35. Extremely Rare Early Ruger No. 1 Light Sporter Falling Block Rifle

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serial #31, 243 Win., 22" light weight barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is a lovely AHS/S22L rifle with fancy wood and a two digit number previously owned by the late Robert Deardon who supervised the customer service department at Ruger. The barrel features the early single line address and retains 99% plus original blue with equal original blue finish on the action, the hand-fitted breechblock is numbered to the gun. The checkered pistolgrip buttstock has an attractive straight flowing grain and the Alexander Henry forearm is just as nice with early style wrap around checkering. There is no date stamp but serial number "31" is hand written in black pen inside the forearm and buttstock and the forearm hanger is marked "AH 42548". The rifle is equipped with a ramp front sight and folding rear sight on quarter rib. Factory records state that this rifle was shipped in July 1969. Any rifle in this variation is extremely rare and even more so with a low serial number. Of the approximately 7918 non-prefixed serial number rifles produced there were only approximately 363 in this configuration and less the 20 in this caliber. A rare opportunity to obtain a seldom encountered No.1 rifle in the same condition as the day it left Southport. (58821-1) {C&R} [Stuart Floam Collection] (3500/5500) SOLD FOR $3,565.00

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