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ducksnbass
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Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
It seems like people either love them or hate them. Biggest complaint I hear is about the trigger. I usually carry the Shield 9mm but I'm thinking I want something smaller for summer carry when I have less layers of clothing on.
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MSWebfoot
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Hernando
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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
I have one with the laser. The laser is garbage. It is not fun to shoot, but I suppose it isn't supposed to be. The mag extension on the larger mag is uncomfortable for me and sort of cuts my pinky finger when shooting. The trigger is really bad as well.
Small and concealable are about the only good things I can say about it.


SmokedBrisket2018
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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
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Small and concealable are about the only good things I can say about it.


This.

Pretty terrible gun.

Don't get it.


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LSUTIGERTAILG8ER
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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
I have one. Definitely small and easy to conceal. The trigger pull is long. No issues with my laser. The external safety should you choose to use it is EXTREMELY hard to click on and off. It is quite a hassle to break down with that swivel latch lever thing that always seems to hang up for me and not go back together smoothly. I have not had any firing issues with mine, I guess for a .380 its not a bad option, unless you want to spring for the Sig P238.
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NimbleCat
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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
I have one with laser.
The Good for Me:
It is very concealable. My laser works great. I consider it to be fairly accurate for what it is. I haven't had any issues with it feeding or firing. Price.

The Bad: The slide safety is tough to disengage. Difficult to breakdown. It's a 380


Overall, it is a solid pistol to put in your pocket. It certainly beats no pistol everyday.


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4mileduckman
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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
I was in the same boat as you. Had a shield a little too big to carry in shorts especially gym shorts. So I picked up The Bodyguard with a little wallet holster. Shoots good trigger pull is long but practice and you get used to it. Solid little gun for the money and could save your arse in a tight spot. Put 50 rounds through it the other day Center Mass on the target at 10 yards. Past that it's not that accurate. But doesn't need to be I guess. Here is link. Great price
gunbuyer.com
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ducksnbass
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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
Thanks for the replies. I'm a fan of the M&P line so I really wanted to like this pistol. A buddy of mine carries the original LCP in 380 but it hurt my index finger when I shot it for some reason. I also read that they made some upgrades with the LCP II, so I may look into that one.

ETA, I originally carried a Shield, sold that and went to the P938. It had some feeding issues so I never had a lot of confidence in it. Sold it and went back to the Shield. I also have the 4.25" double stack M&P which I really like. That's why I really wanted to like the Bodyguard.
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Me Bite
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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
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Small and concealable are about the only good things I can say about it.


This. I would definitely suggest shooting one before purchasing it. The only reason I still have mine is I don't believe in getting rid of guns. You can test mine out if it helps. Where do you live?



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JohnWicksDawg
Member since Mar 2018
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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
a. 9mm > .380 If all you wear are gym shorts, maybe a g43. Or just buy some pants and a belt....

b. The bodyguard is a poorly designed POS. If you feel you must buy a .380, check out the M&P EZ (And if you buy one, be sure and tell the clerk it's for your wife. Otherwise turn in your man card ).


ducksnbass
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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
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9mm > .380


Thanks Captain Obvious.

quote:

If you feel you must buy a .380, check out the M&P EZ


I already have a Shield in 9mm. The 380 EZ is actually larger than the Shield which would defeat the purpose of why I'm even looking at a 380.



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JohnWicksDawg
Member since Mar 2018
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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
Go shoot a couple of boxes thru a Bodyguard, and then shoot a box or two thru a Shield EZ. Apparently you haven't done this yet.



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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
Glock 42 with Underwood ammo


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Korin
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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
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If you feel you must buy a .380, check out the M&P EZ

I think the Ruger LCP2 is the best one.

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(And if you buy one, be sure and tell the clerk it's for your wife. Otherwise turn in your man card).

Care to volunteer to be shot by some .380?


Korin
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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
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I was in the same boat as you. Had a shield a little too big to carry in shorts especially gym shorts. So I picked up The Bodyguard with a little wallet holster. Shoots good trigger pull is long but practice and you get used to it. Solid little gun for the money and could save your arse in a tight spot. Put 50 rounds through it the other day Center Mass on the target at 10 yards. Past that it's not that accurate. But doesn't need to be I guess. Here is link. Great price

External safety though.


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upgrayedd
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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
Only shot one once. It was snappy AF


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Hammertime
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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
I can't shoot them for shite. I'm talking like 12" groups at 5 yards. The hammer is distracting, the gun is too small, and the trigger pull is 9 miles long.


Eta: Had the chance to get a free one, and passed
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MSWebfoot
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Hernando
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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
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The hammer is distracting

Very true for me as well.


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Goats and Joes
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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
Hot garbage. Get a 43 or a 365


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ducksnbass
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Member since Apr 2014
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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
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Go shoot a couple of boxes thru a Bodyguard, and then shoot a box or two thru a Shield EZ. Apparently you haven't done this yet.


I couldn't care less about the EZ. As I said, I already have a Shield in 9mm. I don't need the same size gun that I already have. I would fully expect the EZ to be a very EZ shooter since it's actually slightly larger than the shield. I want something smaller for summer carry.


ducksnbass
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re: Thoughts on the S&W Bodyguard 380?
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I think the Ruger LCP2 is the best one.



Going to look at that one too.


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