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Browning Buck Mark Review: A Legendary .22LR Pistol or Overrated?

Browning Buck Mark Review
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The Browning Buck Mark is a tried and true, well-loved handgun that’s been around for years. And for good reason—it’s one of the best target rimfire pistols around! There are lots of different variations available, and while they’re all generally similar, they differ in terms of sights, grips, and size. Some models are threaded for a suppressor, and some feature a Picatinny rail for optics.

The Buck Mark is available with barrel lengths of 4,” 5.5,” 5 ⅞,” 6,” and 7.25.” With the longest barrel length of 7.25,” the overall length of the pistol measures 11.25,” and it weighs 38 oz. It is a bit heavier than most pistols (even heavier than the Walther P99!), so it’s not very suitable for concealed carry. It is, however, a great option for range shooting and plinking.

All the rounds I’ve tested have cycled through the blowback action 100% reliably. I’ve probably shot about 1,000 rounds through mine without a single failure! The Buck Mark is definitely consistent and about as reliable as you can expect. It’s easy to get great shot groups, even from longer distances. This is partly thanks to the sighting system.

The sights vary by model. Some feature a fiber-optic front sight and adjustable rear sight, while some have pro-target, post-style sights. All of them work very reliably and help you hit exactly where you aim. If you have one of the models with a Picatinny rail, you can even add a red dot or any other high-quality sight to ensure you hit your target 100% of the time. Just make sure you know how to choose the right reticle!

The CNC frame is made from 7075-T6 aluminum alloy for increased durability, and mechanically, it is very simple. If you ever need to disassemble the pistol for cleaning or maintenance, you shouldn’t have any issues.

The grip also varies depending on the model you choose. You might get a rubber grip, laminate grip, or wood grip. Personally, I’d recommend spending the extra money to get the molded rubber grip—it’s very comfortable and easy to hold.

Included in the box is one detachable, ten-round, coil-spring magazine. The spring assist is a great feature, because it helps push the rounds out of the magazine well very quickly for faster shooting. The push-button magazine release is checkered for easy identification and located right behind the trigger guard on the left side of the pistol.

The trigger itself is very nice. It’s gold-plated, which contrasts nicely with the rest of the pistol for a very aesthetically pleasing look. It has a smooth, light pull of just about four lbs with nothing but a hint of slack. The only downside is that you can’t turn the thumb safety off from a firing grip, as it’s a bit too far away.

Depending on the model you choose, the Buck Mark should run you anywhere from $350-$550, a little bit less than what you’ll find the Walther P99 available for. I would definitely recommend the Browning Buck Mark.

It’s not going to provide the same level of home protection as an AR or AK rifle (or the Beretta Cx4 Storm), but it is a great handgun to take with you on a camping trip or a trip to the range. It’ll last forever, so you can expect to be able to pass it down to your children.

Richard Douglas is a long-time shooter, outdoor enthusiast and technologist. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, Cheaper Than Dirt, Daily Caller and other publications.

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Richard Douglas is a long-time shooter, outdoor enthusiast, and technologist. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, Cheaper Than Dirt, Daily Caller, and other publications.

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  1. Dave S.

    September 21, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    You missed one of the best aspects of the Buck Mark, and one that you need to understand before buying one… There are 3 different grip frames, the standard/UFX which is the largest, the UDX which is mid-sized and has finger grooves machined into the frame, and the the URX which is the smallest when paired with 2-piece grips or mid-sized when paired with wrap-around 1-piece grips. Choose the one that fits your hand the best, most of the other differences between models (including barrels) can be changed later, but the frame cannot.

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