Shooting Sports USA | Evaluation: Kimber K6s DASA Target
When Kimber launched their K6 line of revolvers, it became the smallest steel-framed six-shot revolver suitable for the .357 Mag. Cartridge. The models are made of stainless steel and designed for concealed carrying. They have a double-acting trigger, smooth contours, fixed visors, recessed cylinders and a fully enclosed inner hammer. Available in 2 or 3 inch fixed visor drums, they weighed a modest 23 and 25 ounces, respectively. Both were solid choices for concealed carry, but obviously small for any serious competition.
Last year, Kimber stepped up the stakes with the introduction of the K6s DASA Target.
Kimber K6’s DASA Target 4-inch ($ 1,056). With its surface made of brushed stainless steel, the Kimber is an eye-catching revolver.
Made of stainless steel and built on the same frame and cylinder size that Kimber K6s DASA Target 4-inch ($ 1,046, kimberamerica.com) differs in a way that interests those who want a competitive revolver as well as a personal defense.
The weapon is equipped with an inconspicuous hammer and enables both DA and SA operation. The barrel has been extended to 4 inches and contains a continuous loop. The handles are diamond-checked walnut, which leaves the serrated back strap exposed while covering the front strap.
The Bomar-style aiming sight is compact and easy to adjust. This is useful when you are carrying multiple loads.
The visor consists of a Bomar-style adjustable tail with a simple serrated black blade and a pinned front ramp with a fiberglass insert. There are red or green fiber optic rods available, and the fiber optic rod appears to be 0.040 inches in diameter. It’s easily interchangeable and 0.040-inch poles come in a variety of colors. The sight radius is 6.1 inches.
A pinned ramp holds either a red or green fiberglass insert for the visor.
These refinements increase the curb weight to 29 ounces with a height of 5.25 inches, an overall length of 8.62 inches, and a maximum width of 1.39 inches. The DASA target is supplied with a trigger lock, operating instructions and a foam-lined pistol carpet.
On the route
I took the gun out of the box, inspected it, and fired a little dry. The cylinder opens by pushing it inwards (in the same way as the Ruger GP-100), which I find easy and positive. The recessed chambers showed some degree of polishing which is helpful in ejecting the fired boxes.
The double-acting trigger and the compact cover of the original K6 are retained – the DASA has the advantage that the single-acting trigger is added.
Although the handles are slim, it allowed my average-sized hand to achieve a full three-finger grip and placed the mesh of my hand high on the back strap – right where I want it for recoil control. The DA trigger was very smooth and felt lighter than other factory revolvers. I also found it easy to stage that trigger. This creates a slight SA trigger without having to move the handle to cock the weapon manually. The trigger was smooth and properly rounded for DA work. My Lyman gauge showed the SA pull was 4.23 pounds and the DA pull was 11.7 pounds.
How was it standard For much of 2020 (and probably this year as well), the selection of test ammunition was based on what I had on hand rather than what I preferred to test. I enjoy testing factory loads, but only managed to dig up some broken boxes from the .38 Spl factory. that covered some of the range of bullet weights I wanted. They were Speer Lawman 158-grain TMJ + P, Winchester Super Match 148-grain Wadcutter, and Aguila 130-grain FMJ. There wasn’t enough of it to do much more than just test for accuracy. Fortunately, I had plenty of my normal .38 spl. Match load – an RN Bayou Bullets Hi-Tek coated lead screw with 160 grains at 770 fps.
I usually prefer to test match-grade loads, but the compact size of the DASA target makes it a viable option for personal protection. I decided to put a few suitable cargoes in this area and found some Hornady .38 Spl. 110-grain FTX Critical Defense + P. For .357 Mag. I picked up the charge I use in my bedside turret – Speers 135- Korn-Goldpunkt-Kurzlauf .357 Mag.
The smaller cylinder needs its own speedloaders, but Kimber’s sleek machines were impressive.
In the competition, speed loaders are a mandatory accessory for a DA turret. But the Kimber’s small cylinder size precluded my L-frame competition loaders, and I didn’t have any K-frame models on hand, although I suspect they would be too big. Fortunately, Kimber offers a speedloader for the K6 series. The light speed loaders are fed by gravity and made of aluminum. Kimber recorded enough for me to film an IDPA match, and while I prefer spring-powered loaders for competition, these loaders impressed me. They have been machined smooth and the rounds fit loosely enough to prevent sticking when released. There was also some wobbling in the rounds which allowed them to easily find their appropriate chamber after a round hit the mark. I liked that the shutter button rotates to the left. Since I use a reload with a strong hand, the empty loader moves in the right direction to dispose of when the cylinder closes.
I found a matching holster and moved into my garden. The precise sight quickly brought the gun to zero from a 25-yard break with the bayou handload. I then set up three IDPA targets and began doing a variety of exercises, including from seven to 25 meters Double taps, Transitions and a few The presidents, along with some weak and strong handwork.
Wadcutters were the most accurate load, but most of the other loads tested weren’t far behind. (Photo by the author.)
There were no malfunctions during these 200 laps. The visors showed a clear picture, and the smooth, double-acting trigger made working with DA easier. The sputum was smooth and positive. The stroke of the ejector rod cleared about 80 percent of the .38 Spl. Cases from the chamber, and the smooth polish in the chambers took care of the rest. The lively ride quality reminded me of the S&W Model 19 I used in my previous life had counted daily.
Accuracy tests followed next, and the results show more than enough accuracy for self-defense or action pistol competition. As one would expect from a light revolver, the recoil from + P is .38 and .357 mag. Loads was brisk. But the handles provided positive control and didn’t move in my hand.
All shots were fired from a 25 yard bench in single action mode. The group size in inches is the average of two six cylinder full cylinder groups.
I cleaned the gun and was ready for an IDPA match. Unfortunately, Rain canceled the only available game before the deadline, but I managed to get into my club for a year Steel Challenge Exercise day. The smooth DA trigger and the razor-sharp visual image hit the targets easily, and even the long, small plates on the pendulum were unsafe.
The K6’s DASA target is an interesting option for those who want a weapon that can not only be used to protect the home but also shoot down an action pistol match with a quick load change.
A Steel Challenge practice lesson showed the author the same smooth handling and accuracy that he experienced on his own track. (Photo by the author.)
Photos by Forrest MacCormack.
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