Originally Posted by blackhabu
I like the 7 in barrel Contour, even if I feel the grip a little too big for my hands (as grips are concerned, I prefer UDX, as the rosewood).
It will be my first handgun, so far had only rifles (rimfire too).
Is the Contour 7 in a good choice, or better choose the 5 in barrel, or other Buckmark models ?
Gun will be used only in the range, informal bullseye at 25 m. I probably will scope or red dot it.
Thanks in advance for your reply.
I too would recommend holding a few different ones, and pick the one that fits your hand (and weight/balance preferences) the best. I haven't tried any 4" Buckmarks, but every 5.5" and 7.25" Buckmark I've tried is accurate enough for Bullseye at 25yds (by which I mean they can shoot Expert scores for sure, and maybe Master scores, when using decent standard-velocity ammo, like CCI SV, SK Standard Plus, Wolf Match Target, Norma Tac, or my favorite... Eley Target).
The obvious choices for mounting a red dot (I'm assuming a larger tube-style red dot for Bullseye) are the Field Target model, the Hunter model, the Plus models, and the Contour model, since they come with top rails. But keep in mind that it's possible to get an aftermarket rail for most of the other models, so you don't have to rule them out completely.
If the Contour grip is too large, maybe buy a set of the URX grips made for the "Rosewood Challenge" model direct from Browning, and put those on it? They are kinda flowery (in case that bothers you), but I think they would give you the smallest Buckmark grip available without custom-made grip panels (since the URX grip frame is the smallest grip frame available once the wrap-around grip panels are removed).