If I were to sell my Security Six....


Sniper X
October 19, 2010, 05:55 PM
What should I ask? It is about 90%, has the original box and papers, and was manufactured in 1975 and is like new mechanically. blued.


I want a 3in Model 10 or a 2.5in Model 19......so am toying with selling off the SS for one.

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October 19, 2010, 06:34 PM
Keep the gun. Don't sell it.

Reread all the postings and threads about Security Sixes. Then, if you still want to sell the gun. Contact me privately.

Don't sell what they don't make and what everyone wishes they had kept.

October 19, 2010, 06:38 PM
Good advice whalerman!

October 19, 2010, 06:49 PM
The four-inch Security-Six is a rather large gun for concealed carry.

Here it is, compared to the "FULL-SIZE" Glock 17.


In a proper CCW belt holster, the Security-Six starts reaching toward the armpit for an average size guy.


The Smith and Wessons mentioned will carry JUST AS HIGH as the Ruger, as the frame size - not the barrel length - is what determine how much the gun scratches your armpit.

I think all the recent interest in short barrels on medium-frame revolvers is an internet fad.

As for the suggestion of getting rid of that fine Security-Six, I have but one reaction:


October 19, 2010, 06:50 PM
151 Pre Fix, I'd keep it for sure ; )

October 19, 2010, 07:12 PM
Sell it, you will be very happy with both of your choices,
I would go with the 19 then you can use 38's and or 357.:neener:

Deaf Smith
October 19, 2010, 07:31 PM


Save up your money for the revolver you want. That Security Six is a keeper! I have several and I enjoy them all!

But tell me, it looks awfuly like a low back you have there. Check that prefix. If it's a 150- then it's a low back and worth even more (I have two of 'em myself!)


October 19, 2010, 07:40 PM
I just bought a stainless 4" security six this weekend, and I'll tell you why I did. I want a hiking/backpacking protection gun. I own a blued one, but wanted stainless because it'll be in weather.

I've come to the conclusion that Ruger does not address the hiking/backpacking market segment. I've seen sales literature from Ruger referring to the GP100 as a house gun that can withstand unlimited magnums. The SP is a CCW gun, and the Redhawk is a hunting gun. The Alaskan, I think, is just a bit of an overkill (no pun intended) for the Sierras.

I own a 3" SP, but if I see a cougar heading my way 40 yards distant, I wanted the 4" sight radius. I own a GP100, but walk a few miles between 7,000 and 9,000 feet and then tell me that's enjoyable.

Until Ruger comes out with a 4" SP101 in .357, I think the Security Six is the best hiking gun (no longer) made. I'm really happy with having made the purchase of my second Security Six this past weekend.

Carl N. Brown
October 19, 2010, 08:18 PM
Security Six = keeper
My first cartridge revolver purchase was Security six decades ago. I had to sell it for emergency cash. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to replace it and did not care what the price was. My son got a Security Six in a trade and I traded his GP100 back to him for it.

October 19, 2010, 11:26 PM

Save up your money for the revolver you want. That Security Six is a keeper! I have several and I enjoy them all!

But tell me, it looks awfuly like a low back you have there. Check that prefix. If it's a 150- then it's a low back and worth even more (I have two of 'em myself!)

If you look closely, you will see that the above Security-Six is not a lowback because the grips are the newer highback type. The lowback grips are shaped dfferently-especially noticeable at the top-and they are wider at the base of the grips(As viewed from the side)as well as having a little tail at the bottom rear of the grips, that turn out slightly towards the rear. Also, the slope of the frame just below the hammer doesn't slope down as much as a lowback does and the upper rear of the frame that the web of your hand fits against is much more vertical-whereas, the lowback slopes towards the front of the gun. All of this is easy to forget-if it has been awhile since comparing your lowback Sixes with your newer, highback's! I know-because I'm guilty of forgetting this myself-since all of my lowback's are buried in the rear of my safe due to being more collectible!

October 20, 2010, 12:58 AM
Like everyone else is saying,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,keep the ruger security six!!!!!!!!!! The values will go up hopefully after november2 orin january when the anti-gun dums are fired.

October 20, 2010, 07:09 AM
Did anybody else say "keep it"? Well if they didn't, I will. "Keep it."

My ex-wife got the one I had. I've tried to buy it back from her, but she knows good guns.

October 20, 2010, 08:21 AM
Well here's one more keep it.
I picked up a really clean Police Service Six earlier this year for under three bills and after shooting it there is no way I am selling mine.
A very well made and might I add robust handgun.

