browning buckmark custom grips query


January 12, 2013, 07:29 PM
Searched for this topic first so I hope I ain't spiking a thread that's already out there.

Been having issues with my buckmark 22LR and have come back here with hat in hand and head bowed.

Started when I bought a brand new magazine and noticed it's slightly different from my two original mags.

Sometimes it's near-impossible to get it to seat and click the ejector button up--then sometimes when I do get it in I have to have help ejecting the clip as my thumb by itself ain't strong enough to press the release button.

Friend suggested it was my blankety blank hand-carved walnut grips causing all the misery and he may be right. If I tighten them on good (so that you can't feel them wiggle when you hold the gun) then I can't get a clip to release at all once it's been loaded.

Too loose (so that clips slide in and out as they oughta) then that little softened v-shaped spring on the right half of the gun slips out of place and the gun won't cock. (My blueprints ain't handy or I could give the part its proper name).

Obviously my gun depends on a certain amount of grip-tightness but I'm wondering if the wood needs to be machined a bit so that the clips don't bind?

Reticent to go grinding away on the walnut till I ask the advise of you seasoned veterans.

Thanx for the width,

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January 12, 2013, 10:22 PM
How does the pistol operate with original grips?

January 13, 2013, 12:01 AM
Great question C-F and I only wish I knew the answer; bought this used with the custom grips already installed.

Have just read elsewhere that some clip/jamming issues are related to the grips and how tight they are.

January 13, 2013, 12:13 AM
Which Buckmark do you have? If I remember correctly, there are 3 different frame designs.....

January 13, 2013, 12:25 AM
It's an oldie (1985) and its model isn't stamped on it.

At the Browning site the one that best matches it is the UDX. (Blue steel and the squared off barrel).

January 13, 2013, 02:24 AM
Checking there again (Browning) I'm thinking my model's more likely the Standard URX.

January 13, 2013, 07:53 AM
For some reason, I don't think the URX has been out but a few years....

January 13, 2013, 04:08 PM
whatever its model all the grip assemblies appear the same (the grips all hold down moving parts like the mag release spring and the disconnector spring and disconnector on the right side of the gun and the slide lock and the safety on the left).

any buckmark owners experienced similar issues with functionality of the gun adversely effected by the grips being too tight/loose?


January 13, 2013, 06:01 PM
Like you said, the grips hold down moving stuff. They are a part of the working gun. They need to fit properly for the gun to operate properly. I say either fit your grips or get some new ones.

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