The new S&W Bodyguard CCW (380 Pistol and 38 revolver w/laser)

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    Question The new S&W Bodyguard CCW (380 Pistol and 38 revolver w/laser)

    Have you guys seen these new guns? Whats your thoughts on this for a CCW gun? I like the 380 pistol. My wife likes the revolver. Nice compact size. Nice design. Bonus on the integrated laser.

    They are supposed to be priced around $450 (street price)

    Check them out here. YouTube - SHOT Show 2010: Pistol S&W Bodyguard series

    Thoughts anyone?
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    If that .380 was a 9mm I would be very interested.
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    I have never owned a gun with a laser. If I was going to own a SD gun with a laser I would want a laser you did not have to turn on. I did not get a good look at the cylinder release on the 38, but if that was it on the hammer shrowd, I don't think I like the idea of having all of my revolvers having the cylinder release on the left side, but one. I could get use to it, just don't see any reason to. If you have to send the entire gun in to get the laser serviced that would be a show stopper for me.
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    The 380 looks clunky to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cammo girl View Post
    The 380 looks clunky to me.
    I almost said the 380 looked Glockish.
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    I want one of each.
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    I think the 380 pistol is going to find its way into our EDC/CCW choice. Looks like a good all around PD/CCW pistol.
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    I think the .380 is a bit large compared to many other offerings out there. The benefit to .380 is the small size. Even with add-on lasers, the LCP and other similar 380s are still much smaller. The integrated laser is nice, but not at the sacrifice of bulk.

    I like the 38 snub. I guess the reason for moving the cylinder release was to make it ambi (which would appeal to some folks). My thought is if they were going enter the light CCW 38 snub arena with so many other good offerings out there (S&W airweights, LCR, Taurus, etc.) and were looking to give themself a unique differentiating factor, the ability to swing the cylinder to either side along with an ambi release would have really made it unique.
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    I will stick to my Ruger Revolvers. S&W are to much out of my price and pay range for me. richgp100z

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    I handled both at a factory shoot yesterday. The revolver felt great, but the switch to turn on the laser is up on top of the housing. It wasn't in a place that was "natural" in its function. The ambi cylinder release was....odd. Other than that, I liked it, but I like Ruger's LCR a lot better.

    The pistol, on the other hand, was quite nice. The biggest plus was that it has SIGHTS! I mean, you could actually see them! It also has a safety, which some like, some don't. The safety lever sits flush with the slide, so it may be difficult for larger thumbed people to flick it off. All in all, it felt REALLY good in my hand. And I don't normally like S&W guns. I was thinking about getting an LCP, but I'm going to wait for this to come out in May.

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    We'll see. Initially, I love the bodyguard 380, but I would change two things: First, I prefer 9mm. That's just my preference. Second, I would prefer the laser button on the grip, but maybe it will work well where it/they are.

    I'm very interested though. I can get deals on it already for about $390. I was gunning for a Kel Tec PF9, but this makes me reconsider (since I would like a laser sight on a gun).

    Nutnfancy visited the SHOT show and looked at both guns. YouTube - Nutnfancy SHOT Show: Smith and Wesson! He gets to the booth at around 15:00. He made one point about the revolver I thought interesting. It has a polymer grip instead of rubber, so it won't catch clothing as easy. I thought that an intriguing detail.
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    We are allowing people to pre-order the Bodyguard 380 now. The price to anyone who reserves one is $389.99 through us. If you have any questions let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cammo girl View Post
    The 380 looks clunky to me.
    Agreed. It looks about the same size as a Kel-Tec PF9. Between two pistols of the same size, I'll take 9mm over .380, no brainer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cammo girl View Post
    The 380 looks clunky to me.
    I thought so too, so I compared it to the Kel Tec P3AT and Ruger LCP.

    Weight: S&W 11.85 oz -- P3AT 8.3 oz-- Ruger LCP 9.4 oz

    Width: S&W .75" -- P3AT .77"-- LCP .82"

    Length S&W 5.25" -- P3AT 5.2"-- LCP 5.12"

    Height S&W 4.1" -- P3AT 3.5"--LCP 3.6"

    My personal pick for nice looks is still the LCP. I believe the P3AT and LCP can both be gotten with a lazer which would make the weight differences balance out some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wood1 View Post
    We are allowing people to pre-order the Bodyguard 380 now. The price to anyone who reserves one is $389.99 through us. If you have any questions let me know.

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    389?? Thats cheaper that I expected it to be. What all is involved in ordering a gun online?
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