S&W BG38 (Bodyguard38)?

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    S&W BG38 (Bodyguard38)?

    I tried a search and came up empty.

    Anyone have the new S&W BG38?

    Thoughts?

    Price paid?

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    If you are talking about the new revolver with the built in laser, I saw one at the South Florida gun show for $460.
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    I compared it to the LCR .38 and went with the LCR. The Smith felt pretty good in my hand, but the trigger on the LCR is what made the decision. The Smith at my LGS was going for $460 and the LCR was going for $399 W/out the CT. Not really interested in the laser on an up close personal defense firearm, but I wouldn't pass it up because it had one on it. The cylinder release was different, not sure if it could be a good thing or a bad thing, but it's something that I'd have to get used to.

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    Could always get a 442/642, which are proven, reliable S&W snubbies, and add a CT grip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghettokracker71 View Post
    Could always get a 442/642, which are proven, reliable S&W snubbies, and add a CT grip?
    I'll 2nd that.
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    That's what I did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghettokracker71 View Post
    Could always get a 442/642, which are proven, reliable S&W snubbies, and add a CT grip?
    I could, but the price of doing it that way is probably a bunch more. I also kind of like "newfangled" designs, which the BG38 is, big time. Heck, the cylinder even rotates the wrong way!

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    I handled the B38 today at a local gun store and was quite impressed. I compared it side by side to the LCR. I like the both for different reasons.
    1. Laser - Being a lefty, I prefer the location of the laser on the B38. When I have a firing grip on the LCR, my support hand blocks the laser. This could be overcome with training I suppose. I also like the location of the laser actuation button on the B38. It is easily reachable with my left thumb.
    2. Size and Weight - This one is a toss up. They both felt about the same to me.
    3. Firepower - I like that you can get the LCR in .357. The 38 +p is enough in my opinion, but if I can get it in .357, thats what I want.
    So, I guess if I were going to buy one, I would go for the LCR in .357. Maybe....

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    The first Bodyguard I saw on the range had numerous failures to fire due to off center primer strikes. I don't know anything about the design so the owner will be returning it to S&W. I'm not lining up to buy a new design anytime soon.

    I did notice that everyone who handled it reached their thumb over to where the clyinder release is on a J frame, fumbled for a second, then looked down and realized the problem and found the new latch to open the gun. I bet the same thing happens under stress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superhouse 15 View Post
    I did notice that everyone who handled it reached their thumb over to where the clyinder release is on a J frame, fumbled for a second, then looked down and realized the problem and found the new latch to open the gun. I bet the same thing happens under stress.
    That was my thought when I was doing my comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghettokracker71 View Post
    Could always get a 442/642, which are proven, reliable S&W snubbies, and add a CT grip?
    If it isn't broken, don'y try to fix it. I carry a 642 and it is proven reliable. I don't have time to wait for a laser at <21 ft (Snubby SD range.) I fire the 642 once a week and a 317 (.22LR) daily, so I don't need a laser. Everything (in rapid fire) within a 5 1/2 " circle, well within "kill zone".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diddle View Post
    I'll 2nd that.
    Same here
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    i think this gun might be designed for a person that does not own a fire arm or not " into it" a new person can be taught to use the ambi cylinder release, a person that is already use to the " reg" release will take time to adjust.

    cheap price, makes it affordable.

    laser makes it easy to aim for a novice...

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    Do a search and you will find a couple of threads on the bodyguard. Here is one: http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...Bodyguard-.380

    BTW, I think I paid about $440 for mine. The Keltec's are going for about $300 +/-.
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    It, like the Ruger is way too light. You will not enjoy shooting it.

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