Sold For: $1,100.00
Serial Number: 130-69617
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Caliber: .22 Hornet
Action Type: Single Shot Falling Block Rifle
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked with the Ruger warning and “STURM, RUGER & CO., INC. SOUTHPORT, CONN. U.S.A.”. The left side of the barrel is marked “22 HORNET” and with a Ruger proof. The top of the receiver is marked “RUGER / NO. 3”. The underside of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The scope markings include “7.5X” and “LEUPOLD”.
Barrel Length: 22 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade atop a raised base. The rear sight is a flip up u-notch dovetailed into the barrel.
Two scope bases are attached to the rear of the barrel by screws. They hold the Ruger scope rings and the 7.5 fixed power scope. The scope uses a duplex reticle.The view is mostly clear. The bottom left of the view shows light flecks and is slightly cloudy around the flecks. The scope assembly shows small scrapes & scratches.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The wood stock has a straight grip, fluted comb, scalloped nose, “diamond” inlay under the forearm and a rubber recoil pad. The pad shows scrapes & light discoloration. The wood shows scattered scrapes & scratches. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. Overall, the stock is in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The front of the barrel shows light scrapes. The barrel shows a few small scratches on the right rear. The screw heads show light use. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Fine condition.
Mechanics: There is NO safety. The safety lever has been removed.
The action functions otherwise. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with a Leupold scope assembly; see above.
Our Assessment: The Ruger No. 1 was introduced in 1967 and at first blush 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. It has been chambered in nearly 50 different cartridges and continues to be manufactured and sold to this day.
The No. 3 is a variant of the No. 1. This one was made in 1977 and is in Fine condition. It is chambered for .22 Hornet, looks great and has a strong bright bore. This No. 3 comes with a Leupold scope so it is ready to put the hurt on varmints and small predators. Good luck.