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Ruger Speed Six
« on: March 11, 2010, 07:46:31 PM »
Does anyone have any experience with this revolver?  I came across one recently for what I think is a good price, and wanted to learn more about it.  I know historically it's related to the Security Six but I'm not sure how.  And I know that Massad Ayoob considers the Security Six and it's descendent the GP-100 the two best police revolvers ever made.  Too bad they came out at the beginning of the wundernine's climb to dominance. 

How much is a good condition Speed Six worth?  Quality?  Durability?  Accuracy?  Thoughts?  Emotions?
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Re: Ruger Speed Six
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2010, 07:58:04 PM »
IIRC the primary difference between the Speed Six and the Security Six is that the Speed has fixed sights while the Security has adjustable sights.

I'd call anything under $400 for one of them to be a pretty good deal.
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Re: Ruger Speed Six
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2010, 08:05:13 PM »
I'm not a fan of adjustable sights.  So fixed sights is right up my alley.  I really like the look of the gun and I've shot one of the ruger "six" guns a long time ago, but I can't remember if it was a security or a speed.

So $375 delivered plus a transfer fee is solid?  nice. 
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Re: Ruger Speed Six
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2010, 09:39:06 PM »
I shot one at a range that I was "officiating" a shoot.  The guy that had it was frustrated with it, couldn't see where it was hitting.  It was a 3" bbl IIRC.  I was shooting it at a pretty long distance to get an idea of where it was hitting.  This thing was amazing.  I shot steel targets (squirrel ones, to be exact) at 50 YARDS.  I wanted it pretty badly.  He wouldn't part with it after he saw it perform like it did.  I agree with Jesse, anything under 4 bills, snag it.  I would STILL be all over one if I find it.
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2010, 10:13:12 PM »
There was a time when I was the Director of Security for the Department of Motor Vehicles in Virgina.  I had a Speed Six as my Duty Weapon.  I had forgotten about that... .38 Special +P Semi-Jacketed Hollow Points.  Two speed loaders full of the same, and a dump pouch.  Served me well enough I guess... I had no problems with the gun, it was accurate during practice and training sessions... and the one time I had to draw it I didn't have to fire it, so I guess it looked scary enough to change guy's motivation.
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Re: Ruger Speed Six
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2010, 10:18:28 PM »
They are solid guns.

I used to CCW a Ruger Security Six, 4" bbl.

Finding holsters for them is fun. Real fun. I ended up going with a pancake holster from Simply Rugged. I'm told many K-frame holsters will work for them, never tried them myself.


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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2010, 11:00:41 PM »
funny you bring the Rugers up, I am putting one up for sale tonite..
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Re: Ruger Speed Six
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2010, 11:10:05 PM »
Had a 1976 Ruger Speed Six. It was a 357 with a 2-3/4 barrel. I bought it for 275 and sold it for 350. Probably one of the only guns I regret selling. It had a great trigger and felt like it was just heavy enough but not too heavy to carry. Also shot very smooth with hornady Leverrevolution FXT 140gr magnum rounds. I'f I could go back, I'd likely not sell it.

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Re: Ruger Speed Six
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2010, 11:36:47 PM »
   Don't know about the shorties, but I LOVE my Security Six 6"er.

   Been wanting to get a Snub-nose Security Six.    I DO want adjustable sights though.  Ruger sights are built like a rock, so that doesn't worry me.    The Fixed-Sighted S&W that my uncle had that shot 8" left does.....That is a major PITA to get shooting on.

   That said: It seems most Ruger fixed sights are on from what I've heard.

 
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Re: Ruger Speed Six
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2010, 01:26:41 AM »
I had a Stainless Security Six for about 5 years. I loved it, .357 mag shot POA/POI at 25yrds. Had adjustable sights, smooth action and never ever faltered. Wish i had never traded it in. I really regret loosing it. But it did get me my first M1911a1. they are very reliable, rugged, If you reload they will take some of the heaviest loads out there. Stuff that would make a Colt or S&W fall apart. Accuracy was very good, definitely don't feel under armed with that revolver at all. Wish I could find one to have again. Mine had a 3" bbl on it. The adjustable sights were very robust, I once dropped it right on the rear sight on a cement floor. Not a ding, scratch or bend in it.
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« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2010, 05:48:33 AM »
I loved my Security Six. Built like a freakin' tank and more than accurate enough to get the job done. 

I should never have sold mine.

If you can find a decently priced Six-Series revolver in good condition, get it. They're well worth checking out.

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Re: Ruger Speed Six
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2010, 06:03:21 AM »
I've seen ratty looking Speed Six .38 special Security Guard trade ins going fast for $350.  If it's in good shape GRAB IT!!

