SOLD FOR: $1757.75
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model: No. 1 (Model #01364)
Serial Number: 132-64939
Year of Manufacture: 1984 (Ruger Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: 7x57mm Mauser
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 “7X57” 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 “132-64939”. The grip cap and buttpad are marked with a Ruger phoenix logo.
Barrel Length: 20”
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 diamond that is adjustable for elevation dovetailed into a base screwed to the barrel. The barrel is drilled, tapped and filled with a rib that is grooved for the attached Ruger rings that have installed a Bushnell Sharpshooter 4x scope with duplex reticle. The scope body is free of any notable wear or damage, but the objective lens glass has a few light marks. Overall, the scope rates in Fine condition.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a two-piece checkered wood with pistol grip and Mannlicher 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 well-defined. 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 has light handling marks with light staining and scuff wear are the heel and toe. Overall, the stock rates in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion, but there is light stubborn fouling in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The receiver has minor surface oxidation throughout. The barrel has a bit of minor surface oxidation on the left side below the barrel rib. The screws show light tool marks with strong slots, and all markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine 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 the scope as described above.
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, reliable, durable. Lenard Brownell said of testing the No. 1, “I never did manage to blow one apart.” 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, featuring the less common Mannlicher-style stock, and the bore is chambered for the 7x57mm Mauser cartridge. It was manufactured in 1984. 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!