Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by ScottA, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
  2. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    Great range report but where are the pics of the targets?:confused: 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.
     

  3. USMC-03

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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.
     
  4. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    They're in my bag. I'll get some copies up later.
     
  5. Daoust_Nat

    Daoust_Nat Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.
     
  6. birdie

    birdie New Member

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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.
     
  7. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    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.
     
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2011
  8. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Thanks for the report! My shooting partner is thinking about getting one.
     
  9. DeniseEMTB

    DeniseEMTB New Member

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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) :eek:
    Now that I've read your review, I'm sold! Going to get mine in the morning! Thanks so much!!
     
  10. BombDoc

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

    dunerunner New Member

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    380 Bodyguard...Oh, just writing that down. Would probably make a great back-up or boot gun. Great report!

    You guy figure this is probably a good close range, last resort kind of weapon?
     
  12. ebbs

    ebbs New Member

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    Hey guys, new to the site and thought I'd add my 2 cents to the discussion. I've had my Bodyguard for about six months. Carry it every day and love it. Click below for a full review including video...

    Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 Review
     
  13. Rcmarcinko

    Rcmarcinko New Member

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    Bodyguard 380

    Im looking to buy one but I have to buy it from a cop since I'm in CA. Any cops looking to offload one or an LCP?
     
  14. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    HUH????

    Why is that?
     
  15. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    In CA we have the approved roster of handguns. Any NEW handgun sold in a store must be on the roster, which means it meets the mechanical and safety guidelines outlined by the state. Used handguns that are sold "private party" are not subject to the roster requirements. And LEOs are not subject to the roster. That is odd because the roster was implemented as a safety issue, but somehow LEOs are not required to carry "safe" handguns? The first lawsuit filed after someone is shot by a cop with an "unsafe" handgun should get the roster nullified.
     
  16. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    That is really messed up.
     
  17. M14sRock

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    Agreed. The irony is that if anyone here wants something that is NOT on the roster, it can still be registered to them if done private party. So a friend can bring it in from another state, or a LEO friend can buy one and then do a PPT to anyone.

    In CA, ALL of our gun laws fall apart under scrutiny. And they don't like it when gun cases go to court because they are afraid of having a bad pres set when the case is thrown out. It is all very weird.
     
  18. Rcmarcinko

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    Lcp

    Yea. It's weird but I'm getting my CCW so I want the LCP. Any cops interested should email me & I'll be happy to pay a little extra.
     
  19. JTJ

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    Make sure you handle an LCP before you buy one. They dont hold right for me and they are brutal to shoot on the range. The Kel-Tec P3AT holds better for me but is also brutal to practice with. The S$W Bodyguard is not as bad. The best one I have shot is the Sig 238 which is a copy of a Colt 380. Word is that Colt is bringing back their pocket 380s. Keep in mind, you will have to put a couple hundred rounds through your semi to break it in and find out if it is reliable. It has to be reliable with your carry ammo and that out gets expensive. If you buy used, dont believe the seller if he tells you it is reliable. Find out for yourself. Consider a light snubby as they are not ammo sensitive and easier to shoot.
    I only carry my 380 when I cant carry anything else.