Kimber enters wheelgun market, drops K6S snub nose revolver (VIDEO + PICS)

01/18/16 6:26 PM | by

Kimber enters wheelgun market, drops K6S snub nose revolver (8 PHOTOS)

Kimber debuted their new K6S stainless steel .357 snubby at the 2016 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas this week.

In a departure from the new trend to add a polymer to revolvers, Kimber’s entrance into the field is a six-shot, .38/.357 features an all-stainless frame, cylinder, and barrel with a smooth satin finish. As a tip of the hat to obvious concealed carry use, the K6S is built on a small frame with a two-inch barrel and 1.39-inch wide cylinder– that they bill as the shortest of its kind on the market.

Best known for their line of 1911 style pistols, Kimber has delivered an evolved snub-nosed revolver. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Best known for their line of 1911 style pistols, Kimber has delivered an evolved snub-nosed revolver. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

 

Overall length is 6.62 inches with a 4.46 inch height, or about palm sized if you have big mitts. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Overall length is 6.62 inches with a 4.46 inch height, or about palm sized if you have big mitts. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

While overall length is 6.62-inches, weight is 23 ounces empty, which, combined with enhanced ergonomics, helps mitigate recoil and muzzle flip.

The internal hammer combines with a no-stack DAO trigger with a pull weight of 9.5-10.5 pounds. All of the KS6’s external edges are rounded and contoured with a trench cut rear sight and an almost recessed textured cylinder release button.

Kimber advertises the 1.39-inch left hand rotating cylinder as the shortest of its caliber on the market (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Kimber advertises the 1.39-inch in diameter left hand rotating cylinder is the widest part of the gun (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The new revolver will be offered in three slightly different variants including the standard K6s Stainless, K6s Stainless with laminated grips as shown extensively in this post, and a Limited K6s First Edition.

The KS6 is directed to the backup, concealed carry and home defense market (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The KS6 is directed to the backup, concealed carry and home defense market (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Kimber branded aluminum HKS style speedloaders were on hand although no word on if they will be offered (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Kimber-branded aluminum twist type speedloaders were on hand although no word on if they will be offered (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Note the serrated backstrap (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Note the serrated backstrap (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Guns.com was able to put a box or so through the KS6 at the range, and observed rather mild recoil for a snub nosed .38 (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Guns.com was able to put a box or so through the KS6 at the range, and observed rather mild recoil for a snub nosed .38 (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The KS6 will ship in three slightly different configurations. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)(Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The KS6 will ship in three slightly different configurations. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

MSRP is $899, which compares favorably to competitors on the market such as S&W’s Model 640– though the Kimber is a six-shooter while the J-Frame Smith is a five-shot.

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