Skip to main content

Elmer Keith & Jack O'Connor's Ruger No. 1s

Elmer Keith & Jack O'Connor's Ruger No. 1s

Guns & Ammo caught up with Senior Editor Garry James at the 2016 NRA Show, where we saw two Ruger No. 1 rifles belonging to famed gunwriters Elmer Keith and Jack O'Connor.

Garry walked us through the two guns, chambered in .375 H&H Magnum, and reminisced about being a young editor for Guns & Ammo and working with Elmer Keith.

The Ruger No. 1 is a single-shot falling-block rifle introduced by Ruger in 1967. The No. 1 was loosely based on the single-shot Farquharson rifle of the late 19th century. The rifle is loaded by actuating a lever underneath the gun that drops the breech block at the rear of the action. A single cartridge is inserted and the block is closed, readying the rifle for firing.


The Ruger No. 1 rifles featured in the video belonged to Elmer Keith and Jack O'Connor, two of the most well-known gunwriters of the 20th century.


Elmer Keith, born in 1899, was known for his work with handguns, particularly revolvers. He is famous for spearheading the development of the .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum and .41 Magnum rounds. Keith was known for his fondness for large-caliber rounds that pushed the limit of handgun cartridges in the mid-20th century.

Keith was also known for his work as a gunwriter for both Guns & Ammo and American Rifleman. In the '50s and '60s, Keith wrote a monthly column for G&A and explored new guns and ammunition releases for American Rifleman.

Like Keith, Jack O'Connor was also known for his editorial work in the firearms world. While making a name for himself as an outdoor writer, O'Connor worked as a professor of English and journalism until he quit in 1945 to pursue writing full-time.

O'Connor is known for his position as the shooting editor for Outdoor Life Magazine, where he served for 31 years. He also served as the executive editor of Petersen's Hunting until his death in 1978.


Above all else, O'Connor was known for his affinity for small-bore hunting rifles, particularly the .270 Winchester, which he helped popularize.

Current Magazine Cover

Enjoy articles like this?

Subscribe to the magazine.

Get access to everything Guns & Ammo has to offer.
Subscribe to the Magazine

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Shooting 600 Yards with .300 Blackout

Shooting 600 Yards with .300 Blackout

The .300 Blackout cartridge was developed to provide greater effectiveness than a 9mm at short and medium ranges when fired from a short-barreled suppressed firearm. Just because the cartridge wasn't designed to go long doesn't mean Rifles & Optics Editor Tom Beckstrand won't take it there, using a large-format pistol, no less. Armed with SIG Sauer's 9-inch-barreled MCX Virtus Pistol loaded with Black Hills' 125-grain TMK ammunition, Beckstrand attempts to ring steel at 600 yards with help from Hornady's 4DOF ballistic calculator in this segment of “Long Range Tech.”

Red vs. Green Lasers: Visibility in Bright Light

Red vs. Green Lasers: Visibility in Bright Light

In this segment of “At The Range,” Handgunning Editor Jeremy Stafford and contributor Patrick Sweeney compare the visibility of red and green lasers in outdoor, sunny conditions.

Surefire XSC Micro-Compact Pistol Light: First Look

Surefire XSC Micro-Compact Pistol Light: First Look

Small, lightweight and purpose-built for sub-compact carry guns, Surefire's XSC pistol light takes on EDC illumination segment.

Guns & Ammo TV: Cameras Don

Guns & Ammo TV: Cameras Don't Lie: 9mm vs .45 ACP

The age-old question, 9mm vs .45 ACP. For some, this has been asked and answered already. For others, the debate goes on. In this segment of “Cameras Don't Lie,” competitive shooters Patrick Sweeney and Jim Tarr head to the range to put the vaunted loads on record, and then consider the footage.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

The Pulsar Thermion XG50 Thermal Riflescope is the first-ever riflescope to combine a BAE sensor, onboard recording, automatic & manual calibration options, multiple color palettes, and manual focus.Pulsar Thermion XG50 Thermal Riflescope - First Look Optics

Pulsar Thermion XG50 Thermal Riflescope - First Look

Guns & Ammo Staff - September 02, 2020

The Pulsar Thermion XG50 Thermal Riflescope is the first-ever riflescope to combine a BAE...

Small, lightweight and purpose-built for sub-compact carry guns, Surefire's XSC pistol light takes on EDC illumination segment.Surefire XSC Micro-Compact Pistol Light: First Look Tactical

Surefire XSC Micro-Compact Pistol Light: First Look

Jeremy Stafford - September 10, 2020

Small, lightweight and purpose-built for sub-compact carry guns, Surefire's XSC pistol light...

The one glaring weakness in the .30-­caliber magnum cartridge lineup is best highlighted by examining the requirement around which Hornady designed the .300 PRC; the requirement came from the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). .300 PRC Review Rifle

.300 PRC Review

Tom Beckstrand - March 12, 2019

The one glaring weakness in the .30-­caliber magnum cartridge lineup is best highlighted by...

The Hornady 6.5 PRC (Precision Rifle Cartridge) is a 6.5 PRC - Magnumized 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle

6.5 PRC - Magnumized 6.5 Creedmoor

Tom Beckstrand - August 01, 2018

The Hornady 6.5 PRC (Precision Rifle Cartridge) is a "magnumized" 6.5 Creedmoor. It offers...

See More Trending Articles

More Historical

The Dardick revolver is one of the more bizarre firearms to come out of the mid-­20th century. Despite its unusual and ungainly appearance, it's not that uncomfortable in the hand.The Dardick Revolver Handguns

The Dardick Revolver

Garry James - March 18, 2019

The Dardick revolver is one of the more bizarre firearms to come out of the mid-­20th century....

No matter how you arrive, a visit to the Center of the West is a must for anyone traveling through northwest Wyoming.Touring the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Historical

Touring the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Eric R. Poole - October 02, 2019

No matter how you arrive, a visit to the Center of the West is a must for anyone traveling...

The Italian Vetterli-Vitali rifle is being rediscovered as an affordable collector's piece.The Italian Vetterli-Vitali Rifle Historical

The Italian Vetterli-Vitali Rifle

Garry James - May 13, 2019

The Italian Vetterli-Vitali rifle is being rediscovered as an affordable collector's piece.

More than 60 years after T/Sgt. Robert Emary recovered it from a fallen German tanker,  a 1937-manufactured Luger is returned home.Dad's WWII Luger Pistol Handguns

Dad's WWII Luger Pistol

Dave Emary - March 06, 2020

More than 60 years after T/Sgt. Robert Emary recovered it from a fallen German tanker, a...

See More Historical

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Guns & Ammo App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Guns and Ammo subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now