Ruger security six problem?


September 9, 2005, 07:04 PM
My father used to be a sheriffs officer and used a ruger security six and now it is my gun and I have a question is the cylender supposed to lock in position? When the hammer is not cocked should the cylender be able to move clockwise? I ask this for a few reasons, sometimes it does lock, the cylender latch (KE-45) looks alittle odd, the gun is about 30 years old so it is very possible that it is just worn out. Any ideas of where I could get a new one if I need it. Since my father is no longer an active sheriffs officer the gun is used by me for target shooting so its not a major problem. Any ideas would be greatly appriciated.


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September 9, 2005, 07:24 PM
Rugers are very tough guns, I doubt that it is worn out. It probably needs a good internal cleaning by a gunsmith. Powder residue and carbon get in the internals of the revolver and cause parts to operate poorly.

Have a gunsmith do a complete strip and clean and then observe what the weapon does; you'll probably be pleasantly surprised with its accuracy and reliability.

I make these observations as a retired police firearms instructor who saw dozens of Security/Speed sixes on the range. :)

Sharps Shooter
September 9, 2005, 09:47 PM
Welcome to the forum.
Not only are Rugers tough, but also I’ve had nothing but great experiences with Ruger’s factory repair service. I bought a used Security Six a couple of years back. I got it for a very low price because it was obvious someone had done some kitchen table gunsmith work on it and it wouldn’t stay cocked when trying to fire it single action. As soon as I got it home I shipped it off to Ruger, along with a letter explaining I had purchased the gun used and expected no warranty – I figured on paying for the necessary repairs. Well, 3 weeks later the gun came back. With a new hammer and some trigger parts, the gun works like new – NO CHARGE!
If I had your Security Six, I'd send it to Ruger. Shipping might be kind of pricey, but I doubt it would be anymore than you’d pay a gunsmith, especially if they have to make any repairs or replace any parts.

September 9, 2005, 11:09 PM
"...the gun works like new – NO CHARGE!..." Great. I hope it's a customer service thing and not their liability fears. Either way it's good.
Spych63, no the cylinder shouldn't move. Cocked or not. It's far worse if it moves when cocked though. I'd start here.

September 10, 2005, 12:04 AM
Worn out...OK, I'll buy it off of you. For parts, you understand...

September 10, 2005, 08:45 PM
Based on my personal experience, I doubt that you can wear out a Security-Six in 3 decades. (Well, if you shoot it every day, maybe!)

If a good, thorough cleaning does not solve the problem, I would second the suggestion to send it back to Ruger.

I bought my first Security-Six in 1977, and it has been used quite a bit since then. I might need to send it back to Ruger before I turn 60, at this rate. I am 49 now, and no longer feed it the hot loads I used too. Still, it has survived all these years. It is the most trouble free handgun I have ever owned.

September 11, 2005, 12:51 AM
Over a million Ruger security/speed/service/ six guns made and according to the book, Ruger and His Guns, the service dept for these is one guy in a small room! He must be like the Maytag repairman.

September 12, 2005, 10:56 PM
My security six rocks. The only problem I have with it is that it is too old for most of the grips that are around for them and I am probably going to have to hack-job something to get grips that will fit my hand right and work with a speedloader.
My friend recently wrote Ruger trying to get a new firing pin spring for his MKII. They sent him two, free of charge. I second the motion of sending the gun back to Ruger and letting them take a crack at it. They built them. Who better to fix one?

September 13, 2005, 01:35 AM
I just read a post from a fellow who had contacted Herrett's and he found out that they still make the grips for the older(150 S/N prefix)Security Sixes(And Service Sixes)and he just ordered a set of grips for his(150 series)Security-Six! So, if you need some nice(Wooden)target grips, then contact Herrett's? :what: :eek:

Master Blaster
September 13, 2005, 08:45 AM
Get a can of brake cleaner from the auto store or action cleaner (same stuff different label).
Remove the grips, (you can get the instructions on detail stripping on the ruger website if you feel comfortabale doing this.) Take the gun outside and hose it out with the brake cleaner, if you dont strip it, cycle the action a couple of times, spray it again.

Then lube with a little clp, and you may find it now functions perfectly.

September 13, 2005, 09:07 AM
I, too, found the Ruger customer service to be awesome. I sent in a RBH that was out of time. I think someone switched (intentionally or not) the cylinders with another gun at a gunshow and I neglected to check before buying it. They repaired and shipped back to me in about two or three weeks IIRC.

Security Sixes, like just about all Rugers, are tank tough. When I am looking for STOUT, I consider Ruger first.

Good shootin'....

Bob F.
September 14, 2005, 11:02 PM
Got an awesome set of Badger Boot grips for my Speed-Six. Not sure of Serial # but contact Jim, he'll know. IRRC (3 day turn around, BTW).

Stay safe.

September 15, 2005, 02:32 AM
I sent a rusted out, pitted out and amazingly brutalized Security Six in the white to Ruger. They put on new sights, repaired the trigger, completely reblued it and replaced the grips with ones from the same early security six vintage. All for $80. Amazing.

September 15, 2005, 09:14 PM
Gosh, I really really love the Ruger 'Six' series. I'm certain you'll get the thing running properly with a minumum of fuss.

It's my very favorite modern Revolver. (I admit to liking the Colt SAA more)

Have fun, man. :)


September 15, 2005, 09:20 PM
I've got a Service Six, same gun, fixed sights. I'm sure it's not worn out. Send it to Ruger, or visit a smith.

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