low back vs high back

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4t5
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low back vs high back

Post by 4t5 » Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:10 pm

So what is the value difference of the two all else being equal! :?:

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Re: low back vs high back

Post by RoninPA » Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:16 pm

Depends on the viewpoint. There weren't as many low backs made as high backs, so from a collectors view, the low back might be worth a more. Then from a shooting perspective, some like the "feel" of the low back better so it might be worth more to them. Others like the high back grip better so to a person who is strictly going to shoot it, the low back may not be worth near as much.

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Re: low back vs high back

Post by Mohavesam » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:54 pm

The original grip "low/flat back" was redesigned to fit more hands, with the aim of a less-critical, more 'instinctive' grasp - the curved backstrap forcing the palm into a higher grip, more correct for recoil and thus lowering/minimizing the "palm-to-bore axis" relationship. Accuracy demands elimination of variables.
Collectors may like 'em for low production numbers, but from an engineering perspective, they are an inferior design. I "value" them less than a similar later GF. Usually $50+ under, but there is no concrete rule. :o

With my hands, I almost always have had to adjust my grip after the first shot or two when firing a "low back" GF gun. Remember the Security Six series guns were created to take the law enforcement contracts from S&W, so the improved grip frame design was critical to a quick (accurate) first shot and fast follow-up shots on a kill zone-sized target.

The younger models (all curved GFs) also incorporated the weight-saving concave cut on the rear of the recoil shield; something I personally think improves balance, especially under recoil? 8-) 8-)

- Whatever floats your boat of course - the Security/Service/Speed Six series is classic Ruger, and classy shooting wherever your travels lead. ;) ;)
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