WED | MAY 15, 2019

Team Beretta shooter Vincent Hancock recently won his second ISSF World Cup gold medal of the 2019 season in Changwon, Korea.
Over 230 students participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program traveled from Pennsylvania to Louisville, Ky. in search of a national title. The team from Montrose Elementary School, in Montrose, Pa. was crowned national champions in both the NASP National Center Shot Bullseye Tournament and the NASP National Centershot IBO 3D Challenge.
2019 marks the 120th anniversary of the Amateur Trapshooting Association Grand American World Trapshooting Championships. The tournament will be contested at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex (Sparta Illinois) July 31 – August 10.

Lone Wolf Distributors will give away a custom Timberwolf 10mm at the USCCA Concealed Carry Expo in Pittsburgh, PA. One lucky winner will get to choose from any custom gun in Lone Wolf’s display at the Expo.
SIG SAUER, Inc. announced the release of three commemorative pistols to benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The pistols include a 1911 Nitron, 1911 Stainless, and P320 Carry that are exclusively engraved to honor law enforcement, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each pistol will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Taurus has enhanced the performance of its Taurus 856 and 856 Ultra-Lite revolver lines with the introduction of Viridian Grip Lasers as a grip option. The revolvers are 38 Special +P with 6-shot capacity.

The World’s Strongest Coat Hanger is the go to solution to keep first responders' gear safe, dry, and organized. Tested for strength, every World’s Strongest Coat Hanger features co-polymer composite I-Beam style construction that results in a safe handling rate of over 140 lbs.
Whitetails Unlimited recently issued a grant in the amount of $2,500 to the Scholastic 3D Archery program in support of their outdoor national tournament, bringing the total WTU has granted to S3DA to more than $12,500 over the past year.
In honor of Peace Officer’s Memorial Day, Brownells will donate five percent of all sales recorded on May 15, National Peace Officer Memorial Day, to the Brotherhood for the Fallen, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.

Outdoor Solutions has added a location for their popular long-range shooting schools. Located in central Michigan, Two Hats Ranch features a luxurious lodge and suites while offering shooters a 1,000-yard range along with a climate controlled shoot house.
MTM introduces the new Shotshell Field and Range Case, a portable and easy to store case that houses various sizes of shotgun shells as well as ear plugs, shooting glasses and more.
Odor Crusher announces Ozone Armor Clean. This rechargeable Ozone generator will eliminate the harmful contaminants and odor on any carrier or vest with a 30-minute programmable run time.

Outdoor Edge simplifies the hunting-knife-selection process with the introduction of its new WildGuide combo set. The set is comprised of a caping knife, a gut-hook skinner and a T-handle wood/bone saw, which all fit neatly into a custom nylon sheath.
For youth hunting, a truck gun, or around-the-farm varmint control, Rossi’s new Tuffy break-action, single-shot shotgun delivers many features that surpass its low ($172.00) price point.
Hornady is proud to announce additions to American Whitetail ammunition, NTX bullets, Lock-N-Load modified cases, A-Tip Match bullets and new bullet seating stems.

Samson Manufacturing announces the addition of Kirk Whatley as Strategic Accounts Manager. An industry veteran, Kirk will be responsible for increasing Samson’s brand and product awareness.
In addition to the NSSF’s 24/7 compliance hotline, compliance consultation services and training retail and range members will have access to Orchid’s ATF-compliant eBound Book / e4473 software, online video training resources and electronic firearm restrictions tools to its package.
Long-time Olympic sports administrator Bob Gambardella has been hired by USA Shooting for the role of Chief Operations Officer. Gambardella will begin his duties with America’s Shooting Team beginning June 3.

The new Firefield RapidStrike 1-6x24 Riflescope Kit for AR-15s comes complete with a cantilever mount for proper cheek weld, throw lever for quick magnification adjustments and honeycomb lens filter to reduce glare. Firefield developed the RapidStrike for close- to mid-range training, 3-Gun competitions, self-defense, hunting and target shooting.
Editor-in-Chief Linas Cernauskas, Athlon Outdoors, advised of the passing of Denis Prisbrey. He was a well-respected writer for several gun and outdoor magazines. He was a Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was a police officer and weapons instructor for the West Valley City Police Department.
Warne Scope Mounts has updated the Skyline bipod to include Rapid Deploy legs. The new feature allows the user to instantly deploy the legs to 90° or use the button-locked positions at 0°, 45° or 90°.
Versacarry has a new holster to address two problems associated with carrying inside the waistband: sharp edges against the wearer and sweat on the firearm. The Comfort-Flex holster features a removable padded foam backing that rests against the skin of the user.
As part of the Defenders Series, Springfield Armory offers the best deal ever on the 1911 Mil-Spec, with an MSRP of $549.00. Individuals who purchase the Defenders Series Mil-Spec will receive a Defender Series Certificate and an invitation to join The Defenders, an online community of enthusiasts.
Otis announces its promotion in honor of Police Week. National Police Week is May 12 – 18, 2019 and includes a culmination of events in support of our men and women in blue as well as honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Long-distance performance is within (affordable) reach thanks to the Performance Center Thompson/Center Long Range Rifle. Chambered in today’s hottest rifle cartridge, the T/C LRR 6.5 takes top billing in the July issue of GUNS Magazine.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that has signed on to be the Platinum Sponsor of the 2019 NSSF Industry Summit.
USA Archery is pleased to welcome Conquest Archery to the partner family. As USA Archery's newest Official Sponsor, Conquest Archery's support is focused on the USAT and Developmental teams.
Italian firearms maker Fabbrica Armi Isidoro Rizzini or F.A.I.R. announced that it is now a Silver-Level Sponsor of the Scholastic Clay Target Program. SCTP’s mission is to educate and encourage young athletes in the shooting sports.
The barricades, the plates, the practical, and the mover; it’s Classic Competition for the 40th year of the Bianchi Cup, and Shooting USA is there.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) celebrates President Donald Trump's signing of H.R. 1222, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, at The White House.
Benjamin May has been named as an S3DA West Virginia Regional Coordinator. As a Regional Coordinator, Benjamin will oversee the development and operations of S3DA within a specifically assigned region.

