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January 13, 2010, 08:10 PM
I picked up a Speed Six a few days ago from a buddy that had 2 of them. The one I got came with box, papers, and 2 sets of grips. I have been trying to gather 411 on my Ruger as it has differences that his other one does not have. I have been trying to get this information on the Ruger forums but so far no luck. Here are my questions.
My friend has a Speed Six the same as mine but with the "Read The Manual Warning" on the barrel, and mine does not. By the sn his was made in 1976 and mine in 1975. His has the slick hammer and trigger and mine has the checkering on the hammer and serrations on the trigger. Which is the norm for this gun :confused: Sure could use your help, and thanks.

January 13, 2010, 08:47 PM
Sorry I am not able to answer your question, but I want to say that is a fine looking Six. I have several myself.

January 13, 2010, 08:53 PM
You probably know this, but the Speed Six has been going for a big premium, especially the stainless 2-3/4 inchers.
I lucked out with this blued model I bought for my wife at a gun show; it was made in 1977. It has a serrated hammer & trigger, and NO warning label: http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab64/WVfishguy/000_0027.jpg
This Service Six was made in 1977-78, has serrated hammer & trigger, and likewise, has no warning label:
All my other four Ruger revolver, all dated from 1982 to 1985, have the warning labels. The 1983 Blackhawk (.45) has a serrated hammer and smooth triggers, as do the two stainless Security Sixes ('82 & '85) and a stainless Service Six ('84).

One of the Security Sixes is 6" with a light barrel ('82), the 4" has a heavy barrel ('85).

I have no idea how Ruger comes up with their model configurations; I think they consult feng shui experts at the beginning of the model year.

It's my understanding that next year, Ruger will replace the existing warning label with: "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid."

January 14, 2010, 01:12 AM

1)Sometime after serial number 155-14339 a stainless hammer and stainless smooth trigger became standard equipment on all Security-Sixes, Service-Sixes and Speed-Sixes.

2)Security-Six, Service-Six and Speed-Six with "Warning statement" rollmarked on the barrel. Most of the cataloged models are known to have been made of this variety. Known serial number range approximately 153-60425 to 162-42687.

3)The checkered hammer is standard for all of the Six-Series revolvers(Security/Service/Speed-Sixes)! Ruger never made a non-checkered hammer. I suspect that someone had removed the checkering from the standard hammer on your friend's Speed-Six. But, as noted above for the given serial number range shown, the smooth trigger superceded the prior, grooved(Serrated) trigger.

January 14, 2010, 11:02 AM

boa2 gave the answers.

This is my Speed Six. It does have the warning label and smooth trigger. Simply one of the best revolvers made. Not sure what you paid but the demand is high and going higher for Security/Speed Sixes.

January 14, 2010, 11:34 AM

1)You have a sharp looking "Heavy barrel" Speed-Six there!:D I have one just like it!

2)I find those Pachmayr Compac grips to be very comfortable and feel just right on my Speed-Six.:)

January 14, 2010, 11:52 AM
I find those Pachmayr Compac grips to be very comfortable and feel just right on my Speed-Six.

Yes, I keep my wood grips for history.

SP101, small for .357 full loads.

GP100 (I have one) large for carry.

Speed Six...just right. :)

January 14, 2010, 06:43 PM
Great looking speed six.

Enjoy you new purchase,

January 14, 2010, 07:26 PM

You are right on target with your listed opinions! I feel exactly the same way on all counts! And yes, my wood grips are kept for history as well!

January 14, 2010, 09:18 PM
I have two - a 2.75 inch blue, and a 4inch bicentennial edition. nice shooting "K-frame" size revolvers. I paid $325 each for them last year. I do not know their worth, but am not planning on selling them. Anyone of you know what these are going for?

January 14, 2010, 09:47 PM
Anyone of you know what these are going for?

I am not expert, but $325 is a bargain these days. I have seen then in the low $500 range. But like you said, if someone offered me $500 for mine I would just smile and say no thanks.:)

January 15, 2010, 12:23 PM
nice speed six $325 is a deal for one i sold mine in 38special for $300 with no box are anything i like the speed six i have one in 9mm

Ga Johnny
January 16, 2010, 09:36 AM
That's a nice set up you've got there.

IMO dropping the six series of guns was one of the biggest mistakes they ever made

Mark G.
January 18, 2010, 10:14 PM
I have a 357 & 9mm, both 2 3/4 barrels, both made in 80's with the warning. Excellent revolvers well made & good looking.

January 20, 2010, 01:49 PM
Great guns, wish they would bring them back and they would be the perfect platform for the .327.

Jim March
January 20, 2010, 09:05 PM
The Speed Six with a 3" tube is damn near "the perfect street defense gun" - handles and conceals like a K-frame S&W but is significantly tougher.

January 21, 2010, 05:09 PM
The Speed Six with a 3" tube is damn near "the perfect street defense gun" - handles and conceals like a K-frame S&W but is significantly tougher.

I couldnt agree with this statement more!

January 21, 2010, 05:15 PM
The Speed Six with a 3" tube is damn near "the perfect street defense gun"

Just nit picking.

Most, like mine are actually 2-3/4", but there are some 3" models out there. Also 4 & 6" models.

January 22, 2010, 11:19 AM
Owned a honkytonk in Texas throughout the '80's, and that Speed Six with Pachmayrs was my constant companion.

And that puppy could shoot the eye out of a gnat.

January 22, 2010, 11:36 AM
I fpond these neat looking and great fitting Mustang grips recently and put them on my Speed-Six-and they look nice and feel great too!:

January 22, 2010, 12:58 PM
I like the Ruger Six series.

Been holding off for a Security Six in 2 3/4 so I could get adjustable sights...Man them things are worth the price of gold..No..wait..I could trade equal weight of them in gold and I'd come out ahead.....

I am thinking of just trying to get a Speed or Service Six. They're going a little cheaper. I'd just like to have adjustable sights....

But anyway, Ruger Six series: One of the most beautiful guns ever made. Ruger commited a grave sin when they dropped them for the GP series.

January 22, 2010, 05:44 PM
Here's a strange Ruger - a Service Six cut down to 3" and made into a round butt. Basically, it's now a true 3" Speed Six. Why the original owner just didn't get a 2-3/4 inch Speed Six is beyond me.
These old Mustang grips fit well, but are way too big for any but the biggest hands.

January 22, 2010, 08:12 PM
Some nice revolvers being shown in this thread; I like the variety of grips as well. I have some trimmed down Herrett's Shooting Stars on my Speed Six: