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    bodyguard 380 a failure.

    Hope you can help. I purchased a Bodyguard 380 for my wife and there is not chance that she can even pull the trigger let alone shoot it accurately, even at close range. This gun is going to get someone killed--the trigger pull is beyond belief. I know practice is required, but this is just a small person who does not have the hours required to master the unreasonable design. I would like a small, light, 380 that, in an emergency, could be easily fired. Any suggestions?

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    The only suggestion that would make sense is to have your wife go to a few gun shops or a gun show and get her hands on as many different guns as possible and try their trigger actions.

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    Take a look at the new Ruger LC380. If she likes it, see if she likes the LC9, which is built on the same frame and gives her the benefit of a 9MM round. Good luck in your search.

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    Here's the problem:
    Quote Originally Posted by Avanbrick View Post
    ...I purchased a Bodyguard 380 for my wife...
    You cannot purchase a self-defense pistol for your wife. This kind of purchase requires her input.

    I strongly suggest that you do exactly what quiksdraw said.

    ...And, BTW, also make sure that, if her choice is a semi-auto, she can fully rack its slide to load or reload it.


    A single-action (SA) semi-auto should be carried in a holster which immobilizes its safety lever. Safety levers have a nasty habit of being wiped to the "off" position, when the holster doesn't rigidly secure them.
    This is why many people prefer double-action-only (DAO) semi-autos without safety levers. (Glock, Springfield, and S&W make DAO semi-autos with lightweight trigger actions.)

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    I went tru the same trouble with my wife. After going tru five dif. guns the Sig 238 in 380 acp was the right gun. She can pull back the slide. She can load the mags. She can pull the trigger. She can hit the five inch bull target at seven yards. I put Hogue rubber finger grips so she can take the recoil. She has no trouble carrying it in her bag................................

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    Sig p238 can't be beat

    Quote Originally Posted by Avanbrick View Post
    Hope you can help. I purchased a Bodyguard 380 for my wife and there is not chance that she can even pull the trigger let alone shoot it accurately, even at close range. This gun is going to get someone killed--the trigger pull is beyond belief. I know practice is required, but this is just a small person who does not have the hours required to master the unreasonable design. I would like a small, light, 380 that, in an emergency, could be easily fired. Any suggestions?
    Sig P238 all the way. I'm a female and I hated the bodyguard, the Kahr and a couple of others as well. I ended up with the sig. Easy to rack the slide and really fun to shoot. Mild recoil. Most of the ladies in my league own these and I endorse it whole heartedly. I purchased a Walther PK380 at the same time. It's easy to rack and shoot as well. It's not as accurate, not as concealable and is a safe queen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngeloG View Post
    I went tru the same trouble with my wife. After going tru five dif. guns the Sig 238 in 380 acp was the right gun. She can pull back the slide. She can load the mags. She can pull the trigger. She can hit the five inch bull target at seven yards. I put Hogue rubber finger grips so she can take the recoil. She has no trouble carrying it in her bag................................
    While I love my Bodyguard it was the wrong gun for both my friend's wife (for who it was originally purchased) and my wife, because of the trigger. My wife loves the Bersa Thunder, shoots it as well as any of our other handguns but it is both big and heavy compared to all the featherweight mouseguns available. The next runner up for her in .380 ACP is my Colt, likes the looks and weight paired with a great SA trigger.

    I've really wanted to get my hands on a Sig 238 and 938 at the same time for her to try out. The LGS has a waiting list for both and haven't had a range gun for a while in either. The 238 seems for all purposes to be a close facsimile of my Colt, really want to try one but can't justify the cost at this time for yet another .380. If it does turn out to be 'the one' for my wife, will jump on it in a second even if it means something has to go.

    Her go to is a Ruger SR-22 and the selling point when she was looking at them was the slide. She has arthritic hands and it is like glass compared to anything else, so while I am not 100 per cent comfortable about her CCW being a .22LR, anything she can reliably operate and fire effectively is better than a larger caliber she can't.

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    Take a look at the bersa line..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryball View Post
    Take a look at the bersa line..
    This here is also my thought. One of the above posts suggested the SIG P238, and I can't argue with that logic, but if your like me the cost might be a bit too much. I have owned three Bersa pistols in the past, and have always had great luck with them. JMHO.

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