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Ruger Security Six

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Ruger Security Six - .357 Magnum (Though the revolver could fire .38 special as well, some .38 special only models were offered for sale. This example of a Ruger Security Six is the original (Pre-151 serial number) model with the 'humpback' grip. The frame and grips changed after Serial numbers 151xxx and higher, thus newer grips will not fit the older versions of the same model. Standard barrel lengths offered were 2.75, 4, and 6 inches.
Ruger Security Six with stainless steel finish and 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
Ruger Security Six with stainless steel finish and 6" barrel - .357 Magnum
Ruger Security Six with 2.75 inch (70mm) barrel, Hogue grips, & stainless Steel finish - .357 Magnum

The Ruger Security Six, Service Six and Speed Six revolvers were the company's flagship double action revolver line. Introduced in 1969 at the NRA annual convention and released for commercial sales (after several engineering "tweaks") in 1971. Production ended in 1987 to make way for Ruger's newer line of handguns, the SP101, the GP100 and the Redhawk.



Type: Revolver

Barrel Lengths: 2.75" (70mm), 4" (102 mm) & 6" (152 mm)

Caliber: .38 S&W, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, 9x19mm Parabellum

Capacity: 6 round cylinder

Fire Modes: DA Revolver

The Ruger Security Six and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Security Six

The Ruger Security Six was a .357 Magnum /.38 Special revolver introduced in 1968, designed as Ruger's flagship offering for the double action revolver market. The Security Six was fitted with adjustable rear sights and was offered in .357 Magnum, with some early production guns chambered for .38 Special only. The first Security Six Revolvers were offered in Cobalt Blued finish. Starting in 1975, Ruger offered the Security Six in a stainless steel version. Ruger hoped to gain police and armed security contracts, using sophisticated investment casting techniques in their construction, which allowed them to be competitively priced when compared to similar Colt or Smith & Wesson models. Due to their price and strength, the design was a great success. Production ceased in 1987, when they were replaced by the GP-100, which was an improved and stronger version of the Security Six. Ruger also produced special orders of the Security Six in 38/200 (38 S&W) for overseas customers in India and Europe. There is also word that 25,000 Police-Sixes were manufactured for the Indian government in 380 auto.


Title Actor Character Note Date
Crime Busters David Huddleston Capt. McBride 6" barrel 1977
Super Fuzz A robber 4" barrel 1980
The Shock (Le Choc) Féodor Atkine Borévitch With stainless steel finish 1982
The Terminator Linda Hamilton Sarah Connor Stainless steel finish 1984
Night of the Comet Ivan E. Roth Willy No front sight 1984
The Sicilian Connection (Pizza Connection) Michele Placido Mario Vialone Stainless steel, 2.75" barrel 1985
The Sicilian Connection (Pizza Connection) Mark Chase Michele Vialone Stainless steel, 2.75" barrel 1985
Murphy's Law Charles Bronson Jack Murphy 1986
Murphy's Law Carrie Snodgress Joan Freeman 1986
Murphy's Law Chris DeRose Tony Vincenzo Stainless steel 1986
Who's That Girl Sean Sullivan The gun dealer 1987
Shakedown Holt McCallany NYPD officer 1988
License To Kill Everett McGill Ed Killifer Stainless steel finish 1989
L. A. Bounty L.A.P.D. officer Stainless steel finish 1989
Cohen and Tate Andy Gill FBI agent Roy Stainless steel, 2.75" barrel 1989
China O'Brien II Harlow Marks Charlie Baskin 1990
Carlito's Way Police 1993
Full Eclipse Anthony John Denison Detective Sheldon missing front sight 1993
Surviving the Game Wiliam McNamara Derek Wolfe, Jr. 1994
Mickey Blue Eyes James Caan Frank Vitale 2.75" barrel, stainless steel finish, and Hogue rubber grips 1999
Lake Placid Meredith Salenger Deputy Gare 1999
Kiss of the Dragon John Maczko Thug 2001
Heist Thug/Henchman Stainless 2001
Planet Terror Tom Savini Deputy Tolo Stainless steel finish 2007
Planet Terror Freddy Rodriguez El Wray Stainless steel finish 2007
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials in gun locker 2015
Maze Runner: The Death Cure Nathalie Emmanuel Harriet Stainless steel finish 2018


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Sledge Hammer! Jesse Aragon Feliz Navidad "Under the Gun" (S01E01) 1986
The Last of Us - Season 1 Graham Greene Marlon "Kin" (S1E06) 2023

Video Games

Game Title Referred as Mods Note Release Date
The Hunter (VG) .357 Revolver (Black) 2x20mm Pistol Scope 2009

