Browning buck mark Camper


October 20, 2011, 11:42 PM
has anyone had any experience with these? I have owned zero pistols, and have only shot a glock, and a S&W .44mag

are these fun?
For about ~350 is there a better .22 caliber pistol to be looking at?

I am more of a rifle person, but i have been wanting a pistol for a while, my problem though is i have to buy what private party has to offer as i am only 19
but that's a different story


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October 20, 2011, 11:48 PM
I have owned both the Browning buckmark and the ruger 22/45. Both awesome guns and a blast to shoot! The ruger might be a touch cheaper, but can be tricky to take apart the first few times. Other than that you can't go wrong with either. Mainly comes down to which one feels best. Best of luck...

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October 20, 2011, 11:49 PM
Buckmark is a fabulous .22 pistol. A blast to shoot and nary an issue.

October 21, 2011, 12:00 AM
I've had my Buckmark for 8 years. Thousands of rounds through it. Reliable, accurate, fun to shoot, good looking.:)

October 21, 2011, 12:09 AM
ya Wrench I thought the Buckmark was a looker too,and wow yours looks awesome

October 21, 2011, 12:36 AM
I have a Buck Mark Standard URX, and I love it. One caution about the Camper: the rear sight base is plastic and is likely to fail eventually. Go with a Tactical Solutions rail with integral rear sight. This will give you a stable, durable rear sight plus the abiilty to mount optics if you want.

October 21, 2011, 12:42 AM
ouch though 70 dollars for the plastic rear sight fix, couldn't you apply that towards nicer gun? Again though, I don't know what kinds of good .22 pistols are out there, I saw a Walther P22, it looks nice

October 21, 2011, 12:52 AM
ouch though 70 dollars for the plastic rear sight fix, couldn't you apply that towards nicer gun? Again though, I don't know what kinds of good .22 pistols are out there, I saw a Walther P22, it looks nice

You could move up to the Standard URX that already has a metal rear sight base. The MSRP of the Standard is $80 higher than the Camper, and you still won't have a rail. For the $70 with the Tac Sol, you're getting a sight and a rail, so it's not such a bad deal. I have a Standard, but I added the Tac Sol rail anyway because I wanted to mount a red dot sight.

IMO, the Buck Mark is a superior pistol to the P22 in both accuracy and reliability. So is the Ruger MK III. It's a little bit apples-and-oranges, though, because the Buck Mark and Ruger MK III are more like target-style pistols, where the P22 is sort of a little brother to Walther's defense/combat handguns.

You might also consider a Smith & Wesson 22A ( They're very reasonably priced for what they are. A guy at my club has one, and he's really happy with it.

October 21, 2011, 01:13 AM
The Buckmark is an excellent gun! They are fun to shoot, very accurate and reliable.

Here's mine....

October 21, 2011, 01:43 AM
gosh these buckmarks are so pretty lol, I love the gold trigger look

October 21, 2011, 02:07 AM
Yep, the Buckmark. I have the Camper which is the cheapest of the breed and it's an excellent pistol. Accurate with a great trigger. The Camper came with a fiber optic front site that really works well. The Ruger is a good pistol also. I've owned one for years but prefer the Browning because it just seems to shoot better for me, probably because of the good trigger and sights.

October 21, 2011, 08:27 AM
The gold trigger has gone the way of tinkering, but another one to fuel your fire:

Buckmarks are fine pistols and will serve you well. Get one.

October 21, 2011, 08:42 AM
buckmark and ruger's are your best bets. I found the buckmarks look and feel better in hand, but are a little more finicky and more likely to jam than the ruger. The browning really likes to be clean and oiled. The ruger doesn't care as much. I don't know much about the smith and wesson 22, but it looks ok, and it's around 200 if cost is a major issue for you.

But a 22 auto pistol is an absolute blast. Possibly the most fun gun you will ever own or shoot. Be sure to pick up one of those $3 magazine loaders whichever gun you go with.

