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Re: Info on a presentation Speed Six
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Mike C.
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07 Dec 2015 01:38 AM
    [quote=""snipershot1944""]The pistols were commissioned in 1984 to 1985 by a VSP Captain Wagner. The Department had just celebrated their 50th anniversary with a VSP S&W 66 Commemorative, 1500 pistols in total. There was still a lot of demand at that time so Capt Wagner, who loved nice guns, particularly engraved stainless guns, took orders and commissioned the Rugers personally. The 1500 50th anniversary pistols and the 850 Rugers were followed by a 55th anniversary S&W 60 that came in engraved or plain, with a total run of about 400 pistols. A Remington shotgun followed, for about 150 pieces. As you can see, the market was flooded and each succeeding issue got smaller.

    The Rugers are nice pistols but are not real collectible since the VSP never used a Ruger. Value is about $600-$800, depending upon if you have the case, if the pistol has been fired, and how lucky you are. Not too many collectors and there are a lot of them out there.

    If you want to know more, please email me directly at snipershot1944@yahoo.com

    David[/quote]
    New on this Ruger site. I also have one of these Virginia State Trooper guns but mine has 1 of 000 on the trigger guard
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    Mike C.
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    17 Nov 2011 07:53 PM
    I have a Speed Six in .357 mag, 2 3/4"" barrel that Ruger informs me was shipped from the factory in stainless in Feb, 1984. Post-factory, it has been fully engraved (frame, barrel, cylinder crane, cylinder, top strap, trigger guard, backstrap and cylinder release latch) and nickle-plated. On the left side of the frame a miniature brass Virginia State Police badge has been inset (sunburst engraving around it.) The bottom of the trigger guard is engraved ""1 of 850."" The backstrap is engraved ""V.I.P. - Ltd. Ed. - 1985"" (in cursive script.) It was presented to a VA State Trooper upon his retirement. It is in a plush-lined, fitted presentation case (oak?). It has never been fired and still has the little plastic cylinder protection piece in it.

    Does anybody have any information about this piece or similar? It came to the previous owner through rather tragic circumstances and she just wanted it out of the house. She neither cares nor knows anything about guns and might very well have put it up at a garage sale and taken the first $ 100 bill that came along. I couldn't stand that, so I bought it from her at what I thought was a minimum price and told her that if I could find a collector will to pay a better price for it, I would remit her the difference minus any expenses involved. I have 3 Rugers (Blackhawk, .22/45 and Mini-14), but they're all shooters - I'm not a firearms collector, other than just piling up more shooters. Anyway, I'm curious to know who may have done the post-factory work, whether it was all VA State Police stuff or whether it was more than that, etc., etc. And a guess at value, if anybody has one. I do have some pictures if anybody would like to see them. Any info much appreciated.
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    Mike C.
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    18 Nov 2011 10:38 AM
    A couple of pictures...[attachment=2]SpeedSix2.JPG[/attachment][attachment=1]SpeedSix5.JPG[/attachment][attachment=0]SppedSix4.JPG[/attachment] PS - That finish may be polishing of the SS rather than nickle-plating; I don't know.
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    flattop44
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    19 Nov 2011 11:55 PM
    I was hoping that a Double Action collector may answer your post. You know about as much about the gun as we do. There were 850 made as a Virginia State Police Commemorative, stainless and the case is oak. Do not know who did the aftermarket engraving. You may try contacting the VSP and see if any of them know more about them.
    Bill
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    Mike C.
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    20 Nov 2011 12:35 AM
    Thanks for the answer, Bill. I had pretty much already decided I'm going to have to contact the Virginia State Police. I did haul the piece down to the Nation's Gun Show, ongoing this week in Chantilly, VA, but not much help there, either. This may take some time. If I do get some definitive info on it, I'll post it here for the benefit of others who may encounter one.

    Mike

    PS - I will say it's a nicely balanced revolver. Makes me wish it was a plain version of the same model so I could take to the range.
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    flattop44
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    20 Nov 2011 04:00 AM
    Yes, please do post any additional info you find out on theie site, it will be welcomed.

    The Six-Series revolvers are indeed great shooters and fine guns. the solid cylinder frames make them very strong and durable. I have a few stashed here and there and love to shoot them. You should buy you a plain version to shoot, they are not expensive and you will enjoy it.

    Bill
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    Mike C.
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    20 Nov 2011 09:59 AM
    I must confess I have recently strayed towards The Dark Side of The Force. It all started innocently enough with the Ruger .22/45, but I just got a Berreta M 92 FS (both superb guns for their types,) and I'd like to get a semi-auto for the wife, who has trouble with the long DA trigger pulls on the wheel guns. She can barely hold the Blackhawk in a proper offhand shooting position.

    If I cannot find a buyer for the Speed Six at a price significantly more than I paid for it (the difference to be submitted to the previous owner,) then I'll just keep it myself and consider myself an official, if accidental, collector. Kinda silly, but stuff occurs.
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    snipershot1944
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    06 Mar 2012 10:12 PM
    The pistols were commissioned in 1984 to 1985 by a VSP Captain Wagner. The Department had just celebrated their 50th anniversary with a VSP S&W 66 Commemorative, 1500 pistols in total. There was still a lot of demand at that time so Capt Wagner, who loved nice guns, particularly engraved stainless guns, took orders and commissioned the Rugers personally. The 1500 50th anniversary pistols and the 850 Rugers were followed by a 55th anniversary S&W 60 that came in engraved or plain, with a total run of about 400 pistols. A Remington shotgun followed, for about 150 pieces. As you can see, the market was flooded and each succeeding issue got smaller.

    The Rugers are nice pistols but are not real collectible since the VSP never used a Ruger. Value is about $600-$800, depending upon if you have the case, if the pistol has been fired, and how lucky you are. Not too many collectors and there are a lot of them out there.

    If you want to know more, please email me directly at snipershot1944@yahoo.com

    David
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    Mike C.
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    14 Mar 2012 03:55 PM
    David,

    Thanks for the info. I did find out some of that, and even found out who did the engraving. I sold the piece to a collector who is associated with the VSP and who already has several of their more recent commoratives. He put some stag grips on it, which really improved the appearance. Better an interested collector have it than my just sticking it in a closet to collect dust. It was unfired and in the presentation case, and I certainly wasn't going to take it out to the range myself. I partially made up for the loss by getting an LC 9 the other week (as a warm-weather carry piece.)
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    Biker86
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    18 Sep 2012 12:31 AM
    I also have one of the VSP commemorative Speed Sixes. It is identical to the one Mike described, except it is in a Ruger factory box rather than a fancy case. It has never been fired. My dad left it to me when he died.

    Inside the box is a letter certifying that it was engraved and polished by the Ken Hurst Firearm Engraving Company of Rustburg, Va. I think Ken Hurst is still in the gun engraving business in North Carolina.

    My father bought it in the mid-80s from a friend who was a Virginia State Trooper. I agree with David, while it is an attractive pistol it doesn't have much collector value. It has an association with the Virginia State Police but it is still an after-market engraving and the VSP never issued Rugers to their troopers.

    I plan to keep it but I probably won't fire it as that might detract from what little collector value that might be there. Sorta wish it was just a slightly used .357 Speed Six - I think I'd enjoy shooting it!
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