The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > Hogan's Alley > Handguns: The Semi-automatic Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old August 16, 2014, 10:48 PM   #1
Nathan
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 1, 2001
Posts: 1,937
Thinking pocket carry....

Anybody like the S&W Bodyguard at $269??
Nathan is offline  
Old August 16, 2014, 11:36 PM   #2
Sarge
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 12, 2002
Location: MO
Posts: 4,911
I certainly don't dislike it. I've got an old LCP that is stone reliable and accurate enough that I'm not gonna replace it; but if I was starting fresh looking for a pocket 380, I'd give the Bodyguard a hard look.
__________________
I'm inclined to think if a man hasn't gotten his point across in 4912 attempts, 4913 probably isn't going to do it.
Sarge is offline  
Old August 17, 2014, 01:29 AM   #3
Yung.gunr
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 11, 2010
Location: Phoenix area
Posts: 1,369
Seems like a good price to me. Pocket carry is not my favorite anymore. Too many negative aspects.
Yung.gunr is offline  
Old August 17, 2014, 01:58 AM   #4
RodTheWrench
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 24, 2013
Location: Utah
Posts: 256
See if DeSantis makes their Nemesis pocket holster for that. You'll love it! My LCP rides all day long in my right hip pocket in the correct position because of it.
__________________
.
"It's you and me against the world."
"So, when do we attack?"
RodTheWrench is offline  
Old August 17, 2014, 06:30 AM   #5
AK103K
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 1, 2001
Location: PA -- In the shadow of the Shade
Posts: 7,932
Quote:
Too many negative aspects.
Except sometimes for outer coat pocket use, I found the same.

What I found to replace it, has become one of my most versatile and favorite holsters for small guns, the Smart Carry.

My pockets are left to all the junk I usually have in them, I can easily access the gun while seated, and I can wear anything, even just a pair of sweat pants or a swim suit.
__________________
“The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.”
― Joseph Heller, Catch-22
AK103K is offline  
Old August 17, 2014, 08:31 AM   #6
smokehouse4444
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 7, 2012
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 162
I had several folks recommend the SmartCarry for carry while in my scrubs. I've heard very nice things about it. May have to go ahead and pony up for one soon.

As for pocket carry, I think the biggest semi-auto you are going to find that is somewhat carryable and comfortable is the Kahr CM/PM9, or Rohrbaugh-size 9mm's. Other than that, you will need go 380. I have settled on the 100gr Flat top hard cast from either Underwood or Buffalo Bore. Those loads start getting you into lower 9mm power.

I have found that the Sticky/Remora holsters work very well for both IWB and pocket carry, whichever you may prefer at the time. I have been super impressed, however, with the StaysPut sticky pocket holster. Got one for my Colt Mustang Pocketlite, and it is the best pocket holster I have tried...not very expensive as well. I am keeping a look out for a Kahr CW380 for use while I'm doing the "dirty" work around the property.

Last edited by smokehouse4444; August 17, 2014 at 08:38 AM.
smokehouse4444 is offline  
Old August 17, 2014, 08:42 AM   #7
Nathan
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 1, 2001
Posts: 1,937
Right now, I'm more interested in what peoples shooting results are with the gun. Is it a decent gun? It is really hard to imagine getting much for $270. The laser Alone probably cost S&W $75. That doesn't leave much design, build, market and sell the gun with! That is my issue. It fundamentally doesn't make a lot of sense.

BTW, I'm setup to pocket carry a S&W 640 357 mag or a KelTec P32 now, so not sure why I like this. I would probably sell the P32 with it's leather holster and mag holder to buy this....hmmm
Nathan is offline  
Old August 17, 2014, 10:42 AM   #8
herdman
Member
 
Join Date: August 19, 2013
Posts: 39
I have the M&P version of the Bodyguard. No laser. I would recommend not getting the laser version. I have a friend with the laser version and it really just adds confusion to the gun, IMO. The laser is kind of awkward on that gun and I found no real use for it.

I carry it in a Desantis Nemisis holster either in front pocket or sometimes a cargo pocket. It would also work in back pocket and you can use it somewhat inside the waste band(hip or appendix).

As for the quality. It is of very good quality, but has a long trigger pull. There is a safety on it as well. You could really not sue the safety as the trigger pull is really long(you have to make that call).

