According to this source (who I consider to be very reliable). Noted Revolver Smith Grant Cunningham had some design input on the gun. This makes the gun even more interesting and I’m curious how much influence he had on the design. Now the big question is does Kimber have a winner or are they going to screw it up somehow?
A recoiling laser trainer. Runs on CO2 and is available for several popular pistols now. This will make dry-fire practice more realistic and reduce the cost of ammunition. It is about the cost of a new firearm, but considering the cost of ammunition it will pay for itself in a short time.
Dave Hardy has the details on what he found a few things that stood out:
Our ultimate goal—total control of handguns in the United States—is going to take time. My estimate is from seven to 10 years. The first problem is to slow down the increasing number of handguns sold in this country. The second problem is to get handguns registered. And the final problem is to make the possession of all handguns and all handgun ammunition—except for the military, policemen, licensed security guards, licensed sporting clubs, and licensed gun collectors—totally illegal.
While they have seemingly backed off from handguns. Semi-Automatic rifles are still on their agenda.
Brady also asked for a federal requirement of a special “arsenal license” for any gun owner who possessed 20 guns or 1,000 rounds of ammunition. (The White House copy has a handwritten note: “all guns.”) The memo described the arsenal license’s requirements as “similar to the requirements for a machine gun license,” including the requirement for police approval, since “anyone who has an arsenal is a danger to society.” In this scenario, two bricks of .22s would be enough for a gun owner to be treated as a public menace.
You don’t see many calls for this, but look at the headlines that state “arsenal found” and you can see the public is being conditioned for the calls.
Brady also asked that each component of a handgun, including the “barrel, stock, receiver, any part of the action, or ammunition magazines” be treated as if they were the receiver. “Buyers would need a license, sellers would need an FFL, and interstate sales would be illegal,” Brady explained. Replacing the grips or a firing pin spring, or purchasing an extra magazine, would actually require a 4473.
There’s more at the link. Just remember they will never give up.
Those who know me well know that I am a huge fan of revolvers. While the first centerfire handgun I fired was a 1911, my first handgun was a .357 Magnum revolver. In fact I think that if I kept better track of rounds down range I would find that after 30 years of shooting I have only just become to close the gap between the rounds fired out of a revolver and a semi-auto pistol.
When I saw the announcement of the Kimber K6s revolver my curiosity was piqued. Could it be we finally have something that will fill the niche left empty by the demise of the Colt Cobra/Detective Special and 6 Shot .357 K Frame S&W pistols? It’s really hard to tell at this point so I’ll wait on folks like Mas Ayoob and Grant Cunningham to weigh in. Even then I don’t think I am likely to get one any time soon.
To add some more data to the mix I compared the K6s to my prized Custom Model 65. Granted my Model 65 has a 3″ vs. a 2″ barrel so that will add a little bit more weight, but with the Model 65 tipping the scales at 31.8 ounces to the K6s’ 23 ounces (the 2″ Ruger SP101 weighs 26 ounces) The Model 65 is also a bit thicker at 1.418 inches.
Based on the weight alone I can tell this is a revolver that will definitely get your attention when you fire it. However at ten ounces heavier than the airweight J Frame it will still be manageable. In fact I seem to recall Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch advocating that the all steel J frame, which the K6s matches, is a good option for those wanting a small revolver that is still manageable for self-defense.
Does Kimber have a winner? Time will tell, but it’s definitely something new and unexpected out of SHOT this year that is worth watching. If you like or are interested in wheel guns.
Occasionally you see the mask of anti-civil rights activists slip. When it does it shows they are not interested in stopping violence only in being able to control others through violent force.