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what does "not for sale" etched on a barrel mean?

jerrysbrlajerrysbrla Posts: 8 New Member
i have a ruger speed six bought from a pawn shop that has "not for sale" etched on the barrel

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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 16,778 Senior Member
    Factory etched or otherwise? Pictures available?
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,748 Senior Member
    Did you inspect for other markings elsewhere on the gun?

    Alot of Speed and Security Sixes were sold by contract to military and LE agencies.
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 3,866 Senior Member
    Your link isn't working. Do you have something with an http:// address? You can also upload a photo using the insert image button above using the Browse feature.
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,639 Senior Member
    Could be a Ruger factory model for use testing in-house, not to be sold.  That's the only thing I got; it's well done whatever the purpose.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 16,778 Senior Member
    Could also have been a run for a security company or agency, but I would suspect there would be other marking present.
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 10,681 Senior Member
    I'm no help, but you have an interesting piece there.
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  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 5,322 Senior Member
    Salesman sample?
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,204 Senior Member
    I'd call Ruger just in case. Might be able to get a story out of it.

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  • jerrysbrlajerrysbrla Posts: 8 New Member
    I’ll call ruger. Thanks for the info. It’s the first gun I have ever bought. Figured 2020 was the perfect time to think about defending the family.
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 5,322 Senior Member
    I’ll call ruger. Thanks for the info. It’s the first gun I have ever bought. Figured 2020 was the perfect time to think about defending the family.
    Congratulations on your sound thinking.  🍾🥂
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 7,290 Senior Member
    Well, you got a good solid practical one as a starter. Good job. Did you stumble into it and be lucky? Look to 125gr bullets. They are said to be the best performers on zombies.

    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,026 Senior Member
    I’ll call ruger. Thanks for the info. It’s the first gun I have ever bought. Figured 2020 was the perfect time to think about defending the family.
    Great choice.  

    Can you post more pics or details on the revolver?  There may be more marks on there that give more info.  

    Like a police property mark or a badge number- more info is better!
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    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • JunkCollectorJunkCollector Posts: 528 Senior Member
    I'd start by calling Ruger.

    Possibly a test gun for high pressure loads.

    Maybe a police evidence gun.
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,639 Senior Member
    Not a police evidence gun with that quality of lettering.  Call Ruger.  Worst case scenario, could be a factory gun that is outside certain parameters.  Either way, it's interesting and rare.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • JunkCollectorJunkCollector Posts: 528 Senior Member
    I'd be wanting to find out before shooting it.

    The wavy Ness of the metal in what I'd call the yoke area looks odd to me.
  • jerrysbrlajerrysbrla Posts: 8 New Member
    Bought it at pawn shop. Went in  just looking for a revolver. 
  • jerrysbrlajerrysbrla Posts: 8 New Member
    I called Ruger. They said the gun was made in 1982. No other records if the gun for service or anything. They are recommending that I send the gun in because it needs a safety conversion which they do on all guns from that period.
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,748 Senior Member
    edited June 11 #23
    The only gun I remember being marked specifically for a PD was marked on the backstrap of the grip.

    What safety conversion does a Security Six need????
    Speed Six, my bad....
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 3,866 Senior Member
    The only gun I remember being marked specifically for a PD was marked on the backstrap of the grip.

    What safety conversion does a Security Six need????
    Speed Six, my bad....
    I'm guessing Ruger wants to do a "routine" safety inspection. That Speed Six should already have a transfer bar system but things can go wrong. Maybe they've upgraded their system over the years. 🤔
    As for the Not For Sale. Maybe that revolver was a demo model at one time or an abused test model. 😬

    Just guessing, nice revolver, good find. May it give you years of service. 👍
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  • FreezerFreezer Senior Member Posts: 1,739 Senior Member
    IIRC the Speed Six without rear sights was developed for LE to make it smoother when drawn from a holster. The Security Six was originally  made for  the Texas Rangers.

    That is a very nice piece. I've had a Security Six in one configuration or another for over 20 years and I kept a 6" model love it!
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  • dlddld Member Posts: 411 Member
    I called Ruger. They said the gun was made in 1982. No other records if the gun for service or anything. They are recommending that I send the gun in because it needs a safety conversion which they do on all guns from that period.
     they might deem it is unsafe and keep it to take it out of circulation. I would take it to a gunsmith and let them check it out instead
  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,260 Senior Member
    Look for recalls on the Ruger website. I looked a couple of years ago and found 1 for my tang safety M77 and P85. 
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