Fit and Finish
The Browning Buckmark Camper, is nicely assembled and immaculately finished. The Camper’s Parkerized bull barrel is substantial, in a good way. The molded synthetic grip has a rubberized feel to it, but it isn't tacky. It’s every bit as comfortable from either the right or left hand, though the slide lock, safety and magazine release are all set up for righties only.
The Buckmark is no lightweight. At 2 lbs. 2 oz., Not that the Camper is – in any way – a concealed carry gun. But it’s certainly tenable as a nightstand gun for someone who can’t handle higher caliber ballistics.
This is an American-made standard blow-back gun with a single action trigger. As with almost every .22 lr pistol out there, the Buckmark has a 10+1 capacity and comes with one magazine.
And this is where Browning nicks you. Buckmark magazines are a good $7 to $10 more than Ruger Mark III mags, depending on the retailer. That’s a fair bit of change that could be much better spent on ammo.
The Buckmark’s sights are standard black and adjustable for windage. Many Campers seem to come equipped with Hi-Viz fiber optic sights. Both rear and front sights are easily swapped out for aftermarket alternatives.
While not quite in the Ruger’s league in terms of accessories, the Buckmark still has a wide variety of rails, replacement triggers, grips and more that can be used to customize the gun in any number of ways.
The Browning Buckmark Camper’s best feature is the trigger. It has a light, crisp break that’s unusual for a gun at this price point. Combining a quick re-set with a .22’s soft recoil, the Camper’s incredibly easy to keep on target shot after shot.
The cracker-crisp trigger and the gun’s heft means minimal, Airsoft-caliber recoil. With the Camper’s long sight radius, a reasonably experienced shooter can achieve 1” groups out to 15+ yards.
Not only is field stripping a minor adventure, it requires tools. Allen wrenches, to be specific. Two different sizes of Allen wrenches. Is it difficult? No, it’s not. But it’s not something you’ll want to do in the field. To clean and lube the slide, you have to take the slide bridge off. This you do by removing two screws with one of the Allen wrenches. (Make sure to keep ‘em straight because they’re different lengths.) Not satisfied running a BoreSnake through the barrel? If you’re going to run a cleaning rod through it from the rear, you have to use a different wrench to remove the barrel.
The Browning Buckmark Camper’s grips are attached to the gun with two flat-head screws. The grips also hold the mag release spring and part of the trigger assembly. Tip the gun the wrong way and out they come. In short, replacing the Camper’s grips is not exactly like putting a new set of Cocobolos on your 1911.
Face it: everyone needs a .22 pistol. The Browning Buckmark Camper is no race gun, but it’s a lot of fun in a well-built package at a nice price ($300 +/-). How great is that?
Caliber .22 LR
Barrel Length 5.5”
Safety Thumb and Magazine
Weight 34 oz.
Finish Black Parkerized
Ratings (out of five)
Style * * * *
It won’t win any beauty contests, but it has a certain utilitarian je ne sais quoi.
Ergonomics * * * * *
Extremely comfortable to have to hold and to shoot.
Reliability * * * *
Find its favorite brands of ammo (and there seem to be a lot of them) and it’ll run all day long.
Customization * * * *
Plenty of plug-and-play options out there to make it in your own image.
Overall * * * * *
Unless you need a super-accurate target gun, a .22 pistol should, above all, be fun and reliable. Mission accomplished.