Hk Dan
October 21, 2011, 12:05 PM
Yes, and I have killed a lot of squirrels with mine. Love it and it shoots like a good rifle.

October 21, 2011, 12:37 PM
guys thank you so much, i am pretty much sold on the buckmark it is so pretty, and seems to have good reviews by yall. I am about 95% sure on the buckmark the other 5% is on the Ruger MKIII , both look fine , either way i am going to own one of them

thank you so much !!!!

October 21, 2011, 01:06 PM
which one of these, they are the same price

October 21, 2011, 03:19 PM
I've had my Buckmark Camper for about a month now, and could NOT be happier. Comparing it to the Ruger Mark III and 22/45, the Buckmark is just as reliable and has a grip that is much more comfortable. You really can't go wrong with one!

October 21, 2011, 03:25 PM
which one of these, they are the same price

I have and really enjoy my Buckmark so I would go with that one - no question.

You should go handle them though. You might end up liking one more than the other. Either way you won't go wrong.

October 22, 2011, 12:51 AM
definitely the buckmark.

then look into "the heggis spring flip",,,,,,,, which is a 10 minute, zero cost trigger mod that will result in a trigger that has no peers. breaking like a glass rod at 2lbs or so.

ive done it to all 3 of mine.

heggis trigger < buckmarks only

October 22, 2011, 01:28 PM
I pulled the trigger and bought the buckmark

this is the one i bought, now i have to wait for them to mail it out Monday and to get here
>Bryan thanks for that tip, will definitely do it!

if i were to remove the barrel off of it when i got it, and sell it it would be factory new, but how much would i be able to get out of it i have looked around and only see aftermarket barrels or threaded ones for sale.
thanks again everyone for talking me into getting this awesome looking pistol

Michael R.
October 22, 2011, 01:28 PM
i have one and it is awesome

October 22, 2011, 01:39 PM
Congrats! Nice-looking pistol. Welcome to the Buck Mark Club!

Why do you want to change the barrel out right away? I would go with the stock one for a while, then think about tinkering later. But that's just me.

October 22, 2011, 01:46 PM
@toivo, because i saw the tactical solutions ones and totally got lured in the looks department lol, pricey. But mainly because I had wanted the slab sided barrel but couldn't find one in this configuration, and again just because I like how the flat sided barrel looks, as well as the tac solutions one, ontop of it i thought i'd get best return by selling barrel it has on it unfired and new as opposed to popping 100 rounds down it first, if that makes sense.

October 23, 2011, 02:52 AM
I guess that makes sense. The Tac Sol stuff is pretty attractive. An unfired barrel will get a higher price, but I don't think it will cover what you pay for the Tac Sol.

If you like slab-sided barrels, think about the Standard URX ( It comes with the slab-sided barrel and with a metal sight base. I think it will run you about $50 or $60 more than the basic Camper.

October 23, 2011, 02:56 AM
I love my Buck Mark! I've got a Nikon Monarch red dot on it. It's my favorite handgun to shoot at 50 yards.

Phoenix 6.0
October 23, 2011, 06:38 PM
I love my buckmark. my camper was around 300 at academy. have somewhere around 1k thru mine with no problems

October 23, 2011, 06:47 PM
Ah ya, I saw that after the fact Toivo, I have already made my purchase though, now just waiting on it to ship to the FFL, after fees and shipping I have $385 into it. It is a camper model, but with some upgrades, I am happy with my purchase regardless of the barrel. Can't wait to get it now.

October 23, 2011, 08:46 PM
It's my favorite handgun to shoot at 50 yards.

funny you should mention that exact range.

i spent last weekend shooting homemade steel targets @ a measured 50yds.

one was square 12x12" and two others 5x5" each. we were able to ring the big one every shot shooting fairly quickly, maybe 3 shot per second, and we were hitting the little ones almost everytime with slow aimed fire. they are the most accurate pistols we have ever owned, easily.

ive wondered if the tacsol barrels are as accurate? or more even?

its hard to imagine them being anymore accurate than the heavy barrels on the camper models. these things are crazy accurate right out of the box.

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