Pretty, and It Shoots

Once in a while, a gun comes along that can be called ‘pretty.’ The Browning Buck Mark Medallion is such a gun. What makes it even better is that it also is a great shooter.

Some time back, I had a Buck Mark Practical Plus, on which I did a review. That gun had more of the looks of a warhorse, with dark battleship gray coloring, Picatinny rail to mount accessories like a Buck Mark Reflex Sight, and white outlined Pro Target rear sights. As with the Medallion version it was also a great shooter.

The Medallion has a blackened stainless steel slab side barrel with polished flats, laminated rosewood colored grips with gold Buckmark, gold trigger, Pro-Target adjustable rear sight and Truglo/Marble Arms fiber-optic front sight. It weighs 34 ounces, and has a 5 1/2-inch barrel with a total length of 9 1/2 inches. The gun is packed in a nice hinged latch case, which has compartments for two extra magazines, and another to keep the provided lock or other items (if the lock is removed and stored elsewhere).

It comes with a single 10-round, .22 caliber, single stack magazine. Additional magazines are available through the Browning website, as well as some other retailers such as Sportsman’s Guide and MidwayUSA. I have three for my unit.

I asked a Browning spokeswoman if the front fiber optic sight could be changed to a different color. She said that the post could be changed, but it would have to be purchased from a different outlet, as Browning does not handle those. The sight that is on the pistol is red, which seems to work great.

As for the shooting, it was tested with several brands, bullet grains and velocities. The brands/models of ammunition were Remington Thunderbolt and Golden Bullet; Winchester M22 and Xpert; CCI Mini Mag, Standard and Quiet. Velocities ran from 710 to 1280 fps. All velocities except the 710 cycled through the gun without a hiccup. The lowest velocity that worked was CCI’s Standard at 1070 fps with a 40 gr bullet.

Over 500 rounds of ammo have now been fired through the gun, and it has shot great from the beginning. During the first test with 200 rounds of firing from 5, 7 and 10 yards, and after slightly tweaking the adjustable sights, the gun drilled the two-inch center of a pistol target with 60 rounds.

Later, I fired the gun at 15 and 25 yards, which is a Shoot ‘N’ Plink video on the Dan’s Fish ‘N’ Tales/Shoot ‘N’ Plink YouTube channel. From what I can figure, 15 out of the 20 rounds (10 from 15 yards; 10 from 25 yards) hit the 6-inch Shoot-N-C target, with some coming close to the dime size center.

The trigger pull is very light and crisp, which helps with its accuracy. In fact, you have to get a little used to it, or you may fire a round before you’d like to do so. The reset is quick, so both together make it a rapid firing, “dead on target” shooter.

For cleaning I use a Bore Snake with Hoppe’s solvent and oil, followed by a treatment of Gun Protect. This is quick and easy on the way this pistol is made, with the two open sides on the slide. Every now and then, you might want to do a more thorough cleaning, but in most cases the quick Snake through the barrel and a brush of Gun Protect in the slide and firing pin area will work just fine. The Gun Protect is also applied to the entire outside metal.

One person said to me, “That gun is so pretty I would by it for the display case if for nothing else.” Well, once it is shot it is definitely not staying in a display case—it’s heading for the range.

Speaking of purchasing this model, the MSRP is $509.99. Of course, as with all MSRPs you can probably find it cheaper somewhere. In fact, I’ve seen it down to a little over $400, and slightly less in another location.