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Speed Six - Security Six ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Bullet, Nov 9, 2004.

  1. Bullet

    Bullet Well-Known Member

    What are the differences between a Ruger Speed Six & a Security Six?
  2. Tory

    Tory member


    A Speed Six has fixed sights; a Security Six has adjustable sights. Much like the difference between a Model 65 and Model 66 S&W. ;)
  3. GrandmasterB

    GrandmasterB Well-Known Member

    Also, a Security Six is square butt and the Speed Six is round butt. They are great revolvers! I have some of each :D
  4. slick6

    slick6 Well-Known Member

    Speed Six Versus Security Six

    1)Speed Six has fixed sights only and Security Six has adjustable sights(Except for just a few of the early 150 S/N prefix Security Sixes which had fixed sights).

    2)Speed Six has a slightly rounded grip frame(At the bottom rear of the grips)but the Security Six has a square butt frame.

    3)Security Six(Except for a few "Rarities" or "Export" guns-and, some very early production guns)was only available in .357 magnum caliber. Speed six, can be had in .38 Special or .357 magnum(With a few possible exceptions-as Ruger made alot of special contract guns over the years)! An example, would be a few made in 9MM caliber(Or, possibly, .380 Rim?)!

    4)Speed Six can be had in 2-3/4", and 4" barrel lengths(Commonly!)with a few(Model GS-33's)made in a 3" barrel length(Such as was made for the US Postal Service(And, a few of these guns made as an overrun!)! These three-inchers, also had a heavier barrel, than the normal 2-3/4" Speed Sixes! The Security Six could be had in 2-3/4", 4", and 6" barrel lengths. Some later production had these same barrel lengths, made in a heavier barrel profile!

    5)Mechanically, both the Speed Six and the Security-Six are identical!

    6)Both the Speed Six and the Security Six were made in both, blued or stainless steel!

    7)Early(150 series, S/N prefix)Speed Six and Security-Six had a different grip frame than did later(151 S/N prefix, and up)Speed Sixes and Security Sixes! 150 series and 151 series "Stocks" will not interchange! 150 series stocks are very difficult to find, especially in non factory, custom stocks! 151 series "Stocks" are still made by the major grip manufacturers!

    8)Although you didn't ask, there is also the Service Six(Or, Police Service Six)that is basically the same identical gun to the Speed Six, with fixed sights only, but with the same square butt as the Security Six. These were also made in the early(150 S/n prefix range)which again had the different grip frame(That was sloping-and, was more of a western style)just the same as the early(150 S/N prefix)square butt, Security-Sixes. Later production Service Sixes were made in the 151 S/N prefix(And up)ranges(The same as the Speed Sixes and the Security Sixes were)! The Service Six was made in the 2-3/4" and in the 4" barrel lengths only! These were commonly made in .38 Special or .357 magnum calibers(Some export guns made in 9MM-possibly other calibers(Such as .380 Rim)(By contract))!

    9)I'm sure that I might have missed something-but, mostly would be one of the rarer varieties of these Six-Series revolvers! My memory is fading right now!
  5. g56

    g56 Well-Known Member

    Speed Six 2 3/4"

    Security Six 6"
  6. Sistema1927

    Sistema1927 Well-Known Member

    My Speed-Six has the best trigger of any of my revolvers, and that is saying something since I also own four Smiths, and none of them have poor triggers.
  7. tbeb

    tbeb Well-Known Member

    FYI: A good gunsmith can really make the trigger pull nice-e-e. The double action trigger pull on my 2 3/4" Speed Six is a smooth, 8-lbs.

    If you're thinking about buying one of these for general purposes, then I recommend the Security Six. You can zero in its adjustable sights for whatever bullet weight you're shooting. (Neither one of my .357 magnum Speed Six's shoot to point of aim with .38 special ammuntion.)
  8. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    There was also a Service Six which had fixed sights and square grip frame. Internally they were all the same. Good guns.
  9. albanian

    albanian member

    As much as I like these older Rugers, the SA triggers on them don't compare with the SA trigger on a good S&W. I have had 3 Speeds and one Secuirty. I now only have one of each. My Speed Six has a really smooth DA trigger and it may be the best DA trigger I have felt but the SA triggers on all of these were worse than most of the S&Ws I have had over the years.

    I have 4" version of each but if I found a 2 3/4" SS Speed Six at a good price, I would buy one. I had one in 9mm but I really didn't like the moon clips or trying to shoot it without them. It sounded like a good idea but in practice, the .357mag is a better gun.
  10. Bob F.

    Bob F. Well-Known Member

    What's a good source for smooth wood grips for the Speed-Six? Links, please.
    Wish mine were .357!

    Stay safe.

    PS: gotta learn to post pics here.
  11. Bullet

    Bullet Well-Known Member

  12. Bob F.

    Bob F. Well-Known Member

    Great! Thanks, Bullet. Just what I'm looking for. Got the ole gal out of the safe a couple nights ago and dry fired a few times. I'd forgotten how slick she is!! Gotta take her to the range again.

    Stay safe.
  13. I currently have a 4" blued Police Six strapped to my bod as I type.
    (Also stainless 2 3/4 BLL amd stainless 6 " BLL in safe.)

    (My main gun is a Glock 19).

    One difference between the Security Six and the police /service six is that the Security - Six has a beefier, square top strap. The police/service six are more rounded, with less metal.

    I have no reason to think this makes any difference.

    If I was shopping for grips for any of these models, I'd check out Hogue (maybe Pachmeyer). I'm pretty sure that Hogue is still putting out an excellent grip for this long discontinued (but FABULOUS!!!) model.

    Whatever you got, it is a premo gun. (But those tiny walnut original grips truly suck.)
  14. I think that Ruger's fixed sight .357 revolvers are optimized for a 158 grain bullet.

    Honestly, I think that if you are using 158 gn loads, and the revolver STILL won't shoot to point of aim, (vertically or laterally),

    you can ship it back to Ruger and they will find a way to make it work,

    at no charge to you.

    (You may have to send it back up to three times,

    and eat three one way shipping charges.)
  15. Bob F.

    Bob F. Well-Known Member

    I have a set of rubber grips, can't remember if Hogues or Packy's, but they're bulky, like that makes a difference on a tank! Whittled out a set of rock maple grips before I had power tools. Wore out 3 chisels!

    Gotta work on posting pics.

    Stay safe.
  16. bigolddeerhunter

    bigolddeerhunter Well-Known Member

    Here is a Police Service Six. Sorry about the picture. I don't have a digital camera and so I just put it on the scanner. Great little gun. Very smooth trigger. I agree with you on the grips. They are too small but I like the looks of the gun and don't want to change it just now. :D

    Attached Files:

  17. bigolddeerhunter

    bigolddeerhunter Well-Known Member

    Humm....those white dots are on the photo but not on my copy. Let me try again to get a better picture. Wife needs to get me a digital camera for Christmas. :D :D
  18. bigolddeerhunter

    bigolddeerhunter Well-Known Member

    Ok let's try this one.

    Attached Files:

  19. Gary in Pennsylvania

    Gary in Pennsylvania Well-Known Member

    Good question! I've wondered this myself.

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