It wud be used for me shooting around w the boys and for gf on days when I am not home for her protection as well.
If you're set on a .38, take a look at the Ruger LCR. It's lighter than the Bodyguard, has a better grip, an has one of the best DAO triggers out there.
quote:I would agree with this.
Since this would be for the GF's use as well, then I'd say a .38 is a pretty good choice.
Since he's wanting it for home defense (not concealed carry), I'd think a heavier pistol would be better for less perceived recoil.
Also, take a look at the S&W Air Weight. A true point and shoot gun. You can find a 642 with rubber grips and a laser for under $500.