The Korth name has been associated for decades with the image of high-quality revolvers − possibly the world's best overall! − available in all calibers and all barrel lengths, conceived for a plethora of purposes ranging between shooting competition and service or defense, but all coming at a cost: an extremely high price tag, commensurate to their unrivaled quality levels, which made them basically unavailable to most, if not all, average shooters.
That was announced to be about to change in January 2015, when Korth Waffen introduced this compact size revolver at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas (NV, U.S.A.).
Dubbed the Korth Sky Marshal, as its own name suggests it has been mainly conceived for concealed carry − not only by civilians for personal protection purposes, but also by undercover Police or security personnel.
An uncommon sight for a revolver, the Korth Sky Marshal fires the 9x19mm caliber, a.k.a. 9mm Luger or 9mm "Parabellum", and is rated for +P ammunition. Its precision-made steel cylinder swings to the left for loading, and holds six rounds; it can be loaded easily with Korth's own, specially-designed speedloader.
One speedloader is issued − along with the user's manual and a multipurpose cleaning tool − with any Sky Marshal revolver. Additional speedloaders can be obtained as aftermarket accessories.
A SA/DA trigger design, the Korth Sky Marshal revolver offers a smooth, clean trigger pull − one of the best we ever felt on a revolver. The rubberized ergonomic pistol grip helps controlling the recoil and muzzle climb in such a small and light gun (560g/1.23lbs overall) and with such a short barrel (50,8mm/2", but a 3" barrel is currently also available).
The Korth Sky Marshal features a fixed, removable front sight, and a drift-adjustable rear sight. It is 13cm/5.12" long overall, 15,69cm/6.18" high and 3,8cm/1.53" wide.
Another odd sight for a revolver, the Korth Sky Marshal sports a polygon barrel rifling, in order to offer better accuracy and range out of such a small package.
The black hard-coated, tropical conditions-resistant frame features two machined MIL-STD-1913 "Picatinny" rails on the right side − just behind the cylinder and besides the barrel − allowing the attachment of a small-sized laser sight, available from the company as an aftermarket optional, which helps target alignment in low-light or extreme close-quarters conditions. Alternative, other very popular low-profile laser sights − such as those offered by Crimson Trace, Firefield, Holosun, LaserLyte or Lasermax − are also compatible.
The Korth Sky Marshal is currently available in some northern European Countries at a street price that ranges anywhere between 900 and 1000 Euros, depending from local variations. It should not go for too much over $900.00 in the United States, where a release date has however yet to be announced.