Ruger Security Six


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Archangel14
August 18, 2013, 02:10 AM
Saw a really good condition Security Six on sale today for $450. Stainless, looked to have a 6 inch barrel. Really well maintained. Priced at $450. I have always admired the GP100, I like a really robust revolver. But I find the trigger to be a bit on the disappointing side. How does the Security Six add up to the GP100, and is that a good price?

Thanks.

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leadcounsel
August 18, 2013, 03:17 AM
I have several of both. Just as good, and $450 is a fair price for an excellent one. I've purchased 4 nice ones in the last 2-3 years, priced between $350-$400, and I felt I got a great deal on them. If I saw a nice one today for $450 I would haggle but ultimately pay up to $500. I saw a gorgeous one at a gun show last month but sadly didn't have the scratch with me nor the presence of mind to get the guys phone number :(

bannockburn
August 18, 2013, 09:23 AM
I greatly prefer the older Security Six to its replacement. I think it has a better balance and feel to it than the GP100. And $450 is a decent price for one that's been well taken care of.

skidder
August 18, 2013, 10:56 AM
I have both and prefer the Six Series. The trigger on the Six has a shorter pull.

$450 is not a bad price for a 6" Six. Don't be afraid to ask less; the worst they can say is no.

Blue Brick
August 18, 2013, 11:50 AM
$450 is high for 6 inch, most want 4 inch and under.

bikerdoc
August 18, 2013, 11:57 AM
I got a much carried, shot a little police trade in for 265 back in the day. 450 is a a little high but depending on condition go for it, you will not be disappointed.

PabloJ
August 18, 2013, 12:02 PM
Four hundred if in excellent mechanical condition. Last year I found 4" blued one in excellent condition for $300. I liked this gun because it was like new felt good in my hand (just like Model 19 rb of same barrel length) and lets face it the price was very favorable. I could not buy it because when I tried to open the gun by pressing cylinder release button it got stock and mechanically froze entire firearm. Since that time I pay Ruger revolvers no mind.

hipoint
August 18, 2013, 01:39 PM
I really like my security six, it's a 4 inch though. I do love the weight and balance of it whereas the GP felt a little big in the grip frame, but that's just my personal feelings and everyone will be different.

I'd pull the pin on it if you can, and try to talk them down a bit. I would have paid that for mine, but ended up getting it much cheaper.

I don't really have any complaints, I do like how easy it is to field strip the gun, the GP wasn't mine so I never got to take it apart, but the security six was intended to be taken apart with a coin. To me that's a real plus for a shtf type scenario.

I guess I do have one complaint, but it isn't much of one... there aren't many options out there for paddle holsters or replacement grips for the security six, if there are, I haven't found them yet. I would really like a paddle holster for mine just because it's easier for carry around the farm...

GBExpat
August 18, 2013, 01:48 PM
The first handgun that I ever purchased was a new, blue, 4" Ruger Security Six in 1973 at a Charlottesville, VA gunshop ... $125otd. :)

Great handgun ... I have always been a bit sorry that I sold it to a friend about 5 years later.

Deaf Smith
August 18, 2013, 07:47 PM
If it had been a stainless 2 3/4 inch barrel Security or Speed Six I'd have bought it right then.



http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=168798&d=1343179435

I'm a fool for snubs.

Deaf

shafter
August 19, 2013, 12:46 PM
I refer the Security Six to the GP100. In my opinion the GP100 is a little overbuilt. Its just a little too big and bulky for what it is. The Security Six has more than enough strength while maintaining a similar feel to the magnificent K-Frames of Smith and Wesson.

Mine was bought used and has a surprisingly good trigger.

mesinge2
August 19, 2013, 12:57 PM
I have several of both. Just as good, and $450 is a fair price for an excellent one.
I agree and the price of the Ruger Six series guns have been rising as of late. For that price, I'd buy it and add to my collection of them.

