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JOHN TAFFIN BroWNiNG BuCk Mark hoLosiGht Light and easy to use, this sight is perfectly at home on a .22. Targets shot with various brands of .22 ammo using the pair of Buck Marks. On the left side of the Buck Mark Holosight (below) are the on/ off switch, which also controls intensity and the windage adjustment. The elevation adjustment is on top of the sight. I t was in the early 1950s when I first saw what I considered a most magical instrument, namely a ballpoint pen. At a time when pencils were two for a nickel and a dollar really was a dollar, I spent a dollar for that first ballpoint. It was so expensive I decided to basically save it and cherish it for future use and so tucked it away in my dresser drawer. When I went back to retrieve it I found it had leaked and left its indelible mark all over my clothes. (I think there is a lesson there!) Today, it is possible to buy a whole fistful of ballpoint pens for a dollar, or less, and they not only work perfectly they do not leak. It’s the American way of free enterprise always going forward in most cases with better and better products for less and less money. I am the first to admit I prefer the older classic sixguns, however I must also admit today’s guns are stronger, held to tighter tolerances, usually more accurate, and relatively speaking less expensive. We have seen this same progress in electronic sighting equipment. What used to be fairly large and bulky, prone to failure, and also quite expensive has now morphed into much smaller units which rarely give a problem while Buck Mark on a Buck Mark: Browning’s Holographic Sight on an early Buck Mark .22 Target pistol was easy to install and made shooting very easy, too. at the same time being much more affordable. The latest holographic sight offered by Browning is a perfect example of this being about 1/3 the size of the first holosight I ever experienced. A holographic sight is different than a laser sight; the latter places a red dot on the target while the former uses a red reticle pattern. It is also quite unlike a red dot sight which normally looks like a compact scope. The holo instead is a somewhat flat unit which bolts to the top of the firearm and has an aperture lens perpendicular to the front end of the basic unit. So what we have is a tubeless design with a 33mmx24mm lens aperture with four center reticles of choice. With the Browning Holographic Sight our reticle choices are a 3-MOA red dot, a red dot within a red circle, a red dot in the center of a cross, and the latter two combined. There is also a choice of seven brightness levels. The lens aperture provides a wide enough field of view, approximately 16 yards at 100 yards, to aid in shooting moving targets. My first introduction to a holosight was on moving targets. I was at a Winchester Ammunition Seminar varmint hunt in northern Nevada. I was doing fine with my handguns against others rifles, however at lunchtime they pulled out the shotguns and the clay pigeon thrower. I backed off and went to sit down and eat my lunch. I tried to explain to the others I simply was not much of a shotgun 36 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 2