Kimber debuted their new K6S stainless steel .357 snubby at the 2016 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) 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.
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.
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.
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.
While few of us ever thought we’d have a blacked-out lever-action hunting rifle on our wish list, here we are with not one, but two. The Marlin Dark series was followed by the Henry X-Model, both American-made levers.