Funny story. A few years ago my buddy decided to sell his. Seems he thought he needed a 32" instead of the 34" barrel. He brought it up to a local 50 target shoot for a customer to look at. My wife, all 5'4", was going for Lasik surgery next day and just came along for the ride with no intention of shooting. Anyway, wife couldn't stand it anymore and asked my buddy to borrow his KS-5 and get in her shooting fix. She easily broke 50 straight never having shot it before.
Needless to say, my much bigger buddy looked a little red faced and the potential buyer didn't let it out of his sight and immediately peeled out the cash. They are fine guns and $3,500 is about the right price!!
I agree with Short sucker in one regard; felt recoil. However, I shot mine at the PA state shoot (as a trial) and it smoked targets, but did beat me up. I made several modifications to the gun (instock reducer, proper fit/comb & more etc) and now, with 1 oz loads I can shoot 300 targets in a day wearing a tee shirt, with no problems with felt recoil. I am a slightly built fellow. 165 lbs 5'9".
It is a gun (for me, the 34")that shoots better if I take my time. It swings nicely but if I rush it, it misses.
I feel the gun can be modified and adjusted to reduce your level of felt recoil considerable if you experience that.
I had the pleasure to shoot one when they first came out and thought it was a very nice gun for the money.Broke a straight with the one I tried and it pointed and shot where I was looking.It had me for a while but after my cheek started to swell I gave up and went back to the old perazzi.They are a great sbt.The German's do good work!You can't go wrong with the KX-5. IMHO Tony
I have a KS-5 Special that I have shot for 12 years. Bought it used from Joel Etchen. Had it rebuilt 3 years ago. I don't think it was ever rebuilt before I owned it because the receiver face was not machined. So I shot it for nine years without a service. Not recommended, but I did it. The locking lever started locking up tight. Could not open the gun once every 100 shots, without putting pressure on the top of the receiver. Four moving parts inside. When you move the locking lever you cock the gun. Fewer springs and parts to wear out. Simple but very effective. The only difference between the KX-5, and KS-5 is the KX-5 has an adjustable trigger (LOP), and the push-button forend release.
The gun does seem to kick with 3 dram loads but can be cured with some barrel work (backboring). I also put an 11 oz. recoil reducer in the butt stock. I am also 6'1" and 250 lbs. of which was mostly muscle back when I bought the gun but has since changed a bit. LOL. Pricing, KX-5 $3500, KS-5 Special $2700, would be a good buy. Good time to buy a used gun not only because of the season, but the economy really nocked down the pricing.