S&W Bodyguard 38

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Thelt, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. Thelt

    Thelt New Member

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    Anyone have one? My wife wants one for her carry gun.
     
  2. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

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    I have a S&W 638 and it has been a great little piece. I pocket carry it daily.
    I consider it the best of both worlds; as snagfree as the centennial and you
    still retain the ability for single action. Also, it is more accurate than you would
    assume for a snubbie. Now, the airweights can be a little snappie with +P loads
    but there is great standard pressure self-defense ammo available for these little
    guns. Federal's low recoil JHP is a great SD round for an airweight.

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  3. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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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...
     
  4. mesinge2

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    Ohhh, I think I misunderstood you.

    Do you mean the new bodyguard or the traditional bodyguard (the humpback)?

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  5. WoodysKJ

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    I carry one of the airweight .38 with a CT laser grip in a Galco Ankle glove and love it. Great for smaller hands but can kick the crap out of those smaller hands with the wrong loads.
     
  6. oldgrunt

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    Airweight bodyguard

    Meant to be carried a lot and shot often enough to stay proficient.
     

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  7. Thelt

    Thelt New Member

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    I borrowed a Taurus .38 snubbie for her to shoot. The recoil was not that bad but the trigger was tricky. It is a very long and hard trigger pull and it was a bit inconsistent. I was trying to pull it back about 80% steady my aim then squeeze. Sometimes it was going off at 75%. Is that a revolver thing or do you think it is just a problem with the specific gun?
     
  8. gadrooning

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    Personally I think all of the Smith and Wesson j frame revolvers are really good. I don't think you could go wrong with any one of them. Regarding the new bodyguard I like the design but the cylinder release located where the hammer typically is confuse me a little. I guess I am just use to the cylinder release on the side. This I think was to market the gun to be more ambidextrous, if if your a left hander this is great. I think the laser located at the top of the gun makes a lot of sense though aesthetically it is a bit gaudy. But it solves a little of the problem that I face with my crimson trace. Since the laser on the new bodyguard is located closer to the barrel, you have better POA say than the crimson trace. Meaning.. On the crimson trace where the laser is located on the handle, if you sight your gun at twenty five feet, any shots placed closer than twenty feet will always impact higher than the laser. The closer you are the higher the shot. This also means that any shot farther away than twenty five feet will have a lower impact than the laser. The new body guard tried resolving this issue somewhat by moving the laser closer the the barrel. So in this sense this is a better feature than the crimson trace, even if it is odd looking.
     
  9. dallascj

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    I bought one a couple of weeks ago and love it. I like that the laser is more aligned with the sight, and the grips are different than the boot grip on most of the other J frames. It's smaller around, but longer so I can get a 3 finger grip on it, and I have pretty big hands, since I am 6' 3" and 195. The trigger on this gun is great too.
     
  10. adjohns3

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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!

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  11. Thelt

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    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.
     
  12. Thelt

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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.
     
  13. JTJ

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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.
     
  14. Thelt

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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.
     
  15. JTJ

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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.
     
  16. Thelt

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    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.
     
  17. JTJ

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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.
     
  18. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills New Member

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    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"
     
  19. dallascj

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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.
     
  20. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills New Member

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    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