Ruger LCP vs S&W Bodyguard, AND, which 38?

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    Ruger LCP vs S&W Bodyguard, AND, which 38?

    I'm going to get a smaller gun to supplement my M&P 9c. Sometimes I need more of a "pocket" gun.
    I'm not sure whether to go with an auto or a revolver. What are your opinions on the Ruger and the S&W? Also, is there any small frame .38 that doesn't have killer recoil?
    Thanks for your opinions and advice!

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    Stay away from the bodyguard 380.

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    LCR .357 is the ticket.

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    I have a S&W Bodyguard revolver, and love it. Light, thin easy to carry. Recoil is not bad with standard .38 loads,
    if you get into +p's recoil increases of course. Whenever I'm dressed in "full" clothes I carry my M&P,
    but when I'm in shorts and t-shirts (most of the time here in Fl.) I carry the .38 in a Remora.
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    If the LCR and the Bodyguard were offered I'd take the Bodyguard loaded with .38 Special +P 158 grain wadcutters.

    I'd prefer to leave both of the above behind in favor of one of the Smith & Wesson Models 36, 37, 38, 40, 42, 49, 60, 442, or 642. Any of those along with a nice Colt Detective Special are superior. Just an opinion.
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    or you can go get yourself a nice lightweight colt cobra for 4-500 bucks and add an extra round in the chamber..... six 135gr Speer gold dots loaded just over +P ranges..... in a 18oz loaded, accurate, well made older revolver.....


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    How reliable is the laser on the Bodyguard .38? Do any other .38s have lasers?

    I think I would rather have a revolver than a .380, BUT I want to be able to practice firing the gun at the range. Thus, the recoil issue. Which ones have factory grips that can absorb a good amount of the recoil?

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    Does anyone know whether Ruger has a warranty?

    Too expand the field...what about .32 Magnum?

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    My Ruger SP101 .357 Magnum kicks pretty hard and I would think an LCR would be worse, although I have never shot one. Just the fact it is lighter makes me think so. Maybe .38 ammo in it would not be so bad.

    I deliberated between the BG and LCP 380 for a while, but ended up with the Kahr P380 to replace my Sig P238. The trigger pull of the Kahr made the biggest impression on me. However, it seems the LCP has a better reliability reputation from what I researched. The Kahr cost a bit more as well.

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    I've had an LCP for 3 months and like it for what it is. It's pretty darn accurate for a point and shoot pocket pistol. The trigger sucks and hurts my fingers but I don't shoot it that much either.

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    Shorts flip flops, t-shirt, and headed to the island store..

    I carry the Kel-Tek 380 in a Desaint’s pocket holster. Loaded with Winchester 95 gr LEO talons or Speer LEO Gold Dot 90 gr..

    Sure I’d prefer to have my G26 with me, but there are times, a small pocket pistol comes in handy.

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    I don't see how others carry the larger guns. It ain't easy for me to carry a .380 as it is. I sure can't see how I could carry much larger without open carrying on my hip, which I do NOT want to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit4earth View Post
    How reliable is the laser on the Bodyguard .38? Do any other .38s have lasers?

    I think I would rather have a revolver than a .380, BUT I want to be able to practice firing the gun at the range. Thus, the recoil issue. Which ones have factory grips that can absorb a good amount of the recoil?
    The laser on my Bodyguard is very reliable. I've had it about 15 months now and it's never failed to work.
    I will say that where the switch is to turn it on is not the most handy to reach. I practiced a whole lot to get to where I could hit it everytime while drawing.
    That might be an issue for you (female with smaller hands).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit4earth View Post
    Does anyone know whether Ruger has a warranty?

    Too expand the field...what about .32 Magnum?
    Let's see... rugers warranty. I still own my first rifle I got when i was a kid. A 1976 10/22 with walnut checkered stock. Four years ago the trigger guard broke. I called them and they asked me to send it in. They sent back the rifle with a new lower trigger assembly. No questions asked. All I paid was outbound shipping of about 14 bucks.

    That's about as good as it gets. Ruger's warranty is simple: good old fashioned customer service.THAT is why I continue to buy rugers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonnie View Post
    My Ruger SP101 .357 Magnum kicks pretty hard and I would think an LCR would be worse, although I have never shot one
    You would be ncorrect. The 357 magnum version, using 38+P rounds is nothing... even for females with small hands. It is 18oz loaded, slips in a pocket and packs a punch without all of the recoil. ... and yes there is a laser option.

    http://www.ruger.com/products/lcr/models.html

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