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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:27 pm 
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I recently purchased a "shooter" - "truck gun" 4 inch Service Six. The serial # appears to begin with 159-615_ _. I will have to get the paperwork to be sure about the last two digits. I have a couple of questions related to it.

1) Is the Service Six similar to the Security Six in relation to some models being "low back", round butt - square butt, early model versus later model, etc.? I would like to find a set of original wood grips in case I wanted to change the aftermarket grips that are on it. I would rather not purchase a set and then find out they won't fit.

2) Would anyone have a set of grips that would fit this serial # range that they would sell at a good price? It is just going to be in my vehicle all the time so I don't see the need to invest in a like new set. Maybe I don't even change them out but would like to have the option.

Thanks for your time.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:05 pm 
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Howdy neighbor!
If my faded memory is correct,, there were not any Service-Six guns with the "low back" design. Other than the sights,, the Service-Six is like the Security-Six.
As for grips,, sometimes you can find them on sleezbay,, or other trade sites,, but Ruger is offering new sets (old stock,, found & being cleared out,) at a reasonable price. Maybe buy a new set,, and use toe ones on it as the "rough" set.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:29 am 
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Any any gun show should produce a used set too. I always see them in my area. Ruger made more than 1 million guns like this.

ShopRuger.com has the wood target grips and CDNN lists both rubber and wood alternatives.

Your Service Six has a square butt like most of the Security Sixes. The grips from the round butt Speed Six will fit too, but not the other way around.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:22 pm 
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Make sure you look "real hard" at the grips on CDNN. I picked up 2 sets, one was rubber (like Pachmayr, but not) & the others looked like original Ruger "target Grips". Both were made by Sile.
Their shipping was lightning fast because I also picked up 2 discontinued Marlin 80 magazines which were brand new
The grips I had recv'd both had rust on the gromets & the screws. They were packaged separately, so it made me wonder about "New/Old Stock" NOT made by the original manufacturer. Wood grips were "very cheap" knock-offs that no one would be happy with. I notified them right away & they sent me a return mailing slip & gave me a refund, so you can't argue with their customer service.
I have original target grips on my Security Six that is 30 yrs old & are in perfect condition. I also have Pachmayr's on another Security Six that are just great.
Look for the Pachmayrs with the medallions on them, they seemed to be just a bit more comfortble.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 2:41 pm 
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Here ya go. You can get these factory grips from Ruger for $19.95:

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Here's the link to the Attic Treasures page:

http://shopruger.com/RLG-Security-Six-G ... nfo/19935/

You can also get pachmayr grips for the same price:

http://shopruger.com/PSB-Security-Six-G ... nfo/19939/

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 3:11 pm 
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I believe the low backs ended with the S/N prefix 150. 151 & up are high back. My speed six is a 151 but I don't recall if they were offered in 150 & below. The grips Hugh shows will fit.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:46 pm 
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Congrats on your purchase. I have a Police Service Six too. The only Sixes a person had to watch is the 151, 152 series. You should have no problem finding grips for them. These hoque monogrips work for me at the range. I still have the original grips but they are not comfortable shooting 357 magnums through the revolver.

Again congrats on your purchase. I love mine.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:38 pm 
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Here's my 3" Ruger Police Service Six .357 with Hogues. I can feed it any .357 and it's very manageable. The grips look kinda funny on it; so I'm going to try another kind and will let you folks know how they work out.

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Edit to add my 4" Service Six .357 with the ones from Ruger's Attic Treasures:

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:50 am 
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Thanks to all for the information.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:16 am 
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Those "Pachmayrs" with the Ruger medallion are in fact Sile grips. Also, the later wood Target grips are also made by Sile.



I bought a few sets of the Sile target grips, and they are identical to a later set that were Ruger OEM grips, except for the medallion, which is Bird landing on a pile of mud or something. Mine also had rust on the escutcheons, but for $10 a piece I didn't care. They are good for a shooter grade Service Six.

I don't know who made the earlier target grips, maybe Ruger did themselves, but I know for a fact that sometime in the 80's Ruger contracted with Sile for both the wood Targets and the Rubber "Pachmayr-type" grips.

It's all in the name, I guess. Put a set of Siles out there and people are like "they are cheap knock offs", take the exact same grips, add a Ruger logo instead of a Sile logo, and they will go for $50 on FleaBay.

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This is a Service Six with OEM Sile grips, made for Ruger.

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These are Sile branded grips on the same gun. These grips are 100% identical to a later set I have, with Ruger medallions.

Even S&W fans don't want to hear that the late 80's-early 90's era Target grips, the ones sold in the blister packs as accessories and also used at the factory, are in fact made by Sile. S&W closed down their carpentry shop in the late 80's, but sold grips as accessories later on.


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