Let’s get this out of the way. The Korth/Nighthawk Sky Hawk starts at $1699. The Mongoose [above] retails for $3499. The Super Sport .357 runs $4799. In their defense, a box-fresh Smith & Wesson Model 687 V-Comp costs $1559. And gunbroker.com lists an “investment-grade” 8″ Colt Python at $4399. You want an heirloom quality revolver, you gotta pay big bucks.
I shot Korth’s lineup at SHOT Show media day. I’ve never fired a smoother, more accurate and solid revolver. I’m delighted that Nighthawk has partnered with Korth to offer these firearms for sale in the United States. As arkansasonline.com reports, the Korth/Nighthawk wheel guns will ship “this month or next.”
“These will be Korth-built with a Nighthawk influence,” said Travis Noteboom, vice president of sales and marketing at Nighthawk, a locally owned gun manufacturer in Berryville. “The actions of these guns is like nothing built in the U.S. It’s like a Swiss watch.”
[TTAG writer] Ashley Hlebinsky, the Robert W. Woodruff curator of Cody Firearms Museum in Wyoming, said that while she couldn’t comment on Korth pistols specifically, European firearms in general, from pistols to rifles and shotguns, have a time-tested lineage that some American consumers find alluring and desirable.
“Germany has been making really good guns for a really long time,” she said.
All the Korth revolvers Nighthawk will sell have laser-etched Nighthawk logos with parts machined from billet steel and aluminum. The handguns can be customized with a variety of options including an additional 9mm cylinder for the .357 Magnum models. The revolvers will be sold directly through Nighthawk and through Nighthawk’s network of authorized dealers.
Plans are for Nighthawk to receive about 100 guns a month with the ability to go up to 200 monthly. Noteboom said that as of early August there were nearly 400 customers on the waiting list for a Korth revolver.
Before financially-focused TTAG readers scream bloody murder, I submit the following quote from none other than Giorgio Armani: “The difference between style and fashion is quality.” Korth revolvers have style.