Bodyguard 380? Opinions

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by Rockjeep94, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. Rockjeep94

    Rockjeep94 New Member

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    I bought my wife a walther p22 (in digi camo pink of course lol) now she wants something bigger. Opinions on the bodyguard 380? She wants it for personal carry, and average shooting every once in awhile... Good reliable gun? Or go another route?
     
  2. sputnik1988

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    My GF has one...
    (Waaay too)Looong HEAVY AS HECK DAO trigger and inaccuate at even the closest ranges. it's reliable though.

    I could think of many, many better options. Plus 380 ammo is expensive, I agree with Silverado, look at 9mm also.

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  3. rhyno13

    rhyno13 New Member

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    Personally I think a .380 is too small for a self defense weapon. 9mm is the very least I would choose. I carry a .45
     
  4. Tackleberry1

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    Why are you considering a mouse gun for a woman...

    Judging by your avatar, you own an XD and a Sig so I know you've got something on the ball. :)

    Newsflash - Pocket Pistol are:

    Notoriously difficult to shoot
    Have terrible triggers
    Are too small to hold properly
    Have brutal recoil
    Are chambered for expensive and innefective rounds
    Are meant for pocket carry

    When was the last time you saw your wife in a pair of pants that could hide a tampon...let alone a fire arm? :rolleyes:

    Sorry if I sound harsh but I'm getting tired of explaining that little guns are not designed for little inexperienced shooters.

    Pocket guns ARE designed as BUG's for highly skilled men who wear pants loose enough to ACTUALLY conceal them!

    Get her a mid to full size 9 mm.

    Tack
     
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  5. Rockjeep94

    Rockjeep94 New Member

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    She has read some stories of 9mm and thinks it is to high a velocity. She thinks it has to great of a chance of secondary damage if a situation ever came up. one of her old neighbors shot at an intruder it went through the burgler througj the walls and into the house across the street. Ive told her thats what the shotguns are for (home defense) and that a public altercation would likely be when no one else is around but she still thinks 380 is her best choice. I want her to carry high standard 1911 but she says no way :)
     
  6. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    You can lead the horse to water but you can't make it drink...

    If she is stuck on 380 I'd suggest one of the larger all metal guns like the Bersa.

    I've personally never fired one but they do have a strong following here with good reviews from knowledgable members...and there cheap, "inexpensive". :)

    Tack
     
  7. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    There is very little difference between 380 and 9mm as far as penetration goes and the use of JHPs lowers the chances even more. She will be much more accurate with the bigger handgun , a stray 380 is much more likely to cause harm to a bystander than a center mass hit with a 9mm.
     
  8. JeeperSC

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    I bought a bodyguard .380 and love it. It's purpose is a back up gun to my 40cal glock. I carry it as a back up at work, and it's my conceal carry when I am off.
    I can't believe people describe it as 'long and heavy'! It's very small, slim, lite, and comfortable to carry. like any tiny pocket pistol, it's not accurate from a distance. But for what it is, it shoots pretty smooth.

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    This is it next to a Glock .23 which is the 'mid sized' 40cal. It makes the glock look huge. Even next to the s&w .38 special which is another 'pocket pistol' revolver I used to carry.
     
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  9. MPsteelshooter87

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    Im with tackleberry get her a bersa thunder they are all metal alittle easyer to hold on to and the recoil isnt that bad i love mine and it hasnt failed me yet but i dont carry it on a regular basis it usually hide in my truck or somewhere in the house as a back up
     
  10. sputnik1988

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    The trigger pull is long and heavy, not the gun...
     
  11. GaMatt72

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    My wife picked a Bersa and it is a good gun. We have not had any problems out of it yet. I would like her to carry a 9 or 40 but she wanted a 380. Neighbors wife has a bodyguard and it has a horrible trigger pull. You keep pulling and pulling. Lol. She has now decided to go with something else.
     
  12. ScottA

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    I've carried a BG 380 for over a year. I find it to be the perfect pocket pistol:

    • Long DAO trigger negates need for the safety (you do not want a short light trigger in a pocket pistol)
    • Very good sights for a pistol of its size (far superior to the LCR). Better yet, they can be switched out. I put XS Big Dot on mine.
    • As accurate as you can expect from it's size.
    • Easy to break down.
    • The magazine extension gives a better grip than most.
    • The built-in laser is great for training.

    Downside:
    • Brutal to shoot. It is just such a thin gun. You will tire of it at the range quickly.
    • Well... it is a 380.
     
  13. GaMatt72

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    I am just not use to small pocket pistols. Close as I get is my G27. Lol. I think it is a good little gun for its intended purpose. The trigger is my only dislike of it.
     
  14. sputnik1988

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    I honestly don't think that I could bring myself to carry a pocket pistol as a primary, not after that Aurora Co wacko. Glad I've got my G19
     
  15. 1kcender

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    If she likes the p22 why not look at the pk380. Almost the same gun, and she is already familiar with the p22. I bought a pk380 for my wife and she loves it. Very soft shooting , almost same recoil as p22. Not a blowback design so has a very light recoil spring which makes working the slide very easy.Only draw back is special key for takedown.
     
  16. Rockjeep94

    Rockjeep94 New Member

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    Lol thats a great idea I dont know why I didnt think about that one.