The Sig p238 exposed hammer concerns me a bit.
You may catch some grief from some w/ that comment, but I agree w/ you. I want my pocket gun to have minimal opportunity to snag on anything. An external hammer (that should be carried cocked and locked) and external safety levers increase the chance for a pocket gun to snag during the draw.
Can someone rank the following:
S&W Bodguard 380 (12.3oz)
Ruger LCP (9.4oz)
From that list, I'd rank them: #1 LCP, #2 S&W and VERY distant #3 Diamondback. I'm still concerned about the reliability of the DB.
Also, any other in that price range I should consider over these?
I'd rank either Kahr ahead of the LCP. I'd rank the Kahr CW380 #1 once it actually becomes available; it's less expensive, but should be just as functional, as Kahr's more expensive version.
I know the triggers are long, but that is the case with most double action 380s right?
Yes, this type of pocket gun will normally be a DAO w/ a long trigger pull to compensate for it not having an exernal safety lever. Yes, this type of gun is NOT fun to shoot. They're loud and very snappy. OTOH, what does one expect when one pulls the trigger on a gun that's so light? As one of my friends says, "It is what it is."
I don't have any guns w/ laser sights nor do I have any significant experience w/ laser sights so I can't comment on that.