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Browning 1911 22 Review

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22 Caliber Pistol review of the Browning 1911 22 A1

The specifications of the Browning 1911 22 are:

Caliber: .22LR

Capacity: 10 rounds

Action: Single-action

Barrel length: 4 1/4"

Front sight: Fixed

Rear sight: Fixed

Overall length: 7 1/16"

Weight: 16 ounces

Grip: Brown composite

Frame: Alloy

Slide: Aluminum

Finish: Matte blued finish

Safety: Left side, grip safety and magazine disconnect safety

Slide stop: Left side

Magazine release: Left side

Accessory rail: None

MSRP: $599.99

Pros: This 22 pistol is very easy to shoot and since it's a 1911 style semi-automatic pistol, new target shooters interested in a pistol that simulates the 1911 but in a smaller, lighter and cheaper caliber will have an easy time learning.  Not very picky about 22 caliber ammunition used which will help a lot when trying to save an extra dollar.  All controls are there from the original and the disassembly is exactly the same, therefore the person learning how to target shoot will have a nice head-start when he or she moves to the .45 ACP M1911.

Comments: At 85% the size of an original 1911, the Browning 1911 22 looks, feels and functions just like a Government 1911 without the weight or recoil of the original.  The smaller size will also help those with smaller hands to shoot a pistol that is one of the most well know semi-automatic pistols of all time.  Again this greatly helps the new target shooter to get accustomed to semi-automatic pistols.

Cons: A bit costly at $599.99 MSRP, especially compared to other 22 pistols.  The sights are not very clear and are fixed (such as the original GI model) but you can get used to it and wind up shooting well with it.  They will get the job done for target practice and plinking.  Must I say?  Yes, one magazine only.  You will have to get additional ones from Browning or on-line from other vendors.

Browning Buck Mark Pistol Review

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22 Caliber Pistol review of the Browning Buck Mark Standard URX

The specifications of the Buck Mark Standard URX are:

Caliber: .22LR

Capacity: 10 rounds

Action: Single-action (blowback)

Barrel length: 5 1/2" (other models: 4" and 7 1/4")

Front sight: hooded target sight

Rear sight: adjustable for elevation and windage

Overall length: 9 1/2" (other models differ)

Weight: 34 ounces

Grip: Soft Nitrile Ultragrip RX® (URX)

Frame: 7075-T6 Aluminum

Slide: 7075-T6 Aluminum

Finish: Matte blued finish

Safety: Manuel thumb safety and magazine disconnect

Magazine release: Left side

Accessory rail: N/A

MSRP: $459

Pros: The Buck Mark's accuracy is very good and the rear sight permits minute adjustments.  The overall feel of the Buckmark Standard in terms of size and weight is another very good characteristic.  There are different types of grips depending on the exact model (wood, composite and laminate) but they all help this semi-automatic pistol feel really good in the hand.  Taking this 22 pistol apart for cleaning is not the hardest or most complicated compared to other target pistols which helps the novice keep it clean, especially necessary because of the characteristics of .22LR ammunition.

Comments: This 22 pistol is very comfortable and easy to use.  Although not too picky with types of .22LR ammunition, it does, such as other pistols, prefer higher quality ammunition.  The target shooter should try different types of ammo and see which one works best.  This is yet another semi-automatic pistol, leaning a little more towards target shooting category which helps the beginner to get used to target shooting.

Cons: No, no no!  Only one magazine!?  Please!  Oh well, you can always order extra magazines from Browning or other online stores.  There are .22 pistols that are much more accurate but the price goes up substantially and the novice target shooter will be able to learn all the important factors while spending relatively little money while having fun at the target range.