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Old 01-03-2017, 03:40 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, 04:31 PM   #2
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You have already answered most of my questions. I am anxious to read your review. I would be interested in a comparison picture of S&W 442 size against the K6.
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