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The K6 Kimber, what's your take on the gun?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by george burns, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. george burns

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    I almost bought it, but read some negative stuff about the action on some forums. Others say it's smooth as silk. Price is high, but so is a Cobra in 38, or a S&W 340. They are all high so is 9 hundred too high, Kimber never seems to lower their prices, the gun is a nice weight, and the fact that it hols 6 and is rounded off "snag free" is appealing.
    After checking with the listed Kimber dealers on the sight and Buds, the lower end one "brushed stainless" is available online only, I called 6 dealers and only 1 who had just got only one piece in, had any in stock. Shoot straight and Lotus had waiting lists of a dozen folks and are charging over MSRP. I am deciding if I even want to go this route, or pick up a CDP Ultra for the same price in 45.
     
  2. Jim Watson

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    Looks like a nice gun. All it needs is about three inches more barrel and a hammer.
     
  3. Jack B.

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    All of Kimber's other guns are good. I guess they can make a revolver. I know my wife wants one.
     
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    That was my exact reaction! :)
     
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  5. fireman 9731

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    I handled one that someone else owned in gun shop. It was very well made, action was as good, or better than my 442 with Apex spring kit. It was a tad heavy compared to what I'm used to, but, it should be considering its stainless and carries an extra round. If I was flush with cash, it would be on my list.

    My only complaint is the Ruger style cylinder release, and thats only because I'm used to the S&W style.

    Be patient, Kimber will come out with more model options and there will be better market availablity once the newness wears off.
     
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  6. RealGun

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    It is gotta-have-it money but not a gotta-have-it gun.
     
  7. ArchAngelCD

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    If I were going to spend that much money I might be looking at the Colt over the Kimber.
     
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  8. Shed

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    I second that. Kimber also does not have the best reputation for quality control; some people have great Kimbers while others don't.

    Since it looks like you're going for a CCW revolver, I'd go with a J frame S&W or a Ruger (LCR or SP series). Both have been making quality revolvers for a long time.

    Also, keep in mind that out of a 2" barrel .357 isn't going to give you any significant increase in performance over .38 spl + P. Just more recoil.

    Happy shopping!
     
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  9. sabbfan

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    I've read that it is actually manufactured by Manurhin and branded Kimber, is this true?
     
  10. Jack B.

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    Good luck finding a Colt for sale. I've tried for years to find a Colt New Frontier to buy. No luck.
     
  11. RealGun

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    Buy a gun that is still supported, if it's going to be a shooter.
     
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  12. Jack B.

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    Does Colt not support The New Frontier? I'm not in the know about this.
     
  13. someguy2800

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    Bingo!
     
  14. 340PD

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    I have had one for about a month. Fit, finish, and trigger exceed any of my post 1980 S&W's. The wt. loaded is about the same as my 640 Pro and it is virtually the same size. Speaking as the owner of a number of Smith snubbies from regular production and the Performance Center, if I had to keep one, the Kimber wins. I cant speak to Kimber's customer service because I have only owned this revolver and a Ultra Carry CDP which functioned without fail regardless of which handload I tried.

    Don't be fooled by the cost. Right now the standard version runs under $800. Literally every Smith I have owned needed some trigger work so add that into the near $755 for the S&W 640 Pro at my LGS.

    I agree, I would like to see a 3" barrel but a hammer is not necessary as the K6S trigger is super smooth with no stacking and it will stage very easily giving the shooter the ability to fire it almost like a SA gun. Some j-frame holsters will work but the Kimber's trigger guard is slightly different shape so plan on a new holster unless you are lucky. Here it is next to my 640 Pro which was my primary carry gun until........

    Sideguard%202%20Kimber%20640_zps4z67bzkp.jpg
     
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  15. someguy2800

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    really slick looking gun for sure. Love the lines of it and the sights. I can understand why people like the concealed hammer for carry, but if I was going to carry a revolver it would be a smith air weight at over a half pound lighter. For me to be interested it would have to have about a 3-4" barrel and an exposed hammer though. Just my opinion, obviously others disagree.
     
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  16. george burns

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    So you did get the CT version. I saw one available online, does the gun come in a polished and a brushed finish or are they all the same except for the 1800 dollar version? The different pictures, "even on buds", make it seem like there are 2 or 3 different finishes. I would spring for the Nickel , only because my first Carry gun was a Nickel plated Detective Special back in 1972, and I really loved that gun.I lost it during a Home Invasion, in 79, that I have spoken about before.I would like to replace it with a similar gun, perhaps the K6, is the perfect replacement. I honestly don't see the Cobra as the second coming of the DS. I like a Nickel or blue revolver, always have. Also don't like fiber optic sights, especially at night on my carry. So replacing the Cobra's sights, grips, and polishing it to a high luster finish is work I am not prepared to do. I know the Kimber has a model wit NS, and wodden grips, so it's more like what I am looking for.
     
  17. ArchAngelCD

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    Since we are talking about a DA revolve, the Kimber I was talking about the newly released Colt Cobra, not SA Colt revolvers.
    http://www.colt.com/Catalog/Revolvers/Cobra
    With a Retail price of $699 instead of $899 like the K6 I think it's a better deal.
     
  18. Plan2Live

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    Compact and 6 shot capacity. I think Kimber hit the mark they were aiming for. Like others I would like to see a 2.75 or 3 inch barrel offered and I would to see them offer it in .327 Federal, just because.
     
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  19. bearman49709

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    If I was looking for a new revolver for EDC it would be the Colt. If the Kimber sold for $400.00 I still would not buy one.
     
  20. Panzerschwein

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    I would personally get the new Colt's Cobra. An actual new production snake gun and wear the historic pony. The Kimber is a nice gun and I've handled them but it does not a snake make.
     
  21. 340PD

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    @george burns
    I believe brushed stainless finish is standard. I paid just over a grand for the gun with factory lasergrips. The grips alone run about $400 so depending how you figure it the gun is not that far from S&W pricing on their high end models.
    I have not yet seen the Colt Cobra but I will also own that gun.
    As someguy2800 said, the Kimber does weigh 23oz. Quite a change from my 11.4 oz. 340pd.
     
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  22. someguy2800

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    If that's the case I don't want it regardless of price.
     
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    I was talking about the difficulty of finding any Colt for sale.
     
  25. RealGun

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    The only difficulty may be in finding a price we like.
     
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