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Old August 16, 2014, 10:48 PM   #1
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Thinking pocket carry....

Anybody like the S&W Bodyguard at $269??
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Old August 16, 2014, 11:36 PM   #2
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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.
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Old August 17, 2014, 01:29 AM   #3
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Seems like a good price to me. Pocket carry is not my favorite anymore. Too many negative aspects.
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Old August 17, 2014, 01:58 AM   #4
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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.
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Old August 17, 2014, 06:30 AM   #5
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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.
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Old August 17, 2014, 08:31 AM   #6
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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.

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Old August 17, 2014, 08:42 AM   #7
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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
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Old August 17, 2014, 10:42 AM   #8
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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.
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Old August 17, 2014, 08:31 PM   #9
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i love pocket carry. that's where you will find my M&P Shield 9 every day.
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Old August 17, 2014, 10:00 PM   #10
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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.
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Old August 17, 2014, 10:59 PM   #11
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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.

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Old August 17, 2014, 11:14 PM   #12
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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.
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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.
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