Service Six

Ruger Service Six - .357 Magnum

In 1972 the "Economy Version" of the Security Six was introduced - the 'Service Six'. The revolver was also called the "Police Service Six" and had simple fixed sights (which knocked the price down considerably). This less expensive version was designed to appeal to the Police Duty revolver market (with limited budgets). The Service Six was offered in .357 Magnum, .38 Special, and 9x19mm. The Service Six had a very clever cylinder ring that allowed loading of the rimless 9mm rounds without full or half moon clips. Some of the police models were dedicated .38 special only (as some departments had not approved of the .357 magnum for duty carry). The Service Six in .38 Special was also issued by the U.S. Military (all branches) to it's security personnel (military police and civilian guards) and pilots from the late Seventies to the early nineties. It and the Smith & Wesson Model 15 were often found side by side in unit and base armories. The military model designation was GS32-N. The barrel lengths offered were 2.75", and 4" inches. Production ended in 1987.


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Goat (La chèvre) Mexican police 1981
UHF Thug 1989
Natural Born Killers Cop on TV With stainless steel finish 1994
Carlito's Way: Rise to Power P. Diddy "Hollywood Nicky" With stainless steel finish 2005

Speed Six

Ruger Speed Six with blued finish and 2.75-inch barrel - .357 Magnum
Ruger Speed Six with Pachmayr grips - .357 Magnum.
Ruger Speed Six with stainless steel finish and 2.75-inch barrel - .357 Magnum

Around the same time as the Service Six, Ruger introduced the Speed Six, which was simply the Service Six frame with a shorter round butt. The shorter barreled versions were supposed to serve as backup guns and round butt revolvers were well regarded when worn in a discrete shoulder rig or back holster. The Speed Six could be had with a shaved hammer for ease of concealment. The Speed Six was offered in .357 Magnum, .38 Special, 9x19mm and .38 S&W for export to the U.K. and India. The barrel lengths offered were 2.75", and 4" inches. Production ended in 1987.


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Terminator Paul Winfield Lt. Ed Traxler 1984
The Terminator Michael Biehn Kyle Reese 1984
The Terminator Linda Hamilton Sarah Connor 1984
The Emerald Forest A henchman 1985
The Cat (Die Katze) Ralf Richter Britz 2.75" barrel 1988
Downtown Forest Whitaker Detective Dennis Curren 1990
Out for Justice Henchman 1991
Blood In, Blood Out Thug 1993
American Dragons Michael Biehn Det. Tony Luca 1998
Carlito's Way: Rise to Power Nelson Vasquez Manny Sanchez 2005
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Albert Finney Charles Hanson stainless-steel 2007
13 various players blued 2010
Wrecked Adrien Brody Man 2011
Wrecked Adrian G. Griffiths Raymond Plazzy 2011
Blue Caprice Isaiah Washington John 2013
Red Machine James Marsden Rowan blued 2014
Project Gutenberg Aaron Kwok Lee Man 2018
Daughter of the Wolf Gina Carano Clair Hamilton 2019


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Law & Order - Season 2 Paul Sorvino Sgt. Phil Cerreta "Trust" (S02E15) 1992
Law & Order - Season 2 Chris Noth Det. Mike Logan "Trust" (S02E15) 1992
Law & Order - Season 2 Christine Farrell Forensics Tech Arlene Shrier "Trust" (S02E15) 1992
Law & Order - Season 2 Harley Cross Jamie Maser "Trust" (S02E15) 1992
The X-Files Blued, Snub-nose (2.75" barrel) variant / "Ice" (S1E07), "Born Again" (S1E21), "The List" (S3E05), "War of the Coprophages" (S3E12), "El Mundo Gira" (S4E11) 1993-1997
The X-Files - Season 3 David Duchovny FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder Blued, Snub-nose (2.75" barrel) variant / "The Blessing Way" (S3E01), "Paper Clip" (S3E02) 1995
The Sopranos Michael Imperioli Christopher Moltisanti "Fortunate Son" 2001
The Sopranos James Gandolfini Tony Soprano "Remember When" 2007
Sanctuary "Trail of Blood", Blued finish with 2" barrel 2010
Supernatural - Season 7 Johnny Sneed Jimmy Tomorrow Blued finish with 2.75" barrel / "The Mentalists" (S07E07) 2011
Jared Padalecki Sam Winchester
Hit & Miss Chloë Sevigny Mia 2012
Hit & Miss Karla Crome Riley 2012
The Walking Dead - Season 6 Norman Reedus Daryl Dixon "The Next World" (S6E10), "Knots Untie" (S6E11) 2016
Tom Payne Paul "Jesus" Rovia "The Next World" (S6E10)

See Also

  • Ruger - A list of all firearms manufactured by Ruger.

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