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Old 04-27-2017, 07:34 PM   #1
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1st trip to range...

After a week and a half, I finally made it to the range. Keep in mind this is the first revolver I have owned. I remember shooting a similar sized Rossi 38spl. and I thought it was snappy with significant muzzle rise. Not my favorite to shoot. I am accustomed to shooting pocket sized .380acp, 9mm, and 45acp. Ok, enough background...

I took various factory loads to the range to see how the K6s handled them.

First up, 130gr 38spl. Pleasantly surprised at how easy these loads shot. Kinda thought, wtf, this thing is a pea shooter. Almost no recoil and no muzzle rise/flip. Ran 3 cylinders just to get a feel for the gun. Feeling good at this point...

Next up, 125gr 38 spl+p. Hmm.. Not bad at all. Very minimal recoil and muzzle rise. Ran 3 cylinders. Can tell the difference shooting +p, but still mild. Definitely a confidence builder.

Alright, lets put some 158gr .357 mag hp's in and see what this baby can do! Kaboom!!!!! Holy crap! Definitely knew I was shooting some full power loads. Ran 2 cylinders. Definitely more recoil but very surprised how little muzzle rise there was. Recoil felt like a hot 45acp in a Kahr PM45. I could still keep the muzzle on target for follow up shots. Yes, my hand was throbbing a little after the 2nd cylinder, but damn those loads are fun!

Last round. 135gr gold dot hp short barrel 357. Hmm.. I like this round. Could definitely tell it was 357 and not a 38spl (+p) but very easy to shoot. I thought this round was easier to control than my Kahr PM9. The pm9 is easy to shoot, but I consider it snappy.

Oh wait.. shot 1 more cylinder of 158gr 357 just for grins. Would not carry this round or shoot more than a couple cylinders at a time, but damn that's a hoot to shoot.

Overall, I am extremely pleased with the first range trip. I walked out grinning ear to ear. The grip angle or low bore axis or whatever it is just works for this gun. Much easier to shoot than I ever expected. The recoil, with heavier loads, is more like the straight push of a 45acp.

Gonna clean her up and get her ready for the next range trip. Now I have to find a carry round and holster for this beauty!
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Old 04-27-2017, 08:35 PM   #2
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Glad to hear your enjoying you new K6s.
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Old 04-27-2017, 11:06 PM   #3
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Very good range report! I would have given you an excellent except you did not include any pictures. The more I see and hear about the K6 the more I like it. I do not own a short barreled .357 the one stubby I do have is a S&W .38 spl. It is nice but it is not a .357 and I really like to shoot .357. Here I go ramblin again. Congratulations on your K6 looking forward to more reports and pics.
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Old 04-28-2017, 07:35 AM   #4
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Glad you like your new gun. OWB made for the K6S is https://www.mdwhitefieldleather.com/
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Old 04-28-2017, 06:08 PM   #5
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I haven't shot a revolver since I sold my Rossi 38 special....hope you enjoy this one...looks good.
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I have Hornady Critical Defense Lite 90 gr FTX in both of my K6's.
Shoots very easy and very well (IMO). I like it.
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Old 04-28-2017, 10:04 PM   #7
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340pd. Looks like a nice holster. I have been eyeballing one from wright leather works. Specifically the cobra hybrid. It allows for both iwb/owb. Anyone ever purched from WLW?
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Old 04-28-2017, 10:15 PM   #8
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Mickey. I like the critical defense stuff. I was hoping for a little bigger grain. I carry buffalo bore 90gr in my .380. The gold dot 135gr 357 was pleasant to shoot, but I do like the idea of the tip(or whatever you want to call it) to aid in expansion. I might try the critical defense 125gr ftx for now. I just wish it was 135gr or bigger.
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