Reviewed By: Michael F on 09/04/2015
Rating: [2 of 5 Stars!]
Well, I really wanted to like this gun. I did a ton of research and it came down to the Buck Mark and the Ruger Mark II/III. They both got very good reviews for the most part, but the complexity of tearing down the Ruger swayed me to the Browning. I'm new to handguns, and I had a NRA instructor suggest that I work on my technique and marksmanship on a .22 pistol. I think this was good advice, but I am new to the .22 ammo world. I mention this because I also see where there is a ton of opinion about what ammo is "good" and what is "dirty" that can lead to FTF/FTE problems.
I put about 1,500 rounds of a variety of ammo through this gun, so I am hoping that would alleviate that variable. Bottom line is that the gun kept "bridging" the round in the breach usually on round 8,9, or 10. Sometimes very difficult to remove the cartridge since it was jammed in there so tightly. So, must be the magazine or the mag spring, right? So, I purchase another magazine (Browning made and labeled) and this does not change a thing. It became a pretty consistent problem. So much so that visiting the range became an aggravation, not the fun it is supposed to be.
I clean it. I run it lubed. I run it dry. It just did not matter. This gun was not functioning as intended and I think the issue is/was that the feed ramp placement is too low to the chamber or not rounded enough to allow a round that does not have a ton of spring tension on it to be fed into the chamber. It just looks like the feed ramp is 1-2mm too low.
Anyway, it is at Browning now and will take about a month to get back. I am hoping they can smooth out the feed ramp interface and that will be that.
Aside from that (kinda a big "aside" however..) the gun feels good in the hands, has nice balance, and a light and smooth trigger. The Camper UFX version I got came with worthless black sites, so unless you are 12 and have eagle eyes, you will be putting at least a new front sight on this gun. I got a Dawson Precision front sight and it helped things for certain (if I'd do it again, I'd probably get the Williams Fire Sights set..still may), so either buy a version of the Buck Mark that has better sites or just calculate the cost of new ones in).
So, that's it. Disappointed, but hoping I got a lemon and all will be well when I get it back from the gunsmith at Browning).
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