October 20, 2010, 11:01 AM
Too good to sell...

Sniper X
October 20, 2010, 11:31 AM
You have all affirmed my feelings to just keep it and find and buy a 19 or something in a full frame snubbie. I love K frame snubbies, but I also do LOVE this Security Six....thanks for the replies guy's!

October 20, 2010, 03:59 PM
$250. And I'll take it.


Deaf Smith
October 20, 2010, 10:27 PM
Guys, I was a the Big Town Gunshow last weekend in Mesquite Texas.


So yes, keep that revolver!

I kick myself for letting a stainless Security Six,, 2 3/4 inch barrel, slip through my fingers about six years ago (yea I have several but I'm a fool for snub Security Six revolvers.) It was tight with no play at all.


Lucky Derby
October 20, 2010, 11:13 PM
Keep it. Stupidly I sold my Speed-Six and have regreted it ever since.

October 22, 2010, 11:00 AM
It should be worth somewhere between $300-350, depending on where you're at and how many are looking at that moment for one. A year ago it would have most likely brought $250-300.

October 22, 2010, 03:01 PM
I have found that selling such handguns is a mistake. It may sound like a good idea now, but if you get rid of it, you'll regret it.

Sell something else...like your wife's wedding ring, or her car. Keep the Ruger! If you don't, you'll be posting here in a few years that you shouldn't have done it!

The Ruger's a great gun, much better than the Model 10 or the 19 (both of which I also love).

October 22, 2010, 03:27 PM
wow, it took 19 posts to answer the OP's question. they're fine guns, but not that special.
When I had a 686 and the sec 6 I sold the sec 6 and never looked back.

I'd put yours at $320 FTF for a pretty quick sale. maybe 350 if you can hold out for the right buyer. I sold a well loved 6" for 275 a few months ago to my brother. gunbroker seems to be selling them for around 250-300 +shipping and ffl. I don't know that you can buy a better gun for 300 though.

October 22, 2010, 07:09 PM
Sniper X

I wish I still had even just one of the half dozen "Six" family members I owned over the years. Ironically enough I usually sold or traded them to finance a new semi-auto aquisition. Keep the Six.

October 22, 2010, 07:46 PM
They DON"T make em any more, athey are as strong as any S&W & I never seen one go out of timing ; )

October 23, 2010, 11:57 AM
You can probably find a short barrel for the Security Six and have it installed. I have had a number of the Security models and wish I had them all back.

October 23, 2010, 05:34 PM
When you say 90%, it's difficult to guess as to what it's worth. Loss of 10% bluing can adversely affect the price of the gun, especially if the rest of the bluing is dull.

These are the guns that make fine shooters, because they can be bought for a good price and often are mechanically perfect. That's why it's often a mistake to sell them. You often have to take a lower price -- and then someone else gets the deal.

I would ask $345 for the gun you described. It's a good price depending on where you are.

The Security-Six is considered a great buy because it's a medium-frame .357 that can take a lot of pounding. It has a solid frame and is of a modular construction. It's a perfect camping and trail gun, not to mention an exceptional home defense piece. The 4-incher is said to be ideal, and I'd have to agree.

The government says we have a near-zero inflation rate. I have to wonder where they do their shopping, as knives, guns and books are sky-rocketing everywhere I look. Guns and ammo are good hedges against inflation. Back in the early 80s, one could buy a gun, shoot it for about a year and then sell it for about the same price. I think we're going to see a return of this cycle.

I love the M19 S&W, but I don't see what you'd gain in a swap unless it's in much better shape than the Ruger.

I personally like the stainless guns, but I had a new, blue Security-Six at one time and sold it. I've regretted it ever since. There are many folks on this board who for one reason or another sold a gun to pay a bill or get another gun and then they regretted it.

I just wanted to warn you in advance. The only handguns I sold and never regretted it were a few Taurus 66s, some stainless Sterling .22/.25s and a Virginia Dragoon .44 mag. Everything else I regretted slipping through my sweaty little hands. (I always thought I'd be able to get another S&W 681 or 686. I never thought S&W would ruin their looks and quality.)

Anyway, I'd like to see more photos of your Ruger if you have them. Also your M19 or M10 if you're able to get them.

October 23, 2010, 06:31 PM
No way am I selling my Police Service Six

October 24, 2010, 12:32 AM
I got out today and shot my new to me SS for the first time, it's a stainless six inch and this one's definitely a keeper!

I'd vote for hold on to it, but if you aren't using it then maybe someone else should enjoy the pleasure....

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