SOLD FOR: $1075
Model: No. 1 (Model #21300, Catalog #1-V-243)
Serial Number: 134-46162
Year of Manufacture: 2016 (Ruger Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .243 Winchester
Action Type: Falling Block Single Shot Rifle
Markings: The stop of the barrel is marked with a Ruger warning and “RUGER. NEWPORT. NH U.S.A.”. The left side of the barrel is marked with “243 WIN” and a Ruger proof mark. The top of the receiver is marked “RUGER / No. 1”. The underside left of the receiver is marked with the serial number “134-43162”. The grip cap and buttpad are marked with a Ruger logo.
Barrel Length: 26”
Sights/Optics: There is no provision for iron sights on this rifle. The barrel has a two-piece rib that is drilled, tapped, filled, and cut for the included Ruger rings (not installed).
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a two-piece smooth wood with checkered pistol grip, checkered beavertail forend, fluted straight comb, and black rubber buttpad. There are sling studs on the belly of the buttstock and forend. The buttstock shows only scattered light nicks, most notable on the left side. The forend is free of any notable wear or damage. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP is 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The buttpad shows only light handling marks. Overall, the stock rates in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The receiver and lever have taken on a minor plum hue. The barrel is free of any notable wear or damage. The screws show light tool marks with strong slots, and all markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork and Accessories: This rifle includes a serial-matching Ruger factory cardboard box, two (2) sling swivels, two (2) Ruger rings (not installed), a lock and assorted factory paperwork including the manual. The box shows moderate wear from storage and handling with ribbing visible on most surfaces, slightly crumpled corners, and a small cluster of tears in one panel. Overall, the box rates in Very Good-plus condition.
Our Assessment: The Ruger No. 1 was introduced in 1967 and at first blush seems an odd design choice for a modern rifle. Repeating rifles of many different designs had become the norm by the late ’60s and the single shot—certainly the falling-block single-shot—was on the outs with most hunters and target shooters. The brilliant success of the Ruger No. 1 comes from its embodiment of Ruger’s design philosophy: simple, durable, reliable. It has been chambered in nearly 50 different cartridges and continues to be manufactured and sold to this day. This example is in Excellent condition, the bright bore is chambered for the .243 Winchester cartridge, and it was manufactured in 2016. This rifle would make a good hunting rifle, or even a nice long-distance target rifle as well for years to come. Good luck and happy bidding!