KIMBER NEW for 2017: K6s Grows with 5 More Revolvers


A new firearm introduction that took the industry by surprise at SHOT Show 2016 was Kimber making a revolver. No one questioned Kimber’s capability to make a good revolver. It was just not a firearm type that you would consider to be in their wheelhouse. Nonetheless, the K6s has impressed a lot of people even with the high price tag.

To solidify the model and grow the demand, Kimber is announcing 5 new additions to the K6s revolver line. The new offerings extend from the high-grade to the simplistic rounding out the series.

K6sK6s First Edition .357 Magnum – MSRP $2,039

Kimber we all know can make some gorgeous firearms, but there will be an appropriate price tag to follow. The “First Edition” is a very premium, limited run revolver set for 2017. Kimber elaborated on what will be the rarity and intrigue of this offering:

Only available with a limited range serial number, the K6s First Edition wears a striking high-grade mirror-polished finish and gorgeous Pao Ferro grips.

For the very selective collector or revolver enthusiast, this model might trip their trigger. It has a 6-round cylinder, simplistic black serrated sights, and a double-action only (DAO) 9.5 – 10.5 Lbs factory trigger. The mystique or draw for this revolver is definitely the high-grade, mirror-polished finish paired with the Pao Ferro grips.

K6sK6s DCR (Deluxe Carry Revolver) .357 Magnum – MSRP $1,088

This revolver has some striking curb appeal as well as practicality. Kimber designed this variation off of what they call “the world’s lightest production 6-shot .357 Magnum revolver platform.” It weighs in at a feathery 23 ounces. With the flat cylinder facings it is only 1.39″ wide when a standard 1911 of theirs comes in at 1.28″ in width. Not too shabby at all.

Aside from the practical attributes, the K6s DCR is a gorgeous revolver to boot! It is finished in a satin stainless, outfitted with checkered Millenium rosewood grips, and is topped off with a fiber optic front sight for faster sight acquisition. A final cherry on top to a fairly expensive, but attractive revolver is the Match-Grade trigger. It is always nice to get a more refined trigger when you are working with a DAO revolver.

K6sK6s Stainless .357 Magnum – MSRP $899

This offering is where simplicity gets personified. Kimber touts the K6s Stainless as “the world’s lightest production 6-shot .357 Magnum revolver.” As mentioned earlier, this frame is what the DCR is based off of as well. At 23 ounces, most other brands just cannot compete in regards to weight for a 6-shot .357 Magnum.

  • Smith & Wesson Model 66 .357 MAG (36.9 Oz.)
  • Ruger GP100 TALO .357 MAG (36 Oz.)
  • Taurus Model 65 .357 MAG (38 Oz.)

It also has simple features like a gray rubber grip for dexterity, a Match-Grade DAO trigger, and a satin stainless finish to complete the package.

K6sK6s Stainless (LG) .357 Magnum – MSRP $1,177

For those unfamiliar with the secretive code used for Kimbers, the “LG” simply means this model has a lasergrip. Although, it unassumingly does not look like a lasergrip, it is in fact a Crimson Trace Master Series set. The black rubber grips have a stylish wood insert disguising the laser built beneath the surface.

This variation shares the same dimensions and features as the standard K6s Stainless except for the finish. This model has a low-glare, brushed stainless finish to match the unique set of lasergrips.

K6sK6s Stainless (NS) .357 Magnum – MSRP $919

You may have guessed it, but this offering is complimented with 3-dot tritium night sights. It also shares the feathery frame of the DCR and Stainless (LG). Between the combination of a light frame and night sights, this revolver is ideal for concealed carry.

In line with the rest of the stainless models, it has a Match-Grade trigger and is constructed from stainless steel. Similar to the Stainless (LG), it carries a low-glare, brushed stainless finish as well.

Whether you are new to revolvers or a veteran who loves seeing new stuff like me, these are definitely worth a look and a feel.

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • TheNotoriousIUD

    These are pretty tight. I like the one with the “Blackwood” grips.
    But Kimber prices, man.

    Cant do it.

  • iksnilol

    I done reckon it needs to fire before it can be called a firearm? So I don’t think you can say Kimber makes good lookin’ firearms.

  • Comrade Misfit

    Yeah, well, I’ve not see a single one of those overpriced guns in any of the gun shops that I frequent, including that of a “master Kimber dealer”.

  • Patrick Karmel Shamsuddoha

    i really want one of these with a 4″ or 6″ barrel and a RMR i think it would look cool as hell in the royal blue finish and white grips

    • Harry’s Holsters

      That would be a work of art!