TennJed
August 19, 2013, 11:36 PM
$450 seems right to me for a stainless, at least in my neck of the woods. I have seen a couple of Blued with a lot of holster wear for $399-$425. I would buy it at that price

Cranky CJ
August 20, 2013, 12:44 AM
When I bought my first security six, I tried it out against a gp100. I found the feel in my hand better balanced so I went with the sec six, paid 400 for a super nice stainless 4" a couple years ago.

About a month ago I spotted a police service six in the same pawn shop. The thing was in really nice condition. Practically flawless condition. Paid 450 and didn't hesitate. It seems that the 'sixes' are going up in value as I haven't seen one that I'd call a 'deal' in a long time.

I don't think 450 is too high if it really is in that good of condition.

http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd208/crankycj/3730ebe4-1c00-4ead-aec6-774e9afcbdd5_zpsa333246c.jpg

GrandmasterB
August 20, 2013, 12:23 PM
They are definitely going up in price. But they are worth every cent too, as they are tough as nails and will last several lifetimes.

cal01
August 20, 2013, 06:12 PM
I am very partial to the Ruger "Six" series. The first gun I ever purchased when I turned 21 in 1976 was a Speed Six. I still have that revolver and the several other Six series pistols I have purchased. They are, in my opinion, the finest double action revolvers Ruger ever made.

BTW, my 1976 revolver has the inscription "Made in the 200th year of American Liberty" on the side. I expect DHS to require that I grind that off sometime soon.

OrangePwrx9
August 20, 2013, 09:58 PM
Much better balance and feel than a GP100 IMHO. Bought my stainless 4" Sec. Six new about 31 years ago at a bicycle shop for $289. Bought a nice 2-3/4" stainless Sec. Six off Armslist a year ago for $375.

The GP100 I owned never came close to the Six in any department. It was just a heavy brick of a gun; unexceptional in every respect.

The DA trigger on a Sec. Six isn't smooth and slick like a Smith. It talks to you and tells you what's going on. You can feel the cylinder lock drop in (well ahead of hammer fall) and know that the break comes next.

With some practice, this can be used to quickly stage the trigger for DA shooting. Pull quickly to where you feel the lock drop in, then steady the sights, squeeze a little more and off she goes. Once I got the hang of it, DA rapid-fire was more consistently accurate than SA slow-fire. I've never been able to shoot a Smith, a Python, or (especially) a GP100 nearly as well as the 4" Sec. Six.

skidder
August 20, 2013, 11:31 PM
I took my GP and Security Six out the other day and compared the actions. Nothing wrong with the GP, but the Security Six felt more refined. I also prefer the balance and POA better on the Security Six.

My favorite 357 is my 4" Security Six.


http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc456/exlogger/Security%20Six/4sixwin_zpsbc47f7d7.jpg

Confederate
August 21, 2013, 10:31 PM
It all depends on whether you're going to be spending your time on the range or out in the field. If on the range, I recommend the S&W 686. It's just a better gun in my view. Or, go for the GP-100. Both guns are designed with heavy underlug barrels that make staying on target easier.

If out in the field--camping, hiking, hunting--go for the Security-Six. With its lighter barrel it's easier to pick up a moving target (not to mention being lighter). The SS also is designed to be taken apart in the field using only the rim of one of your cartridges. It also has a full handle on the gun where the GP-100 has a stub. Not a huge issue, but it throws the balance off in my view. Ruger also argued that one spring could do the work of two better than two springs.

Bull! Two springs work better than one spring, and few people would dispute it. It's like doing more with less. You don't do more with less, you do less with less. I think the GP-100 is a kludge. It's a boat anchor. I originally bought a Security-Six for self defense and it's a great drawer gun. You can use the GP-100 for self defense, too, of course, but it's basically an overbuilt Security-Six. The problem is, there was no need for an overbuilt Security-Six. It's like the Super Redhawk. Some people like heavy revolvers that weigh as much as rifles, but me? Not so much.

