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Going Back – In – Time

I remember a time, when, rightly or wrongly, the good guys carried revolvers, and the bad guys carried semiautomatics.

The meme was semis were finicky, and revolvers worked every time.  Reloading speed was not a big consideration.

And the .357 was KING!

Time marched on, as it is want to do, and semis became more reliable, and the Miami FBI shootout occurred, and the good guys began looking into semis an an option.

And there was the development of 10mm, and .40 S&W, and the invention of Glock and her offspring.

And the meme changed.

Now, today, as shown at this years S.H.O.T. Show, a bit of a reversal.

The Kimber K6

The Kimber K6


A stainless steel six-shot snubbie, in .357 Magnum(!) with no MIM parts!  Made in the U.S.A.  And weighing the same as the venerable S&W 640.

It appears the meme has been tweaked by the increase in civilian CCW folks!

Who could have guessed?

FTC – I’ve not owned or shot this revolver, nor has Kimber given me anything.

h/t Mad Ogre


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


13 thoughts on “Going Back – In – Time

  1. I’m seriously considering a .44 Magnum (a revolver, of course!) for walking in bear country. That’s a bigger deal than it sounds like, as “bear country” here is bounded by our state lines. 🙂

    Posted by Rev. Paul | February 3, 2016, 10:15 am
    • WHAT? Not an Automag? :-p
      I understand that stopping a bear requires both accuracy and oomph, and that both .45 ACP and .357 are considered lesser calibers with regard to this problem.
      I have carried a Model 29 Smith 4″ concealed. While initially fun and exciting, soon it devolves into ‘this is a heavy and bulky S.O.B.!’
      But, then again, I don’t live in bear country!

      Posted by guffaw1952 | February 3, 2016, 10:27 am
    • A Glock 40 would be like having a 41 mag with a 15 shot cylinder. 😉
      200 grs of hardcast @ 1300 fps would seem to fit the bill.

      Posted by KM | February 3, 2016, 5:20 pm
      • Being a little ignorant of . 40, is it truly the equivalent, ballistically?

        Posted by guffaw1952 | February 3, 2016, 5:47 pm
      • Not a {dot} 40 but a Glock model 40. That is a 10mm with a 6″ barrel.
        Regular run of the mill 10mm loads may not push the 41mag unless you are comparing the lighter offerings. (it’s stll pretty close)

        Special loads however like DoubleTap and some other hot offerings will….and there’s that 16 shots before having to reload too. ONE extra mag is the equiv. of FIVE reloads with the revo. Fire 6 shots with a revo and there is a deafening silence for a few seconds while the auto guy hasn’t even used up half of his first mag.

        Posted by KM | February 4, 2016, 12:47 am
      • AHA! My error.

        Posted by guffaw1952 | February 4, 2016, 7:43 am
  2. I’d be more impressed with the Kimber if it could be fired in single action.

    Posted by EricN | February 3, 2016, 6:42 pm
  3. That looks like a great pocket gun. No snags anywhere.

    Posted by Bobb Topp | February 3, 2016, 7:04 pm
    • I’m spoiled by my S&W 442 electroless nickel. Which weighs less.

      Posted by guffaw1952 | February 3, 2016, 8:09 pm
      • I mentioned in another blog that back when Colt was selling their D-frames (Detective Special, Cobra, and Agent), they always advertised the “all-important 6th shot.” Nowadays, all the “experts” claim that you should carry .38 Special +Ps in .2-inch .357 revolvers, for the price of this Kimber you can get 2 442s or 642s (same gun, different colors) and get the all-important 10th shot.
        That said, I hope it does well. I like the concept.

        Posted by Old 1811 | February 5, 2016, 12:12 pm
      • Yeah, me, too.
        Their function is to sell guns.
        Having said that, “Stopping power begins at 12 gauge! – Jim Cirillo

        Posted by guffaw1952 | February 5, 2016, 12:20 pm
  4. I’ve already got plenty of wheelguns, nonetheless when these do finally make it to the local store I’ll have to check them out.

    Posted by Wilson | February 5, 2016, 9:02 am

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