The Real Stars of SHOT Show 2016
SHOT Show 2016 is an incredible experience for both gun enthusiasts and producers. It's a chance for everyone to meet up in sunny (and chilly) Las Vegas and showcase the next frontier of firearms, equipment, and accessories. From automated sentry guns to new holster designs, there's definitely new production lines coming out this Spring that grab all the attention and headlines.
The Kimber K6s Revolver
The K6s Revolver by Kimber is debuting at a very reasonable $899 (for Kimber standards), this six-cylinder titanium .357 Magnum revolver is surprisingly small and versatile. One of the things noted by reviewers thus far has been the excellent recoil compensation and extremely light weight.
Kimber is generally known for their custom 1911s but has, in recent years, got more heavily involved in producing firearms for the concealed carry community. This included the Kimber Solo and the Micro – both aimed directly at taking a chunk out of the concealed carry market. The Kimber K6s Revolver chambered in .357 Mag levels a direct blow to a similar S&W series. The use of a titanium cylinder both ensures longevity of the revolver and the auto-cocking feature takes out the guess work. And because it's Kimber design, you can always expect the trigger to be smooth as glass. It also incorporates a hexagonal cylinder which makes it more comfortable to carry in an inside the waistband concealed carry holster – something traditional revolvers sometimes lack.
Ultimately, if a concealed carrier is interested carrying this as his or her everyday carry, he's going to need an inside the waistband concealed carry holster and a gun belt which keep this Kimber K6s well positioned and at the ready.
Glock 17 & 19 with MOS (Modular Optic System)
This trend has survived multiple years now. People want to be able to draw their concealed carry handguns and be right on target – every time. Not everyone is an IPSC shooter or wants to be, and manufacturers are consistently being more cognizant of this fact. For the casual gun owner or everyday carrier, being able to take out his handgun and know that it's clear and on target in short time is a relief... And producers are competing with each other to get their modular optics on your handgun.
Glock is making big waves with its recent addition of a Modular Optic System. This is a sight which can be mounted onto their Gen 4 handguns and increases speed and accurary for concealed carriers and competition shooters alike.
Is it practical for concealed carry? Well, actually – yes.
Based upon the current design, it doesn't interfere with most IWB holsters and could be legitimately carried. However, we would stress the importance of practicing with it prior to carrying with the MOS attached. Still, we like where this is going.
There's countless other trinkets and doo-dads to go over and discuss. SHOT Show is a big deal not only for products and marketing but also to promote responsible gun ownership and the principles of firearm sportsmanship. If you're in Las Vegas right now, stop by booth #3927. In the video below you can see what our booth looks like, let us know what you think.
About The Author
James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.