September 14, 2020
By Joel J. Hutchcroft
One of Browning’s 2020 SHOT Show special pistols is the .22 LR Buck Mark Plus Vision Red that features a lightweight, alloy-sleeved, 5.9-inch, steel “Vision” suppressor-ready barrel that comes with a removable muzzle brake. The pistol also has a top-mounted optics rail; UFX overmolded rubber grips; a TRUGLO/Marbles Arms fiber-optic front sight; and a 16-click, adjustable Pro-Target rear sight with white outline that is recessed into the top of the optics rail. The lateral cuts in the barrel sleeve reduce weight and give the gun its distinctive look. The frame and barrel sleeve are anodized red; the trigger is gold; and the slide, grips, top rail, sights, and muzzle brake are matte black. The pistol comes with two 10-round magazines and a pistol rug. Browning also offers the Buck Mark Plus Vision in blue and black finishes, and the shape of the sleeve cuts differs depending on the color. The black pistol has sawtooth cuts, and the blue pistol has hexagonal cuts. All three pistols are visually distinctive.
I put close to 500 rounds of .22 LR ammunition through the red Buck Mark Plus Vision during my accuracy test and plinking sessions and didn’t have a single failure to feed, extract, or eject. It proved to be extremely reliable, and that was with ammo ranging from standard-velocity target types to high-velocity small-game-hunting types.
The accompanying chart shows the average accuracies for five, five-shot groups fired with those seven .22 LR factory loads. All shooting was done from a sandbag benchrest at 25 yards. For the accuracy test, I installed a Leupold 2.5-8X pistol scope and cranked it up to 8X. Overall average accuracy for all seven loads was 1.16 inches. The best accuracy came with the Aguila Target 40-grain LRN ammo; it averaged 0.84 inch.
As I’ve stated numerous times in the past, I am a mediocre shooter at best, so the Buck Mark Plus Vision undoubtedly is capable of better accuracy in the hands of a more skillful shooter. In fact, I read one report written by another writer, and his Buck Mark Plus Vision consistently achieved 1.0-inch groups with a variety of ammunition.
I also fired the Buck Mark Plus Vision offhand on a bouncing ball target and on swinging steel rimfire targets using the iron sights, and I found the green fiber-optic front sight easy to see in daylight as well as low light. The rubber UFX grips were comfortable and tacky enough that the pistol was easy to control even with sweaty hands. And my pistol’s trigger pull was crisp and consistent with just a bit of take-up. Average trigger pull for five measurements with an RCBS trigger pull scale was 4 pounds, 8 ounces with 10 ounces of variation over those five measurements.
I think the Buck Mark Plus Vision is very cool looking. I am happy to report that it shoots as good as it looks.
MSRP: $699.99; browning.com
Browning Buck Mark Plus Vision .22LR Specs
- Manufacturer: Browning
- Type: Blowback-operated autoloader
- Caliber: .22 LR
- Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
- Barrel: 5.9 in.
- Overall Length: 11.5 in. (with muzzle brake)
- Width: 1.25 in.
- Height: 5.35 in.
- Weight, Empty: 27 oz.
- Grips: UFX black rubber overmolded
- Finish: Red anodized
- Sights:Pro Target fully adjustable rear, TRUGLO/Marbles green fiber-optic front
- Trigger: 4.5-lb. pull (as tested)
- Safety: Manual thumb safety, magazine disconnect
Browning Buck Mark Plus Vision .22LR Accuracy & Velocity