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    Can someone help me identify the model of this Browning Buckmark?

    I got this older Browning Buckmark as a belated Christmas present from my father. It didn't come with with any papers or anything that identifies the model. I was wondering if I could get some help with figuring out the model. Its a great pistol, I took it out shooting yeseterday and had a lot of fun with it. I dated it using the Browning website, and the date of manufacture it 1990. I was thinking either a standard, camper or UDX, I really like the slab-side barrel. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.






    Last edited by JeffDilla; January 1st, 2009 at 01:41 PM. Reason: Manufactured in 1990
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    It is the Buckmark Plus, which is the standard gun with wood instead of plastic grips.
    Expensive wood grips, in the 1991 Gun Digest list price was $265.95 versus $218.95 for the base model.
    I have a few facts and a lot of opinions.

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    Thanks Jim
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    I knew right away it wasn't the camper because I have one. It does look a lot like my Challenger III, but I wouldn't argue with Mr. Watson. What does the right side look like?

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    Jim, my Blue Book says the Buckmark Plus also had a high-polish blue finish, which the Originals Poster's gun doesn't seem to have (also makes the price difference you quoted seem a bit more reasonable).

    I was leaning toward calling it a Challenger III also (I had one many moons ago), but the BB also says those were discontinued in 1985, which is incompatible with the born-on date the OP found on Browning's website. If it WAS a Challenger III, it would say so on the right side of the barrel, I believe.

    Because the OP called it a Buckmark, I'm assuming it SAYS "Buckmark" on the right side, and if so, then I think it is a standard 1990-model Buckmark that has had the grips updated to the "Plus" versions at some point in the past (maybe they were an extra-cost option on the base model?).

    The early Buckmark models were distinguished by the flat-sided plastic skip-checkered grip panels (that warped so badly that they sometimes wouldn't hold certain parts in place correctly; I still have a set in my junk drawer), and the all-metal rear sight, soon to be changed to a mostly plastic unit. The metal rear sight, (as shown in the photos, above) had two opposing screws for windage adjustment; loosen one, tighten the other, and the sight blade slid sideways a little bit. Repeat as necessary until windage was zeroed.
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    DJ Niner, you're right, it does have Buckmark on the side of the gun, and the manufacture date is 1990. Good info regarding the sights and everything else. Thanks.
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    The Browning Buckmarks are fine pistols. My wife shoots a Camper and I have a scoped Contour Lite. Great guns for the money.

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