I have both and prefer the Ruger, but it is a close call and depends on the type of usage it will see. The Ruger is extremely durable but rather crude. The first thing you should do with a new Ruger Mklll is get about 1k rounds of bulk cheap ammo and fire them into the dirt as fast as you can, not even worrying about any jams or other problems. Only after this little break in session (and thorough cleaning) should the gun be considered ready to go to the range. The factory trigger pull is too heavy. This is easily fixed with aftermarket parts, but due to the long linkage there is always a fair amount of jiggle in the trigger mechanism. You can get a pretty nice trigger break, but the sloppiness as you take up the slack is not pleasing. The best way to fix this problem is to get a S&W41. I shoot the Mklll a lot and so I clean it a lot. To me the take down system of the Ruger is its biggest advantage. Yes you have to pay attention and if you don't do it for 3 months you'll probably forget and need to refresh your memory before proceeding. Mostly you need to understand mechanically why the parts have to go together in a certain way, then it is much easier to get it right. And even then, you will probably need to smash it with a mallet sometimes. But the very fact that you can do that with absolutely no harm to the pistol is itself a testimony to the ruggedness of the Ruger. They are built to last for a few lifetimes (except the plastic grip panels which are quite fragile and should be replaced) The Buckmark is pretty much the opposite of all these things. It is not crude at all, but neither does it have the ruggedness of the Ruger. The trigger is ok out of the box, certainly better than the Ruger factory, but not better than what you can make the Ruger into and there is no way of improving the Buckmark. The Buckmark is easier to disassemble, but in fact it is too easy. The gun is held together by screws and lock washers - a terrible way to design a gun. If you need to frequently take it apart for cleaning then these threaded fasteners will invariably begin to lose their grip and you start needing Loctite just to keep the gun together. The Browning is probably a better choice for someone who is not doing a very high volume of shooting and who has no particular interest in tinkering with the pistol. Shoot a few magazines then brush off the bolt face and run a bore snake down the barrel. The Ruger is more suited to someone who shoots bricks at a time, doesn't mind getting under the hood to fix things up and will regularly run patches of JB paste down the bore with a cleaning rod. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!