Picked this up today

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by ScottA, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Well after much research and gratuitous fondling of hardware, I settled on the S&W Bodyguard 380 for my next addition to the collection. This will be my daily carry piece. I kept debating about a sub-compact 9, but I knew I needed a firearm that was going to be just as natural to carry as my pocket knife. The 9's just weren't quite making it. But that means I still have to add a 9 in the future.

    Just picked it up after work. I'll try to get to the range this weekend.
     

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  2. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    That's a nice little shooter you got there, congrats ;)
     

  3. HKSlinger

    HKSlinger New Member

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    Very nice. What ya gonna feed it?
     
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  5. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Winchester white box most likely for the range. I'll try Hornady CD first for carry.
     
  6. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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  7. dnthmn2004

    dnthmn2004 New Member

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    Range Report!! Keep us informed. I've had my eye on one of those lately.
     
  8. hawkchucker

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    Interested also. One of the few small guns we can have in Ma. Plus it is a local company!
     
  9. USMC-03

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    Nice piece...always nice to get new toys
     
  10. CA357

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    Congratulations Scott.
     
  11. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    The only problem I've had in the 6 hours I've owned it...

    My busted arm is still very weak. In the shop, my grip slipped on the gun and the slide bit me. First time in 16 years of shooting I've had a gun draw blood.
     
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  12. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    I was just going to ask about your arm.

    Maybe you should send that lil puppy to me to break in. :rolleyes:
     
  13. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    If I can get the bullets in the magazine, I'll manage.

    But the really good news is yesterday I scratched my nose with my left hand for the first time in 4 weeks.
     
  14. NGIB

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    Congrats on the new toy. I have a lot of handguns yet my daily carry is a .380 as well. I'll be interested to hear how it performs...
     
  15. Gojubrian

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    Pretty neat little gun!
     
  16. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Range Report

    Took it to the range and put 200 rounds through the gun. 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.
     
  17. Daoust_Nat

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    I have been looking at those as a nice pocket carry. I saw the Gander sale and have been told by a local retail outlet that S&W was going to drop the price pretty drastically because they have not met expected sales. Maybe the Gander deal is the first hint of that.

    Let us know how you like it at the range.
     
  18. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I bought it at Gander Mountain for $379. At that price, I think it's the best deal going on a sub-compact gun. They must be moving now, because I can't find them online, my regular gun shop can't get them. I got the last one in the store. They're just completely sold out. The "sale" price is actually in line with S&W's new list price. In fact one of the sales guys last night mentioned the sale is really just 20 below S&W's new list price.

    It will be pocket carry. The thin profile will make it very good for that purpose.
     
  19. Harleygunner

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    When you start looking at 9mm's, take a look at the Kahr CW9. I use it as my EDC, and am really happy with it, carrying, and at the range.
    It only weighs about 17oz's, and is less than 1" wide.

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