All in all like it for what it is intended: pocket gun. It is not what I would lable as a fun range gun really, but good for a small gun. 10 yards or less is what it is made for.
herdman is offline  
Old August 17, 2014, 08:31 PM   #9
JAREDSHS
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 7, 2004
Location: Mountains in North East Tennessee.
Posts: 102
i love pocket carry. that's where you will find my M&P Shield 9 every day.
JAREDSHS is offline  
Old August 17, 2014, 10:00 PM   #10
kostner
Member
 
Join Date: November 28, 2007
Location: Kommifornia
Posts: 78
Have pocket carried a SW442 daily for twenty five years and not planning to change. Have keep an eye on the new line of pocket pistols but haven't seen anything worth the changing for.
kostner is offline  
Old August 17, 2014, 10:59 PM   #11
ScotchMan
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 3, 2011
Posts: 1,354
I really like small revolvers for pocket carry. I haven't come across a semi that was in a caliber I liked (bigger than .380), and had really good reliability reports, especially considering the gun would be an understudy to a larger, IWB handgun. I have a lot of confidence that a revolver will still work after many hundreds of hours in a pocket without a cleaning. A semi-auto, maybe.

This may be of some interest... http://everydayloadout.com/revolvers...day-carry.html
__________________
Everyday Loadout

NRA Instructor
NRA Member
ScotchMan is offline  
Old August 17, 2014, 11:14 PM   #12
IDbound
Member
 
Join Date: February 28, 2010
Posts: 20
Anybody like the S&W Bodyguard at $269??

Had one and at first liked it. Then after about 100 rounds I had FTF issues and it needed to be double and triple fired to set off a round. I lost confidence and spent money for a Sig 238 and have never looked back.
IDbound is offline  
Old August 19, 2014, 01:13 PM   #13
Erikbal
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 12, 2012
Location: Olean, NY
Posts: 374
That's a great price considering they go for 450 here. I paid 350 for mine brand new a few years back. It's been a very solid gun and had never given me a single failure of any kind. Yeah the trigger kind of sucks but it's not really meant to be a range gun. I use my sr9c for that.
Erikbal is offline  
Old August 22, 2014, 11:34 AM   #14
Alpena
Member
 
Join Date: July 15, 2014
Location: Houston
Posts: 40
Love the idea of pocket carry. I've actually been thinking about it for a while now since it's a lot easier than iwb. I've been looking at doing so with a colt .380 or sig p232. A shield might be the way to go, I've just never handled one. There used to wallet holsters for the Beretta 21a that allowed you to draw and fire the Beretta while holstered. But then the ATF declared it an NFA device or something and now they're pretty much gone. I would've loved one of those. To summerize, yes pocket carry is great.
Alpena is offline  
Old August 22, 2014, 02:23 PM   #15
Sarge
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 12, 2002
Location: MO
Posts: 4,911
I used to fret over the reliability of pocket autos vs revolvers.

I've intentionally let my LCP/spare mag get caked with hay chaff until it covered the extractor and barrel around the ejection port, plus every other grungy thing that can get into a gun working around a farm. It never failed to empty out both mags w/o a malf and realistically, that's all I can ask of a pocket gun. Don't get me wrong; I like revolvers. But pocket autos have advanced light years in the past three decades and I don't ever worry about this one not working.
__________________
I'm inclined to think if a man hasn't gotten his point across in 4912 attempts, 4913 probably isn't going to do it.
Sarge is offline  
Old August 22, 2014, 03:11 PM   #16
horselips
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 26, 2013
Posts: 132
Pocket carry has a huge caveat - whatever you're carrying can't stick out or it's nor really concealed. Unless you're skinny and your pants hang loose, a J frame, which is well over a full inch thick - more like an inch and a half after you add a holster. That's REALLY THICK. If your pants pocket is anywhere near close to your thigh, forget about it. It'll PRINT, big time. You'll have to wear a coat or jacket year 'round to make it work. For pocket carry, select a weapon less than an inch thick - much less. Like a KelTec P32 or P3AT. If you insist on a revolver, and I do, pack a .22 WMR NAA Mini revolver. Super small and super light, and with modern ammo, crafted specifically for these guns, made by Winchester, Hornady, Federal and others, you can count on thousand feet per second velocity, amazing penetration, and assured dramatic expansion. It ain't your father's .22 Mag anymore. Times, and ammo, have changed. Nowadays, almost every caliber is effective for SD.

I've carried a NAA Mini Revolver for 25 years. It has never printed, or caused an unintentional display, no matter whether I'm sitting, kneeling, stretching, whatever. And because of it's size and weight, it never, ever gets left at home. Rule One - Have a gun. If anything in your wardrobe has ever caused you to leave your carry gun home, you bought the wrong gun.
horselips is offline  
Old August 22, 2014, 03:24 PM   #17
AK103K
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 1, 2001
Location: PA -- In the shadow of the Shade
Posts: 7,932
Everything prints eventually, even if you dont notice it.

My buddy has carried a Walther TPH in an old, well worn leather pocket holster for years, and pretty much every pair of his trousers, has an obvious "Skoal Ring" of a TPH worn into the thigh of his right front pant leg.