Everyone has their own needs, but since you asked for opinions the above is mine. Others will vary.


http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/Magnums_1.jpg (http://s256.photobucket.com/user/jriler/media/Magnums_1.jpg.html)

The S&W 686, one of the best .357s ever designed (top) and the
Ruger Security-Six. The latter is far easier to carry and to pick up
moving targets with.


http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/RugerSecurity-SixTrio_5.jpg (http://s256.photobucket.com/user/jriler/media/RugerSecurity-SixTrio_5.jpg.html)

The Security-Sixes are easy on the eyes and easy to carry.


http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/RugerSecurity-Six6_inch.jpg (http://s256.photobucket.com/user/jriler/media/RugerSecurity-Six6_inch.jpg.html)

Drail
August 22, 2013, 10:32 AM
Overbuilt? Well, yeah it really is. Ruger builds guns like fireman entry tools. You ain't gonna break THAT! Nice to see the old Rugers. Great photos.

Confederate
August 22, 2013, 09:20 PM
The point is, the Security-Sixes were overbuilt in many ways, but without being overly heavy. You had a solid frame gun with modular, oversized pieces. I'm just saying it was a great gun to begin with. But when S&W built its K-frame magnum into a stronger frame series, that was great. But Ruger needed a new gun they could cut corners on.

http://s256.photobucket.com/user/jriler/media/SW686.jpg.html

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/RUGERSecurity-Six4-inch_3.jpg (http://s256.photobucket.com/user/jriler/media/RUGERSecurity-Six4-inch_3.jpg.html)

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/RugerSS_SolidFrame.jpg (http://s256.photobucket.com/user/jriler/media/RugerSS_SolidFrame.jpg.html)

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/Ruger_SS_Assembly_1.jpg (http://s256.photobucket.com/user/jriler/media/Ruger_SS_Assembly_1.jpg.html)

kvtcomdo
August 24, 2013, 11:05 PM
Got two(2) 4" models. One Stainless the other Blue.

Can't get me to say a bad word about them.

Great little guns.

Crashbox
August 24, 2013, 11:46 PM
Well, for the record I paid $500 for my Security Six 6" in excellent condition, complete with original box and Owner's Manual. Beautiful firearm that I've never shot (yet).

Bud0505
August 25, 2013, 03:24 PM
I bought a 1973 blue, 4" Security Six yesterday at the gun show in Jax Fl for $325 OTD. I would rate the gun at between 90 and 95 percent. I installed a 12# mainspring today and the round end of the strut still had all the bluing on it. I smoothed the strut and hammer with a little 0000 steel wool and put it back together. Will fire it at the range tomorrow or Tuesday.

Armybrat
August 25, 2013, 08:23 PM
Bought my Service Six .357 new in 1977 - the frame has mellowed into that plum color when you look at it at an angle:

http://i522.photobucket.com/albums/w349/ScoPro/Armybrat5/Guns083.jpg

TennJed
August 25, 2013, 09:42 PM
Armybrat, I love those plum Rugers, wish I could get my hands on one

Seven High
August 25, 2013, 09:51 PM
Does Ruger still offer service/parts for the Security Six series?

tubeshooter
August 25, 2013, 10:17 PM
To paraphrase, they basically say that they'll do what they can but parts are limited. I'm pretty sure they're not making brand-new parts for them, based on the statement.

I read it a few months ago.



Sorry - don't remember the exact verbage used. It's out there if you dig around a little.

targetshooter22
August 26, 2013, 02:47 PM
My wife owns a Security Six from the 80's and I own a GP100 from a couple of years ago. The Six is a 4" barrel, and the GP is a 6" with the full lug. Personally, I like the GP more. The longer sight radius and heavier gun make accuracy and recoil management better. The GP came with a less fun trigger, but lots of use and dry firing seemed to smooth things out, and it seems pretty good now.

Deltaboy
August 28, 2013, 10:15 PM
Love those Rugers!

