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Ruger No. 1 Rifle Hardcover – July, 1983

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Blacksmith Corp; 1st edition (July 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941540065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941540063
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,679,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book based on all the 5-star "Superb" reviews already posted. I was disappointed, this is not a 5-star book and has many significant short-comings. I received the February, 2007 "revised" printing, the original First Printing was July 1983.

The 2007 printing is on low-grade trade paper, the type you would find in an old Gun Digest from the 1980s. The cover is a very thin softbond. Overall it is 1-step above a monthly ,magazine in quality.

Although it is a 2007 printing, the data stops at 1996 - that is the last production year addressed. I have no idea why they didn't go up to 2005 or 2006.

Many reprints of advertisements, gun cleaning, parts lists, etc. are included. However, the print is very small and slightly fuzzy. It is possible, but extremely difficult for a senior citizen to read.

As another reviewer mentioned, the info is scattered throughout the book. I have interest in the No.1-RSI and the little info on this model is sprinkled in the different chapters.

The book is heavy on photo's but no commentary on the photo's. For example, there are 20 color prints in the center of the book which seems to be the highlight of the book. But there is NO commentary on any of the rifles. Not the caliber, nor the model nomenclature, year or decade made, what sights it has. Just pretty pictures to look at.

The book is also heavy on custom No. 1s, you'll see photo after photo of engraved No.1s without data to accompany them.

I would have preferred a chapter dedicated to each major model of the No.1, a chapter dedicated to calibers of No.1, a chapter dedicated to limited editions No.1.,a chapter to hunting the No.1, a chapter to bench shooting the No.1, and of course the history of the gun getting started

It is an OK book but this is no masterpiece 5-star book. The USA needs another author to take a shot at capturing the great Ruger No. 1.
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Format: Hardcover
Make sure that you get the February 2007 Revision of the book (ISBN: 0-941-54006-5). The 1983 printing is completely out of date with regard to the production reference material.

This book is the reference standard-guide for persons that are interested in Ruger #1's. This book is written in a primarily historical style in stead of being written in functionally descriptive manner.

The details in chapter 2 about the design leave little doubt that the #1 is the finest production falling-block rifle ever. This chapter is enough to make most anyone realize that they should have at least one example of a #1 in their collection of rifles.

This book lacks a useful index to help one find specific things that you might wish to look up; for example if you wanted to locate "RSI" information you would need to apply trial and error, or some educated guesses if you were to locate any useful information.

This book also has very little organized information on how to customize these rifles for specific tasks. So one would need to infer from the text what it takes modify an extractor if you were re-chambering or re-barreling the rifle for another cartridge. No mention of the aftermarket triggers systems is included. Additionally the reader is left to guess or assume that the barrels are all rifled in the industry-standard rifling twists. As such that one would not know if a factory rifle in .223 Remington would stabilize an 70-80 grain target bullet or only 45-62 grain bullets. The book makes no reference to the types of rifling and the number of lands & grooves which were found in the production barrels. But it does explain in great detail the genius of the firing pin system which can be dry fired almost infinitely without doing any damage.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book. I am starting a no. 1 collection and this book is a good way to get the background on the rifle. I only wished this 2007 revised edition gave info on the rifles up to 2007. It only goes up to 1994. All in all a good source for no. 1's
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
informative, great history lesson. recommended reading for anyone interested in ruger model 1's. would be better were it updated with current model choices/selections
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
very poorly written. Little to no information. A total waste of money. If I could only get my money back ...
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book containes quality information about the various models of the Ruger. Great for your reference book collection.
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Format: Hardcover
More information about the Ruger No. 1 rifle than in any other reference. J.D. Clayton does a great job with descriptions, variations, pictures, and specifications. It's becoming dated, but still worth the price, if you can find a copy.
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