08-06-2017, 11:19 AM
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Dunbar, WVa
K6S On The Range ...twice!
I've posted earlier about getting my K6S "bargain buy". I made it to the range on Thursday. After spending two hours in the dentist chair on Wen. I was not feeling it Thurs. morning, over slept an hour. And had to make a stop at Biscuit World on the way to the range...because...well...it's called BISCUIT WORLD...nuff said. I got to the range around 11am and there was no one there...no one. Had the place all to myself for hours.
The temps were heading toward 90 quickly and as I said I wasn't feeling a 100% and not on my game. So I didn't mess with the chronograph or sandbags. I just set up some targets and started shooting off hand.
It was Silver Revolver Day and I had a dozen different factory and reloaded .38s and .357s. I concentrated on the K6 and 686 but as always I did put a few through my Airweight J-frame.
OK...as for the K6S. It is beautiful...it looks and feels great in the hand. But if you think this new Kimber is some sort of magic wand that tames the mighty .357 you're kidding yourself. It handled my .38 range loads and other .38 factories including +Ps with ease.
With full house 158s and 145 Silvertips it is a violent little gun that walks the line between hand gun and hand grenade. Big blasting, flame throwing, muzzle flipping hand full. However the grip is not the issue here. The smooth Altamont grips stuck nicely to my shooting gloves and didn't move around in my hand. Nor did the recoil try to drive the back strap through my hand. What the big loads did do was use the trigger guard to try and tear off the end of my trigger finger...every time. With .357s only the 50 to 125 grn were even close to being manageable. The best combo of power and control came with .38 +Ps.
For the range I suggest standard .38s and the lightest .357 bullet weight you can get. If I carry it I will carry the LCD 50gn. Shooting 158s is just a practice in "pain management".
Pros : Light for a .357. Good accuracy with all ammo tested. Beautiful, solid and well made.
Cons : Heavy for a .38. The all black sights have got to go. Double action only doesn't help accuracy. The smooth action with the "set" of the trigger is nice but takes some time to get the hang of it. You're going want a bunch of .38s to learn the trigger. The smooth, bright flat on top of the hammer shroud area reflects the sun right back in your face....the absolute worst "glare" situation I have ever seen on a hand gun...I will have to refinish or cover this area somehow.
Do you want a K6?...you betcha'...a work of art. A great piece to own, show off and shoot (with the right ammo). Would I carry it? Probably not ...I have better options.
Here's some range shots and targets...note: the empty firing line, just me. Paper target was right a 10yds and steel plate is at 25. Note too the strange splatter from the 50gn frangible bullets (rt target). I'm going to post a Part 2 for some more info and pics.
Last edited by PaulWVa; 04-21-2018 at 08:44 AM.