37. Very Rare Early Ruger No. 1 Light Sporter Falling Block Rifle

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serial #105, 308 Win., 22" light weight barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is a nice AB/S22L rifle with no proof mark on the barrel. The barrel features the early single line address and retains 99% plus original blue while the action retains 98% original blue with only a couple tiny light storage marks on the right side of the reciever, the hand-fitted breechblock is numbered to the gun. The checkered walnut pistolgrip buttstock and semi-beavertail forearm rate near excellent having an attractive straight grain with early style wrap around checkering on the forearm, the only apology being a small 1/4" shallow dent in the checkering on the left side of the forearm. The buttstock and forearm are numbered "105" in black pen, the forearm hanger is unmarked. The rifle is equipped with a quarter rib and includes a set of early style vertically split rings in a red cloth bag and a factory manual. The included June 13, 1989 dated factory letter confirms configuration and lists the rifle being shipped in April 1967. To our knowledge there is no verification of any other non-prefix rifles without a proof mark. A near excellent rare variation lightweight No. 1 rifle. (58821-3) {C&R} [Stuart Floam Collection] (1800/2400) SOLD FOR $1,495.00

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