Ruger security six .357 magnum

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    Ruger security six .357 magnum

    I recently was given this revolver and I can't find any information on it on the Ruger site. Any and all information will be much appreciated.
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    Ruger Security Six
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    The Ruger Security Six and its variants, the Service Six and Speed Six are a product line of double action revolvers introduced in 1971 and manufactured by Sturm, Ruger & Company. These revolvers were marketed to law enforcement duty issue, military, and civilian self-defensive markets.

    Development and history

    The introduction of the Security Six and its variants marked Sturm Ruger’s first attempt to enter the double action revolver market. The corporation's earlier designs had been Colt Peacemaker style single action revolvers. Ruger used investment casting for most parts in an effort to hold down production costs. As with all Ruger firearms, the Security Six revolvers were robustly designed with large, heavy-duty parts for durability and to allow for investment casting. The "six series" line enjoyed sales success because of their basic features, solid construction, and competitive pricing.

    Various models were issued by US government agencies as diverse as the former Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Postal Service, Border Patrol, and numerous police agencies. The Security Six and its derivatives also became the standard issue service weapons of a large number of police departments, in addition many were exported overseas. While Ruger’s Security Six line has been out of production since 1988, a total of over 1.5 million pistols were produced and they remain well-liked and respected, as well as highly sought after in the second-hand market.

    The Ruger GP-100 replaced the Security Six in the Ruger product line.

    Features

    The Security Six and its variants were more or less identical in basic design, with the differences between the various models being expressed by the exact options and features available. Medium-framed in size, these revolvers were initially manufactured in a blued carbon steel finish; in 1975 stainless steel versions of all models were added to the lineup. Featuring six round cylinders, the Security Six series represented one of the first modern revolver designs to feature the safer transfer-bar based lockwork, and was chambered for a variety of centerfire ammunition cartridges including .38 Special and .357 Magnum, as well as .38 S&W and 9x19mm Parabellum (9mm Luger). All Security Six series revolvers came with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) supplied wooden grips.

    Security Six

    Introduced in 1968, the Security Six was the original model of the new series. The majority of these guns were manufactured with adjustable open iron sights but a few were sold with fixed sights. Security Sixes could be ordered with either service or target shooting style square butt grips, and most were chambered for the .357 Magnum cartridge which also allowed for the firing of the .357's predecessor, the shorter .38 Special. However, a number of dedicated .38 Special models were also built during early production. Barrel lengths available on the Security Six included 2.75, 4, and 6 inches. More on the history of Ruger firearms: Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.

    Service Six

    Brought out shortly after the Security Six, the Service Six model, or alternatively the “Police Service Six” was an attempt to capitalize on the lucrative law enforcement service revolver market. The Service Six was a basic fixed sight model, and like the Security Six mostly manufactured in .357 Magnum, however some police departments specified .38 Special-only and 9mm Luger chamberings. 9mm models boasted a cleverly designed patented sprung cylinder ring which engaged the grooves of the rimless 9mm semi automatic cases. Barrel length options for the Service Six included 2, 2.75, 3, and 4 inches.

    Speed Six

    The Speed Six pistols mainly differed from the Service Sixes in that they were equipped with compact round-butt grip frames. The standard barrel lengths available for these models were the same as those for the Service Six. An attribute unique to the Speed Six model is that it was offered in .38 S&W chambering (in England known as the .380 British) and exported to British Commonwealth countries such as India

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    I have a Stainless Ruger Speed Six with a 3" barrel. It is one of my all time favorite handguns! I bought it used for under $200 out of Shotgun News. (It was a bargain price for what it's worth considering the condition of the gun) It was from the US Postal Inspectors Service when they switched over to the Beretta 92 and sold off their old revolvers. The Ruger I got was in great shape with little use and it's a gun I'll never sell, trade or get rid of.

    I own two Ruger SP-101's and the Speed Six. All three are excellent guns with good value and are guns I'd stake my life on. They are built like tanks and will handle any and all magnum, +P or +P+ loads you choose to shoot through them.

    I think you were given a great gun with lots of history and it should be a gun you'll enjoy for the rest of your life and beyond should you choose to hand it down to your children. It's not a Colt Python, but still a great gun in it's own right!
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    I had a 3 inch Police Service Six that I sold about 15 years ago that I would dearly love to have back.

