For those of you that own an older Browning Buck Mark, you know that it’s almost a perfect gun right outta the box. The trigger is great, accuracy is plenty, and the grips are most certainly good enough.
The only thing that’s missing is the ability to add accessories. Thanks to our friends over at Tactical Solutions, today we are going to fix that issue with their Trail-Lite 4″ Threaded Barrel.
The barrel swap on a Buck Mark is about as easy as it gets when it comes to do-it-yourself upgrades. Just remove three screws. You don’t even need to fully disassemble the pistol.
Making the change gives you a couple of advantages over the factory setup. First, and as mentioned, you can now add suppressors and compensators. Suppressors are half the reason to own a rimfire. And a suppressed Buck Mark is as good as it gets.
Second, this Tactical Solutions barrel offers serious weight reduction. The factory Buck Mark is a bull barrel, and all steel. The Trail Lite is a steel barrel with an aluminum sleeve. This offers the same rigidity of a steel barrel, at about half the weight.
The way the pistol handles after the swap is amazing. This is also a big consideration if you use your rimfire pistol for backpacking. Every ounce counts. Having recently gone on a walkabout at elevation, trust me, it matters.
Third, the replacement barrels are available in 4- or 5.5-inch configurations. I opted for a 4-inch to maximize the weight savings. This also makes for a more compact package, especially with a suppressor mounted on the end.
A change over isn’t cheap, but you only have to do it once. MSRP is $260, though I have found street price to be much closer to $200. The performance is worth every penny.
And if you don’t have a Browning Buck Mark, now is the time to shop for one on GunsAmerica.