Security six pros/cons?


May 30, 2006, 09:22 PM
found a reasonbly priced security six at a local shop (.357) for 2 bills. need a gun for HD but will be my first practice gun so i'll shoot the crap out of it. Looking for some pros/cons cause i dont really want to spend any more $ then this right now and everything else is @ $400.

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Ala Dan
May 30, 2006, 09:28 PM
The Ruger Security-Six died before its time:uhoh:. A quality firearm built
for the law enforcement/security community that came at a time when
S&W's model 19 was at its height.:( Its an ideal holster firearm, for duty
or woods use with adjustable sights and a variety of barrel lenghts. It
makes for a most excellent HD handgun.:cool: And I don't think 2 C-notes
is a bad price,:D I would jump on it in a minute.;)

May 30, 2006, 09:36 PM
I had one. Pros were its tough design, no sideplate, is built strong. However, it will loosen with a lot of high pressure .357s, just takes a little longer than a Smith K frame. Mine was very accurate with .357. It was a very servicable, good shooting, tough gun and rather light, lighter than the GP100/S&W 686. It's more of a K frame size gun, but tougher than a K frame. The trigger on the gun slicked up very well with a lighter hammer spring and some fluff and buff. When I got through with the trigger, it was one of the slickest I've owned.

Cons, mediocre accuracy with .38 Special stuff. That's the main reason I traded it. That will vary from gun to gun I'm quite sure. No two guns will display the same accuracy preferences even within a model line. I didn't like the way the thing recoiled using hot loads, sat rather high in the hand and rotated in the hand more than many guns I've fired including my Taurus M66, the gun I've finally settled on for a .38/.357. Even might few ounces lighter Rossi M971 had less muzzle climb. The stock grip was terrible and it needs something aftermarket for a normal hand size. I put a Hogue on it and in part the recoil muzzle flip thing was probably due to that grip. However, the thing wasn't shootable with the stock grip panels, like trying to shoot a NAA mini revolver in .357.

This is how I see the gun. It's still one of my favorites for carry. Sorta wish I'd have kept mine, but I really wanted the Blackhawk I got for it, even swap. The Taurus I have now has a nice trigger and is much, much more accurate with .38 and just as accurate with .357. I'm keepin' that one, but that don't mean I might not buy a good used Security Six sometime. :D

Mark whiz
May 30, 2006, 09:45 PM
You just cannot go wrong with a Security Six if it looks to be in any kind of decent shape. I picked up one about 15years ago from a friend and I cannot even begin to remember how many thousands of rounds I've put thru it and it is an early model according to Ruger as they say it went into service in 1967. The thing is very accurate (as one could see from some of last year's postal matche results on this Forum) and has never given me a second of trouble.

May 30, 2006, 09:49 PM

Don't judge that Security Six by it's low $200 price! These are wonderful revolvers-and, they are tougher than all get out! It will outlive you, if given good care! These revolvers can be easily disassembled without any tools for cleaning as they are of a modular construction! And, if something should ever go wrong with the gun-Ruger will fix it for FREE! It doesn't matter how many prior owners there were! Only a minor "Con"(But, not to me!)is that the trigger pull isn't as nice as the older Smith & Wesson revolvers! I say "So what?" as the trigger gets better and better after these revolvers get well broken in! Another good "Pro" is that these Security Sixes won't shoot loose as easily as an S&W k-frame will! These are probably, the strongest medium framed revolvers in existence!:what:

May 30, 2006, 11:24 PM
I had a Ruger Sec.Six but sold it :confused: it's a fine gun. Now I have a Colt Trooper .357 :) it's a fine gun as well. $200 seems like a good price ? check it out thoroughly . I've seen them selling for $350 in excellent condition.

May 31, 2006, 12:51 AM
Yes! The Security Six is a real gem... my favorite modern revolver. Strong, accurate... good looks. I snapped it a zillion times and the triggerpull is now wonderful, wonderful.

$200 is a steal, assuming it's in good condition. You can't go wrong here.

May 31, 2006, 10:31 AM
I had a 6" blued Security Six when I was in the Army in the '80s. It was a decent gun which I bought used. Back then the Army bought a bunch of the Police Service Sixes, which is the same gun with fixed sights. They issued the 4" .38 Specials to female MPs who couldn't handle a .45.

May 31, 2006, 02:10 PM
sat rather high in the hand and rotated in the hand more than many guns I've fired

Out of curiosity, it wouldn't have been one of the original series (150-xxxxx) guns? They had a different grip shape than the 151- and later series.

May 31, 2006, 03:02 PM
Perhaps. I bought the gun new about 1978 or so.

May 31, 2006, 03:24 PM
I've got an early one that was fired a few times, but was LNIB when I inherited it.

The few drawbacks as I encountered them were the fact that grips are hard to find for early examples, and without different grips, speedloaders are hard to use.

The pros? -if you can find one, there are 9mm cylinders out there.
- it's an easy shooting gun, for short money, and it's very overbuilt.

May 31, 2006, 05:30 PM
These are really nice guns. As has been mentioned grips for the early series are difficult to find but later ones are no problem. These are strong, accurate as needed, and nice size/weight. For $200 it is a good price. Though I've heard a (very) few instances of these being shot loose, I've never seen one which has been. I check out almost every one I see at shows and shops.

May 31, 2006, 05:38 PM
I used to have a stainless Security Six with a four inch barrel and it was a great revolver and very rugged. I still regret selling it. You got yourself a great deal at $200 for it. The only thing I didn't like about it were the grips which I replaced with Pachmayr ones. I sold it because I am left handed and revolvers are made for right handers. It's harder for me to reload revolvers than for a right hander. I would have also grabbed it at that price.

May 31, 2006, 09:58 PM
Look at Jim March's revolver check list at the top of the forum. If it checks out OK, buy it. If it's in good shape, it's a steal at the price.

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