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Old 01-03-2017, 03:35 PM   #1
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Kimber K6s review and report

Yes, I bought the Kimber K6s 357 revolver. So much to report on this gun, I'll do it in two posts. Show you the gun in this one and then report on how it shoots the next.


Can't remember the last time I was so nervous about buying a gun, probably because 1) just about no one has shot one of these new Kimber 357s, 2) it's the first ever Kimber revolver and, hey, what does Kimber know about taking revolvers, right? and, 3) ouch, this thing is expensive.

So what is the Kimber K6s? It's a small frame stainless snub-nose 357 revolver, but it has a few features that set apart from other 357 stubbies. Let's take a look.

The most obvious difference is capacity. While the K6s is a S&W J frame or Ruger LCR sized gun, it is actually a 6 shot 357 revolver, not a 5 shot.


Instead of flutes on the cylinder, the K6s cylinder features flats. Gives the gun a very distinctive look. See pic, above.

The sights are excellent and user changeable. The rear is a low profile 1911 style sight dovetailed into the top strap. The front can be replaced by removing a pin. Very easy to see and acquire.



The DAO trigger is superb. It's velvety smooth and short, no stacking. It pauses just before the hammer falls, making this a very easy trigger to stage if that's your DA shooting preference. It's the equal of any PC Smith I've owned, bit it has a feel all its own. Almost reminds me of firing a striker fired auto.

The grip frame and contour is specifically designed by Kimber to reduce muzzle flip and handle recoil. More on that, later.

Fit and finish, both inside the gun and outside the gun, is the equal of any revolver I have owned. You will not find any machine marks or rough surfaces on this gun. Period. No squeaks, no rattles, no scratchy anything. Nor will you find any sharp edges on the K6s to catch or snag on clothing. The action, including working the extractor, is smooth as butter.

Nor will you find a lock or any read the instruction manual warning on the gun.

As for size and weight, this is an all steel gun that weighs 23 ounces. That's a good 6 plus ounces lighter than my old SP101 4.2" barrel, 5 shot 357 and it handles, beautifully. It's actually quite a compact gun, shown here with my STI Escort 45 auto (also 23 ounces) and my Sig P938 (15 ounces).


Even fits in my Blackhawk J frame holster.


My overall impression of the K6s is that the gun is worthy of its price tag, assuming you value fit and finish, quality construction, great trigger, sights and so on. If not, save your money, buy a lesser quality gun and spend the hours needed to smooth it up. If playing kitchen table gunsmith is your thing, you'll be bored and left with nothing to do with the Kimber K6s.

It's more than pretty gun, though, as we shall see in the range report to follow.
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Old 01-03-2017, 03:46 PM   #2
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How do you like the cylinder release?
How do you like the sights?
How do you like the grips?
How does it match S&W 442/642 in size?

I know with your experience you would not buy a slouch. I am anxious to read more.
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Old 01-03-2017, 04:22 PM   #3
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Hi Ridge. I figured you'd want a comparison.

The sights were a must for me. I did not want another gutter sight snub nose, again. The sights remind me of a scaled down 1911 setup. Had no trouble seeing them, this afternoon at the range and it was a typical gloomy winter day with some snow in the air. Kimber now offers models with night sights, but these do the job, nicely. Just right for carry purposes.

The grips are actually made by Crimson Trace, but, of course, no laser. As you might expect, Kimber is offering a laser version for 2017. The grips did a good job for me. No issues at all with my cold hands. Was thinking of adding aftermarket grips when something becomes available to better manage recoil, but after shooting the gun, this afternoon, I see no reason to do so. More on that in the range report.

You push the release button in, somewhat like a Ruger. Simple and easy. Easy to do with the thumb on my shooting hand.

The gun is nearly identical dimensions to a J frame Smith, only just a tad wider at the cylinder. Being an all steel gun, the closest thing to it in a Smith is Performance Center version of the all steel 640. The kimber is priced only a little higher, but Ido think it is the better finished gun.

Ordered a speed loader from Kimber, by the way, since no one else carries one, yet.
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Old 01-08-2017, 09:37 AM   #4
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Thanks for answering my questions. You are not alone in your satisfaction with the K6.
Here is hickok45 review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RQAGX967bg
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Youse guys are a bad influence showing me a snub like that one. Geeeze. Well you can't take it with you.
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Youse guys are a bad influence showing me a snub like that one. Geeeze. Well you can't take it with you.
I aint seen a U-Haul hitched up to a hearse, yet!
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With a longer barrel and an external hammer, that might just be irresistible. Thank you for the very useful review and for fanning the fires of gun lust I thought I had extinguished. I guess I will just have to figure out what to sell if they do that.
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Old 01-08-2017, 11:53 AM   #8
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I'd love to see another player in the DA revolver field, too, so hope this gun is a go for Kimber for the sake of others down the line. Ruger and S&W need a little shaking up. In the meantime, one of my goals for the year is to get back to finding more vintage Smiths, cause they really don't make them like that, anymore.
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