Gun Review: Browning Buck Mark .22 Rimfire

The Browning Buck Mark Hunter, with its bull barrel and integral scope mount is ready for action in the woods. This pistol would do just fine for bringing down squirrels or the odd cottontail that happens to stand still long enough to present an ethical shot.

The Browning Buck Mark Hunter, with its bull barrel and integral scope mount is ready for action in the woods. This pistol would do just fine for bringing down squirrels or the odd cottontail that happens to stand still long enough to present an ethical shot.

 

I got to thinking the other day – something I’m not prone to do – that it’s been quite a while since I’ve written about a .22 rimfire here at Gun Digest. That oversight needs to change since, short of a brand new box of 64 Crayola crayons with the sharpener in the back, there are few things on the planet nicer than a .22 rimfire.

Browning Buck Mark Assembly/Disassembly Download Instructions

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I have had – and still have – my fair share of .22s. They’re somewhere around this big old schoolhouse we call home – the Schmidt EIG E15 revolver, the H&R M922 nine-shooter, the Remington M514 bolt-action, the Ruger 10/22, and that modern day reminder of the Wild West, Winchester’s Model 9422 lever-action.

All are what I’d consider Old School guns; not antiques, but certainly not new by any stretch of the imagination.

Recently, though, I had occasion to plink for an afternoon with two very impressive .22 rimfires, both of which are quite a bit more modern than are the Long Rifles and pistols to which I’m accustomed. Browning’s Buck Mark pistols, and a sister long gun, were introduced in 1985.

For you mathematicians, that’s 91 years after John M. Browning invented his first auto-loading pistol. The Buck Mark pistols are offered in a dozen different configurations, ranging from the plain Jane Camper model – my personal favorite – to the semi-futuristic looking Buck Mark Lite, complete with fluted alloy barrel and nitrile rubber grips.

As for the Buck Mark Rifle, she’s more than simply an auto-loading pistol with a stock attached, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

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