S&W revolvers - anyone compared the 642 to the Bodyguard 38?
I've been thinking about my wife's home defense and occasional carry gun, currently an LCPII that I lent to her. She rarely shoots the gun, so I'm somewhat concerned about her grip interfering with the slide … consequently her hand gets sliced or (worst case), the gun jams due to the impediment of her hand.
Which leads me to revolvers. At one point a few years back we both had S&W 642s, but I got bored and I liked the idea of easier reloads and picked up a couple of LCPIIs. Now, as little as she hits the range, I'm thinking five rounds of .38 Special trumps 7-8 rounds of .380, especially if it jams.
Having owned a 642 (and a 442 at one time), I have some confidence in that gun and that manufacturer. I visited the S&W website and saw a new-to-me 5-shot revolver, the Bodyguard 38. It's about $50 less than the 642 and I'm wondering why it's that much cheaper and if it's been out long enough to have a reputation established. Any experiences with either gun would be appreciated.