S&w 380

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    S&w 380

    I've got an opportunity to buy a new 380 Bodyguard for about half price. I already own an SR9. I am thinking of getting this for fun and also to start my wife in pistol use as it is small and the laser will help her aim. I may carry it at times as well. Any thoughts-I know nothing of this gun. I was looking at the Ruger 380 as well. thanks
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    The Insight lasers are some of the least useful that I've encountered, unless things have changed since my friend bought his last year. It especially pales in comparison to Crimson Trace's offerings, which are instinctively activated. The button isn't easy to depress, pressing the button cycles the laser into a strobe mode and it turns off after a short period of time. For the price, the Ruger LCP is IMO a better buy.
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    The S&W is good I prefer The Ruger LCP . IF you want a laser .
    Laserlyte makes an easy to mount low cost side laser you hardly notice on the weapon sell for about 89 dollars. Forget the price on the web site shop around.
    lasermax and Crimson also make front mounts ones but the have a hefty price tag.
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    Odds are that your wife will not wnat to shoot it. It is a light gun with a considerable amount of recoil. The small size makes it uncomfortable to hold while target shooting. You will not go to the range and enjoy putting 50 rounds in paper one after the other. the laser is not easy to turn on but you can use either hand to do it and if you practice the draw and laser activation together, you can get it down pretty fast.

    On the plus side, it is really easy to carry and conceal and it's a lot better than taking a knife to a gun fight.
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    The S&W Bodyguard is a good option especially at half price. I prefer the LCP, it's the gun that can go anywhere and never be noticed.

    But, these little guns are challenging to shoot and I won't say they're no fun but they are not a great pleasure to shoot at the range.
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    Buy it at half price. If you don't like it, it shouldn't be hard to sell.
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    I have a bodyguard 380 & I wear it pretty much daily. Its a great carry gun. I have small hands and I find that this 380 is very comfortable to shoot. It has full length slide rails, locks back after the last round, has a manual safety, and the laser is a plus. I would buy another one at half price just to have it, but I like mine.

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    I have a S&W BG380 and it has been very reliable with good ammo. The laser is absolute CRAP, but I don't want or need a laser on a pocket pistol anyway.


    I would snag another at 1/2 price in a heartbeat.

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    I wouldn't buy one at $10 (unless it was to resell for a profit). Had one briefly, ran about 100 rounds through it, got rid of it. Laser is useless, trigger is rough and pretty much the worst one I've ever tried to pull, recoil isn't any worse than most other pocket .380, but my wife VASTLY prefers her Sig P238 over the BG.
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    mine has been flawless since new...I like it alot.....lazer is OK ,more for show than go.
    runs like a glock

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    The bodyguard is a really high quality pice of hardware. I have worn mine everyday sense I got it and love it! Big thing for me was it locks open after last shot unlike the lcp plus for those who want to use it it has a safety. I wish the laser was a CT but it works and on the up side you get it with the gun and don't have to spend another $180 to put it on. If you do get it I suggest polishing the barrel. I just finished doing mine and it runs really smooth now.

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    I have had both the LCP and the Bodyguard. I got rid of the LCP because it was not dependable as was the first Bodyguard I bought. I have a new, 2012, Bodyguard now that is as dependable as any gun I have ever owned. The laser is not the easiest to use but the Crimson trace mod cuts down on the amount of grip surface which just makes the gun that much harder to control. The Bodyguard has a much better grip surface and while not a range gun it is a lot easier to control and shoot. It has a safety that most folks hate but I would not know about that, I just don't use it. The slide locks back after the last round unlike the LCP and that is a very good addition. It also has real sights but for a gun this size and purpose they are not a real important advantage. For me the Bodyguard is a much better gun for the SRP and for half the money, a steal.
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    At half price? Absolutely. I bought one for my wife a while back and I really enjoy shooting the little gun. I'd buy one for myself if I found one at that price.

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    I'm grateful for all the experienced advice. I talked to my old friend who is trying to sell it just now, and we agreed to a price. It is new, and he wants $150 for it. I can't turn that down. The reviews are varied, but like some said, if I don't like it I can sell it for what I paid. We're meeting this Friday for a fish fry and gun sale. Thanks for all the advice-I sincerely appreciate it.

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    Personally I don't like safeties on my carry guns and certainly on this gun the safety is overkill.

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