Early last year I had an opportunity to test-fire a preproduction K6s, and it was a lot of fun. This gun is now in regular production and available in four models: First Edition, LG, DCR and Stainless. I received the DCR (Deluxe Carry Revolver) for testing.
Sometimes life forces us to find compromise. Those of us who choose to carry a firearm for self-defense sometimes stumble over the three words “concealed-carry weapon.” It seems simple enough. “Concealed” implies a small gun that can be easily hidden on your person. “Carry” suggests it should be lightweight so it can be comfortably carried for an extended period of time. “Weapon” denotes a handgun of adequate power to decisively end a life-threatening situation, large enough so it fits your hand and you can accurately place your rounds precisely where needed, and heavy enough that it absorbs some of the recoil generated by an effective defensive handgun cartridge. Something’s gotta give, and the new Kimber K6s .357 Mag. revolver seems to be a good compromise between all of the above.
Kimber is best known for their domestically-produced line of 1911-pattern semi-automatic pistols. So it came as a bit of a surprise around this time last year when they announced that their next concealed carry handgun was going to be… a revolver. It’s not easy to make a decent, double action revolver. People think of revolvers as being simple to operate, but mechanically, they are incredibly complex machines. So, for Kimber to come out of the blue and announce that they’re making a defensive revolver that will compete with established models from Smith & Wesson and Ruger comes across as a bit audacious, to say the least. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.