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Old March 30th, 2014, 02:51 PM   #16
 
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Old March 30th, 2014, 05:58 PM   #17
 
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The pics verify what it is; Factory barrel marking and caliber stamp. No front sight and rib not cut for a rear sight. To make this up the front sight has to come off and the rib changed out. The front sight is on when it is blued; so a reblue would be required.
Or, that leaves that the rifle got made this way. It is possible; I doubt a Factory letter would confirm that it is anything other than a 1A. That's were the "story" is important; if it was made that way for someone special, there has to be a story. It was not made that way by accident! What is the rifles history of ownership?
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A, B, AB, K1A, K1H, S, V, etc... exactly where can you go to find a complete list of all different Ruger No. 1 models with a description of what makes it a 1A vs. a 1B or a 1AB?
Here is the best I've ever seen:

Ruger #1 Model Configurations Explained: - 24hourcampfire
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Thanks. That is very clear. Now if someone could explain the letter designations of Harleys.
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It's a nice little "AH" walking around varminter. If the current owner doesn't know the history on it, then we may never know, but I would doubt that it would letter as what it is now. The serial number places it well before any of the 1A Hornets showed up (assuming the receiver was used fairly near it's production date). The only Hornets at this time (around 1981) were in the #3.

Pretty sure this one is a chimera, or mongrel, if you will.
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21" pencil barrel makes me think someone whacked the sight off one of those very few Hornet 1As and switched the quarter rib for a 1B. Pity, Hornet 1As are scarce as hen's teeth.

Of course I have been wrong before.
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21" pencil barrel makes me think someone whacked the sight off one of those very few Hornet 1As and switched the quarter rib for a 1B. Pity, Hornet 1As are scarce as hen's teeth.

Of course I have been wrong before.
A lot of people only measure No. 1 barrels to the front of the receiver, so if that's the case here, the receiver adds another inch - viola' 22".
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If it is stock, it is probably a 1 AH. It very well could be an employee gun.....

I would call Ruger, and at least ask them if they can ID it via the s/n.....

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Just talked to Ruger!

My .22 Hornet #1 shipped from the factory in April 08 (model 1344) I do believe it was a one-off employee gun.
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My .22 Hornet #1 shipped from the factory in April 08 (model 1344) I do believe it was a one-off employee gun.
It's unusual that you could "talk" to them and get that information. They pretty much stopped phone verifications a long time ago and now only do letters after you send them $10. More mystery!?
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It's unusual that you could "talk" to them and get that information. They pretty much stopped phone verifications a long time ago and now only do letters after you send them $10. More mystery!?
I asked them about getting a letter and he told me that service wasn't available at this time. I called the service line in NH, had to wait a while to get someone on the line (I didn't use their recorded menu; rather just dialed "0" and got a body to talk to.) I asked about the s/n prefix number since it doesn't match up with the published serial numbers and was told that some receivers sit around in the factory for quite a while sometimes and it isn't until the rifle ships that the date is recorded...so, instead of being a 1981 production, this rifle wasn't shipped from the factory until 27 years later! It would be super interesting to find out if the receiver was sitting on a dusty shelf somewhere or used in another factory test rifle or what? He couldn't say specifically if it was an employee rifle but indicated that since there weren't any 1-A .22 Hornets produced the year this one shipped that it was likely exactly that. And, since the quarter rib was never cut for a rear sight and there was never a front sight installed, it makes sense that it was an employee rifle and not a production line/catalogued item. I understand that this is not uncommon for Rugers and there's quite a few unique and special Rugers out there. My particular #1 is a sweet little rifle and about as handy as can be. The dealer I bought it from told me that he got it from a Ruger employee but I guess I didn't realize that the employees can build their own rifles...now that's a perk that would get me interested in applying for a job at Ruger!!
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#1 a hornet

I know it has been quite awhile since you posted this comment and might have found out the info you were after. I also have this model rifle. It came out in the mid to late eighties as a limited production run. Not sure of the exact number made, but it was low. As far as a price, good question. I would like to know that myself.
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