More range work with the S&W Bodyguard: Part 2

More range work with the S&W Bodyguard: Part 2

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    More range work with the S&W Bodyguard: Part 2

    After I finished teaching a basic shooting class today, I ran some drills with this diminutive pistol.

    I figure if it's all I am going to be able to carry, I might as well get real good with it.

    So, I started out with some 5 and 7 yard presentations from the pocket on 1/2 sized humanoid targets, doing both double taps and mag dumps in the body with a two handed grip.
    The trigger is looong and heavy, but the results were what I would consider good enough; that is well
    centered....all over the torso:)
    But I can live with that...quick hits somewhere on the body with a 380 is better than not having anything.

    I fired a mix of ammo; Winchester, Blaser Brass, Remington, and Hornady, about 100 rounds or so all together. The rate of fire I was doing with two magazines to work with actually got the gun hot enough that I had to let it cool before putting it back in the Sticky Holster.
    I had 0, none, notta, malfunctions......zip.

    Capability wise, the real confidence builder was 14 rounds fired at 25 yards for a head shot. I whacked my rear sight to the right using a guesstimate, since it was shooting left on her maiden run last weekend, as reported in the previous thread.
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    This is surprising to me, as I had no idea where I was hitting from that range, and with that trigger despite the more deliberate aimed fire, but I wasn't taking my time either.

    Next week, I'll concentrate on one handed retention distance shooting, and weak hand practice.

    The only issue I have is that after a few mags, the thin pistol, combined with the long heavy pull hurts the tendons between my thumb and index finger.
    However, it wasn't designed as a range gun.

    So far, very satisfied the way it carries in the pocket, which I have done all week at my new job. I am
    further impressed with its reliability, even after getting hot to the touch on minimal lubrication.....I literally fired the magazine in the gun as it was from this weeks pocket carry.

    For all the bad press small guns get for shootability, all I can conclude, is that if you have the proper fundamentals down, you can make anything work to a acceptable degree, and if you can't, you blame the gun.

    I may do a combat course with this gun, although they are not very realistic to SD needs, just for fun.
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    That green silhouette image has HEADACHE written all over it.

    Nice shooting, G-Man and thanks for the report(s.)
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    Good work with the Bodyguard. You are better with yours than I am with mine. Very happy to hear the kind of reliability you are getting with it. What ammo have you tried so far and what do you think you will use for carry?
    Congratulations again, Frank.
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    Is that supported shooting at twenty-five yards? Very nice shooting either way.

    The most I have ever run through my .380 at one session is about thirty rounds. While it isn't bad initially, it quickly becomes tedious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by helderberg View Post
    Good work with the Bodyguard. You are better with yours than I am with mine. Very happy to hear the kind of reliability you are getting with it. What ammo have you tried so far and what do you think you will use for carry?
    Congratulations again, Frank.
    The ammo used was mentioned in the OP.

    Im not really picky about ammo, but, may eventually go with an XTP, or maybe a flat nose fmj.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    Is that supported shooting at twenty-five yards? Very nice shooting either way.

    The most I have ever run through my .380 at one session is about thirty rounds. While it isn't bad initially, it quickly becomes tedious.
    Yes, supported. It took everything I had to control my trigger pull at that distance, as not disrupt the sight picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhaedrusIV View Post
    That green silhouette image has HEADACHE written all over it.

    Nice shooting, G-Man and thanks for the report(s.)
    Thanks!
    But I figure those 380 projectiles will just bounce off harmlessly at that distance:)
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    Thanks!
    But I figure those 380 projectiles will just bounce off harmlessly at that distance:)
    I'd bet the BG hopes they will !
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    Thanks!
    But I figure those 380 projectiles will just bounce off harmlessly at that distance:)
    Probably bounce right back and give you a nasty bruise!

    What do you think of the sights? I like my Taurus TCP, but the sights are teeny and hard to pick up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxwell97 View Post
    Probably bounce right back and give you a nasty bruise!

    What do you think of the sights? I like my Taurus TCP, but the sights are teeny and hard to pick up.
    The sights are a mixed bag.

    They suck for a good sight picture on the quick, because of their size and being all black.

    To adjust for this, and use the pistol for its intended role of CQB, I use the rear of the slide as a reference instead of the sights at 3-7 yards. I could do that further out on a full size silhouette target, no doubt.

    OTOH, they are dovetailed in the front and back for replacement or adjustment, and the front sight has nice serrations in it.
    I may touch it up at a later date with some Blaze Orange paint.

    The trigger is what makes it very difficult to shoot, but is also what makes it so good of a choice for the pocket.

    The pistol itself, feels very high quality overall.
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    Dang. Right on the money.
    Now don't go wearin' that little thing out
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAcanis View Post
    Dang. Right on the money.
    Now don't go wearin' that little thing out
    Ha! My hand will wear out before the gun does:)
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    Ha! My hand will wear out before the gun does:)
    A small inner tube wrap seems to help, both in widening the back strap slightly and bulking to grip up overall. They're quite snappy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    Ha! My hand will wear out before the gun does:)
    380 doesn't seem like much until you shoot it out of a half-pound gun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxwell97 View Post
    380 doesn't seem like much until you shoot it out of a half-pound gun!
    The recoil is not the problem. The trigger takes so much to squeeze that it pushes the thin grip against the tendons of my hand between the thumb and index finger.
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