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Re: Ruger Speed Six
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2010, 09:01:26 AM »
Harm- Blued or stainless? barrel length?  Good price regardless, but we need details!  ;D  I have a few of them around.  The only drawback(to me) are the factory grips.  They hurt with full snort 357 ammo.
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Re: Ruger Speed Six
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2010, 09:53:33 AM »
Harm, if the speed -six is in .357 Mag and in good shape get it. They came in both .38 Spl and .357 Mag so make sure which it is. They were offered in blue and stainless w/ either the 2.75"bbl or 4" bbl. they are very stout, accurate guns. They also break down for cleaning much like an autoloader, without  tools once the grips are taken off.
As the Norseman stated the little factory wood service grips are not very comfortable with Magnum loads, so at the very least get a Tyler T-grip, or Pachmyers, etc.
So $375, for a Speed Six in very good condition is a good solid price. At this time, the old classic revolvers from all the major mfgs( S&W, Colt, Ruger, Dan Wesson) are selling at ever increasing prices, there is a booming collector market for the 2"-4" service revolver niche, w/ most very good-excellent examples starting at $450 ( if your lucky) and up.
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Re: Ruger Speed Six
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2010, 10:10:27 AM »
The 2.75" Speed Six was the first .357 I've fired. I was 16 and in a Police Explorer's group. I LOVED that revolver.

Since finding people willing to part with theirs is difficult one can get a GP-100 3" fixed sight and it's pretty close. To me at least.

Yeah. I want one.

EDIT: thought it was a 3"
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« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2010, 10:32:49 AM »
It is in good shape, 2 3/4" barrel stainless with the wood grips.  I'm honestly not sure how much full power .357mag I'll be using, nice option though.  Part of me just wants a solid, fighting revolver.  And I think the Ruger ones just look sweet.  For a long time I wanted a GP100 but this Speed Six is really enchanting. 
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« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2010, 10:38:21 AM »
Oh yeah, a stainless 2.75" is good to go, get some Pachmyer compacts on it ( they cover the whole grip frame, front and back strap) and you'll be pleased.
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Re: Ruger Speed Six
« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2010, 10:46:20 AM »
You want it for a working gun then?  Put some aftermarket stocks on it that fit your hands(I prefer Houges myself, as they are a solid one piece design), and a tritium big dot out there on the end of the barrel.  Assuming the action's smooth enough for you, you're done.  There's your fighting revolver.  

The only other modification would maybe be have the cylinder chamfered.
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« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2010, 12:44:15 PM »
Oh yeah, a stainless 2.75" is good to go, get some Pachmyer compacts on it ( they cover the whole grip frame, front and back strap) and you'll be pleased.

The one I fired had Pachmayr's as well. In Wareham MA where the PD was located, the officers had to buy their own revolvers. One guy had a Python, one had a 66 etc. The cop with the Python wouldn't let anyone shoot it. But that Speed Six was sweet. It was a female officer as well.

Anyway, I still think the GP-100 3" fixed sighted variant is the most attractive and appealing .357 they offer. Largely in fact that it reminds me very much of the Speed Six.
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« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2010, 12:49:56 PM »
Years ago, I put a couple of thousand rounds through a Speed Six.  Target and full house. Never had a problem. Grab it.
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« Reply #20 on: March 12, 2010, 06:18:12 PM »
The 2.753" Speed Six was the first .357 I've fired. I was 16 and in a Police Explorer's group. I LOVED that revolver.

Since finding people willing to part with theirs is difficult one can get a GP-100 3" fixed sight and it's pretty close. To me at least.

Yeah. I want one.

EDIT: thought it was a 3"

You dare compare the ugly GP series to the vaunted Sixes  :neener

Lol, just kidding.  But really: I do think the Sixes REALLY outshine the GP's when it comes to looks.
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« Reply #21 on: March 12, 2010, 09:03:08 PM »
You dare compare the ugly GP series to the vaunted Sixes  :neener

Lol, just kidding.  But really: I do think the Sixes REALLY outshine the GP's when it comes to looks.


This GP-100 doesn't look like the others.



And looks close to this:


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Re: Ruger Speed Six
« Reply #22 on: March 12, 2010, 09:08:54 PM »
This GP-100 doesn't look like the others.



And looks close to this:





Part of the discrepancy here is that Ruger has updated the GP100 very recently, withing the past one or two years.  If you go back a little further, the GP-100 is stylistically much more similar.

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Re: Ruger Speed Six
« Reply #23 on: May 07, 2013, 11:14:16 PM »
The question may be an old one. The answer is still the same. The full tang design of the Ruger Speed, Service and Security Six weapons is second to none. User serviceability, maintenance and dependability are unbeatable. The only weapon I put ahead of the S Six Revolvers Uz my 1911 Colt .45 and if you have any doubt try to find a 2.75" Barreled SS Speed Six. Good shooting. Semper Fi ddoc110
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