Originally Posted by byern
Perhaps I used the wrong word "Cheap" where as I should have used the word "Inexpensive." Now. I have 3 Kimbers (2 in .45 and one in 9mm). Both .45s had to go back to the factory for failure to extract, feed, etc. One of the 45s was rather expensive and every time I shot it the safety would, on its own, set. The one in 9mm was perfect from the box. Now, I own several 19ll's in 45 (Ruger, Colt, Remington, Springfield and a HK which was my duty pistol for years until retirement. Not one has ever, ever been to the factory for anything.
Now, I own 3 rather old Revolvers in .38 cal (2 2" and one Mod 64.5) They were carried extensively over the years as my backup/duty pistols. They probably have over 2000 rounds thru them over the years and not one has ever failed to function without a hitch (including the one that went up side the head of an idiot who tried to take it from me years back).
Now, reading thru the posts since Kimber came out with their revolver, I have read post after post of problems which required the revolver being set back to the factory.
Like Obama said "If you like your (Kimber), you can keep your (Kimber).
Me, I'll keep my old, trusty S&Ws. Sometimes, old is better than new.
Hello Byern, You are comparing Smith's you already own with buying a brand new revolver. Of course the Smith's are more cost effective and a safer choice.
I have owned and shot and collected many Smith revolvers. They can be superb. It's not uncommon though for Smith revolvers to need a little TLC as delivered from the factory.
I still consider a well tuned K frame trigger to be the DA trigger by which all others are compared.
The way I look at the K6s is to appreciate it for what it is. Kimber put out a very good small revolver. It's size, capacity, sights and excellent out of the box DA trigger come in a package no other small revolver manufacturer has.
If you compare the K6 to a Smith J frame, the K6 will have a better trigger, higher capacity and in most cases better sights.
If you compare the K6 to a Smith K frame, the capacity is the same. The Kimber is smaller though, will most likely have better sights and a better factory trigger (than new production Smiths). I am not aware of any K frame Smith is currently selling that is set up better for concealed carry than the K6.
Guns are personal things. I'm not trying to convince you your choices are wrong. I'm simply trying to articulate why, speaking for myself, the choice between a Smith or the Kimber, especially for CC, is not such a slam dunk in favor of Smith as one might think.