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First revolver choices

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by smurf hunter, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. smurf hunter

    smurf hunter Auburn, WA Active Member

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    I've been shopping around for a Ruger GP100 for some time. My purpose for this gun is a combination of: range use, nightstand and occasional backpacking/camp weapon.

    Frustrated by the lack of local GP100 inventory, a friend suggested I look into the previous model line of Ruger Security/Service/Speed Sixes.

    So I've come across a tempting deal on a 3" security six. I understand it's a slightly lighter weapon, a bit easier to holster/conceal than a GP100 and may even be a good investment given it's no longer in production.

    Trouble is, I've never held a "six", let alone fired it. If it's similar in style/feel as a GP100 I think I'll be content.

    Any pros/cons or risks of a 1980s Ruger Security Six for a "first" revolver?
    Thanks
     
  2. MikeE

    MikeE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I have both, and like both. The 2 5/8 " security six is way easier to carry, but both are good shooters. Also have a Ruger sp101, 2" snubbie with bobbed hammer which is an ideal carry revolver. Can't go wrong with any of these three IMO.
     
  3. swoop

    swoop Milwaukie, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I had a security six a few years back very nice shooting gun and never a problem with it. Like MikeE, I also own a Sp-101 snub bobbed, and have carried it off and on for at least 15 yrs. Love that little gun, along with my old super blackhawk .44 mag...But back to your question about the security six as a first revolver...go for it. :thumbup:
     
  4. bmw2

    bmw2 Mount Vernon, Wa Active Member

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  5. MikeE

    MikeE Portland Well-Known Member

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    On the security six, forgot to mention: I changed my grip from the factory/walnut grip to a Pachmeyer. Much easier to shoot magnums, for me at least
     
  6. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    I prefer the six series to the gp series Rugers. Put a tape measure to the barrel, I think you well find it's a 2 3/4 inch. It well make a excellent carry weapon as well as range duty.
     
  7. mjz52

    mjz52 Tri-Cities Member

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    Are the security six series SA or DA?
     
  8. smurf hunter

    smurf hunter Auburn, WA Active Member

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    mjz52 Tri-Cities Member

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    That's good to know. I've been looking at GP100's because I wanted DA but I may start looking at the Six's
     
  10. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Can't go wrong with a Security Six and you can pick them up used pretty reasonably.
     
  11. smurf hunter

    smurf hunter Auburn, WA Active Member

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    What I do not want is DAO (double action only). Not as fun at range I'd figure, but I get how they'd help in a CCW role. Seen many SP101's with bobbed hammers that are DAO.
     
  12. mjz52

    mjz52 Tri-Cities Member

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    I just did some looking and found that the GP 100's are SA/DA but I'm not sure about the Six Series.
     
  13. smurf hunter

    smurf hunter Auburn, WA Active Member

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    Be careful with "six" series, as that might include the "single six", which is a .22 "cowboy" style SA revolver.

    I think you are referring to everything here. The last paragraph begins:

    "Ruger Security / Service / Speed Six revolvers are double-action guns with exposed hammers and swing-out cylinders. "
     
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    Blov Oregon Central Coast Member

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    They will say "single six" designating single action. They come in .22, .22 magnum, .17, and 32 H&R magnum. Good guns.