Kimber is adding new models to the company’s K6 series of revolvers for 2017. These compact handguns are built for everyday carry, concealed or on the hip. They are all double-action only revolvers with a tuned action, hammerless profile and a lot of clean, straight lines.
The K6 series is a very modern take on the snub-nose revolver. The design proves that these guns are still relevant today for self-defense. What makes the K6 stand out is its use of 6-round cylinders instead of 5 and large 3-dot sights, the type of sights more common to semi-autos.
Kimber advertises these as “the world’s lightest production 6-shot .357 Magnum revolvers” weighing in at 23 ounces unloaded. They’re not featherweight handguns compared to lighter 5-shot revolvers but they will handle full-house loads with less felt recoil. Like any .357 Magnum revolver they can also shoot .38 Special and .38 +P ammunition.
For 2017 Kimber is adding high-polish deluxe models of K6 including a limited run of “First Edition” handguns. The company is also expanding their original matte-finish K6s model with more sight options.
The K6s First Edition comes with contrasting satin Pao Ferro hardwood grips and simple black serrated sights. Intended to be somewhat exclusive, Kimber is pricing the First Edition at $2,039. The other pistols are priced a lot more in-line with today’s nicer revolver options.
None of these are budget revolvers with the simplest K6s priced at $899. The basic version comes with 3-dot iron sights and a simple rubberized, checkered boot-cut grip.
For a little more shooters can opt for night sights (K6s NS) or laser sights (K6s LG) with their revolvers. The night sight model is priced to move at $919 where the laser sight model runs a bit higher at $1,177. These are suggested prices — real-world pricing will be less.
Kimber tapped Crimson Trace to make the grips for their K6s LG. These sport textured black rubber Crimson Trace Master Series grips with the company’s “Instinctive Activation” power system. Built into the grips is a power switch that clicks on as soon as you grab the handgun. The grips provide a red light laser sight on target and run off two 2032 power cells.
And also new for 2017 is the K6s Deluxe Carry Revolver, or DCR. Unlike the limited production First Edition, it’s nearly half the cost at $1,088 with the same mirror polish. It comes with checkered rosewood grips and a fiber optic front and serrated black rear sight set.
The K6 series was a big departure for Kimber. Announced last year, the original K6 was Kimber’s first try at making revolvers. The K6 has been largely successful for Kimber. The one criticism has been that they were a bit shy of delivering revolvers in quantity.
Hopefully, with this announcement Kimber will satisfy everyone looking to get their hands on a K6, whether it’s a straightforward model for everyday carry or a deluxe version for a little showing off.
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