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This is a discussion on Speed Six within the Ruger Double Action forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; I ran across 2 of these on Gunbroker.com. They're advertised as NIB military. There's a lanyard ring on the bottom of the grip frame. (No, ...


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Old March 5th, 2009, 12:20 PM   #1
 
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I ran across 2 of these on Gunbroker.com. They're advertised as NIB military. There's a lanyard ring on the bottom of the grip frame. (No, I am NOT thinking about buying it)
I would like some background on the Speed Six, though. All I know is it was the precursor to the SP-101.




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Old March 5th, 2009, 01:44 PM   #2
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skip, The Security-Six family of revolvers were the very first DA revolvers Ruger ever made. The "family" includes the Speed-Six (fixed sights, round butt), Service-Six/Police Service-Six (Fixed sights, square butt), and the Security-Six (adjustable sights, square butt). All internal parts are identical for the three except sights and grips.

The S-Six revolvers were a brand new modular design that "beefed up" the popular S&W K-Frame design. It had a full sized grip frame and a cylinder assembly much like a S&W but the internal parts are totally different, as is the cylinder frame. S-Sixes are way stronger and will hold up to a steady diet of full power ammo, unlike the 357 Mag S&W K-frames (Mod 19 & 66).

These were excellent revolvers in all respects but when Ruger introduced the GP-100 in 1986, S-Six sales dropped like a rock so Ruger discontinued them. From 1976 to 1988, Ruger made more variations of the S-Sixes than any other gun .... 78 in all. They were chambered in the following: 357 Mag, 38 Spec, 9mm, and 380 Rim and had barrel lengths of 2 3/4", 3", 4", 5", and 6" with standard, heavy, and machined heavy barrels. Most models were available in both blued and stainless. All the S-Six family were in the same serial number sequence so finding specifics on one particular model is very difficult.

The Speed-Six in the picture should be a SS84L (SS=Blue Speed-Six, 8=38 Special, 4=4" barrel, L=Lanyard). These are quite rare but I don't have a clue on the actual number made. Many of the S-Sixes were sold to foreign police and military and show up on the market as "re-imported" and are stamped with the importers logo. Ruger DA revolvers don't have a huge collector following like the SA revolvers so prices tend to be very modest. The only downside to a S-Six is Ruger no longer makes parts for them. The 380 Rim calibers are worthless as shooters here in the US because of ammo availability (except to collectors).

Many of the designs used in the S-Sixes found their way into later production models. The full sized grip frame is only found on a Redhawk, all other models use a grip stud. No other Ruger DA uses the same ejector or crane mount but the SP-101 does use the frame stud to retain the cylinder. Internally, about the only significant change on SP-101s, GP-100s, and Super Redhawks is the trigger spring. Redhawks are much different internally.
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Thanks, Iowegan.
The more I hang around here, the more I realize how much I don't know.
I didn't give the grip frame/grip stud difference any thought.
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skip, It's easy to see why the GP-100 put the hurts on S-Six sales. By removing the grip frame and replacing it with a stud, Ruger was able to "reallocate" the weight to more critical areas. Like models of the S-Six and GP weigh almost the same (GP is a couple ounces heavier) but the frame and cylinder of the GP-100 is much more massive and considerably stronger than the S-Six. The grip stud has another benefit in that it will accommodate most any sized grips whereas the full sized grip frame on the S-Six limits grip sizes. Additionally, the GP-100's front sight (adjustable sight models) is a "plug-in" that can be changed in a few seconds to satisfy the shooter's needs. Despite the upgrades in the GP-100, S-Sixes are still mighty fine revolvers.
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