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Old 07-14-2011, 08:03 AM   #21
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Joseph Agustus Badali designed the Browning Buckmark (along with the A-bolt rifle, etc.) He loved working for Browning. I bought one of the first Buckmarks and Joe took off the plastic grips and install some laminated grips with a thumbrest. These were special grips made for a few people at Browning. There were about ten pairs made. When the target sights he designed were made he put those on my Buckmark. That makes this gun very special to me and it is wonderfully accurate. Joe passed away early last spring.

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You seem to be new here, Robert. Welcome to our humble little gun club, and we look forward to your future contributions to the discussion!
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The Mk 1 I used to have and the HS I'm about to have.

I had a P22 for a spell; liked it but never loved it.

As a bonus; the worst .22 I ever owned was a Buffalo.

...until it spontaneously disassembled itself.
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I like my old High Standard Olympic. Still in the original box and complete with both sets of barrel weights and screws.
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Joseph Agustus Badali designed the Browning Buckmark (along with the A-bolt rifle, etc.) He loved working for Browning. I bought one of the first Buckmarks and Joe took off the plastic grips and install some laminated grips with a thumbrest. These were special grips made for a few people at Browning. There were about ten pairs made. When the target sights he designed were made he put those on my Buckmark. That makes this gun very special to me and it is wonderfully accurate. Joe passed away early last spring.
I only know Mr. Badali from his patents at Winchester and Browning. They ran the gambit from .22 rimfires to a semi-auto 40mm grenade launcher. How is that for versatile?
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I'd hate to say how many years I've had a Ruger Mk2 and still have fun plinking with it. I've had a couple .22 revolvers over the years but they couldn't outshoot that Ruger.

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Joseph Agustus Badali designed the Browning Buckmark (along with the A-bolt rifle, etc.) He loved working for Browning. I bought one of the first Buckmarks and Joe .......

I have four .22 pistols; a Walther P22, which is an OK gun, a Sig Sauer Mosquito, which I would classify pretty much the same as the Walther in terms of quality, just a little bigger in size, a Ruger MkIII, which is a very nice gun, and a Browning Buck Mark, as well. I really like the Buck Mark; nice grip, nice grip angle, very nice sights, just an overall excellent gun.
It's hard for me to say which I like better, the Buck Mark or the MKIII. Unlike some people I seem to be a bit insensitive to grip angle so the MKIII seems to be also an excellent gun.
But, no one can say bad things about the Buck Mark!!
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Thanks for coming over Mr. Turpin... RU related to Tom?
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But, no one can say bad things about the Buck Mark!!
...until the buffer launches itself into another dimension...
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I wish Browning would put a heavy, tapered 5-6" barrel on the Buckmark, and top it off with a vent rib. The idea is to build something that looks as close as possible to a mini-Auto Mag in .22LR.

Ruger could also do this with the 22/45 and please me greatly.

Maybe someday I'll hit the lottery and have one custom-made to my specifications.
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A used Ruger Government .22/.45 - $100

A brick of .22 long rifles - $15.00



The smile on his face - priceless!

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the Colt's Woodsman of course. (NOTHING else even compares, imVho.)

fyi, my 94YY mother still carries her Woodsman (that i bought her about 40 years ago!) on her belt, when she's on the family farm, to shoot "rattletails" & cottonmouths. - and she can still hit with it too.

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The idea is to build something that looks as close as possible to a mini-Auto Mag in .22LR.

Ruger could also do this with the 22/45 and please me greatly.

Maybe someday I'll hit the lottery and have one custom-made to my specifications.
Or you could find one of the AMT Lightning pistols that was factory configured as a Baby Auto Mag. G&A run a cover article in the June 1985 issue, and I actually saw some at Houston gun shows back then.

I just ran a Google Image search and came up with the following from Brian Maynard, the fellow that did the design work on the Baby Auto Mag pistol:

The Baby Auto Mag

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Or you could find one of the AMT Lightning pistols that was factory configured as a Baby Auto Mag. G&A run a cover article in the June 1985 issue, and I actually saw some at Houston gun shows back then.

I just ran a Google Image search and came up with the following from Brian Maynard, the fellow that did the design work on the Baby Auto Mag pistol:

The Baby Auto Mag

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Yeah, I've seen that. Barrel's a little longer than I want, and I'd prefer the 22/45 type grip frame (or the Browning's), but that's the general idea.
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Yeah, I've seen that. Barrel's a little longer than I want, and I'd prefer the 22/45 type grip frame (or the Browning's), but that's the general idea.
I really liked those photos of the Baby Automag. As usual Mssr's Snake and Watters are light years ahead of me in the thinking up things to buy department.

No kidding, I have always wanted an Automag, ever since high school when I was hooked on Mack Bolan paperbacks. I always loved covers where the Automag was prominently displayed, and thought it was the most beautiful pistol I had ever seen. I actually held one in a gun store in Middle Georgia in the mid 70's. Came with a set of dies to form .44 auto mag ammo, and in a wooden presentation box. As I remember, the price tag was $500. I had just paid $950 for a brand new Kawasaki 400, to put that in perspective.

I'd love a shot at a .22 version. And y'know, with the new management team at Ruger, it could happen.
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There really is no similarity between the BIG automag and the .22 versions. I wish I hadn't sold my .44 (I've still got the dies and stuff to make cases from .308 brass) but my experience with the rimfires was mixed. I got a real kick out of the .22 Magnum version, lots of noise, muzzle flash but no recoil.

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I really liked those photos of the Baby Automag. As usual Mssr's Snake and Watters are light years ahead of me in the thinking up things to buy department.

No kidding, I have always wanted an Automag, ever since high school when I was hooked on Mack Bolan paperbacks. I always loved covers where the Automag was prominently displayed, and thought it was the most beautiful pistol I had ever seen. I actually held one in a gun store in Middle Georgia in the mid 70's. Came with a set of dies to form .44 auto mag ammo, and in a wooden presentation box. As I remember, the price tag was $500. I had just paid $950 for a brand new Kawasaki 400, to put that in perspective.

I'd love a shot at a .22 version. And y'know, with the new management team at Ruger, it could happen.
I coveted a real .44 Automag until the day I actually held one and discovered that the trigger reach is MUCH too big for my hand. I'd have to hold it sideways to shoot it. I do have a full-scale Japanese-made semi-working display replica of one, which is about as close as I'll ever get to it, I suppose.
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There really is no similarity between the BIG automag and the .22 versions. I got a real kick out of the .22 Magnum version, lots of noise, muzzle flash but no recoil.
I don't mean one of the AMT Automag IIs in .22Mag. I'm talking about a Ruger or Browning (or hell, just since I'm dreaming, a High Standard) .22LR with an Automag-looking heavy tapered barrel and vent rib. Sex on a stick!
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Well, there was the Browning Medalist.

http://www.google.com/search?q=Brown...ient=firefox-a

But, I suspect they are a bit pricey.

Geoff
Who passed on one many moons agone...sigh.
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