SOLD FOR: $1580
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model: No. 1 (Model #01399)
Serial Number: 134-27956
Year of Manufacture: 2010 (Ruger Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .45-70 Gov’t
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 “.45-70 GOVT.” 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 “134-27956”. The grip cap and buttpad are marked with the company’s phoenix logo.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a beaded brass blade in-line dovetailed to a banded ramped base fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a flip-up u-notch/square-notch combo that is dovetailed into the barrel rib. The barrel rib is notched for Ruger rings (none included).
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a two-piece smooth gray laminate wood with pistol grip, beavertail forend, fluted straight comb, and textured black rubber buttpad. There is a sling stud on the belly of the buttstock and a sling groove in the forend. The stock has minor handling marks but otherwise free of any notable wear or damage. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP is 14 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The buttpad has light wear at the heel and a small amount of discoloration. Overall, the stocks rate in Fine-to-Excellent 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 98% of its metal finish. There are scattered light hairline nicks on the barrel. 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-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 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. The work designers and manufacturers such as Harry Sefried, Lenard Brownell, and Larry Larson crafted resulted in a timeless firearm that allows the common shooter a slower, more deliberate hunt with an elegant weapon. This example hails from 2010 and is in Fine-to-Excellent condition. It is chambered for .45-70 Gov’t, making it useful for big game up to elk. This Ruger No. 1 is a handsome stainless 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!