New Buck Mark Models for 2017

Browning Buck Mark Plus Rosewood UDX

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

Buck Mark Lite Flute

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

Buck Mark 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.

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  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    “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 think you nailed it right there.

    I’ve always owned the Ruger MK series (MKII Gov. Competition model), but I’ve also always seen the two guns as equals. They are very well made all from steel with excellent barrels, but while you can find a MK in damn near ANY gun store, many won’t/don’t carry the Buckmarks, which is a shame.

    For some reason they just don’t show up as much in the stores and so if you’re looking for a good high quality all-steel .22lr pistol, the Ruger is going to be more available to more people.

    Does Browning just have worse marketing chops than Ruger? Maybe so.

    • Xtorin O’hern

      it’s definitely marketing, there are times i forget Browning even exists….

    • derpmaster

      In my opinion the Browning Buckmark is a far superior design with better ergos and takedown, but it all comes down to marketing and price point. The Rugers are almost always cheaper and come with two mags instead of one. I know tons of gun people who have never even shot a Buckmark. Browning is making a mistake, I think, in trying to really up-market these things. Their Camper model used to be like $295 at any gun store and is one hell of a gun.

      Browning makes all their money off of clothing, it’s almost a wonder why they even still make guns. What guns they do produce are generally under-reviewed, under-appreciated, and relegated to the 60+ fudd realm who really like fine stuff and don’t care that the ruger is $20 cheaper. I wish they would get it together and try and claim market share because outside of the niche of OU shotguns they really are just a drop in the bucket of the gun market, and they have some really decent stuff.

      • AndyHasky

        I have a buckmark, any time I take a new shooter out I take it and my Hi Power and even a novice shooter can be tack drivers with both pretty quick. I love it but now I really want a mkIV, it seems to make a lot of other 22 pistol designs obsolete. I’m not a huge fan of Browning these days, the BPS is just an overweight Ithaca thats rougher to boot. I do love my dads lever .22lr though.

        So true about the clothing though I never thought about that haha. They really haven’t done much innovative lately though.

        • derpmaster

          BPS is a good gun and the ergos support sporting use a lot better than an Ithaca (BPS has a proper modern barrel taper and high rib), but it’s a very odd niche market gun – left handers who want a pump action. When they were $350 they made sense as an interesting shotgun choice but I can’t ever see buying another one at current prices, I’d rather go with one of the more modern semi autos.

          The barrel rib/taper thing is something that I think is lost on a lot of internet gun people – it’s one of the main features that sets a really good sporting shotgun aside from the mass market and combat stuff.

          • AndyHasky

            My dad has a BPS, and I have shot it but given the choice between the BPS and a 1950’s era M37 I choose the Ithaca 10/10 times, lighter and smoother action. You get over not having a rib pretty fast (I also own a 50’s model with a solid rib too, it’s not like they don’t exist) for bird hunting. I recently got a 2017 M37 with a vent rib as well and love it too. Can’t think of a better bird gun then an M37, for me at least. Different strokes and all that though. The only thing I will concede on the BPS is that the safety is in a better spot.

          • derpmaster

            I think for me it’s the combo of the rib and upward inflection of the barrel. When you look at a lot of sporting shotguns, the barrel tapers up. I shoot pretty eyes open and heads up with shotguns and it just works for me with those type of guns, and most mass market or combat style guns don’t design that in for cost. I can’t hit a thing with the ribless and flat-plane shotguns, I consistently shoot low, obviously in the sky not on paper.

            Shotguns are very much a personal fit thing. I can agree with you that the BPS tang safety is about as good as it gets.

          • AndyHasky

            that makes a lot of sense, I grew up on the M37 so I’m pretty used to it, I need to see if I shoot high on my dads BPS next time.

      • Hoplopfheil

        Yeah. I like the Buckmark, and I wanted one. But in the end I got a much cheaper S&W 22a-1.

        Just couldn’t justify all that cost.

  • Edeco

    9″ barrel URX contour with top & bottom rails and threaded muzzle please. Also non gold trigger, bleh. Might have been cute in the 90’s, but cheesy now, reminds me of Franklin Mint “collectible” NASCAR pocket knives or the like.

    • derpmaster

      It looks good new but it wears off fast. All my brownings have bare triggers now, the gold is just a cheap flash coating.

      • Edeco

        Good because bleh, too saccharine for me.

  • Blake

    These are really nice.

    However the answer to “I leave it up to you to decide what the best .22 LR handgun is.” is simple:

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Either the Colt Woodsman or the S&W Model 41, for non-Olympic-level firearms.

  • Cymond

    The Lite Flute UFX looks like a TacSol barrel.