SOLD FOR: $1550
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model: No. 1 California Highway Patrol
Serial Number: 132-43830
Year of Manufacture: 1982 (Ruger Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .357 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 “.357 MAG.” and a Ruger proof mark. The top of the receiver is marked “RUGER / No. 1”. The left side of the receiver is marked with the CHP crest over “LIMITED EDITION”. The underside left of the receiver is marked with the serial number “132-43830”. The grip cap and buttpad are marked with the company’s phoenix logo.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade in-line dovetailed to a ramped banded base fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a flip up u-notch dovetailed into the barrel rib. The barrel is drilled, tapped, and filled with an optic rail that is notched for the included Ruger rings.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a two-piece checkered wood with pistol grip and beavertail forend, fluted straight comb, and an orange rubber buttpad. There are sling swivels on the belly of the buttstock and forward barrel band. There are just scattered light nicks and compressions, notable mostly on the left side of the buttstock. 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 some discoloration. Overall, the stock rates in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is well-defined. There is no erosion, but there is minor stubborn fouling scattered throughout.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. Apart from minor handling marks, the metal is free of any notable wear or damage. The screws show light tool marks with strong slots. All markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine-to-Excellent 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 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 is in Fine-to-Excellent condition, manufactured in 1982. Notably, this is the California Highway Limited Edition, chambered in .357 Magnum, to complement the sidearm carried by officers at the time. Good luck and happy bidding!