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Hi everyone. Just wanted to show off the gem I picked up last year. S26M, non-prefix, serial #460. Shipped from the factory on 1/30/68. Chambered in .22-250. I bought it for $200 from the son of the original owner. I didn't know what a Ruger #1 was when I bought it, but I never pass anything up. It was stored in a padded hard case for most of it's life. The pics are from when I first brought it home, and there's still some fuzz from the case on it, but there isn't a blemish anywhere on the gun, and the bore is perfect. I gave it a nice cleaning and oiled the bore. I do have a question...The way I understand it, is that the first #1 that was released commercially, was #935. How would the average person been able to buy this gun? I've heard of something back then called the "low serial number program", in which you would subscribe, and would receive the same serial number on new models that came out. The way I read it, was that this covered serial numbers from 1 to 200 on new Ruger models back then. If that was true, who would have gotten the serial numbers from 201 to 934? Just wondering how this gentleman came into ownership of a low serial number like this. He was a bench rest shooter, and his son didn't know much about it. Just simple curiosity on my part. Thanks in advance for any comments/advice.
I contacted Lee about a year ago when I first got the rifle. He was a great help in telling me about the configuration, and the shipping date. He is indeed very knowledgeable about these rifles. In fact, he knew more about it than the guy at the factory when I called Ruger
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