SOLD FOR: $1250
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model: No. 1
Serial Number: 132-28555
Year of Manufacture: 1981 (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 “132-28555”. The grip cap and buttpad are marked with the company’s phoenix logo.
Barrel Length: 26”
Sights/Optics: There is no provision for iron sights on this rifle. The barrel is drilled, tapped, and filled with an optic rail that is notched for the included Ruger rings that have mounted a Burris 4x scope with a duplex reticle. The scope has scattered minor nicks and a few minor scuffs, the glass is a little cloudy, and overall, is in Very Good.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a two-piece checkered wood with pistol grip and beavertail forend, pistol-grip, fluted straight comb, and an orange rubber buttpad. There are sling studs on the belly of the buttstock and forward barrel band, which have attached a brown leather sling with shoulder pad. There are just scattered light nicks and compressions, notable mostly along the comb and belly. 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 is in Fine-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is well-defined. There is no erosion, but there is minor stubborn fouling scattered throughout, notable most at the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. Wear is relegated mainly to handling marks. The action has minor operational wear. The screws have light tool marks with strong slots. All markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is 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: The scope and sling as 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 is in Fine-to-Excellent condition, manufactured in 1981. Fitted with a decent Burris scope and chambered for .30-06 Springfield, the classical shooter will have for themselves a capable and fine rifle indeed. Good luck and happy bidding!