SOLD FOR: $1675
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model: No. 1 (Model #11348)
Serial Number: 134-29401
Year of Manufacture: 2010 (Ruger Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .303 British/7.7×56mmR
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 “303 BRITISH” 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 “134-29401”. 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 rib is notched for the included Ruger rings.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a two-piece checkered wood with pistol grip, beavertail forend, fluted straight comb, and textured black rubber buttpad. There are QD sling swivels installed in the belly of the buttstock and on the barrel band. The stock has minor handling marks but otherwise free of any notable wear or damage. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. 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 a small amount of discoloration. Overall, the stocks are in 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 99% of its metal finish. The metal is unblemished, but indications of minor handling wear persist on edges and in crannies. The screws have minor tool marks with strong slots, and all markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine-plus-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: This No. 1 will ship with its serial-matching factory box, a pair of Ruger rings on their original packaging, a lock, and the manual.
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-plus-to-Excellent condition. It is chambered for .303 British, making it useful for small game like black bear and white tail deer. This 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!