    Keep it, shot it and love it. and Bark'n gave you all the info I could. But you can check here http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg210-e.htm
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    Thanks Bark'n for the information. I was told by the donor that it had a trigger slick kit, also had a neon colored insert place in the front sight.
    Again thanks for the info.
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    I got a 151 Pre Fix 1975 mdl. Security Six. They are some great guns and will
    last forever ; )
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    Great guns. Strong enough to handle .357 mag loads all day long. Many police departments issued it or the .38 Special versions of it. Only complaint I've ever heard about it is the small grip size. I have a 2 3/4" speed six variant of the gun. Switched from the standard wood grips to pacmayr grips. The Six series guns were dropped from the line up when Ruger introduced the GP-100 series guns.
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    I have a 4" Police Service Six that I LOVE!!!! It still looks brand new. I wonder how to find out what year it was produced. Anyone know? I bought it 14 years ago from the place I worked for then. It had been the security guard's, but they long quit carrying and it had been in the cabinet for years. My boss asked me to find out what we needed to do to get rid of it and I said, "Sell it to me." He told me no problem, just ask the police chief what it was worth. A couple days later the chief was at our place of business and I asked. He called it in and asked the guy at the station. When he hung up, he said, $125 and I went straight to my boss's office and handed him cash. Been tickled to death with it ever since. It only had 3 rounds fired through it when I bought it. I would say less than 100 rounds today. It doesn't even have a ring on the cylinder.
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    I owned one I bought about 1977-78 and gave to my brother in-law about ten years later. I'm fairly sure he still has it.

    If you want a revolver for 357 that is a good gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    I have a 4" Police Service Six that I LOVE!!!! It still looks brand new. I wonder how to find out what year it was produced. Anyone know? I bought it 14 years ago from the place I worked for then. It had been the security guard's, but they long quit carrying and it had been in the cabinet for years. My boss asked me to find out what we needed to do to get rid of it and I said, "Sell it to me." He told me no problem, just ask the police chief what it was worth. A couple days later the chief was at our place of business and I asked. He called it in and asked the guy at the station. When he hung up, he said, $125 and I went straight to my boss's office and handed him cash. Been tickled to death with it ever since. It only had 3 rounds fired through it when I bought it. I would say less than 100 rounds today. It doesn't even have a ring on the cylinder.
    Found this in the Ruger website:

    Security Six, Speed Six, Service Six Revolver
    (Manufactured from 1972 to 1988)
    Calibers: .357 Mag., .38 Spl., 9mm

    Beginning Serial Number: Years of Production:
    150-00001 1972
    150-35383 1973
    150-64961 1974
    151-21780 1975
    151-76180 1976
    152-61012 1977
    153-60425 1978
    154-63332 1979
    155-76844 1980
    156-94383 1981
    158-12020 1982
    159-45126 1983
    159-81307 1984
    160-58768 1985
    161-80082 1986
    161-84833 1987
    162-39887 1988

    Hope that helps.
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    I second Archer's comment re the grips. The smallish wood grips made the gun annoying to shoot, especially with .357 loads. I ended up with a Hogue monogrip... made a big difference in comfort.

    Mine has a 6" barrel... I'd love to get a short-barrelled Service Six to complement it.
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    I have a blue 357 Security Six with rubber grips. Sweet shooter, aims better than I do. If you get itchy and want to disassemble it tell me how it goes getting the trigger assembly back in. The manual says 'tap lightly.' Yeah, right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    Found this in the Ruger website:




    Hope that helps.
    It sure does!!! Thank you very much!!! Mine was made in 1985. Can't believe it looks absolutely mint to be 25 years old.
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    I guess I'll have to be the exception to this love fest. My father gave me a security six about 1976. It was the biggest piece of junk a person could own. It got traded for a S&W model 19 and Ive never owned another Ruger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 21bubba View Post
    I guess I'll have to be the exception to this love fest. My father gave me a security six about 1976. It was the biggest piece of junk a person could own. It got traded for a S&W model 19 and Ive never owned another Ruger.
    Well, someone has to be the one who gets a bad one every now and then.

    I'd venture to say that there isn't a firearm manufacturer out there who hasn't had a bad gun get out on the market every now and then. I certainly know S&W has.

    I know a guy who had a Colt Python with bad timing right from the factory. He sent it back, had it tuned and it was as sweet a gun as all the other Pythons.
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    The old saying in manufacturing (of anything) was you hoped that whatever you bought was made on a Tues, Wed, or Thur. Friday everyone is in a hurry to get out for the weekend. Monday, everyone is dragging in hung over from the weekend. Of course, this was 25 years ago...when stuff was actually manufactured in the good ol' U. S. of A. Not sure what the old saying in China is.
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