Bodyguard 380

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by G30USMC, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. G30USMC

    G30USMC Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My wife currently has a Taurus TCP 380 and she is pretty good at it, however I am thinking her reaction to a self defense situation will be different, which brings me to this question?

    I was thinking of getting my wife the Smith and Wesson Bodyguard 380 because of the built on laser, I'm not a fan of the laser and for myself, I would not use one, but for my wife, if it would give her that extra little assistance in the need of a self defense situation.

    What are the thoughts out there on this one, have her stick with the Taurus TCP 380 which she shoots well, or buy her the Bodyguard 380 which has a light for that situation where a little extra assistance can help her?
     
  2. Hammy517

    Hammy517 New Member

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    I had the BG380 for a week and took shooting once. It sucked. The laser is a pain to activate. The trigger is horrible and take down is crappy. Better of sticking with the Taurus even though I have never shot one of those.
     

  3. Steenkamp

    Steenkamp New Member

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    Never shot the TCp laser. What i do with my wife is i get her to practice with my guns. If she can shoot somebody with the good old iron sights she will be able to hit them with anything. If something does happen( woman most of all) it will be over before you know it. Get her comfortable with a gun. If she is good at it and quick/comfortable she will be fine in any situation. I carry a Bersa .380. My wife knows it and would be able to squueze one off in a a couple seconds. Knowledge is the key..
     
  4. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Agreed the trigger on the bodyguard is terrible. The ruger lcp is a great pistol with a nice flush side mount laser.
     

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  5. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Personally, I don't think a laser is much help in a critical self defense situation. I think we all must practice point and shoot accuracy. In most situations, you aren't going to have much time to aim or use that laser. That's just my opinion.
     
  6. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    They are good for shooting from strange positions where aiming isn't an option but can help with fast acquisition.
     
  7. sdcromer

    sdcromer New Member

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    Google "bodyguard 380 firing pin" before you buy.
     
  8. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If you are in a critical situation, you probably wont have the time or the focus to turn on a laser. It needs to be grip activated. Copying the ads you see where people are scanning with the laser could get you arrested or shot. More important and mostly neglected is the ability to shoot accurately from an in tight position or literally from the hip. You can not nor do you want to extend into the 2 hand shooting position if the BG is too close. Here a laser can help but training is better and the laser can help you train.
     
  9. fstkmaro

    fstkmaro New Member

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    I just got my permit and also just got a BG380. Besides that I have a ISSC M22 Single Action. I am more accurate with the 22 than with the 380. I have really big hands so that adds to the situation.
    Shooting one after the other is like night and day. I am not saying that the 380 sucks, it is just different. Please note that I live in MA and here the double action trigger must be at least 10lbs. It takes getting used to that trigger on the 380.
    I have shot about 300rds through it since last Friday when I got it and have had no issues with it. I have shot both Federal and Remington (bulk) and it has functioned flawlessly. I have not even cleaned the thing plus my accuracy has improved greatly at about 30ft. (I am a rookie as well)
    The comfort is not there, it is definitely a different monster that requires practice. As a CCW it is excellent for concealment. I carry mine with a pocket holster that looks like a wallet.
    In the short period of time I have had it I have had no issues and it has fired every time. I have not yet adjusted the laser but I find that to be a commodity rather than a necessity. I feel I have to get proficient with the gun as is with its sights than to depend on some gizmo. It is true that the laser is a pain to activate. S&W has updated laser buttons for the newer editions and you can ask them to help upgrade an old one.
    In my experience, it is a reliable device with a learning curve.
     
  10. Kodeman

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    Having shot the BG380 I would never buy one because of the long trigger pull. Does any one know if the Ruger Lcp has this same problem? Thanks in advance.
     
  11. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I have played with the Ruger LCP and I think it has a long trigger pull, too. But it is a nice little gun. Look at the Sig P238. It is a SAO pistol and the trigger is awesome! But it's a good 6 oz heavier than the LCP.
     
  12. treehugger49

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    Yes, the LCP does have a long, harder trigger pull, too, but I don't interpret that as a problem - it is a designed attribute in consideration for the type of carry gun it represents. That characteristic fits well in that it is a small pocket pistol with no safety utilizing a double action trigger. I wouldn't want a small pistol with a single action, light trigger with no safety in my pocket.

    I agree it poses some challenge to shoot, and it certainly isn't a range or target pistol, but it fulfills its designed role pretty well.

    As far as the laser topic goes, the Crimson Trace Laserguard is grip activated and, in my opinion, has a place in an environment in which a shot may be taken up close when ones ability to acquire proper sight picture is compromised. It shouldn't be used as a substitute for proper aiming technique, however.
     
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  13. ScottA

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    I have a BG380 and it is one of my two carry guns. The trigger is no worse than what you'll find on a typical DAO revolver. It is designed with a long trigger pull because it is a pocket carry defense gun. When you are in a situation where you need to pull that trigger, 7 pounds will feel like 7 ounces.

    However, the laser is not intuitive. I would not plan on using it in a high stress situation because of the difficulty in activating it. They really should redesign the switch.

    A big plus the BG has over many other 380 pocket pistols is the interchangeable sights. I put a set of XS Big Dots on mine. This is probably the one feature that stands out far above the competition in my book. When I pull up that gun quickly, there is no missing the front sight. That is far more useful than the laser and far more useful than any sights I have seen on any other pocket pistol.
     
  14. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    With the LCP, I think the long trigger pull would not be a problem. You learn to know your guns. Also, a long trigger pull might be good on the LCP because it doesn't have a thumb safety. So the long trigger pull might act as a safety, in a way.
     
  15. G30USMC

    G30USMC Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Well I picked up my wife a ruger lcp with crimson trace laser she loves it!