Carmichel's Gun Test

Ruger No. 1-B in .220 Swift

Even for an innovative manufacturer like Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc., the introduction of the No. 1 single-shot rifle was a milestone in its history. In 1966, when the No. 1 was first introduced, the gun-buying public was not sure what to make of a single-shot rifle that seemed to be nothing more than an ill-considered whim of Bill Ruger's that could only fail in a marketplace long geared for rapid magazine-fed autoloading, pump- and bolt-action rifles. In terms of total sales, the No. 1 has been only a moderate success. But in terms of creating a priceless corporate persona, the No. 1 ranks as one of the two or three most brilliantly successful gun designs of the past century. Styled after a legendary British single-shot rifle (which Bill Ruger collected and studied-hence the inspiration), the No. 1 reeks of classical British styling and conservatism.

As for actual performance, the No. 1 is rugged and reliable and there have been improvements over the years. Today, No. 1s generally deliver accuracy on a par with good bolt rifles, and in some calibers, such as the .220 Swift tested here, sub-MOA groups are not uncommon. (888-317-6887; www.ruger-firearms.com)

By the Numbers  
Manufacturer: Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc
Model: Ruger No. 1-B
Type: Single-Shot Rifle
Caliber: .220 Swift
Magazine No
Capacity: magazine
Weight: 8 lb., 9 oz.
Finish: Blue
Stock: Black Walnut
Barrel Length : 26 inches
Rate of Twist: 1 in 14 inches
Overall Length: 42 in.
Length of Pull: 131/2 in.
Drop at Heel: 9/16 in.
Drop at Comb: 1/2 in.
Trigger PPull: 4 lb., 9 oz.
Bore Finish Grading: 3 (out of 5)
Suggested Retail: $875