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Old March 15th, 2012, 07:42 PM   #16
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one of the things i like about the security six is the balance. The square butt and half lug design shift the weight more to the back end. My brother-in-law brought over his 6" gp half lug and they were similar, but the gp was a little heavier on the front end, but not by much. I'm not a fan of the 6" full lug, but some prefer the weight to help steady their shot.

As far as 4" and 6" goes, tough decision, they both have their advantages. If i were looking for a target/hunting handgun i would go with the 6", accuracy and velocity are generally better. If i were looking for a general purpose home/hiking defense weapon i would go with the 4". Neither would do you wrong and both would make you , but since you already have a 3" and 4.6", i would probably go with the 6".

My two security sixes.

oh my god those are gorgeous

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Having never shot either one, 4" or 6", I made the assumption that the 6" barrel would be heavier in the front and a little more difficult to hold as a result so I opted to purchase the GP104 4". I have still never shot one in 6" and from what some of the guys have posted, my assumption about the 6" is incorrect. I understand we are talking about two different weapons here, the GP100 and the Security Six, and to me looks like the Sec. Six is a little lighter in general.

You really need to hold them both in hand to see what's best for you.

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I have a 6" stainless with hogue grips. Never shot the 4" model but the one I have is quite controllable.
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I have no experience with the 6" personally. I bought my 4" because I wanted the possiblilty of carrying it, and for me the 4" just feels right and "handy". I wouldn't trade my 4" Security Six for anything, I really like it. I have the Six and a Colt 1911 Gold Cup. I'm more accurate with the Colt, but if I'm going plinking I reach for the Six every time.
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i had the 6" and it shot like a dream...recoil was very manageable due to the heavier weight i guess..

i could hit steel plates at 50M MOST of the time...
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I am a long barrel fan. My Security Six is a six inch and my P89 of course is 41/2. I prefer the longer sight radius and a little better ballistics. Carry has not been a problem for me as I am 6'5". Really just personal preference.
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If you want to shoot silhouette competition at the local club sometimes, tons of fun, usually a 6" minimum required.
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Old October 25th, 2012, 04:09 PM   #23
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Do you already have one of the sizes in another revolver? If so, get the one you don't have. If not, go for the one that looks most appealing to you. I wouldn't try to CCW any of them anyway.

Personally, I'd get the 4". Seems the perfect all around size for OWB with hiking, camping, etc. The 6" better for recreation shooting.
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I was in the market for a gp100 when I ran across my 6" stainless S6.
I really do believe that the 6" S6 has a better balance then ether of the 4/6" gp100's. The six inch barrel S6 is about the best handling revolver I've ever shot.
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Early this year I found a nice 4" Stainless 357 Security Six on consignment at a local gun shop. I really like the feel of it and think the 4" barrel is perfect for me.

At the time I also held a brand new 6" S&W 686 for comparison and felt it was a bit nose heavy.
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I love my 6" Security Six, many wheelgun fans feel that 6" is the ideal barrel length for .357, to gain an advantage in velocity and sight radius over the 4".

I also have several full lug 6" GP100's and had a 1/2 lug 6" GP100 that I foolishly sold when I needed cash.......I need to replace it someday but my 6" Security Six fills in nicely

For decades, police depts. issued 6" .38 Special revolvers and later .357's like the S&W Highway Patrolman, the 6" model of this revolver was one of the most popular LE revolvers for decades. It was only when police started spending most of their shift seated in a squad car, that 4" duty guns became more popular for comfort.

In the "real world" , most of us won't even notice the loss of sight radius and I shoot just as well at 25 yards with my 4" Sixes vs. my 6" models. It's more about aesthetics and balance to most of us.
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i have a blue 4" bi-cent Security Six, i hear that it is a rare Security Six, doesn't have the original grips though, it has some nice hogue hardwood mono-grip on it.
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I have owned both the 6" and the 4" Security Six's...I like them both, but I found the 6" is a really fine shooter. If you are not using it for general carry-or if you don't mind carrying a large, heavy revolver, I'd recommend the 6"...BUT having said that, there's nothing wrong with the 4" either. It is a bit more concealable and convenient and tha balance is a bit different, but it's also very accurate.

FWIW, back in the old days, the PA State Police carried 6" stainless Security Six's...must have looked like a cannon if it was pointed in your direction...

I just bought a 2 1/2" blue Security Six this past summer...have it right here. The action is just starting to wear silk smooth...after 32 years.

added- the 6"er's are pretty hard to find and generally more costly


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My 6" Service Six. I love it, I got it for a good price because of the holster wear and I don't regret it a bit. It's a very late 1986 production, one of the last ones made right before Ruger went to GP100 production and it may actually be a "cleanup" gun, made from leftover parts after Six production stopped and GP's started coming out.

I couldn't decide either, but now I own two 4" Security Sixes and my one blue 6" model. Also have a 2 3/4" Speed Six and MANY 4" Service Sixes.

Yes, the PA State Police did carry 6" .357 Security Sixes, and also the CHP carrid 6" .38 models. I think it's interesting that as late as the 70's and 80's there were still LE agencies issuing 6" wheelguns. My guess would be velocity and sight radius, or that the people way up the chain who ordered the duty guns were "old salts" who just liked 6" revolvers.

The NJ State Police also carried, I believe 4" stainless .357 Security Sixes with a duty load of .38 +P's. Detectives carried 2 3/4" Speed Sixes. They switched to Sig autoloaders after a Trooper was killed in a roadside gunfight while reloading his the NJSP felt that a high-cap auto was needed.

I'm a PA State Corrections officer trainee (just got hired) and I haven't started the academy yet.......PA Corrections used to carry stainless Service Six .38's. My handbook just says "range qualifications with .38 Special revolver" so they may have updated to new S&W's. I'll find out soon enough

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