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Old May 12th, 2017, 09:22 PM   #16
 
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Nice group Bepe.

I always wanted one in 9mm, but as you said, they are rare as woodpecker lips.



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The Ruger DA Six series are some of the best 38/357 revolvers ever made, IMHO.

I've had a few and wish I still had the ones that I traded off in the past.

As for Bill Ruger allegedly claiming he lost money on the Six's, I doubt that's true. If he said those words and I'm not sure he did, the meaning was likely taken out of context. Ruger produced the Six series DA revolvers from 1972-1988 with a total production run of about 1.5 million. William Ruger was a sharp business man and I don't think he would lose money for 16 years. I do think his profit margin was intentionally held low in order to remain competitive.

Ruger was fighting for market share and one of the big segments of that market was law enforcement sales. S&W had a virtual lock on the U.S. law enforcement sidearm market in the 1970's. LE sales were a tough nut to crack and he needed a good product at a competitive price. Even with the advantage of quality and price; loyalties die hard. Ruger often won initial law enforcement contracts by undercutting S&W bids ( I know this from people actually involved in the procurement process). Ruger may have lost potential profit in his attempts to win initial contracts but I doubt Ruger lost money overall.

There was a little bit of overlap between the last of the Six series and the GP-100 line from about 1985 to 1988 but the writing was on the wall when the GP-100 was introduced. Bill Ruger was not going to compete against himself !

By the time the SP101 came out in 1989 the DA Six's were done. I really wish Ruger would have at least continued the Speed-Six but it wasn't in the cards. The SP101 would be Ruger's small DA 38 and the GP-100 would fill the role of the full size 357 DA revolver.
We can't complain, it was just the end of an era. Like when Jeep stopped making the in-line 6 cylinder or the last Checker taxi rolled off the line.

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Excellent post PP. ^^^^^^^^^^^^ We need a like button.

Thanks to all that have posted. Great info and great guns. Keep em coming.

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I have always liked the "lines" of the Service/Security and especially, the Speed Six series. The only thing I ever have to do for them is to have them switched over to a round butt configuration to accept the Pachmayr small round grips I prefer above all other revolver grips. I can't imagine a better, or stronger, 357 mag caliber revolver.
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mine is a 2 3/4" stainless Service Six that i round butted using factory Speed Six service grips as a pattern. It wears the Speed Six grips and a stainless t grip adapter. I also pulled the factory front sight and replaced with a XS tritium dot(not the Big Dot) sight made for a Smith j frame that dropped in the slot with very little fitting. I will never sell this revolver
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I'm also a fan of the Six series. Hopefully I can get my hands on a 9mm or two.

Here's my two Security Sixes. The 4" is a 1976. I think the 2.75" is a '72.
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You've got a nice collection. I'm also a fan of the Six series and 9 times out of 10 will choose one over a GP100. I bought this 6-incher last year. What's great is that a lot of these revolvers are still found at decent prices that won't break the bank.

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When I was a new city reserve police officer in 1976, my first duty gun was a stainless Security Six, 4". My dad had to buy it since I was only 18 at the time. The only thing I didn't like about the gun were the grips as they were too small for my hand, so I put a set of Mustang wooden grips with finger grooves on it. Later, those were swapped for Pachmayr signature grips. I polished the sides of the gun to give it a nickel finish look and left the top the original dull patina. A friend polished the internal parts and the trigger pull was incredibly smooth after that. As a duty gun, it got banged around and the front sight got knocked off one night when I was responding to a burglary call and I unsnapped the holster and stepped in a hole at the same time. The gun came out and landed right on the sight, knocking it off, so I had a brass front sight made and could actually see it better against targets in all lighting conditions. I still have the gun and it still has the brass front sight. I will never get rid of it because it was my first handgun and it has "Made in the 200th year of American Liberty" stamped on the left side. Love this gun. The first of 5 Rugers I now own.
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Very nice. Had one and traded it off. Dumb!!
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Here are my 2, a 6" Security Six I have had for 20+ years, and a 4" mint condition Service Six I bought on this board a year and a half ago. I love them both, would like to find a stainless model sometime.
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Very nice looking group of Ruger's you have there, and thanks for the photos.
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the modified Service Six i posted about above
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Nice revolvers guys, I was lucky to get an early Security-Six in great shape (1972). I was at a tattoo shop and a guy working there had one he wanted to sell and was looking for a S&W sv sigma and I just happened to have one, traded strait up. I hope he's happy because I was thrilled.
You should be ashamed!!!
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Ruger six series

my security six. I am the third owner. First owner Police officer. Second owner Warrant Officer Us Army carried it for two tours in Vietnam. Now mine


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