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Old August 11, 2017, 14:41   #1
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Kimber K6S

What are your thoughts on the Kimber K6S lineup?
They look nice. Anyone handled one yet?
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Old August 11, 2017, 14:48   #2
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Didn't know they made one. But yep and they're priced like a Kimber
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Old August 11, 2017, 17:07   #3
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Didn't know they made one. But yep and they're priced like a Kimber
Will they have the periodic reliability issues of a Kimber? Revolvers are actually harder to make than a semi-auto.
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Will they have the periodic reliability issues of a Kimber? Revolvers are actually harder to make than a semi-auto.
Didn't know that. I've only had one and it was a sa Ruger Blackhawk.

My Kimber does fine. But, it's a shorty short 1911 and not a lot of fun to shoot a bunch of rounds albeit accurate as heck. Paid $800 but no way would I have paid the $1250 for retail side. Lately a little .380 pocket pistol does a decent job.
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Sounds like it is not fully ready for prime time and while not unreliable, it offers nothing but a nicer trigger over its S&W and Ruger competition, something that either some Wolff springs and/or a trip to a gunsmith could fix, along with marginal to poor accuracy. Butt-ugly to boot.
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Old August 12, 2017, 08:40   #6
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Sounds like it is not fully ready for prime time and while not unreliable, it offers nothing but a nicer trigger over its S&W and Ruger competition, something that either some Wolff springs and/or a trip to a gunsmith could fix, along with marginal to poor accuracy. Butt-ugly to boot.
The others in this line-up are certainly attractive as well. The appeal to the Kimber is definitely the extra shot while maintaining J-frame like dimensions.
In the comments the author of the article mentions others reporting some small issues that have needed to be addressed with their K6S's. I hope the bugs get worked out. Otherwise the Model 60 Pro or the SP101 are looking good (even if they do only have 5 shots ).
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What are your thoughts on the Kimber K6S lineup?
They look nice. Anyone handled one yet?
Kimber used to have a good reputation, but quality issues (probably from trying to reduce manufacturing costs) have really compromised their reputation in recent years.

Like someone else stated, manufacturing a revolver requires more stringent tolerancing, quality standards, and inspection routines. Timing, ratcheting, and lock-up leave very little room for error.

So, here's a company that's had recent quality issues, rolling out a product that requires higher quality standards... No thanks, I'll pass.
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The others in this line-up are certainly attractive as well. The appeal to the Kimber is definitely the extra shot while maintaining J-frame like dimensions.
In the comments the author of the article mentions others reporting some small issues that have needed to be addressed with their K6S's. I hope the bugs get worked out. Otherwise the Model 60 Pro or the SP101 are looking good (even if they do only have 5 shots ).
You could take a chance on Colt for that sixth shot, but I had a DS-IV, which is supposedly pretty much the same lockwork as the new Cobra and I didn't think much of it. SP101 looks good, but Smith sure made the 640 Pro ugly as well with their "upgrades."
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Just a little anecdotal philosophy from a guy who knows how little he knows about revolvers:

I own a passel of Colt and Smith revolvers. When I was running a gunshop I did a lot smithing work on both brands (Rugers too.) Mostly cleaning, honing and stoning firing mechanisms, replacing broken shit and, once in awhile, cutting for fancy sights of some kind. So, I'm sure I have more experience than most, and far less than many.

If I was to carry a revolver for self defense I would carry a Smith or a Ruger. They are both very durable, and have extremely reliable firing mechanisms. I've seen some filthy guns come through the shop. I was often impressed that the rugers and smiths were still functioning, once I had them disassembled and could see the extent of the filth. But the colts' firing mechanism is finicky, and not as impervious to dirt as the other two brands I've mentioned.

If I want to punch holes in paper, I'll choose a Colt. The smooth feel of the Python trigger is unparalleled. And, the badass look will get you laid (if picking up lovers at the range is your thing.)

Actually, it wasn't the python that got me laid, it was the Diamondback .22.

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Old August 14, 2017, 11:18   #10
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You could take a chance on Colt for that sixth shot, but I had a DS-IV, which is supposedly pretty much the same lockwork as the new Cobra and I didn't think much of it. SP101 looks good, but Smith sure made the 640 Pro ugly as well with their "upgrades."
The more I think about it, the more I think I may just go with the safest bet. The SP101. It's also cheaper. I've owned a few Rugers in the past and I have always been impressed by their quality and ruggedness. The downsides are that they tend to be bulky and heavy because of this.

Gunshack,
Thanks for your professional opinion. I love hearing stuff from the guys that have actually worked on the guns. As a low level hobby gunsmith [I fix friends guns when I can], I know that it gives a different prospective, for sure.


Now to just wait for the Labor Day sales on SP101's.
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I really like my 3 1/16" SP101 for an easy packing .357. They appear to have a new 4"+ version (http://ruger.com/products/sp101Match...on/models.html) out that is kind of cute too. I should disclose that I kind of favor a Ruger wheelgun, especially in a magnum. Have several Security and Speed Sixes as well as Blackhawks in magnum and non-magnum calibers. Of course I have Colts and S&W wheelies as well, but Dad packed a Ruger (blued Speed Six) so my first love is the Ruger. First center fire handgun I ever shot was not technically as magnum, but it was a Ruger, a .30 Carbine Blackhawk. But I digress, a good Ruger magnum is never a wrong choice.
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