Range Report - Browning Buckmark With Red Dot Sight
Before today, I had had virtually no experience with optically sighted handguns. In the seventies, I had a Thompson Contender with a 2X scope on it, but I never could quite get the hang of it and pretty much gave up on the idea until recently, when I decided to try again, but with a non-magnifying red dot sight for my (our) Browning Buckmark Camper.
I settled on a Bushnell Sportsman red dot, mounted on the pistol with a Weigand one piece base. The sight comes with its own rings.
Here's the pistol with the sight mounted.
So it was off to the range today. The red dot has 11 brightness settings. I found that the lower settings, 3 to 5, were best in bright sunlight through the polarizing lens. Windage & elevation adjustments were positive. The manual says each click of W&E moves the POI 1/4 inch at 25 yards. I found this to be accurate, with very minor adjustments needed to get centered groups. I was very pleasantly surprised about how user friendly a red dot sight is.
Here's my best 10 shot 25 yard group, 1 and 3/4 inch spread CtoC, with Remington Thunderbolt .22 LR standard velocity ammo.
I still need to do more experimentation with different brands of ammo. One drawback to this set-up is that I will have to remove the sight and mount in order to field strip the pistol. Then of course it will have to be re-zeroed. Not a big problem. The Buckmark can be adequately cleaned without a full tear-down.
BTW, my wife really likes this set-up. After all, it's her pistol.