Kimber K6s not for Pocket Carry
I have been carrying my Kimber K6s the last two days using front pocket carry with a El Paso Saddlery Pocket Max Horsehide holster while wearing dress slacks supported by an Armour 1 1/4" leather dress belt. While I had thought I would carry it for the week, it has been placed back into the gun vault. In my case the revolver was just too heavy for me to pocket carry comfortably in the dress slacks I have been wearing. The firearm wanted to move out of position when I sit, and it moves when I am stepping into my truck to be seated in such a manner as to turn sideways between my leg and seat belt arm.
What is the primary issue with making it difficult to pocket carry for me? I think it is the weight combined with the cut of my trouser pockets. It is a chunk of a handgun at 26 ounces fully loaded with six cartridges, very similar to the Ruger SP101, which weighs approximately 28.4 ounces loaded. Previously I had only carried the Kimber using an OWB holster and didn't think anything of it. But placed in my front pocket, the weight of the firearm became bothersome quickly. I have pocket carried many other handguns before in these trousers and never had any difficulty.
My desire to try this firearm in pocket carry came about as a result of the thread that has been going for about a week regarding what we had carried for the previous 30 days. I had carried a Glock G43, Ruger LCP 2, M&P Shield .45, and S&W M442, all in my pocket except for a few instances with the Shield IWB. When pocket carrying the Shield I had been wearing tactical pants with large pockets and had plenty of room to obtain a good grip on it.
Comparing what I had carried in my pocket with the Kimber K6s using fully loaded weights, I came up with the following.
Kimber K6s (6 rounds) - 26 ounces
M&P Shield .45 (7 rounds) - 24.5 ounces
Glock G43 (7 rounds) - 20.64 ounces
S&W 442 (5 rounds) - 17.1 ounces
Ruger LCP 2 (7 rounds) - 12.9 ounces
As you can see, the Kimber is the heaviest of the five and is 52% heavier than the S&W M442 and more than twice as heavy as the LCP 2. So, even though the dimensions of the Kimber K6s is similar to the S&W J frames, I will have to consider the weight when choosing how to best carry it and for now will stick to IWB or OWB.