Trade or Sell my Security Six? What to do?


March 23, 2010, 06:18 PM
Here's the dilemma... I have two .357's; one is a beautiful 4" stainless GP100 and the other is a 6" stainless Security Six. Both are in great shape. The Security Six has basically turned into a safe queen.

I really feel the need for a .38 snubby like an LCR or a 442 and I was thinking of using the Security Six in a trade.

Will I regret trading away this gun down the road?

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March 23, 2010, 06:25 PM
I traded mine off for a 6.5" blackhawk. I love the blackhawk, very accurate and tough as an outdoor and hunting revolver, but I've sort of missed the old Security Six. I had a nice trigger job on that thing.

March 23, 2010, 06:30 PM
I considered that very same trade in with my 4" blued security six. I decided against it and ponied up the cash for the 438 I carry. I do not regret doing it that way at all.

Blue Brick
March 23, 2010, 07:20 PM
Never trade a good Six, trade the GP100.

March 23, 2010, 07:28 PM
I say keep both and save up for the third gun. A nice Security Six is hard to find and you may regret selling it.

The Security Six will be working for your grandchildren. We could probably go into a couple of greats for the GP100. Start them as family heirlooms.

March 23, 2010, 07:30 PM
Keep both Rugers and buy the snubbie. Even if you have to save for a while it will keep you from getting a very bad leg cramp from trying to kick yourself in the butt.

March 23, 2010, 08:13 PM
S.S. are not made anymore - I had mine stolen, one of the few guns (and even fewer Rugers) I have regret not having any more.

March 23, 2010, 08:51 PM
How much you want for the SS? I'd sell most guns in my safe before any of my ss's.

March 23, 2010, 09:21 PM
Do not sell the Security Six. I regret having parted company with every Security Six I ever owned. I never really missed the GP-100 I had though; good gun but just not the same.

March 24, 2010, 04:53 AM
and most people tend to hang on to them. I trade a lot of guns, but I'd hang on th that one.


March 24, 2010, 09:43 AM
who has posted here about having traded/sold a gun regrets it. The exceptions seem to be mostly malfunctioning guns.
Good luck.

March 24, 2010, 09:47 AM
My view is that I keep a real shooting gun in calibers I like. No duplications. I would trade it. But MAKE SURE (obviously) that you get what you want or the cycle continues.

This being said, there are a few huns I wish I had never trade away!

March 24, 2010, 10:38 AM
I just returned from the range after firing my SS. First time I've had the opportunity to put a lot of rounds through it. That gun is mine. It will stay mine. I don't feel so bad about the lousy trade I thought I'd made to get it. Some day the other guy is gonna wish he had it back I'm sure. I think you will regret trading it.

March 24, 2010, 10:54 AM
I really dont like 6" barrels on any guns so go ahead and trade that safe queen and get a good snubby.

March 24, 2010, 11:02 AM
Hello friends and neighbors // I'm glad this thread showed up now and not 2 days ago.
I just bought an Aug. 1977, DA/SA, 4", .357 Security Six ---Yesterday:D
The Ruger Security Six was pictured on the back of the 1974 Gun Digest 28th Anniversary Deluxe edition. I was 12 and had just gotten my first Marlin M60 and the Gun Digest for Christmas. I finally own one.

The edges were still sharp. I stoned the trigger edges but left the center alone. I also smoothed the underside edges of the hammer, especially where it touches the web of my hand in single action. The cylinder rear edge needed just a little attention too. No complaints here though.:D

The grips are fine.
The range does not have Hogue rubber grips in stock so I added two strips of innertube( a tip gleaned from THR) to make it through the days shooting.

I don't think I'd sell the SS.
Hope you enjoy which ever you keep.

March 24, 2010, 11:03 AM
I have a couple of sixes, a 2&3/4 in and a 4 in. that said- if your not shooting it and don't enjoy it as much as the gp100, it might not be a bad time to sell.

sixes are going up in value now, so you stand a good chance to get a good dollar for it.

just make sure you don't want it anymore.

March 24, 2010, 11:05 AM
If the 'Six was 3" or 4" I'd say keep it, but I can't find a use for a 6" .357, especially one with a smaller frame.

Trade the Security Six.

March 24, 2010, 12:00 PM
I concur with the lack of use for a 6 inch 357.

trade that puppy

March 24, 2010, 03:23 PM
These guys are nuts.......

March 24, 2010, 08:40 PM
Hang onto the Six!

March 24, 2010, 09:28 PM

This is painful!

March 24, 2010, 10:02 PM
This is painful!

sorry man...tried to help

but 19 folks, 19 opinions

March 24, 2010, 10:17 PM
How much where you hoping to get on a trade?

March 24, 2010, 10:29 PM
How much where you hoping to get on a trade?

I was thinking somewhere in the neighborhood of $375. It's in really nice shape and I have two sets of grips for it.

March 24, 2010, 10:30 PM
sorry man...tried to help

but 19 folks, 19 opinions

It's all good my friend. This decision is harder than I thought it would be.

March 25, 2010, 12:04 AM
Hello friends and neighbors // I feel ya.

I sold a 7 1/2" Redhawk 44mag to fund a transmisson once.
I miss it, enjoyed shooting and reloading for it, have many fond memories of numberous friends shooting it.

I've also had many opportunities to replace it and have always gotten something else,
go figure.

All in all I do not regret it.

Full disclosure: We went in a different order.

I have a S&W 586 6" I shoot everytime I go to the range, just fewer rounds now that I have the 442. I used it for everything hunting/hiking/HD/SD I could only afford 1 do all revolver.

After a long time, I got S&W 442 1 7/8" and I like it the best for daily use. Past 4 months my most carried and fired weapon. You barely know it is there. So I don't blame anyone for wanting a 442 over another handgun.

Now that I have the 4" Security Six one day soon I might be leaving the 6" home for the 15th time and think of something else I'd need/use more to trade it on.
You never know....that Tommy gun might just be in reach if I sell the ...hummm

Yep I feel ya. The search is half the fun, enjoy.

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