When I first got the release on what Kimber was bringing out for 2016, it had some model variations but nothing really amazingly new. Then, at SHOT Show, I started hearing about Kimber introducing a revolver and I thought, “What the heck?” At first I was a little miffed until my friend, Ryan Busse, from Kimber explained that they hadn’t told anyone about the K6 because they weren’t sure it would be ready. But sure enough, there it was on his hip. In fact, every salesperson at Kimber had one on their hip.
About 20 years ago, if you had asked anyone “in the know” about the 1911 market they would have told you it was all but dead. Then Kimber came along and lit it on fire and the conflagration that has ensued hasn’t let up at all. Today, just about anyone “in the know” would have, until this SHOT Show, told you that the concealed carry revolver market was all but dead. “Obviously, we would not have done it [introduced a revolver] if we thought it was dead,” explains Kimber’s Rachel Vandevoort.
The first thing that struck me when I saw this .357 Mag. is that size-wise, it was just about the same as my 5-shot S&W 640—and it is—only this is a 6-shot .357 Mag. “It has the smallest 6- round cylinder ever offered,” says Vandevoort. It has a 2-inch barrel and soft rubber grips, and Crimson Trace is already working on a laser grip for it. When I tried the trigger it was positively amazing. This is one of the smoothest double-action revolver triggers I’ve ever pulled. It’s all stainless steel and weighs 23 ounces unloaded. Price starts at $899.
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In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.