Swap the Barrel on Your Browning Buck Mark with a Tactical Solutions Trail Lite

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.

This is all you need to get the job done.

I opted for the 4-inch barrel to maximize weight reduction.

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.

About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website, Off-The-Reservation.com

{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Warren Fowler April 26, 2019, 9:01 am

    Where can I buy a bull barrel for my buckmart in Canada?

  • Stuka November 24, 2017, 7:02 pm

    Tactical Solutions makes a nice threaded 4” barrel for the Browning Buck Mark.

  • DC October 8, 2017, 10:56 am

    ” The Trail Lite is a steel barrel with an aluminum sleeve. ”



  • jack October 6, 2017, 1:34 pm

    How about a test using a decibel meter and firing standard velocity 22 lr rounds through both a suppressor and without
    a suppressor and be sure to list the decibels.
    That way we will know how well the suppressor works.

  • Tommygun851 October 6, 2017, 12:22 pm

    I don’t mean to insult the author with my comments but it seams to me that he doesn’t know very much about simple home gunsmithing. The three things that he did wrong was-
    1- not using a mat on the bench to protect his firearm and parts
    2- he didn’t use (or at least point out) that when using a regular slotted screw driver that it should be a hollow ground gunsmiths type that properly fits the screw so you don’t end up gobbering up the screw
    3- when he replaced the piccatiny rail he, he tightened the first screw down before even getting the other one started. Surprised he didn’t strip the machine screw
    And yes, for a few dollars more, you can just buy a Rugar 22/45 and have two guns instead of one.
    Maybe next time he might have a friend that knows something about gunsmithing help him do the next video on “How not to swap out a pistol barrel!”

    • James September 16, 2019, 1:38 pm

      If we’re so intent on “correctness”, I’m not aware of the RugAr 22/45. But since you went to this great length to correct this servant of our country I guess I should just take your word for it.
      RugAr 22/45 search started.


  • Tenbones October 6, 2017, 11:21 am

    Or, for an extra $130.00 or so, you can buy a Ruger 22/45 Tactical that already has a threaded barrel…..

  • Boyo October 6, 2017, 8:27 am


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