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Ruger NYCPD Speed Six 38 spl 3"GS-83
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I just transferred this Speed Six (1988?) today. I will get it lettered to document it is what I believe it is. The seller stated it looked like it hadn’t been fired since at the factory and I see why. It’s probably had a few rounds through it but you couldn’t tell by looking at it. Even the inside of the forcing cone is bright and spotless. It’s a matte finish but whether a previous owner did it or the factory remains to be seen or may remain a mystery. In any event it was well worth the wait and the seller even included a nice carrying case with it. The star on the frame was done by a NYPD armorer after it passed inspection before issue. These GS-83 are rare. They made a ton of 2.75″ six series models for the public but the 3″ were special contract guns very late in production before the Speed Sixes were discontinued. Here some photos of my “new” revolver…IMG_0723.JPGImage Enlarger

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Very nice gun. Looks immaculate. My version of it is this Frencher with your Ruger frame but Manurhin cylinder and barrel. Didn’t care for it much when I first saw it but it was really cheap and has grown on me, specially after the Tyler Adaptor. 

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Rex, now that’s special. I haven’t seen one of those before and with a side plate to boot! That’s also a 38 spl? IMG_0774-2.JPGImage Enlarger

I considered a Tyler T too but my arthritic hands really appreciate the Pachmayr Compact Presentation grips. I like the look of the original Walnut but the Pachs feel really good and the gun balances very nicely. If you ever decide to part with the Manurhin/Speed Six shoot me a PM.

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@Stonebuster

Glad you like it. these guns are very similar until you look hard, l guess. (Yes, its a .38) This one I’m keeping but you can go on gun broker and look it up. One seller (the attic) has one on penny auctions every so often, and they sell for 500-600 on average. They were sidearms either in France or South Africa somewhere, and they must have a bunch of them. They come with rubber grips that I’m sure your achie hands will love! They also cole in original Manurhin nicely padded cases with manuals and some come with extra goodies like cleaning rods. 

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Kool Beans! Lucky you …looking at the inside of the top strap over the forcing cone is the place to see how often it was first…yours looks like pretty close ton adds. Congratulations!

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I like this 38 spl Speed Six so much I bid on GB for a 2.75″ stainless Speed Six 357 a couple weeks ago and won. It arrived at my FFL yesterday but we were unable to get through for the NICS check due to extremely high volume. Even after we get through there will be a delay. It’s in a safe now waiting. It’s in excellent condition and I was able to handle it but had to leave it there. frown Edit: The 357 now keeps the 38 spl Speed Six company. I found a hammer to bob for the “new” 357 SS. IMG_0861-3.JPGImage Enlarger

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Jerry

4 Dans and counting...

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Thanks. This “shelter at home”  is causing me to spend too much time browsing and may get expensive. Good thing Uncle Sam is sending a check soon.

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That’s a good looking pair! drool

Interesting that your most recent one doesn’t have as much meat on the under lug portion of the barrel as the other gun. Maybe the difference is due to the year of manufacture? 

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Thanks. The difference is the NYCPD DAO 38 spl(GS-83) is a 3″ “heavy” barrel and the 357 is a standard 2.75″ barrel. All the 3″ Speed Sixes were special contract guns for NYCPD(GS-83 /38 spl), USPS (GS-33/357), US Customs, border patrol and possibly other agencies. The six series was discontinued in 1988 and the NYGP(100) and SPNY were first introduced and became the special contract revolvers Ruger made for the NYCPD from that point on. The 3″ barrels underside were tapered differently than the standard 2.75″.

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I needed a holster for the 2.75″ Speed Six and ordered an Azula made in South Africa. It got here today and I’m very impressed by the quality and fit of it. It fits the Speed Six perfectly and carries it very well. At less than half the price I’d expect to pay, I was almost afraid to order it. The best $45 I’ve spent in a while and free shipping. Plus a lifetime guarantee.IMG_0890.JPGImage Enlarger

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Thanks. The difference is the NYCPD DAO 38 spl(GS-83) is a 3″ “heavy” barrel and the 357 is a standard 2.75″ barrel. All the 3″ Speed Sixes were special contract guns for NYCPD(GS-83 /38 spl), USPS (GS-33/357), US Customs, border patrol and possibly other agencies. The six series was discontinued in 1988 and the NYGP(100) and SPNY were first introduced and became the special contract revolvers Ruger made for the NYCPD from that point on. The 3″ barrels underside were tapered differently than the standard 2.75″.

  

Thanks, that makes sense.

Congrats on the well fitting holster!

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