SOLD FOR: $1324
Model: No. 1 (Model #01321)
Serial Number: 132-98570
Year of Manufacture: 1991 (Ruger Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .458 Winchester Magnum
Action Type: Falling Block Single Shot Rifle
Markings: The stop of the barrel is marked with a Ruger warning and “STURM, RUGER & CO., INC. / SOUTHPORT, CONN. U.S.A.”. The left side of the barrel is marked with “458 WIN. MAG.” 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 “132-98570”. The grip cap and buttpad are marked with a Ruger logo.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights/Optics: Express sights are set into the barrel. The front sight is a beaded brass blade in-line dovetailed to a banded base that is fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a flip-up u-notch with white triangle that is adjustable for elevation dovetailed into a base screwed to the barrel. The receiver is cut for Ruger rings (no rings included).
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a two-piece checkered wood with pistol grip and forend, fluted straight comb, and orange rubber buttpad. There are sling swivels on the belly of the buttstock and forend. There are light handling marks, but otherwise the stocks are free of any notable wear or damage. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP is 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The buttpad shows light handling marks and a few spots of discoloration. 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 has taken on a minor plum hue. The barrel and receiver are 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: None.
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 .458 Winchester Magnum cartridge, and it was manufactured in 1991. This would make a great hunting rifle, or even a nice long-distance target rifle as well for years to come. Good luck and happy bidding!