The Ruger No. 1 is a single-shot rifle with a Farquharson-style hammerless falling-block action, introduced and manufactured by Sturm, Ruger & Co. since 1967.[4] An underlever lowers the breechblock to allow ammunition loading and also cocks the rifle. Lenard Brownell, commenting on his work at Ruger, said of the No. 1: "There was never any question about the strength of the action. I remember, in testing it, how much trouble I had trying to tear it up. In fact, I never did manage to blow one apart."[5]

Ruger No. 1
Ruger No. 1 rifle (with underlever down to open action)
TypeFalling Block Rifle
Place of originUnited States
Production history
DesignerBill Ruger
ManufacturerSturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
Unit cost$1,299 (2012)[1]
Produced1967–2013 (original production)
2014–present (limited production)[2][3]
VariantsStandard, Varminter, Light Sporter, International, Tropical, Medium Sporter.
Mass6–12 pounds (2.7–5.4 kg)[1]
Length36.5–42.5 inches (93–108 cm)[1]
Barrel length20–28 inches (51–71 cm)[1]

CartridgeVarious (see article)
ActionFarquharson-style Hammerless falling block
Feed systemSingle shot
Sightsnone, or open sights
Sturm, Ruger No. 1 falling block action

A shotgun-style tang safety works on the hammer and sear. Available with an Alexander Henry, beavertail, or Mannlicher style forearm in a multitude of calibers.

Available cartridges edit

Over the years, the No. 1 has been chambered in many different cartridges, including:[6][7][8]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d "Ruger GP100". Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  2. ^ Peterson, Philip. Gun Digest Book of Modern Gun Values: The Shooter's Guide to Guns 1900 to Present (16th ed.). p. 429.
  3. ^ Lee, J. (2020, June 9). Classic guns: The sweet ruger no. 1 Rifle. Gun Digest.
  4. ^ Ruger No. 1 press release at
  5. ^ Clayton, Joe D.: Ruger No. 1 Rifle (1983), p. 131
  6. ^ "Ruger No.1 Serial Number History". Retrieved 14 February 2024.
  7. ^ Lee, Jerry (1 February 2018). "Classic Guns: The Sweet Ruger No. 1 Rifle". Gun Digest. Retrieved 14 February 2024.
  8. ^ "Ruger No. 1 Caliber List and Production Data". Classic Sporting Arms. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2024.

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