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I don't get here too often mostly because until recently I haven't had much of anything to say about Rugers. I didn't have any except for a 10/22 and s Single-Six. I'm a Smith & Wesson guy at heart, but I've always said I don't turn my nose up at others either.

A couple of days ago I was looking through the case at my local dealers (often referred to affectionately as "Ali-Babba's House O Guns") and saw a Ruger "six" revolver in the back. Man that thing was "finished challenged" as I like to say.

I say I'm a Smith & Wesson guy, but "back in the day" as they say I did have a couple of Ruger "sxi" revolvers and remembered they were pretty darn good.

I got the kid behind the counter to hand me the gun and it checked out tight as a tick. It was a "Police Service-Six" a designation I don't think I've ever heard before, in 357 magnum. I didn't really "need" it but it was inexpensive in today's market so I stuck it away on layaway for a couple of days, then picked it up yesterday.

It was rougher than I though. Probably 40-50% of the blue is gone. What left is scratched with spots of rust. Even the stainless hammer and trigger had rust.

First I flushed removed the grips and flushed out the innards with Gunscrubber, then applied a couple of drops of oil here and there. That helped a lot right there. Patches through the bore and cylinder removed a little crud, but not as much as I had anticipated.

Then I sat down with a tube of Flitz and a rag and went to work. Nothing to hurt here it was pretty bad already. I did a couple of rounds with the Flitz and the fine rust and "patina" came off as black on the rag. The a fine Scotch-Brite pad got most of the big rust. A wipe off with an oily rag for the metal, and a wet cloth for the grips and the old gal is presentable again. The dress is worn and faded, but it's clean and honest again.





I've though about getting it reblued, but I doubt I'll really do it. I'm not sure what I'll do with it other than use it as a "range toy." It might get sold one of these days.

I haven't shot it yet, but can't think of any reason it won't shoot fine. Never heard of a Ruger that wouldn't. I put a splash of orange nail polish on the front sight which will help my old eyes.

Oh, sorry. I got to rambling and that did get long I suppose.
 

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Not all old guns came out of a queens cupboard. IMO it just shows the gun has a lot of character. Someone probably carried it because it was so well liked. Still looks good to me.
 

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Looks like a lot of holster wear and cylinder traffic- good. A gun is like a car- you need to drive it frequently to keep things working the way they should- looks like it found a good home- enjoy it!
 
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