I have a S&W 638 and it has been a great little piece. I pocket carry it daily.
I consider it the best of both worlds; as snagfree as the centennial and you
still retain the ability for single action. Also, it is more accurate than you would
assume for a snubbie. Now, the airweights can be a little snappie with +P loads
but there is great standard pressure self-defense ammo available for these little
guns. Federal's low recoil JHP is a great SD round for an airweight.
I borrowed a Taurus .38 snubbie for her to shoot. The recoil was not that bad but the trigger was tricky. It is a very long and hard trigger pull and it was a bit inconsistent. I was trying to pull it back about 80% steady my aim then squeeze. Sometimes it was going off at 75%. Is that a revolver thing or do you think it is just a problem with the specific gun?
Personally I think all of the Smith and Wesson j frame revolvers are really good. I don't think you could go wrong with any one of them. Regarding the new bodyguard I like the design but the cylinder release located where the hammer typically is confuse me a little. I guess I am just use to the cylinder release on the side. This I think was to market the gun to be more ambidextrous, if if your a left hander this is great. I think the laser located at the top of the gun makes a lot of sense though aesthetically it is a bit gaudy. But it solves a little of the problem that I face with my crimson trace. Since the laser on the new bodyguard is located closer to the barrel, you have better POA say than the crimson trace. Meaning.. On the crimson trace where the laser is located on the handle, if you sight your gun at twenty five feet, any shots placed closer than twenty feet will always impact higher than the laser. The closer you are the higher the shot. This also means that any shot farther away than twenty five feet will have a lower impact than the laser. The new body guard tried resolving this issue somewhat by moving the laser closer the the barrel. So in this sense this is a better feature than the crimson trace, even if it is odd looking.
I bought one a couple of weeks ago and love it. I like that the laser is more aligned with the sight, and the grips are different than the boot grip on most of the other J frames. It's smaller around, but longer so I can get a 3 finger grip on it, and I have pretty big hands, since I am 6' 3" and 195. The trigger on this gun is great too.
Anyone have one? My wife wants one for her carry gun.
Good gun without a doubt...but...my wife got the Ruger LCR (.38 special) with Crimson Trace and has been VERY happy with it. Super gun, very comfortable to shoot. If you fire some +p, not the most fun at range, but otherwise great.
We looked at, and shot both...as always it comes to personal feel and choice. Put both in her hand and let her decide...YOU will be a happier man!