun-building business as a result of banking on the MR93 just as “wondernines” came to dominate the administrative procurement market, Korth Lollar has a better chance of enduring within the sport shooting niche.

    As for the technical details:
    No, screws both internal and external cannot modify mainspring weight or trigger return weight, only their preload. The weight of the spring is a built-in property determined by the dimensions and density of its wire.
    Sear engagement can be modified only for the double action mode, by swapping a differently sized roller that engages the DA sear.
    The cylinder index point in double action is independent of the hammer travel, so it cannot be modified without messing with the cylinder stop.
    The hammer travel is fixed by design and cannot be adjusted to any palpable extent without moving its pivot.

    • “No, screws both internal and external cannot modify mainspring weight or trigger return weight, only their preload.”

      Yes, this is true.

      As for the rest, I am literally repeating what Grant told me.

  • derpmaster

    Somebody poke me when Manurhins start getting imported. I’d pay for a NIB MR-73.

    • Shocked_and_Amazed✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      And in 32SWL right?

      • derpmaster

        Of course. With a conversion cylinder for 8mm Nambu.

    • aimsurplus for one day has a bunch of manurhins come in. they sold out in hours.

      • derpmaster

        I was watching it. They were real beat up but still sold out in 10 minutes. Now half of them are on gunbroker for 75% markup.

        • I wish I had the cash at that moment. Even beat up to hell they were a great bargin at that price. I know jackholes had bought them to resale them.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I’m glad to see this move. Nighthawk will expose Korth to a whole new market and this will hopefully be a profitable venture for both companies.

    I just can’t see buying a $5000 revolver with rubber grips.

  • TDog

    I want them!

    All of them!

  • Sean

    That is still about half of what they cost when sold under the Korth name. Still more than I can possibly afford

  • Shocked_and_Amazed✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I want a Nighthawk 45 and I am saving for it. But this much for a revolver, that doesn’t Interest me. I am sure it’s great and all but I have a Colt SAA that’s a 120 years old. I suspect that my S&Ws , the oldest of which 40 years old will out last me and likely my children.
    I am a suckered of high end auto pistols and rifles. Maybe it’s just a matter of taste

    • Cynic

      If you like high end pistols you owe it to yourself to shoot a korth they are aside from maruhin THE competition revolver and to be honest I’d rather have the korth than the .45 nighthawk

      • Shocked_and_Amazed✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        To each his own. Glad you like the Korth revolvers. They do look nice. If I need a Nighthawk part, I can get a replacement for a 1911 if I am out and about until I can get a Nighthawk , this revolver breaks, that isn’t happening and that’s a deal killer for me. Same reason, I’d buy a S&W revolver.

        • Well from what has been said Korths never break due to their high quality.

          • Shocked_and_Amazed✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            And you believed it? There isn’t anything built that doesn’t break or fail at some point. And they said the same about Rolls Royse yet they broke. Not saying you can’t have all you want, just doesn’t make sense to me on so many levels

  • Shocked_and_Amazed✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Interesting read, thanks

  • My favorite part is the inch and a half of completely useless half-rail over the ejector rod on the Super Sport.

    What sort of rail accessories would anyone who could afford to own magnificent beasts like this realistically be likely to mount, anyway?

    • ostiariusalpha

      Weights.

  • ozzallos .

    Sexy as hell, but those rails are seriously going to tear up a holster…

  • johnhender

    You are so Right, I catch grief for having Wilson Combat Some people will never have nice things

  • Adam D.

    Oh man, now these are some fine guns.
    I’m curious how light you can get with the trigger weight adjustment in DA.

  • uisconfruzed

    $1700-$5800 for a WHEELGUN?!?
    I’m now very content with my Anaconda and Blackhawk.

  • NO KOMBUCHA IN THE KORTH BOOTH

  • randy

    Interesting debates going on here…..never owned anything in .357 other then Dan Wessons…..shot a few pythons and rossi……I am sure korth is great, but I have never fired a better revolver then a Dan Wesson and can not get won over to anything that fails to have barrels swaps in under 10min as the main reward.

  • RMP52

    Looking at these prices, makes the cost of a good used Python almost seem reasonable.