I need some info on this gun.
This is a Ruger Speed Six SS-84L. The maual is marked "FOR GOVERNMENT USE OLNY. NOT FOR CIVILIAN USE".
Have you ever seen anything like this? Howmany were made? It is a complete package.
That is an overrun from one of several military contract runs. Yours is rollmarked SPEED-SIX, earlier ones are marked simply as model SS84L. The ones that are U.S. marked are a bit rarer. The "L" designates the lanyard ring.
There was also a .357 snubbie version, model SS32L.
To me they are the ultimate development of the service revolver. The only improvement that could be made is to issue them in stainless.
I should add, there could be LOTS of improvements in the service .38 Spl. loads that were usually issued with them. Teddy Roosevelt had a more effective .38 load at San Juan Hill! Those 130 gr. FMJ roundnoses might really make a feller MAD!