Browning Buckmark - Need Help


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FPrice
May 25, 2003, 10:55 PM
We just received my step-son's Browning Buckmark which he inherited from his father. Before firing it I dissasembled it for cleaning and to double-check the condition.

As I took the slide off some very small, soft pieces fell off. After studing the pistol and the diagram in the Gun Parts catalog I determined that the buffer on the rear slide post had disintegrated. Most of it is gone except for the part which goes into the hole on the rear post. What is left there seems to be stuck in the hole.

Is this gun safe to be fired without this buffer in place? Has anyone else had problems with this piece?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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HSMITH
May 26, 2003, 12:36 AM
Order up a new buffer. Brownells will be the best source if you want it in a reasonable amount of time. The slides on the buckmarks will bang pretty hard without the buffer using the common cheapie 22LR ammo most of us use normally, I would not shoot it without it. It is safe to shoot, but hard on the gun. Keep nasty chemicals off the buffer when cleaning and the next one will last 50K rounds easily........

FPrice
May 26, 2003, 01:09 AM
Thanks for the reply. I kinda thought that but decided it would be better to ask. I'll get one on order ASAP.

Thanks again.

FPrice
May 29, 2003, 02:25 PM
I just ordered two new buffers from Gun Parts Corp (they are just the next state over) and hope to be working on this replacement over the weekend.

Ledbetter
May 29, 2003, 04:07 PM
The recoil spring probably hasn't been replaced either. The retaining clip is EASY to lose.

With the spring off, you can check the recoil spring guide rod for straightness. Shooting the gun with no buffer or a worn buffer can cause it to deform (bend).

FPrice
May 29, 2003, 11:18 PM
" With the spring off, you can check the recoil spring guide rod for straightness. Shooting the gun with no buffer or a worn buffer can cause it to deform (bend)."

Oops! Better check that...thanks.

Ledbetter
May 30, 2003, 02:35 PM
When you take it apart, do it in a cardboard box with high sides and a terrycloth towel on the bottom because the retaining clip on the end is TINY, will shoot across the room and is an essential component.

No clip = no shooting.

FPrice
May 30, 2003, 02:58 PM
"When you take it apart, do it in a cardboard box with high sides and a terrycloth towel on the bottom because the retaining clip on the end is TINY, will shoot across the room and is an essential component."

Thanks for the advice, but you are a few days late. :rolleyes:

Luckily...there was a cardboard box strategically placed in it's line of flight and made a successfull mid-air capture of said errant piece. It's flight to freedom was rapidly curtailed.

shootist2121
June 2, 2003, 10:48 AM
I replaced mine whole spring guide assembly...I needed the buff, and thought to just get an assembly since the clip looked like a weak spot....Browning sent me the buff and guide rod for under ten bucks if memory serve me..

Enjoy.:cool: :cool:

FPrice
June 2, 2003, 11:20 AM
"I replaced mine whole spring guide assembly...I needed the buff, and thought to just get an assembly since the clip looked like a weak spot....Browning sent me the buff and guide rod for under ten bucks if memory serve me.."

Thanks for the info, I just might try that. Since I have no idea how well he took care of this gun, but I suspect that it was NOT up to the average THR'er standards, I should be some further repair/replace on strategic items.

M1911
June 4, 2003, 09:56 AM
This is one of the reasons that I no longer take apart my Buckmark.

FPrice
June 13, 2003, 09:51 PM
Well, I got a new buffer from Gun Parts and put it in. The old buffer was almost melted in place, too much oil I think, but it came out okay and the new one went in as it was 'sposed to. The recoil spring looks okay so I just need to get it out to the range and see how things are.

Thanks for all the help.

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