Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .380

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      Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .380

      Does anyone know anything about this gun?? I've seen very little information on this thing. Curious if anyone has gotten there hands on this thing or when they are available. It was debuted at the shot show this week. I'm in the market for a pocket carry and the lcp is on the top of my list but i'd wait if this thing on going to be on the market soon.


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      Here's a little more info for the gun. I like it.

      http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore...ochure-Web.pdf

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      Very intriguing. I really like the looks of the semi auto, and it's less than 12 ounces!

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      It is very interesting.

      I like it's looks.

      It appears much larger then a LCP in that picture.

      Maybe just smaller looking hand.

      I'm interested.


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      I like it, I will hold one as soon as my LGS gets one in.

      RCG

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      I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on this. The problem I see is that its a S&W so the price tag will be around $500 and the .380 ammo is hard to find and expensive when you do. Thats an expensive set up for a pocket pistol.

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      My Shot Show Informant says a MSRP of $575 on the Semi and $625 on the revolver of the Bodyguard ilk.

      Agree on the .380 ammo shortage, although it is out there and if you have a handgun that is not fussy about what it consumes I wouldn't let it hold me back.

      Just break the bank for a Seecamp .380 or a Rohrbaugh R9 and get the pocket gun thing over with.

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      thanks alot....now there is another gun on my list. I want it!!!

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      Sorry Chris, but we are both in the same boat. I don't need anything else on my list but I don't think I'll be able to
      pass on this. What can we do.

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      Quote Originally Posted by brent1202 View Post
      Sorry Chris, but we are both in the same boat. I don't need anything else on my list but I don't think I'll be able to
      pass on this. What can we do.
      Well for me it means i will be buying another gun and hiding it from the wife!!! If she finds it I will loose my nuts!

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      Quote Originally Posted by chris441 View Post
      Well for me it means i will be buying another gun and hiding it from the wife!!! If she finds it I will loose my nuts!
      Ah, hahaha. I totally understand. My lady has given up thank goodness. See, I'm the same way with watches and she gave up on that as well. If she sees a new gun box she just shakes her head. But I have learned this, don't question her shoe purchase because if I do, WW3. LOL.

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      After weeks into months of research, I finally purchased the .380
      Bodyguard. I made my decision based on more recent post versus the ones
      from 2010 when the pistol was first released. Plus the reasons listed
      below. I have a Springfield XDM 9mm 4.5 (which is awesome) as my normal
      carry, but needed a pocket pistol for the summer months. I was strongly
      looking into the new Kimber Solo 9mm since it was around the same size
      as the .380's. However, due to the many negative posts and sales person
      feedback on the Kimber, I decided to hold off. One salesman told me the
      Solo was on backorder until their issues were resolved, so I starting
      looking at the .380's. The other 9mm sub-compacts were still to bulky
      and heavy for a pocket pistol IMO.

      I narrowed my top three .380 choices down to the Ruger LCP, Sig Sauer
      P238 and the S&W Bodyguard.

      The final decision came down to this: *
      The Ruger LCP felt very small in my hand and I did want the added
      protection in my pocket of the manual safety, which the Ruger does not
      offer. The long trigger pull on the Ruger felt equal to the Bodyguard.
      Since the Ruger felt to small in my hand and had no manual safety, I
      narrowed to the search to the P238 and the Bodyguard.

      My wife carries a Sig P238 tactical and it's great for her smaller
      hands. She loves her P238 and it's a good gun. I have shot it many times
      and like it too, for her. For my hands, it's still a little small even
      with the pinky extension. *I would highly recommend the Sig, but it was
      not for me on fit and the price tag is around $550-$580 depending on the
      store. Although price was not the deciding factor for me, it did add to
      the overall decision. *

      There were obviously problems during the launch of the Bodyguard
      including the pin popping out and trigger malfunction or failing during
      firing. After reading several recent posts and visiting several gun
      stores asking their opinion, I finally decided to go with S&W Bodyguard
      for the pocket pistol. It seems S&W has worked out the problems and the
      newer serial numbers and more recent purchases are not seeing the same
      failures from the beginning models. *The serial number on mine was EAL.
      If you purchase one of these, stay away from early serial numbers EAB,
      EAC, etc. *Get one on down the list, as those were the first ones out
      before S&W made some engineer changes, or at lease that is what I have
      read.

      The Bodyguard felt good in my hand, I like the sights, manual safety,
      etc. The price was about 40% cheaper than the Sig. So I took the plunge
      and spent $350 for it. Note: I saw it for $325 at another store a week
      later. Oh well...

      After the purchase:
      I clean the gun before firing it. It was kind of dirty for a new gun,
      probably from the first shot test at S&W, not sure. The field strip was
      pretty easy, but the pin is a little tough to get out and a little
      tougher to get in back in when you reassemble the slide. All in all, a
      pretty easy field strip. *

      The gun was flawless on my first outting and I am very pleased with the
      Bodyguard at this point. I put over 50 rounds through it without any FTE
      or FTF. *My wife shot it and did not like the long trigger pull compared
      to her P238. I would rather it had a shorter trigger pull too, but it's
      not a big deal to me as that is part of the design of a pocket pistol.
      Her Sig. is more like a normal trigger pull and quicker with rapid fire.
      The Bodyguard was just as accurate at the P238, so not real difference
      there. *I used PMC FMJ and Hornady critical defense ammo. As I said above, the Bodyguard had no issues. *The Sig. did have 1 FTF on a PMC round. *The 2nd cycle fired with no problems on the same round.


      I ordered an extra magazine from S&W, but got a notice they are on back order for 4-6 weeks.

      I will update again if anything changes, but overall I am pleased with
      this purchase so far. *

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      I don't leave home without mine.

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      I'm going to be at the range early tomorrow putting my BG380 through its maiden voyage. I hope my experience is as good as RSKelly's. I have the LCP, and a Kahr P380 also. I anticipate sharing pocket carry among the three.

      I can't imagine ever using the safety on the BG380 with that long trigger pull. That BG380 safety is among the most unneccesary things I've ever seen. It must be there to make the BG380 legal in some communistic state or other.

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      I very happy with the performance of my BG380 this morning:

      I shot 5 different loads through it.

      Each load + 3 magazines X 5 +1 =16

      Winchester 95 grain JHP
      CCI Blazer 95 grain FMJ
      Winchester 95 grain FMJ
      S&B 92 grain FMJ
      Aguila 90 grain JHP
      3 more of the Win 95 grain JHP
      total of 83 rounds.

      I fired it weak hand, strong hand, and both hands. It didn't matter; all fed, fired, and ejected beautifully.

      I had to drift the rear sight a smidge left, as the iron sight groups were just a little right at 7 yards. I put the laser dot on top of the front sight at around 10 yards. The laser put them where the sights were after the adjustment. I was impressed that recoil did not make the laser drift at all.

      The slide locked back at the end of each magazine, and didn't lock back mid-magazine at all. This was a problem with the Kahr P380 of mine. Of course that doesn't happen on the Ruger LCP.

      The slide stop pin takes some fiddling both coming out and going in, but didn't budge while shooting.

      After another hundred rounds, I can see this pistol threatening to make my LCP and P380 spend a lot of time in the safe.

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