SOLD FOR: $1830.01
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model: No. 1, Model 1-V “Special Varminter”
Serial Number: 130-22579
Year of Manufacture: 1976 (Ruger Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: 7mm Remington Magnum
Action Type: Falling Block Single Shot Rifle
Markings: The top 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 “MADE IN THE 200th YEAR OF AMERICAN LIBERTY”, “7mm REM.MAG.” 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 “130-22579”. The grip cap and buttpad are marked with the company’s phoenix logo.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights/Optics: There is no provision for iron sights on this rifle. The rear end of the barrel is drilled and tapped for attaching optic rails/bases, and currently installed are two male-dovetailed bases. No optic is attached.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a two-piece checkered wood with semi pistol grip and beavertail forend, fluted straight comb, and an orange rubber buttpad. There are a few minor scratches and compressions on the right side of the buttstock, but the wood is otherwise free of any additional notable wear or damage. 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 minor handling marks and some very light 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 light stubborn fouling persists mainly at the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are very few minor nicks scattered about the barrel and receiver, which has a bit of light operational wear. There is minor handling wear in the form of build-up along edges and in nooks. The screws have light tool marks with usable slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Fine-to-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. A Canjar trigger shoe has been added to the trigger—it functions correctly. 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 1976—the 200th Year of American Liberty, don’tcha know—and is chambered in 7mm Remington Magnum cartridge. Specifically, this is the shorter-barreled “Special Varminter” variant, ideal for the type of creature for which it is named: the varmint. The cartridge is suitable for small-to-medium sized game such as fox and coyote! Good luck and happy bidding!