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Old 11-28-2010, 11:38 PM   #11
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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!

Good luck, shoot safely!

I had her look at a LCR, she currently carries an LCP sot it seemed logical. She much prefers the skinnier grip on the S&W. I can not blame her it does work better if you have small hands.


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I picked one up for the wife today. She seems thrilled with it so far. I need to shoot it a bit and dial in the laser sight for her. The weather is too messy today though.



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Line up your sights and set the laser dot on top. You can fine tune from there if you need to. The laser will show you when you have a bad sight picture and if you have any muzzle jump on dry fire. Dont try to compensate for the muzzle jump. Learn to shoot correctly. It is a great training aid.

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I lined up the laser with the regular sights. I can not hit very well with it regardless of whether I use the laser or the sights. The same target that I can tear up with a .22 is difficult with the snub. I guess that is the nature of a snubnose though.

Any trick to shooting it well? When I grip it hard enough to prepare for the recoil then I can not keep it from moving. The laser really shows you whether you are steady or not.

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No it isnt. Snubs can be very accurate. You should be able to hold a 5" group at 7 yards with no problem. What ammo are you using? I know my SP101 does not like 38 spl wad cutters. 125 gr HP in standard or +P should shoot fairly tight. Are you getting muzzle flip when you dry fire? You will see the laser dot shift when the hammer falls if you are getting flip. Are you flinching? Have someone load the gun and leave an empty chamber or 2. You will see if you are flinching quickly.

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No it isnt. Snubs can be very accurate. You should be able to hold a 5" group at 7 yards with no problem. What ammo are you using? I know my SP101 does not like 38 spl wad cutters. 125 gr HP in standard or +P should shoot fairly tight. Are you getting muzzle flip when you dry fire? You will see the laser dot shift when the hammer falls if you are getting flip. Are you flinching? Have someone load the gun and leave an empty chamber or 2. You will see if you are flinching quickly.
I think it is me, not the gun. The trigger is kind of tricky at least to me. I could hit a person sized target at 7 yards with no problem. I am not getting a 5" group though.
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I have not tried the trigger on the S&W but most hammerless revolvers have a staging point just before the hammer drops. Dry fire and find the staging point and it will almost like single action. In rapid fire, the trigger pull has to be smooth and consistant. You will probably find the triger will smooth out some with use. It takes practice. Jerk the trigger and you will miss. The laser and dry fire practice can help you a lot if you use it as a training aid. Line up the sights and watch what the laser dot does. If it moves, you missed. Keep practising until you can control the trigger. You never want to be battery dependent. When you think you have practiced enough, practice some more. You need to develop technique and muscle memory.

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I don't understand the laser design on the Bodyguard. It seems to be a button on the top of the frame. It seems counter-intuitive to me.

I'm a big Crimson Trace fan. But that is like saying, "I think lead is a good material for bullets." Duh...
I was checking out the one I have in stock today & I can't guess why S&W would put the laser on button where it is, on top of the frame. Seems very awkward to activate. This is the newest model S&W w/ laser "built-into gun"
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Bill,
That's the most ambidextrous place to put the button; it can be activated by the thumb of either shooting hand. Besides, most anyplace else they would have located it and it would get activated by the holster or anything near the button.

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That's the most ambidextrous place to put the button; it can be activated by the thumb of either shooting hand. Besides, most anyplace else they would have located it and it would get activated by the holster or anything near the button.
Oh Yeah, but you are only saying that because you haven't yet seen the S&W Bodyguard .380. Once you see it, you'll be fully repaired


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