The primary example for this session is shown to the left. It’s a Contour with an older pair of Buck Mark grips. These grips were made for the larger non-URX frame. They fasten on the Contour frame, but in a later picture you’ll see they don’t really fit it nicely – especially on the front side. Because the grips wrap around the front it doesn’t look bad when assembled.

Remove the barrel/rib assembly. All you need to do is make sure the gun is empty and lock the slide back, remove the mag, remove the rearmost screw of the rear sight (or rail if so equipped). Note the locations of any washers for the rear screw. Over the years Browning has used different washers both under the heads of the screws and on some models there are washers under the sight. Now loosen the screw in the front of the trigger guard. The barrel will lift off. Carefully release the slide to relieve most of the tension on the spring.

Looking at the top of the pistol with the sight removed, you will see something that looks like either the top pistol (a newer Buck Mark with the plastic firing pin guide and thicker grayish white buffer) or the lower pistol (a pre-2001 model with a thinner black buffer) in the picture below:

(If it is pre-2001 pistol as shown on the bottom gun, the slide will pretty much just lift off at this point. Unless you’re missing the “C” clip retainer for the recoil spring, no parts will fly off.)


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