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    S&W Bodyguard .380?

    I looked at one of these and really liked it a lot. Does anyone here have any info one these good or bad?
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    I looked at one, liked it as well. I maybe out of my league here, but I think the price is a bit high.
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    I have posted elsewhere on this same question before but will offer my experience and opinion since you asked. I own a Keltec P3AT, a S&W .380 bodyguard, Bersa .380 Thunder and a Sig P238. The Bersa is a fine good and very reliable, but a little too big and heavy in this caliber for me, so scratch that one. The Sig P238 is my favorite in this caliber. Great accuracy and a pleasure to shoot. Nice trigger pull.

    The Keltec and the Bodyguard basically are about the same to me as far as accuracy, trigger pull, concealment, etc. Differences are the Bodyguard has a built in laser and a thumb safety. To me, both of these last two features are useless to me. I shoot better point shooting than trying to use the laser. It might serve a useful purpose for scaring the opponent. But it just doesn't do it for me. The thumb safety is extremely difficult to flip up/down. It is real small to boot. With the very long and heavy trigger pull I don't think you need it anyway. So I don't use it.

    Pricing on the Bodyguard is in line reasonably with the Keltec, at least it was here locally. After shooting it a couple of times and sending it back for warranty work on the laser switch, I wouldn't buy it again. The Keltec is a little less cost so I would go with it or the the Ruger .380 knockoff based on price alone. That's my 2 cents worth.
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    You'll find the KelTec P-3AT to be more dependable, have better customer service, and less costly...not as attractive though.OMOYMV
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    I'd give the S&W Bodyguard a little more time to work out its bugs.

    Get an LCP in the meantime.

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    I Love Mine........no problems at all.
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    seems like a fine pistol,feels good in the hand and solid too.although S&W should have offered the option of NOT having the laser for those who don't want one..

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    I like mine a lot. It is more comfortable to fire than the LCP and the sights make it more accurate for me. The laser is a bit of a plus/minus. You have to take a separate motion to turn it on then it stays on for 5 minutes - not like the CTC laserguard or the lasergrip. I found the BG 380 to be VERY accurate at 7.5 yards. I'm having a custom holster made for it and will put pictures up in a week or so.

    Borrow one at a range and try it out - you'll like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crue2009 View Post
    seems like a fine pistol,feels good in the hand and solid too.although S&W should have offered the option of NOT having the laser for those who don't want one..
    Well you could just not turn it on, correct? I thought there was a button for it.

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    I too like mine. Unfortunetly I had to send mine back to the mothership, but I still plan on keeping it when it comes back as I like the way it fits and shoots. I do not use the laser that much if at all, but it is nice to know it is there in the event you do need it. God Bless

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    I have one and love it. I like to pocket carry and this works well for me. So far no problems and very accurate for such a small gun.

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    S&W Bodyguard BG380 holster:

    This is the first time I've ever had a custom made holster. Billy Mc Cabe of http://www.mccabescustomleather.com/ was great to work with and did a super quick job on this little beauty. Customer service was excellent and the price was right. Check out his web site for other versions



    It is smooth leather on both sides, comfortable and tuckable:
    http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/.../mccabeIWB.jpg

    and virtually invisible when tucked:
    http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/...eIWBtucked.jpg

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    It looks BIG for such a small gun to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hivoltage View Post
    It looks BIG for such a small gun to me.
    Believe me it is not big at all. I compared it to my Keltec PF9 and Taurus PT709 which are both pretty small and slim and the BG380 is like 75-80% size of both of them. Plus fully loaded with 7 rounds it only weighs less than 15 ounces. God Bless

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    Quote Originally Posted by VBVAGUY View Post
    Believe me it is not big at all. I compared it to my Keltec PF9 and Taurus PT709 which are both pretty small and slim and the BG380 is like 75-80% size of both of them. Plus fully loaded with 7 rounds it only weighs less than 15 ounces. God Bless
    - I thought it was a little large as well for a .380. I haven't compared on in person to a Kahr PM9, but on paper, it looks almost identical (other than width).

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