  • pithy

    So…not really “new” revolvers, just the typical Kimber move of “special, ultra special, super duper ultra special, limited, fancy pants” models.

    • Edeco

      That’s my thinking. When I saw new I thought hammers a/o different barrel lengths, but nopers, just different trim. Surprised one isn’t the Tourmaline edition, one the, erm… Garnet Edition.

    • John Yossarian

      We at least got to see that there are several sight and stock options already available… But, yeah, I’d like a hammered and full-length-ejector-rodded version, please. And a 7-shot in 327 Mag?

    • Will

      You forgot GROSSLY OVERPRICED.

  • Amanofdragons

    I just want one with a hammer please Kimber.

  • Rabies

    I was hoping for larger frame sizes, and longer barrels.

    • John

      What you’re really hoping for is the Kimber Single Action Marine in .45 ACP., or some such.

      Six bullets. More than enough to kill anything that moves.

      • DW

        Ocelots are proud creatures.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I was hoping for longer barrels too. Unless you’re pocket carrying the extra barrel length doesn’t maker as much. I’d love to see these with a 3 or 4 inch barrel.

  • Anonymoose

    Ooh shiny!

    • El Duderino

      This should be Kimber’s marketing one-liner.

  • Disarmed in CA

    I want one, but.. vaporware in this state

    • Rusty S.

      Have you tried one at the range? That might assuage you of that desire…

      • Disarmed in CA

        I’ve never seen one in person, but I do fancy a revolver capable of .357 Mag that isn’t absurdly light (like 340PD) but still pocket-able.

        • CupAJoe

          I edc the 4 inch sp101 357. The 29 oz gun is “comfortable” with full power magnums and the awesome sights make hitting whatever you want much more trivial. You could fit the 2 inch version in your pocket, but I’m not sure I would want that much weight in a pocket, but I’d probably start there if an lcr or scandium j frame doesn’t appeal to you. I don’t blame you for wanting a not-light pocketable .357, this Kimber might just be the sweet spot in terms of weight, size, capacity and capability.

  • John

    Tempting… but I still prefer all my revolvers to have a hammer. I think I’ll probably be going with the new Colt Cobra myself, but I’d definitely buy a 6″ Kimber revolver. I’m a sucker for 6″ 357 Magnums.

    • M1911

      These have a hammer. It is just internal.

  • Don Ward

    Not having a hammer on these revolvers is a non-starter with Kimber and shows that they don’t really understand the market.

    • El Duderino

      Gun store cases full of S&W 442s, 640s, 642s, and Ruger LCRs disagree.

      For an appendix carry gun I’d prefer shrouded. But that’s it.

      • Don Ward

        I’m sorry. This revolver owner and EDC along with those above in the comments disagree with your anecdote. Offer a hammer variant Kimber.

        • El Duderino

          Who is being anecdotal here? You and the few TFB commenters, or the tens of thousands of hammerless revolver buyers?

          • Don Ward

            So you’re saying Kimber should only cater to them and it is absolutely HARAM to sell revolvers with hammers to those of us who want them. What an odd stance to take.

          • El Duderino

            No I didn’t say that, straw man much? My original point is they actually do understand the market and the majority of small revolvers for sale do not have an exposed hammer. This doesn’t mean they can’t come out with a model with one (like Ruger did with the LCRx), but they’re not stupid and clueless for not doing so.

    • Cottersay

      My god, how wrong can you be? Look at the average hammerless J-frame or Taurus. As popular as can be. Common!!!!

      • Don Ward

        Oh really? And look at the number of revolvers with hammers. It FAR exceeds hammerless variants.

        • Blkojo

          More revolvers overall with exposed hammers…than not…simply due to other uses for those revolvers. Hunting, paper target shooting, home defense, hiking/camping defense, and similar. For concealed carry, which seems to be the intended role for the K6S, shrouded hammers are the way to go for effective draw and appear to be a bit more numerous in number for said purpose.

      • Dan

        What’s really funny is how both of you are calling each other wrong based on your own opinions. How about both of you show some data to back up your claims as to which type is most popular. Until then opinions…opinions…opinions

    • Having a hammer spur is a crutch, preventing the average shooter from learning how to master the double-action stroke.

      • Don Ward

        That’s just silly Daniel. That’s like saying sights are a crutch, preventing the average shooter from reflex shooting or using your dominate hand is a crutch and you should be using your weak (in my case) left hand to grip the handgun. Both are doable but does it add anything reasonable to your performance?

