Top-shelf construction, almost unbreakable simplistic action and good handling qualities. Some compain about the cocking effort but you get used to it quickly (it's why the lever and thumb piece are larger than normal).
I,ve had one since they first came out[ks-5 special that is] and never noticed it being hard to cock--I take the heel of my right hand or the fatty part of my hand below the thumb and push the top lever over with that and let the weight of the gun bbls open the gun while holding the stock under my right arm close to my body--I see people struggling to open guns all the time when all they have to do is let the weight of the bbls and forend do the work--my gun kicks a little hard and even with a soft touch it still sometimes slaps my face but I have that problem with almost any trapgun-I've tried pitch spacers and every method known to gun fitters for this problem but it's not unique to the ks-5---they are good guns with few parts to break.
Can't say much more than already said above. Do NOT agree with the minimal complaints. My right arm and hand suffers with problems from an old injury seriously reducing grip strength, atrophy, and ulnar nerve issues but I've never found the operation of the cocking/opening lever a problem. Mine will be my very last single shot target gun and has honored me with 100s at the 16 yard line....breakemall....Bob Dodd
1. Prior to getting a KS-5 I had gone thru at least 5-10 trap guns in aboaut 4 years. My friends joked about what my gun-of-the-week was. I bought the KS-5 in the fall of 1988 and have not shot another (for trap) since.
2. The only thing that wore out was the aluminum case, and I replaced it with a Warwick.
3. I think it looks great: slim reciever, wide rib, excellent wood.
4. Every target missed has been "pilot error". If you know the gun will do the job every time, all you have to do is control yourself. (And that's the problem: you know you can't blame a loss on the gun!)
Years ago, I had a beat up KS-5 Special. I shot good scores with it and loved it...however, I sold it when I went away from trap for over ten years. Got back into the game, bought a new KX-5. Didn't seem as "good"; didn't fit as well, stock was neutral, not right handed. Gun's trigger wouldn't hold a consistent setting, rib was bent etc. Felt the quality had slipped just a bit. So that went down the road and I traded around and now shoot an American made single barrel trap gun. I also felt that my heavier American gun suits me better because it delivers less felt recoil. The KX-5 was not as...that intangible..."smooth" in feeling, more felt recoil and vibration in the stock. Had my KX-5 fit and treated me as well as my years-ago KS-5, I'd have kept it.
However, I continue to have great affection and respect for the Krieghoff SBT guns. They are fine quality, excellent value, very reliable. I think my KX-5 was just "not the best of the litter" and it found a happy home.
If you like how the gun shoots and your scores are stronger, keep it!!! They look good, are reliable and simple and high quality.