Obscure Object Of Desire: Korth ‘Classic’ .45 ACP

Korth (pronounced ‘Kort’) is a boutique German firearms manufacturer. They don’t make many guns, but every gun they make is bought up instantly by collectors who value exclusivity. Even their production-grade revolvers cost $2,000 each, but calling any Korth a ‘production’ gun is a bit of a stretch since they only make 400 to 600 guns a year.

This pictured gun is the rarest of the rare: one of three engraved .45 ACP prototypes of their $3,000 9mm “Classic” pistol.


  1. avatar Swarf says:

    I guess cowboy-pimps need guns, too.

    1. avatar William says:

      Nobody’s shooting that gun. Which begs the question: why bother?

      Anyway, it’s ugly.

  2. avatar AlphaGeek says:

    That gun just screams “found on the scene of a murder-suicide at a hedge-fund trader’s mansion in the Hamptons”…

  3. avatar Ralph says:

    I remember seeing one of those in a New Orleans wh0rehouse.

    1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      That comment raises so many questions that I don’t even know where to start. Better if I don’t ask, because reality is seldom better than imagination in this situation.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        AG, it’s a take off a line in the movie”Patton” referring to the handle material and the pimps that used it.

        1. avatar Ralph says:

          Winna winna chick’n dinna.

        2. avatar AlphaGeek says:

          Ah. I believe I last saw that movie in my early teens. Explains why I didn’t catch the reference.

        3. avatar jwm says:

          Crap, I saw Patton the movie when it was a new release at the local theater. Now I do feel old.

    2. avatar Aharon says:

      You’ve been there too?

  4. avatar schizuki says:

    A giant PPK! The mind boggles!

  5. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    Some guns are bought/sold as objects of art and a store of value. They’re not intended to be fired, even though they are fully functional.

    Would you let a child scribble on a van Gogh? Of course not. Then why would you buy such a piece of art if you couldn’t display it on your walls? Because there aren’t many examples out there, and the value of the piece is expected to go up.

    Same thing in these types of guns (and historical guns with provenance). You guys need to broaden your horizons a bit.

    1. avatar anthony says:

      Yeah, like my manager has two safes loaded of old, old, old firearms from late 1800s, World War I & II of both sides. Yes, I do understand those are valuable, historical pieces. I am just saying, I just don’t see the fun to keep guns locked in the safe.

      1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

        It’s more fun than locking up your money in CD’s or bonds that are paying jack-all interest rates just now.

        1. avatar Ralph says:

          Six months ago, I told my bestest bud that I was investing in ammo. Now it seems that I was only half joking.

  6. avatar Mark says:

    Bang bling. No thanks.

  7. avatar Randy Drescher says:

    I don’t know what to say, except… a Korth is a Korth of Korth of Korth. I can still post can’t I?…. I didn’t think so, Randy

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      I can still post can’t I?….

      You’ll have to talk to Mr. Ed.

  8. avatar Sean says:

    I once got to shoot a Korth revolver. It was the nicest man made thing I have ever held. Unbelievable fit and finish. Action as smooth as a late 50s Python. It shot like a damn laser. 6 shots in one very small hole. If you can afford something like that…well,why not? How many vacation houses can you actually get to?

  9. avatar Jim B says:

    Nope, they’re not for everyone but I like guns like that. I regret to this day never buying a Browning Hi Power Renaissance grade when they went for $900 new and were not that difficult to find. I don’t know what they go for now but I am sure it is a lot more. Oh well, I did buy a Browning Superposed Grade V Diana. And yes, I shoot it. I have probably put somewhere over 100K rounds through it.

    It is funny how movies influence people’s thought process. There was a recent movie where the hero talked negatively of Merlot wine and Merlot sales plummeted in the real world. I guess gun buyers are no different. George C. Scott says something derogatory in a movie about pearl handled revolvers and now no true gun person would have one. BTW, he did say pearl handled in contrast to his which were ivory, like the ones on the gun in the photo above. Are you guys OK with it now? It’s ivory, not pearl! It’s Patton approved! You can rest assured you’re macho.

  10. avatar slumdog says:

    Uhhmm…the prices you cited in your opening statement lack a 0 (yes, that is a zero).

  11. avatar Ardent says:

    Such a pistol is a work of art, not only in it’s aesthetics but in it’s form and function. It’s an investment piece for some, merely a weapon to others, depending on their means. If one were given to me I’d be torn between the other goodies I could acquire with it’s value, the satisfaction of owning it, and the desire to put some rounds through it while screaming carpe diem.
    Per haps in the end I’d split the difference and shadow box it, loaded, for display and as a break glass in case of emergency item.

  12. avatar speydoc says:

    It is really beyond me why people, that have never held nor shot a Korth inevitably, whenever the talk about Korth pistols and revolvers comes up on different internet sites, almost trip over their little feet to belittle something they admittedly have never held nor used. That is the worst form of ignorance, pretending to know something about something you know absolutely nothing about.

    I enjoy my Korth Revolvers and use them for target practice 3 times a week and have done so for more than 20 years. During that period most of my fellow shooting club members has gone through countless numbers of guns. I recon my son will one day inherit my Korth revolvers and he will properly hand them down to my grandson. A Korth is an investment for life. I personaly find it refreshing that in a time of rampant consumerism some thing are just made the way things should be made the first time and of cause this cost more. In the words of Ruskin:

    It is unwise to pay too much, but it is unwise to pay too little.
    When you pay too much, you loose a little money; that is all.
    When you pay too little you sometimes lose everything.
    Because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing you bought it to do.
    The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. It cannot be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run and if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better.”

    John Ruskin ( 1819-1900 )

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