        I argue no.

        Not when you are trading away the crispness and accuracy of a single-action trigger pull. God gave us thumbs. It takes no more time to draw the weapon, thumb back the trigger and fire in single action than in double. And given the limited ammo capacity of a revolver, I argue that getting the first shot downrange accurately is the far more important strategy, especially given that the vast majority of self-defense shootings only involve one or two rounds fired.

        • M1911

          I’m sorry, but you are wrong on that. I competed in IDPA one year using my Model 66. I quickly learned that thumbing back the hammer is far slower than shooting DA. The timer doesn’t lie.

          Go watch an IDPA, USPSA, or ICORE revolver shooter. They don’t use SA and most of them have removed the hammer spur entirely.

          • Don Ward

            Uh huh. There is a big difference between impractical and fanciful IDPA race car shoots and real life Every Day Carrying when you are most likely drawing the weapon from inside of your waistband and/or underneath clothing or from one’s purse or fanny pack or wherever you stow your weapon.

  • Out of the Fray

    No Hammer..No Sale…and I have a Kimber and love it…

  • Spencerhut

    It sucked last year, it hasn’t improved.

  • Cottersay

    Common, put a 3″ and 4″ barrel on these beauties and then you really have some fantastic choices!!

  • Blake

    “No one questioned Kimber’s capability to make a good revolver. It was just not a firearm type that you would consider to be in their wheelhouse.”

    I saw what you did there 😉

  • Roguewriter

    Not in Kimber’s wheelhouse? Another overpriced, overhyped, pretty but unimpressive handgun? Seems perfectly in Kimber’s wheelhouse to me.

  • Nameson

    They’re only making 5 more of them in 2017?

    Probably why I haven’t seen one in a store yet.

  • Goody

    Kimber says “New Models”, I say “New Colours”.

    4″ please.

  • Nathan Means

    Just because you can make the lightest carry 357 does not mean you should. I imagine this gun hurts to shoot.

    • Dan

      Oh you’ve done it now, prepare for the questioning of your manhood because you can’t handle recoil.

      • Nathan Means

        I can handle it, I just dont want to.
        Below is just opinion.
        A 357 is not really a great CCW caliber due to recoil, flash, noise, and is likely to overpenitrate.
        Not saying this gun does not have uses, but it only fits a small market, with a very impressive price tag most people cant do.

  • Sid Collins

    For Pete’s sake, what are they thinking? Make a S&W and double the price?

  • DIR911911 .

    3 inch barrel kimber , listen to the customers . . . 3 inch barrel

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    How about a .44Mag and an 8 shot .357 please?

    And add a flippin exposed hammer.

  • Madcap_Magician

    I really want these to work… but Kimber.

    Also a 3″ barrel.

  • BigR

    Kimbers’ are beautiful guns, but they’re over rated and over priced!

  • BigR

    Kimbers’ are beautiful guns, but they’re over rated and over priced!

  • junkman

    Very pretty & all that, but Ruger’s line up appeals to me much more. Rugers have a functional beauty that is timeless & their strength is unquestioned. I don’t baby anything & one of these pretty girls would end looking like Madonna does today.

  • Whiskey2BeerNback

    I like 2″ snubbies for 1 reason – Emergency Side Pants Pocket Easy Conceal Carry……without the need to “strap holster up”. Just slide firearm & holster into said pocket.

    Which means WEIGHT is a primary factor for this particular “application”. I’ve got the Ruger LCR 357 Magnum, 5-shot at 17 ounces, with a super trigger pull. And I only load factory Lite 38 spcls in it – I just like the extra little beefiness of 357 magnum construction.

    The Kimber weighs in at 23 ounces, & you get 1 extra shot – and at a big dollar premium over the LCR.

    For the particular “application” I’ve described, an extra 6 ounces of WEIGHT is too significant for me.

    Don’t get me wrong though – if someone gifted me one of these new Kimbers I’d gladly take it.

  • Wayne

    If only Colt would have brought back the Magnum Carry, rather than the Cobra. Though I don’t find the $899 price too out of line, for a well made revolver (have you ever priced a Freedom Arms?). A new 357 Magnum Colt in the $699 Cobra’s price range might get Kimber to reevaluate their pricing. Evan with the $200 price difference (between the Cobra and K6S), I’d be willing to give the Kimber a try.

  • TheGrammarMan

    For the amount of scratch they are asking for this “premium” revolver, using an crappy-looking allen head screw in the frame makes this a non-starter.