I don't know if any of the shops in the Milwaukee area stock them, but, I put one of these on mine, and really like it!
Tactical Grip Glove Slip-On Grip Sleeve S&W Bodyguard Rubber Black
This is a discussion on S&w 380 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I was going to pick it up tonight, but the weather has other ideas. So Sunday, on my way back from a concert in Milwaukee ...
I was going to pick it up tonight, but the weather has other ideas. So Sunday, on my way back from a concert in Milwaukee I'm going to meet my old friend and do the deal. Will let everyone know how it goes. Thanks for all the experienced advice.
If you don't buy it have the owner contact me!
I'll take it in a heartbeat!
I bought my wife one and we both love it. It's extremely accurate and dependable and I've been wanting one for myself for quite awhile. I just don't have an extra $400. But, I would gladly do $200-$300 on a BG380!
Put 200 rounds through mine including; hornady CD, PDX1, Corbon JHP. Smooth as butter.
Just got one last week! I love it, trigger pull is long but I like it. Everyone complains about the laser, I guess they have issues with pushing a button, as I see no problem with it at all. Kick is not that bad either. I love this gun!!!
This latest generation of sub-compact .380's, not only S&W's .380 Bodyguard, but also Keltec's P-3AT, Ruger's Keltec knockoff LCP, and even Kahr's pricey P380 all have reliability issues, despite what you may read to the contrary from their fanboys. Buying a new one is a enough of a crapshoot, so buying a used one is probably just buying someone else's troubles. However, since you're buying from a friend, it may be a good one (But he should let you put 100 rounds through it at your expense first.)
I had a long, frustrating, ammunition-expensive (1200+rounds) experience with two Kahr P380's (my original purchase, and a factory replacement). Fellow active and retired LEO's (as well as civilian friends) have had similar frustrations with their .380 Rugers, Keltecs and Bodyguards. The cop-shop where I buy has returned numerous Kahrs, S&W, and Rugers with reliability issues (They don't sell Keltecs).
Until the "State of the Art" of the compact .380 improves, I'd advise getting a good .38 snub instead.
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I believe the gun has the potential to be very accurate, but, being such a little gun, with such a tough trigger pull, I have to work at it to consistently make headshots at 15 yards with it.
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I had the BG 380 and it was just one failure after another. After 2 trips to SW it still was not reliable and I ended up selling it, throwing in more money and got the Sig 238. Love the Sig, no problems, no failures, shoots everything, easy to carry. It is a little heavier than the BG 380, but it is accurate and reliable.
A friend of mine just purchased a S&W Bodyguard 380. We took it to the range and ran 30 rounds through it before it stopped firing! I thought at first it was a misfire, but realized the slide would not retract 100% so the rounds could not be loaded into the chamber.
Well, after taking it to a gunsmith, the problem was a laser retaining screw! It backed itself out and blocked the slide from fully retracting. The serial number is in the mid 2000's.
After this experience I am so glad I have a Diamondback DB380!! It has not failed me ever.
Don't do it. I have had 2, both crappy. Another sign of S&Ws quality decline