.22 LongRifle said:...I thought that if you dry fire a buck mark one or two times the gun was screwed...
Then... I'm screwed.
Look, I don't know what the experts will say, but dry-firing a Buckie a few times is not going to destroy the gun. I've dry-clicked mine a number of times with no ill effects.
Now, there may be wisdom to the advise not to dry-fire a rimfire. The firing pin is pretty small, and of a specific shape and dimention (unlike a centerfire pin that's basically a circular punch). Sitting around dry-clicking to, say, smooth out the trigger is certainly a bad idea.
What I do is to grab an empty cartridge when I'm done shooting, stick it in the chamber, close, point down range and snap the trigger.
What the workers at Browning probably do after inspection and/or test firing is close it up and pull the trigger, drop it in the box and seal it. "Ship it!"
I don't recall if mine had the little plastic pin protector in there when it was new. If you're really concerned, ask your favorite gun merchant if he has anything like that laying around, or find a thin sheet of plastic to cut that will fit betwixt chamber and boltface. Snap the pin on that.
There is no way to decock a Buckmark without actually pulling the trigger. Leaving it cocked might not hurt it, but personally, I don't store my firearms cocked... except that they be stored on my hip.