A couple of us always tell him, but he swears no one else notices, or knows what it is.

Hey, what can I say, he's a cheap SOB when it comes to buying new pants.
__________________
“The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.”
― Joseph Heller, Catch-22
AK103K is offline  
Old August 22, 2014, 03:59 PM   #18
BillM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 20, 2009
Location: Amity Oregon
Posts: 342
Quote:
My buddy has carried a Walther TPH in an old, well worn leather pocket holster for years, and pretty much every pair of his trousers, has an obvious "Skoal Ring" of a TPH worn into the thigh of his right front pant leg.
LMAO. I've got several pairs of jeans with a "light spot" on the right
front pocket in the shape of a LCP.

Been carrying a LCP with a Crimson Trace laser for about 5 years now.
Alabama Holster Company Front Pocket holster. I'm HARD on stuff--
car keys get bent in my pockets, plastic butane lighters get broken.

This gun/holster combo has worked great so far.
BillM is offline  
Old August 22, 2014, 04:48 PM   #19
lee n. field
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 12, 2002
Location: The same state as Mordor.
Posts: 3,238
Quote:
Anybody like the S&W Bodyguard at $269??
$269? 10% less than I paid for my LCP, with better sights.
__________________
"As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. "
lee n. field is offline  
Old August 22, 2014, 08:16 PM   #20
Marty8613
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 13, 2014
Location: Grapevine TX
Posts: 247
$269? Buy it or tell me where.
Marty8613 is offline  
Old August 23, 2014, 11:33 PM   #21
Big Shrek
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 6, 2009
Location: NorthWest Florida
Posts: 533
My favorite pocket-carry is Cargo Pocket...still accessible when driving...
Very accessible when riding a motorcycle

I see that Smart Carry copied the heck out of Thunderwear...
love my Thunderwear, fits a S&W CS-45 quite nicely!!
__________________
Marlin Specialist
Calico Specialist
A gun should be a tool in the hands of a deadly weapon, not a deadly weapon in the hands of a tool.
Big Shrek is offline  
Old August 23, 2014, 11:50 PM   #22
Cheapshooter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 2, 2007
Location: Missouri
Posts: 4,324
I don't have one, but do have an LCP that I like a lot. Similar in size, and function. I won't go six directions fron Sunday which seems to be what most here have done. I will say that the price sounds very good, and the BG has had a lot of good reviews. It's not a piece of jumk if that is your concern. If you want the adfition of an electronic gismo as a sight then it is a good deal. Not my preference though. I don't rely on anything with batteries and circuits for my self defence.
__________________
Cheapshooter's rules of gun ownership #1: NEVER SELL OR TRADE ANYTHING!
Cheapshooter is offline  
Old August 23, 2014, 11:56 PM   #23
skizzums
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 1, 2013
Location: Douglasville, Ga
Posts: 1,591
i have to ave my uniform shirt tucked in at work, and i do lots of lifting and bending, so i pretty much have to pocket carry, i wear BDU's so pretty much anything will go in the pocket. i carry a taurus 357 usually, or a 9mm shield
__________________
My head is bloody, but unbowed
skizzums is online now  
Old August 24, 2014, 07:05 AM   #24
AK103K
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 1, 2001
Location: PA -- In the shadow of the Shade
Posts: 7,932
Quote:
I see that Smart Carry copied the heck out of Thunderwear...
Im not sure thats the case. If I remember right, Smart Carry has been around a bit longer. I got my first about 15 years ago. I do think Thunderwear advertises a lot more.

I know there are a couple of copies of them out there, some of dubious quality (watch out on EBay), and some where there was some scary trouble due to it.

I lead a pretty active lifestyle, an have used one of mine (I have two for different size guns) daily, since I first got them, and have never had an issue. Its also the only holster Ive ever used, that actually keeps the gun clean. No dirt, dust, or fuzzy dust bunnies, ever seems to get to the gun, which is amazing considering where I work.


Pretty good review on the two here, along with a short video....
http://www.itstactical.com/warcom/ac...s-thunderwear/
__________________
“The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.”
― Joseph Heller, Catch-22
AK103K is offline  
Old August 24, 2014, 07:17 AM   #25
trigger643
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 22, 2011
Posts: 223
In the summer I primarily pocket carry a 340pd in either a DeSantis or Hume, depending upon the type of pants I'm wearing.

I recently picked up a Sticky holster to try out, to decide if it's for carry or car, and so far I quite like it and find it suitable for either.

As with any CCW, clothing choice is a consideration. The holsters I use are designed to stay in the pocket on the draw and also break up the print of the gun. These I've mentioned about work well at both.
trigger643 is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:23 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.12436 seconds with 9 queries