The Browning Buck Mark is considered by many people to be one of the best .22 LR pistols on the market. Yet, when I am in a gun store, it always seems that the guns take a back seat to the Ruger Mark III (and now Mark IV). I leave it up to you to decide what the best .22 LR handgun is. However, Browning does have a few new options for you to consider this year. If you like the Buck Mark, these may have some appeal for you.
BUCK MARK PLUS ROSEWOOD UDX
This new Buck Mark model features a matte blued finish on the slab side barrel that seems to match well with the rosewood grips. The gold colored trigger looks at home on this gun, which is not always the case with other grip and finish combinations.
The gun has a Picatinny rail for an optic. It does ship with sights. In this case, Browning uses a Truglo/Marble Arms front fiber optic sight in green with a Pro-Target white outline sight in the rear. The rear sight is adjustable. The MSRP on this gun is $549.99.
BUCK MARK LITE FLUTE UFX
This is another good looking Browning pistol, though it is quite a bit different than the Rosewood model above. UFX refers to the overmolded polymer grip that are said to work well with both left and right handed shooters. The grips have a hint of finger grooves, though they are not as obnoxious as those found on many modern pistols.
For this pistol, Browning uses a thin steel barrel that is then surrounded by an aluminum sleeve. To further reduce weight, the sleeve is fluted. Against the matte black finish, the machined flutes really pop. The suggested retail on this gun is $559.99.
BUCK MARK FIELD TARGET SUPPRESSOR READY
Things have come a long way for shooters in the United States. Just a few years ago, the release of a “suppressor ready” pistol was something of a noteworthy event. Now, nearly every manufacturer offers threaded barrel pistols. In fact, it seems odd when you cannot find a suppressor ready gun. The Field Target Suppressor Ready is not the only Buck Mark with a threaded barrel, and it helps reinforce that suppressed firearms are becoming very mainstream.
This gun uses a 5.5″ heavy bull barrel with 1/2-28 threads. It has a full length Picatinny rail on top for a scope and also has adjustable sights. The laminated cocobollo target grips look good on the dark, matte finish of the gun. The MSRP is $599.99.