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Old June 9, 2021, 05:06 PM   #1
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S&W Bodyguard.380

Anyone have one, and if so, what do you think?
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Old June 9, 2021, 07:26 PM   #2
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Yes.
What do I think? Small enough to pocket.
Lightweight enough.
Kicks pretty hard for a short barreled SA.
I have a tough time getting enough hand on the frame since it is so small.
Would I sell it? Yes. I have more handguns that carry more rounds and are much more comfortable to shoot.
Also when you can find 380 ammo, it’s nearly twice the price of 9x19.
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Old June 9, 2021, 07:45 PM   #3
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I had one, nicely built firearm, shoots smooth. Did not care for the safety on a DAO. Liked the fact that it had second strike capability. I prefer the Pico and the Kahr, which are smoother shooters and like the triggers better, I just ended up not shooting it as much, but still a lot to like about the gun. I gave it to my son who still speaks highly of it. I do not think you could go wrong on a purchase if you like the way it feels in your hand.

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Old June 9, 2021, 08:11 PM   #4
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I have one. With the finger grip magazine, I can get a good grip on it. Not a bad recoil at all, and NOW I reload 380 since I can’t buy any.

One thing about the pistol that’s worthy of mention is the trigger pull, which is long. Not a great trigger pull, so I bought the Santiago replacement trigger and had it installed. Now the trigger pull is pretty darn good.

Mine has the safety, which I wanted. You can leave it on or off.

I carry it in a front pocket, in one of those sticky holsters that stay in the pocket when I take the pistol out. It’s the only pistol I could find, after a long search, that fit so well in the pocket, being a small thin little pistol. Bottom line, with the new trigger and the tritium night sights, I’m very happy with it.
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Old June 9, 2021, 08:51 PM   #5
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i have one also. bought it to have at one of my daughters wedding. i used an ankle holster, worked great, use it anytime i dress up and can't carry iwb. handy in pocket carry holster as well as standard iwb. i carry it anytime i can't afford to be made carrying. of course the spare mags are easy to conceal also. for several years after i first bought it i really loaded up on ammo. that was a smart move...
it is actually quite nice to shoot, i have no trouble shooting a hundred rounds or more in one outing. it is incredibly small for the bang, not many smaller, really nice quality in the build.
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Old June 10, 2021, 07:55 AM   #6
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Have one and like it. Of the micro 380s it get the second most chances to go WalkAbout.
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Old June 10, 2021, 08:41 AM   #7
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Thanks all, for the replies. So jar, I’m curious as to what micro 380 gets the most chances to go walkabout?
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Old June 10, 2021, 08:52 AM   #8
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Thanks all, for the replies. So jar, I’m curious as to what micro 380 gets the most chances to go walkabout?
I have several options in 380 and based on history they get to go WalkAbout as follows.

Most often since 1993: Sig P230.

Most often in the last decade:

Remington RM 380
S&W M&P Bodyguard 380
Sig P230
Sig P290RS 380
Beretta Pico

There is also a Ruger LCP (the latest iteration of the LCP) buit it almost never gets out.
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Old June 10, 2021, 09:42 PM   #9
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Don't have one. Have shot one one 2 separate occasions. Hated it. seemed overly snappy for the size and caliber. IMHO the trigger was terrible. basically a double action only revolver pull, long and heavy. For me it was a solid no go. not a bad gun, but definitely not what I was looking for.

the Ruger LCP I liked a LOT better.
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The LCP is better in my hand. Meh
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As I mentioned earlier, I like the gun, but tolerated the trigger pull. Then I had the trigger replaced with the Santiago trigger. Much better now.
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I've had one since they came out...bought it for my wife's purse carry which didn't work out...it's small enough but she's refused to carry now that the riots have toned down. I'll preface my remarks by saying I'm a 50+ year revolver shooter...a lot of DA experience over the years, so the long pull on the Bodyguard or the P365 Sig does not bother me...in fact I feel it contributes to a safer gun for pocket or IWB carry.

I carry a P365 when I go into the city, but usually something much bigger here on the farm. I do carry the Bodyguard, mostly OWB in a home made holster that's easily concealable under most any shirt/jacket or T not tucked in. But when we're going dressed up, coat and tie, the Bodyguard is often the choice...slipped into a shirt breast pocket or right front pants. It's small enough to hide the 'print' factor, and still give us some protection when out.

I've put 1000+ round through this one, reloads mostly, and using a variety of bullets. For the most part, I load with Montana Gold 95 gr JHP's for carry. They feed & fire 100%(as do all of the 95-100 grain bullets I've tried). I'd rate it outstanding from a reliability standpoint.

Accuracy has been pretty good, ~2" from 8 yds with Hornady boutique carry rounds and the Montana Golds.

While the grip is short, both my wife and I find it no problem for use. And as a further note, neither of us uses the laser or safety...both inconvenient to access.

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Deleted, too much info My bad.

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