SOLD FOR: $1800
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model: No. 1
Serial Number: 132-35466
Year of Manufacture: 1983 (Ruger Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
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 “30-06 SPRG.” 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 “132-35466”. The grip cap and buttpad are marked with the company’s phoenix logo.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights/Optics: There is no provision for iron sights on this rifle. The barrel rib is notched for Ruger rings which have attached a Leupold Vari-X II scope. The objective bell and the eyepiece are protected by flap covers. The scope body has a few minor nicks and scuffs scattered about. The glass is fairly clear and overall, the scope rates in Fine condition.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a two-piece smooth wood with pistol grip and beavertail forend, fluted straight comb, and orange rubber buttpad. There are sling swivels on the belly of the buttstock and forend. The left side of the buttstock has a few light nicks. 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 and a few spots of discoloration. Overall, the stock rates in Fine-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion, but there minor stubborn fouling scattered throughout.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The left side of the receiver has a spot of light surface erosion and a few nicks on the lower edge. The barrel has a few minor nicks scattered about. The screws have minor tool marks with strong slots. 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, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork and Accessories: The scope described above.
Our Assessment: The Ruger No. 1 was introduced in 1967 and at first 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 was manufactured in 1983, is in Fine condition, and is chambered for the venerable and popular .30-06 Springfield cartridge. Good luck and happy bidding!