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Ruger Security Six

The first Ruger revolver, the Ruger Single Six, was designed in 1953. It was followed by the Blackhawk in 1955, the Super Blackhawk in 1959, and the Security Six in 1968.  Since the release of the Security Six, Ruger has released the Redhawk, the GP100, the SP101, the Super Redhawk, the Bisley, the Vaquero, the Hunter, and the Super Redhawk Alaskan.  The engineering and quality that Ruger stands for is reflected in each of these revolvers.

I bought my Security Six back in 70's while working part time at a small mom and pop gun shop.  The owner of the shop would buy a fair number of used firearms prior to April 15th.....seems as though some folks were apparently hard up for $$ during the tax season.  If one of us were interested in one of the "new" arrivals, he would pass along a good deal.  And so that is how I got my stainless steel 4" Security Six for a ridiculously low price.  It was also available in a blued finish.

Money was tight back then and so a full blown trigger job was not even up for consideration.  I purchased a spring kit (don't remember which one) and installed it.  I considered it a notable improvement.  Next came a set of Pachmyr grips.  While my .38 Special reloads were comfortable to shoot, the full house .357 Magnum loads I used were more than I cared for (when shot in any great number) with the factory grips.  The factory grips are a bit on the small side if you have average to large hands and so an aftermarket grip is a common addition.

Ruger built the Security Six and it's fixed sight brother, the Service Six, on a very beefy medium sized frame.  Ruger also had another offering in the "Six" family named the Speed Six which sported a round butt design.  (The Security Six and Service Six were square butt designs.)   Compared to other .357 revolvers of the era, some folks claim the frame design was well ahead of the competition, that primarily being the K-framed S&W offerings.  Purchased used in today's market, these double action Ruger revolvers are still found in good working order and holding up to a healthy diet of .38 and .357 loads.

The Security Six was available in 2 3/4", 4", and 6" barrel lengths.  There were some other barrel length offerings for "special" contract purchases.  The Service Six and Speed Six models were not available with 6" barrels.  During the later years of production, a 9mm Luger/Parabellum offering was also available in the various models. 

The Security Six has a separate frame-mounted firing pin and automatic transfer-bar safety which permits the hammer to strike the firing pin only if trigger is fully depressed.  The hammer spring departed from the fashionable leaf spring and used a durable coil spring.  The Security Six has an adjustable rear site.  I've found it able to adjust for light .38 Special wad cutter loads and for factory .357 Magnum loads. 

For the past 30 years, I've carried the Security Six in a now well used Bianchi paddle holster.  I guess it is true what they say about good leather.....for this holster feels just as good (perhaps even better) now than when I first started using it.  It will most likely be around another 30 years, which by then, I'm hoping it will have been passed on to one of my children or my grand children. 


The Security Six provides a solid platform for a late night meet and greet.  Add to it an extra helping of Hornady HP/XTP and a 90 lumen tactical light and you have all the makings for a surprise party.  RSVP is preferred.



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