A few months ago, Kimber contacted me inquiring about doing some reviews for them. It has been a while since I covered anything, Kimber, so I wanted to ease into it, and the K6 Combat was the perfect segway.

The brushed stainless steel six-shot revolver is well-appointed and relatively small compared to the average six-shot .357 Magnum. That can be a blessing and a curse, according to how you look at things. While easy to conceal and carry with hotter .357 Magnum ammunition, it is snappy, so I don’t see this as your first revolver or one that would suit you well as a trainer. However, with some mild .38 Special ammunition, it is easily controlled. With excellent sights and better-than-average trigger pull, it could be pressed into service for the novice to grow into.

The Walnut stocks are checkered on the port and starboard sides with finger grooves and light serrations on the backstrap help with a solid purchase.   The rear sight is two dots and is serrated at the bottom to control glare.

The front sight also incorporates a white dot completing a nice three-dot setup. They are large enough to be effective but not so large as to snag during a draw.

The cylinder swings to the right by pressing a checkered release below the rear sight. Kimber had the forethought to include a six-round speed strip which I prefer over a speed loader. They may not be as fast for reloading but are far easier to carry and conceal. Overall the K6 Combat is an attractive revolver that should hold up well being brushed stainless. Trigger pull was excellent at ten and a half pounds in double action and four and a half at single action. That is about a pound and a half better than the comparable revolver and as light as I would be comfortable with in a revolver with the potential for defensive carry.

Kimber also includes a padded revolver case to protect the gun when not used.

The K6 Combat revolver held up well over about 350 rounds, with about half and half being .357 Magnum and .38 Special. Accuracy was as expected, easily keeping rounds on a six-inch steel plate at thirty feet. I see this revolver as a solid defensive carry sidearm, but with the size, you would need to put in the range time to become proficient with it. Truthfully that holds true with any firearm.


MSRP is $1131 at the time of writing but has increased to $1209.

  • Height: 5.00
  • Weight (ounces): with empty cylinder: 29
  • Width (inches): 1.39
  • Length (inches): 8.62
  • Cylinder capacity: 6
  • Action: DA/SA


  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Finish: Engraved over Brushed Stainless
  • Serrated backstrap


  • Length (inches): 4
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Finish: Engraved over Brushed Stainless


  • White 3-Dot
  • Radius (inches): 6.2


  • Walnut 3-Finger Target Grip


  • Non-Stacking
  • Double Action Factory setting (approx. pounds): 9.5 – 11.5
  • Single Action Factory setting (approx. pounds): 3.25 – 4.25



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By Hunter Elliott

I spent much of my youth involved with firearms and felt the call early on to the United States Marine Corps, following in my father's and his brother's footsteps. Just after high school I enlisted and felt most at home on the rifle range, where I qualified expert with several firearms and spent some time as a rifle coach to my fellow Marines. After being honorably discharged I continued teaching firearm safety, rifle and pistol marksmanship, and began teaching metallic cartridge reloading. In the late 1990s I became a life member to the National Rifle Association and worked with the Friends of the NRA. Around that time my father and I became involved with IDPA and competed together up until he passed away. I began reviewing firearms for publications in the mid 2000s and have been fortunate to make many friends in the industry. Continuing to improve my firearms skills and knowledge is a never ending journey in which we should all be committed. I am also credited as weapons master on a few independent films.

2 thoughts on “Kimber K6 Combat, compact six gun.”
  1. Great review, Hunter. I love shooting this, I have large hands for a woman and this grip was perfect. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this review.
    Barbara Elliott

  2. Had the 2″ DASA. Loved the fit and finish and the action was smoooth, even more than a Colt. Had to get rid or it because it never fit my hand right. Thanks for the review…

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