Sold For: $1,077.00
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Serial Number: 130-07571
Year of Manufacture: 1974 (ruger.com/service/productHistory/RI-No1.html)
Caliber: .243 Winchester
Action Type: Falling Block Single Shot Rifle
Markings: The stop of the barrel is marked “STURM, RUGER & CO., INC. SOUTHPORT, CONN. U.S.A.”. The left side of the barrel shank is marked “.243 WIN.” and with a Ruger proof mark. The top of the receiver is marked “RUGER / No. 1”. The bottom left of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The bottom of the falling block is marked with the last 5 digits of the serial number and “S”. The grip cap and buttpad are marked with the company’s phoenix logo.
Barrel Length: Approximately 26 Inches
Sights/Optics: The rear of the barrel is topped with a raised base which accepts Ruger scope rings.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a two-piece checkered wood. It has a pistol grip with grip base, fluted comb, 2 sling studs, and a rubber buttpad. The buttpad shows scuffs & light soiling. The right side of the butt shows a scratch. The finish around the scratch is dulled. The stock shows other small light scrapes & small handling marks. The LOP is 13 3/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. Overall, the stock is in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; semi bright at the muzzle. The rifling is sharp. There is a small amount of light erosion at the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The front of the barrel shows a few small light scrapes. The metal shows other light handling marks. The screw heads are intact. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine 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 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 No. 1 was made back in 1974. It has a strong bore chambered in .243 Winchester and is in Fine condition. Good luck.