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Old March 20th, 2012, 09:31 AM   #1
 
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Security-Six Value...?

I found a dealer about an 1 1/2 hrs away that has a Security-Six 6" barrel, which I would prefer new/unfired for $650....! Is this way too high, or is this a decent price from one in this condition. I keeping hearing $400, but the only ones I have found in that range are very well used 4" barrel length versions. I have heard that the longer barrel will add more $$ to the price tag.

Your thoughts guys....???

I am a huge knife guy, especially Chris Reeve Knives and when some of their line was discontinued, the knives doubles and tripled from their last selling price. I have seen some of the knives that I could have bought new for $250 go for $750. So I do know when things are discontinued, they naturally go UP in price......Not sure if guns are similar....?
I have been around guns all my life, but do not do alot of buying and selling of them. Usually when I buy one, its a keeper for life. Only sold a handful ever.

Thanks in Advance guys on your thoughts....!!!



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Old March 20th, 2012, 09:57 AM   #2
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Even for a new 6" that seems a little high.What year vintage is it?Stainless or Blued?The 6" doesn't add that much to the value as more people seem to gravitate to the 2 3/4 and 4" sizes more for carry use.Unshot in the original box would fetch in the 500's.That all depends on the buyer and how bad he wants it...How bad do you want it??? Hmmmm?

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That strikes me as high. Although the six inch barrels are a bit less common for those DA's, $650 would be the going price for a six series gun in a rare caliber such as 9mm. Unless you are buying it to pass down to someone and not shoot it yourself, I personally would not spend the extra money for a NIB version of a six series gun. The great thing about these guns is that you can find a great used version in the $400 to $450 range that will last you a lifetime of shooting and then some. They are just built like little tanks. Some complain that the trigger is not as crisp as the smiths, but they do smooth out quite a bit over time, and are far more durable than the competition. The speed sixes (round butt, fixed sights) tend to be the most desireable of the six series, but the security sixes with adjustable sights are a bit more common. Being stainless would also add to the value. Good luck in your search!
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LAGun is right. Around here a dealer wouldn't be able to get over $500 for almost any Security Six ever made, but we don't have the economy or the Ruger collectors. I love the Security six, but bear in mind i picked up a 6" S&W 29-3, from a dealer for $420. Not bragging, just a perspective on values in my area.
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I just picked up a commemortive security six 6 inch for less than that, unfired. I think Gun Bible prices them at 350 unfired, could be wrong though.
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I was thinking it was rather high. But since I don't go to tons of gun shows and shops as often as I used too, I was not sure. The one I was talking about was a 6" Blued Version unfired. I want one to shoot, so keeping it unfired is not for me. It would get used with some .357's, but probably mostly .38's as they are a little cheaper to shoot and for longer periods of time.

I just came back from a local gun shop and they had 2 Service-Six's. Both were stainless. One was $299, the other $279. They were both 38 specials though and with 4" barrels. I was kinda bummed because the one for $299 was nice, but I like the ability to shoot both 357 and 38. If they had been .357, I would be going through the background check now....lol.

The search continues.....lol.

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I bought this one from my brother in law for $175.00. He picked it up at an estate sale and he gave me to me for what he had in it. I know the price was lower than normal so it probably won't help getting an idea, still...


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That's way high.
But I'm not sure I understood your post correctly.
Is this gun new and unfired with box and papers?
Is that exactly what your looking for, do you intend to keep it new and unfired to at to your collection?
If all the above is true, then finding another just like it could be hard, if that's what you want, buy it.

If you intend to shoot and enjoy it, paying that would be crazy. Sixes are build like tanks and there's lots of low mileage examples available for lots less.
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The gun I asked about was basically new, unfired, with box and papers. Has original wood grips, etc. I have read where the 6" versions command more $$, just wasn't sure how much more...!

I was likening it to the knives I mentioned that are discontinued and have doubled and tripled in value. Since the security-six's are gone, did that mean they would command that price, new in box.

