SOLD FOR: $1950
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model: No. 1 (1-A)
Serial Number: 134-30042
Year of Manufacture: 2010 (Ruger Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .257 Roberts
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 “257 ROBERTS” 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 “134-30042”. 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 which is notched for the included Ruger rings.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a two-piece checkered wood with pistol grip and Henry forend, pistol-grip, fluted straight comb, and an orange rubber buttpad. There are sling studs on the belly of the buttstock and the underside of the forend. Mostly free of wear, the only notable knurl in the wood at the top of the wrist on the left side. 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 at the heel and toe. 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 dotted throughout the barrel.
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 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 includes its serial-matching cradboard box, a pair of Ruger rings, a secuirty 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—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 Excellent condition, manufactured in 2010, and is chambered for .257 Roberts (or .257 Bob if you’re feeling friendly). Roberts is a well-regarded cartridge that never took off in popularity but endures regardless. Popularized by the ease of converting Arisaka’s to the cartridge, .257 is rather niche in the modern day, and suitable for mid-sized varmints. Good luck and happy bidding!