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Old 03-18-2017, 06:54 PM   #1
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New member would like thoughts on Springfield pistols

My Ruger Security Six of 40 years crapped out on me so I'm in the market for a replacement and decided to go from hunting gun since I no longer hunt to a home defense/personal carry gun.

I hear tons about Glocks and S&W but nothing about Springfields. Is there a reason?

I ask because I am currently pointing in the direction of a Springfield and for a couple of reasons and would appreciate any thoughts, comments or suggestions.
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:02 AM   #2
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Curious as to what happened to the Security Six as they are pretty rugged handguns?

I don't own Springfield but my BIL has a Springfield 1911 and it is a fine handgun. I have heard nothing but positive comments on the XD's.
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:10 AM   #3
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Ruger will fix that for you for very little (if any) charge.

Now if you just want to buy a new handgun then yes....Springfield makes a great 45.
I had one of their 1911's years ago but like a lot of other stupid things I've done in my life I sold it.
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:23 AM   #4
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Fieldgrade don't believe Ruger is supporting the Security Six any longer. He can check with customer service but I suspect that is the answer he will receive. They may have spare parts to sell but if not there are plenty available to fix it. If he blew it apart then end of story.
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Welcome from up in the Panhandle.
I prefer Springfield over Glocks and S&W semi-autos.
My every day carry is an XD-S in .45, and recently bought a Mod2 double stack in 9mm, for when I think I might need more round capacity.
Also, their 1911s are great shooters.
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:56 AM   #6
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Welcome from Virginia!

I had a Security Six back in the early Eighties. Really nice revolver.

You say you're looking to replace it with something for home defense and carry. Did you carry the Security Six? If so, you could do the SP-101. A bit smaller and lighter. That's my carry these days.

Just for home, the GP-100 would be a good replacement, but heavier than the Security Six, not a good carry piece.
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Yup, sorry to say, just checked the Ruger website and they state that the are no parts and no service available for the Security Six.

Have had half dozen Springfield 1911s and it's been all to the good. Their customer service is also excellent.
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Afternoon gents. First of all thanks for the replies. Appreciate it. Ok, well first of all to answer Terry_P. Long story short ( kinda ) I hadn't shot this gun in a couple of years so decided to clean it one day and discovered that I couldn't open the cylinder. I finally after nearly spending the entire morning trying to open it decided to at least fire the live rounds that were in it just to be on the safe side as I decided I would have to try tapping the cylinder with a small plastic mallet. After firing I was able to tap the thing open. I then cleaned it and when finished I, of course, closed it. Well, I couldn't open it again. Anyway after two gun smith's and the last one keeping it for over a month and replacing each part one part at a time decided there was something wrong with the frame or at least some sort of movement of some sort inside the frame. So here I am. Hope that answered you Terry and if not I could talk for hours about what all we did try on it.

Fieldgrade. I called Ruger twice and explained the situation and both times they informed me since the Security Six has been discontinued they couldn't do anything for me and advised I seek out a gunsmith. So a big disappointment there cause I just knew Ruger of all companies would at least have an answer for me or at least offer to look at it but sadly no. I probably don't need to mention that I won't be buying a Ruger in this lifetime.

Thanks Gunjunkie. Nice to hear that you have first hand experience and favor them. So there is al least one person besides me liking them then.
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I had a Security Six back in the early Eighties. Really nice revolver.

You say you're looking to replace it with something for home defense and carry. Did you carry the Security Six? If so, you could do the SP-101. A bit smaller and lighter. That's my carry these days.

Just for home, the GP-100 would be a good replacement, but heavier than the Security Six, not a good carry piece.
My Ruger was strictly home defense or on my hip whenever I went hunting. Since I no longer hunt this'll strictly be home defense.
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Yeah, I guess I don't blame them - well actually I do. In my naive opinion any American gun company worth their salt should back up their products.
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Old 03-19-2017, 11:16 AM   #11
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Thanks for the replies all. So people do seem to use Springfield. Just odd you normally don't hear a lot about them. However few keep them it seems.
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Old 03-19-2017, 03:58 PM   #12
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The old Sixes used to have a problem with the crane backing out and locking it up as it was reverse thread and firing would loosen it. Simply screw it back in would fix it in those cases. You would have noticed drag marks across the rear. A gunsmith would have quickly figured that out so sounds like something else. Never heard of anything going out of whack just sitting around though. Good luck.
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I'm a old and opinionated gunsmith and no longer hunt either . When it come to carry guns and money is no object to me .



I CARRY MY GLOCK 23C 98% OF THE TIME . ALL THE GLOCKS I'VE OWN OVER THE YEARS I HAVE NEVER HAD 1 HICCUP IN ANY OF THEM WITH ANY AMMO I FEED THEM ,. THEY WILL RUN FOREVER AND DON'T BREAK .





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Old 03-21-2017, 08:44 AM   #14
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The old Sixes used to have a problem with the crane backing out and locking it up as it was reverse thread and firing would loosen it. Simply screw it back in would fix it in those cases. You would have noticed drag marks across the rear. A gunsmith would have quickly figured that out so sounds like something else. Never heard of anything going out of whack just sitting around though. Good luck.
I sure wish that had been the problem but unfortunately it was not. Although the screw had gotten loose but was still screwed in to a degree.

When you say drag marks across the rear what rear are you referring to please?
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I sure wish that had been the problem but unfortunately it was not. Although the screw had gotten loose but was still screwed in to a degree.

When you say drag marks across the rear what rear are you referring to please?
I think he was referring to the Ruger!
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On the Six series, the ejector rod could loosen and back out. That eventually moved the cylinder back, crowded the latch and the cylinder wouldn't open. The cartridges would rub against the recoil shield. Making drag marks.

The rod is reverse thread, righty-loosey and lefty-tighty.

The rod held the cylinder on the crane. Then Ruger moved to spring loaded balls that the cylinder snapped onto, with the Redhawk and the GP100. Then the SP101 just uses a stop on the frame to keep the cylinder in place, like most S&Ws. I prefer the Six design, I had a Speed Six that did just fine.
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Icm1947 ... Welcome aboard. Regarding Springfield pistols, my experience has been excellent over the years with both product and service. I've been carrying a Springfield SS 1911 Micro-compact since 2008 and love it . Good luck with your decision.

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I've never owned one but the new xde looks pretty awesome, I like how small it is and the single /double action capability. Although I admit, all the hype and teasers and mystery leading up to it made it a little disappointing when it was revealed. I was expecting it to shoot laser beams from all the marketing hype
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Old 05-03-2017, 12:29 PM   #19
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About Ruger not servicing a discontinued pistol

If they don't make the pistol anymore, or have any parts, what are they supposed to do? Ruger is a great company and stand behind their products. I've found their cs to be outstanding.... It is a 30 year old pistol they don't make anymore..... Just my 2 cents... Anyway, going from a revolver for so long to a semi auto, I think an xd, xds, xde would be great. Basically any simple semi auto, nothing wrong with a glock either. I think kahr pistols are the most sexy but I've heard they're finicky with ammo. If a pistol doesn't cycle anything u put in it, 100% of the time, it's not worth a crap. My LCP and my s&w m&p have never failed. Xde is next on my list
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I just posted today and it fits here too .

"I know you guys love me .... You can order the 34 parts you need to built a Glock from scratch . NO GUNSMITH or fitting of any parts is needed . If you build 5000 Glocks 4999 of them will work perfect first time/ every time for the next 100,000 rds and no need to break them in either .."



And they don't shoot bad either


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