SOLD FOR: $1200.99
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model: No. 1 (Model #01337)
Serial Number: 133-72414
Year of Manufacture: 2000 (Ruger Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .223 Remington
Action Type: Falling Block Single Shot Rifle
Markings: The stop of the barrel is marked with a Ruger warning over “STURM, RUGER & CO., INC. / SOUTHPORT, CONN. U.S.A.”. The left side of the barrel is marked with “223 Rem” and a Ruger proof mark. The top of the receiver is marked “RUGER” in a decorative ribbon over “No. 1”. The underside left of the receiver is marked with the serial number “133-72414”. The grip cap and buttpad are marked with the company’s phoenix logo.
Barrel Length: 24” Heavy Barrel with Recessed Crown
Sights/Optics: There is no provision for iron sights on this rifle. The barrel is drilled, tapped, and filled with two-piece rails for mounting an optic (no optic is included).
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a two-piece checkered wood with beavertail forend, capped pistol grip, fluted straight comb, and textured black rubber buttpad. There is a sling stud on the underside of the forend and a QD sling swivel on the belly of the buttstock. The stock has minor handling marks but otherwise free of any notable wear or damage. The checkering is sharp. 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 wear at the heel and toe. Overall, the stocks rate in Fine-plus 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 96% of its metal finish. There are scattered light nicks and scuffs on the barrel, most notably near the optic mounts. The action has minor operational wear. The screws have minor tool marks with strong slots, and all markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine-plus 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: None.
Our Assessment: The Ruger No. 1 was introduced in 1967 and 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 rifle pattern—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 hails from 2000 and is in Fine-plus condition. It is chambered for .223 Remington, making it useful for anything from prairie dogs to hogs. The Ruger No. 1 is a handsome rifle that feels nice in the hand—the traditional hunter would do well to make a play for this rifle. Good luck and happy bidding!