I want one to shoot and carry now and then, so having a safe queen so to speak of is of no interest. Had I bought this one, the first thing I would have done is took it to the range. I don't want it to collect, I want it to use, carry and enjoy. I would highly prefer a 6" barrel, but if I found a nice one in 4", I would consider that as well. I just would prefer a .357 as you can shoot the .357 & .38 Special, so its more useful to me.

From what you guys have said, $400 is a good price range give or take say $100 depending on condition, caliber, barrel length, etc.

The ones I seen today were great. 4" stainless with hougue grips which felt amazing in hand. They were service-six's, but were in .38 special.
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IMHO that's way to high. I guess it depends how bad you want it. They are a beautiful gun. I have a 6" stainless SS and a 2 3/4" stainless Police service six .They are two of my favorite guns. I wouldn't part with them but I also wouldn't pay 650.00 for another one.
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Make them a reasonable offer.
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I have a stainless four inch Security Six .357 I picked up used in the 1980's as I remember for around $125.00. Great gun, weight and size like a S&W K frame, .357 model 19 or model 66. I prefer the four inch, try sitting in a vehicle or on the ground with a six inch on your hip. I also have a stainless four inch GP100 .357 i acquired used for $400.00. Both are great guns. I prefer the GP100 on the range and the Security Six in the woods and field. I guesstimate $400.00 or less for a used stainless Security Six whatever the barrel length. I don't care about a worn finish or a few nicks on a good shooter. Maybe you could find a good used police trade in. There are a lot of S&W Colt and Ruger revolvers that were shot little at mandatory qualification shoots and carried in the holster a lot. Some of the police trade ins look terrible with chewed up grips, especially on the bottom where they were repeatedly scraped against brick or concrete walls. Don't let that scare you, look at the barrel and chambers look for flame cutting on the topstrap above the barrel cylinder gap and check cylinder lockup. You can get grips on EBAY.

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The only difference in the Service Six 38 and 357 is the bore depth in the cylinder. They were ordered as 38's to prevent some departments/agencies from loading 357 according to their policy. Ruger just took the same gun and drilled one shorter to make it a 38. If you don't reload, Buffalo bore makes a stout 38 load similar to a 357 load. That is a great price on those Service Six revolvers you mentioned. I don't think you will find a much better deal (you could still get a Security Six later).

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The only difference in the Service Six 38 and 357 is the bore depth in the cylinder. They were ordered as 38's to prevent some departments/agencies from loading 357 according to their policy. Ruger just took the same gun and drilled one shorter to make it a 38. If you don't reload, Buffalo bore makes a stout 38 load similar to a 357 load. That is a great price on those Service Six revolvers you mentioned. I don't think you will find a much better deal (you could still get a Security Six later).
I am considering going back and getting one of em. They had hogue monogrips, and felt amazing and grippy in hand. Other than being scuffed up slightly, I thought they were in great condition. The one for $299 looked to be in slightly better shape than the $279 one. I only handled the $299 one as they girl said they were both the same.
I figured I can always get a 357 security-six also when I find one with a 6" barrel that I want. The service-six only went up to 4" I believe.
I will check them out again.
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I am considering going back and getting one of em. They had hogue monogrips, and felt amazing and grippy in hand. Other than being scuffed up slightly, I thought they were in great condition. The one for $299 looked to be in slightly better shape than the $279 one. I only handled the $299 one as they girl said they were both the same.
I figured I can always get a 357 security-six also when I find one with a 6" barrel that I want. The service-six only went up to 4" I believe.
I will check them out again.
Thanks.
Now your talking, the price is right and you might find you'll come to prefer the natural balance of a 4" barrel. And they're stainless to boot.
As mentioned you can either shoot +P 38s or have the cylinder reamed for .357 at some point.
Go back and grab one up.
If that was a local shop I'd be on my way there now.
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