Today’s feature follows on to the Tactical Wire feature Editor’s Notebook: Semi-Round Gun. Feel free to subscribe to the Tactical Wire for complementary information.

I’ve been interested for some time in comparative standards, handling and shooting drills to match one firearm to another, as well as variations in ammunition, carry gear – and the same shooter to his/her own performance over time. I created one some time back but it was more geared to service/service-compact guns. I’m also interested in efforts others make and I stumbled across a quantitative comparison for snub revolvers that works well for truly small autos too, found here.

These are “four well known tests that provide certain data about shooting,” amounting to the following:

Test 1: Slow Fire Accuracy Test – 10 shots from 15 yards on the NRA B-8 repair center bullseye with no time limit.

Test 2: “5 yard Roundup” (From Justin Dyal, SWAT Magazine), 5 yards, B8 repair center.

Test 3: “HiTS SUPER SNUB TEST” – B8 repair center, all shot from low ready, from ten yards, five yards and three yards.

Test 4: “Snubbie Bill Drill”: 5 shots, 5 yards, on full piece of paper.

I shot the last test on the B-8 repair center and collected time and score for that evolution.

The 3-inch K6S, being a six-shot small frame double action revolver seems to me to be closest to a pair of old S&W Model 36 Chief’s Specials I used to own, each with a three-inch heavy barrel and square butt frame fitted with S&W “target” stocks. This thing has a similar feel down to the rather thin, squirmy-but-handsome stocks. A big difference is six-rounds of capacity and excellent sights. The action is likewise good and I confess to not having used the hammer spur and single-action capability of the new gun; it’s just not needed for shooting.

The sights are superb, as is the action. The stocks are great looking, but squirm even with the low-powered target loads - creating a blister at the proximal joint of the firing hand's thumb. The ejector rod is too short, but cleared all the brass of this light-loaded Black Hills wadcutter ammo. Below, the slow-fire wasn't great, but fired cold was quite good enough.

The ‘quantitative comparison’ test was shot with the new K6S before any other gun. The test was fired with Black Hills Ammunition 148 grain flush-seated wadcutter, which is simply great ammunition. No, I didn’t shoot it with magnums for this outing, nor would I carry it with magnums. I’m old and I don’t have to.

The slowfire score was 95/100, which could have been better. I fired it cold, first shots fired of the day. The first round was low in the ‘8’ ring. I held up a ways to finish. The second test was Justin Dyal’s ‘Five Yard Round-Up,’ an excellent warm-up for close, fast shooting. I shot everything in time, 2.5 seconds par, with a 99/100.

That was no surprise for this three-inch ‘super snub.’ Since it is super, I next tried the HiTS Super Snub Test. Meant for five-shot guns and fired at ten, five and three yards from low ready, I completed the course with a 145/150. I’m happy with that score, not that I wouldn’t want to clean up that “8” and pair of close “9s.”

Finally, the Snub Bill Drill – again for five-shot guns – was fired with a time just under 2.1 seconds. The score, as I shot it on the B-8 repair center, was 49/50. One convulsive clutch gave me a ‘9,’ but I’m taking that score happily too.

So what does that mean for the K6S 3in. DASA as a carrying gun? Well, other firearms of a different class cost less, hold the same or more ammo for the same – or less - weight. If all you’re interested in is efficiency of gear and purpose, one of those other guns should do.

If you find the double-action revolver trigger minimizes your likelihood of post-ignition push, flinch, “lack of adjustment in the trigger control nut,” etc., then this gun lays them in there. Fifteen yards isn’t far and doing the slowfire precision from 25 yards is well within this gun’s area of expertise. In fact, it’d be interesting to redo the old 50 yard stage of the PPC (four positions, 24 rounds, from the draw, including reloads every six rounds, all in 2 minutes, 45 seconds on a silhouette overlaid with the ISU scoring rings – the NRA B-27). I think this gun could keep all those hits inside the “8” ring – all that’s needed for maximum scoring on the “qualification” mode of the target.

The new gun is wonderfully reminiscent of the lamented S&W 3-in heavy barrel M36 square-butt of my youth. The difference is the magnificent sights, an addition round in the cylinder and the great action.

Would I carry it? Well, I worked ambulance in my youth for overtime at the police department in police uniform. It was untoward to work that detail in the duty gear Sam Browne belt and there were times I’d use the 3” M36 of mine in a Ray Baker Pancake Holster just like Ralph Shanks, our chief of police, used for his three-inch Chief Special. I backed it with a few Speed Strips and called it a day.

The revolver can still do the job if you can. And the K6S is an excellent modern rendition of the old concept.

- - Rich Grassi

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