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Old 02-12-2011, 07:34 PM   #1
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I purchased a Bodyguard 380 last night. Took it to the range and put 200 rounds through the gun today. The first 100 were pretty much a function check. Point it downrange somewhere near the paper and pull the trigger. The next 100 were fired for accuracy.

No problems in gun function at all. It went bang every time.

The thin little gun is not a range gun at all. I set out to shoot 200. I would have preferred to stop at 100. It really cuts into the webbing of the hand. I should look into getting some gloves.

Accuracy is as good as I could expect (particularly with a bad arm right now). It will consistently put rounds in the black at 10 yards. I found I was more accurate shooting the iron sights as compared to the laser. The laser wasn't off. It sat right on top of the front sight. Accuracy dropped as soon as I stopped using the iron sights, my grip became inconsistent. Strange how those things work together.

After shooting 106 rounds, I turned on the laser... nothing... no dot. First thought was "crap... how could you not construct this thing to withstand recoil." I kept playing with it until I noticed the laser was coming on, but it was very dim. Finally figured out that 106 rounds gets the front of the gun very dirty. Wiped off the laser lens and voila.

The gun showed me that a laser while likely helpful in an unorthodox shooting situation, is not a substitute for iron sights (this is the first gun I've had with a laser). Even so, considering this will be my primary carry gun; I'm glad I have the laser on it.

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Great range report but where are the pics of the targets? It just goes to show that lasers ain't the last word. It sounds like a cool little gun. I'm glad to hear they're reliable.

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A bodyguard may make it's way into my collection in the future...I think I'm going to get the revolver though.

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Great range report but where are the pics of the targets? It just goes to show that lasers ain't the last word. It sounds like a cool little gun. I'm glad to hear they're reliable.
They're in my bag. I'll get some copies up later.
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Thanks for the report. As someone who has been eyeing the S&W 380, and had not shot it, I was interested in the way it shoots, and the level of pain. I am interested in it partly for my wife. If it hurts to shoot, she won't shoot it, so there is not point in her carrying it. The other part is for my pocket carry. I currently carry a S&W J frame 38 which also has a bit of a bite. When I go to the range I will generally shoot about 50 rounds, but no more. Today I will take the wife and see what she will do with it.

I don't mind shooting the 38, but I am not likely to put 200 rounds trhrough in one range session. Shooting the 9 mm is much more fun.

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I traded my lcp in for one much better and external safety. I know if you like lcp more power to you I just liked s& w better 4 of us shot both and all shot body guard better although all were in 10 ring just tighter with bg. My 2 cents worth.

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Thanks for the report. As someone who has been eyeing the S&W 380, and had not shot it, I was interested in the way it shoots, and the level of pain. I am interested in it partly for my wife. If it hurts to shoot, she won't shoot it, so there is not point in her carrying it. The other part is for my pocket carry. I currently carry a S&W J frame 38 which also has a bit of a bite. When I go to the range I will generally shoot about 50 rounds, but no more. Today I will take the wife and see what she will do with it.

I don't mind shooting the 38, but I am not likely to put 200 rounds trhrough in one range session. Shooting the 9 mm is much more fun.
10, 20, or even 50 rounds wouldn't really be an issue IMO. Have her try it. 200 was my break-in routine.

A few other notes...

Trigger is long and heavy but smooth. The external safety really isn't needed. The trigger reset is pretty well at the end of its return travel.
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Thanks for the report! My shooting partner is thinking about getting one.

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Thanks so much for this report!! I've been going back and forth on getting one. I'm new at this, and really couldn't figure out what I want, but kept coming back to it. (Guess I like the video a little too much)
Now that I've read your review, I'm sold! Going to get mine in the morning! Thanks so much!!

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Thanks for filling us in. I am seriously considering one.

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