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Old 11-17-2019, 09:31 AM   #1
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Why no airweight K6?

As much as I like my K6s, I sometimes wish there was an airweight version. With an alloy frame to keep the weight down, it would be, a modern version of what the old Smith Model 12 was at one time.

Perhaps such a gun would have to be .38 Special only but it would still be darn useful.

What do you guys think? Would there be a market for an alloy-framed K6?
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Old 11-17-2019, 09:39 AM   #2
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A small alloy-frame .357 Magnum revolver?

Are you a glutton for punishment?
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Old 11-17-2019, 09:53 AM   #3
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Well with the K6 being 23 oz in weight it’s pretty light as is. If they did make a Lightweight like the Smith it would end up being the same “Something you never want to shoot!” And if you do, only once.


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Old 11-17-2019, 10:10 AM   #4
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I don't know....38 +ps are very doable in a Smith 642 or 442. As the K6s is a little larger, I don't see why they wouldn't be even more doable in an alloy framed version of the K6.

You have to pick the power level you can control. Medium velocity stuff just slightly hotter than 38 +Ps is controllable for a few cylinders full. For me at least, the full house stuff is too much.

Maybe not my choice for a fun, relaxing day at the range but doable for a few cylinders full.
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:36 AM   #5
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you want a Saturday night special.
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Old 11-17-2019, 12:15 PM   #6
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I have a S&W 340PD and it is a delight to shoot and carry. S&W really offers a lot in that category and until Kimber is selling every one of their all steel guns, I really see no need for Kimber to jump into that market.
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Old 11-17-2019, 12:41 PM   #7
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I feel Kimber is still Testing the revolver market. Who knows what will come next! Even Colt has returned to revolvers. 38/357 is a great place to start.
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Old 11-17-2019, 12:45 PM   #8
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I noticed a few Aluminum J Frame owners on the S&W Forum posting that their Frames have cracked where the barrel screws into the Frame.
I would rather have the extra ounces of a Steel frame, than a Cracked Alloy one.
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Old 11-17-2019, 01:18 PM   #9
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I noticed a few Aluminum J Frame owners on the S&W Forum posting that their Frames have cracked where the barrel screws into the Frame.
I would rather have the extra ounces of a Steel frame, than a Cracked Alloy one.
I always wonder how much durability I lose when switching to stainless steel or aluminum parts. Like barrels, receivers, internals or an all weather stainless steel model. I have some scratches and dents and feel if they were steel it would not have happened.

For example, my Marlin 1894 csbl. All stainless. Love it. Looks bad ass. But when I hold someone else's steel 1894, it has a certain heft to it. Like it's better quality. The extra weight feels better and the steel parts move a little different. Idk, I'm probably just rambling now and getting off topic.
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Old 11-17-2019, 03:57 PM   #10
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No Airweight K6, cause I can just carry my Charter Arms PoliceUndercover .38spl, 6-shot built on the Bulldog 44spl frame, the little 6 shooter 38 tips the scale at 20oz. Even loaded can't tell I'm carrying it. Why you ask, msrp is $408.80 I shopped around and found a new one for $300.

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