Confederate
August 29, 2013, 05:34 PM
One of the things I liked on the old Rugers is when I bought them and got them home. I always liked the small wood grips and could shoot .38spc out of them with no problem. But when I put in the magnum stuff, I could barely hold onto the gun! Still, I loved the look of those skinny grips.

There's a joke that said Bill Ruger had only one tree, and he's still making grips from it. I don't know why he designed the Security-Six, first with the weird grip angle, then with the right angle, but he stayed with the skinny grips. I've heard that some people have kept the skinny grips and think they're fine. I'm not one of them, but I still think they're cool.


http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/RugerSecuritySix_1Big.jpg (http://s256.photobucket.com/user/jriler/media/RugerSecuritySix_1Big.jpg.html)

jim97701
August 29, 2013, 05:54 PM
I was extremely lucky and ran across a Liberty marked police service six 4" .38 special with perfect blueing and in excellent condition. It appears to have been fired only a few times in its life and kept in a pouch in a safe since new. When I asked my friend what he wanted for it I almost fell over when he told me $150. I couldnt get to the ATM fast enough to get the cash to give him :what:. Needless to say Im sure that was a smoking deal that Ill NEVER run across again on another.

BemidjiDweller
August 29, 2013, 06:42 PM
I too like the look of the skinny grips, but once I put on a pachmayr I couldn't go back to the skinny. I shot my Security Six too well to take off the new grip.

Confederate
August 29, 2013, 08:58 PM
When I asked my friend what he wanted for it I almost fell over when he told me $150. I couldn't get to the ATM fast enough to get the cash to give him....
I wouldn't be able to live with myself. I'd get him a nice bottle of wine and if he's a good friend, I'd tuck another hundred in with it.

Are we going to see a photo or two? If you don't have a camera, send me the gun and I'll take some. You may not get the gun back, but you'll get a good bottle of wine!

planetmobius
August 29, 2013, 10:36 PM
My first center fire hadgun was a Security Six back in 1977. Back then i wanted to shoot other guns and had limited means so I traded it for something else. Since then I have longed to have it back. It was a 6" blued model. Oddly, I just picked up my second one today. A minty blued 6" version. It set me back $500.00.

TennJed
August 30, 2013, 12:15 AM
I too like the look of the skinny grips, but once I put on a pachmayr I couldn't go back to the skinny. I shot my Security Six too well to take off the new grip.

I have small hands so the skinny grips work for me. Here are a set of skinny stag grips on my Security Six and Redhawk



http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3791/9472744349_fc61087347_c.jpg

skidder
August 30, 2013, 01:44 AM
I have small hands so the skinny grips work for me. Here are a set of skinny stag grips on my Security Six and Redhawk
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3791/9472744349_fc61087347_c.jpg


WOW!!:eek:

skidder
August 30, 2013, 02:02 AM
For packing all day I prefer the service grips.

My 4" Security Six weighs 38 ounces with the Pachmayr grips and 34 with service grips.


http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc456/exlogger/Security%20Six/winsix4-2_zps5ebf7327.jpg

Dave P.
August 30, 2013, 10:12 AM
Slight thread hijack...
I just bought a 1983 Security Six ( 2.75in stainless ) to go along with 2 others
I have.
Back in the day, I bought a couple of adjustable hammer struts and spring kits
( don't remember from where ) and would like to find another vs. machining
one. Asked on the gunsmithing section and got one suggestion that didn't
pan out....any ideas?
Also Ruger no longer has sights avail, any suggestions on those.
Thanks
Dave

CZguy
August 31, 2013, 12:39 AM
Are we going to see a photo or two? If you don't have a camera, send me the gun and I'll take some. You may not get the gun back, but you'll get a good bottle of wine!

What's your definition of a good bottle of wine? I guess another way to phrase it would be, does a good bottle of wine have a twist off cap? :D

W.E.G.
August 31, 2013, 02:48 AM
Does Ruger still offer service/parts for the Security Six series?

They will work on it if you need to send it in.

Frankly, one that has survived this long is unlikely to need to ever be "sent back."

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