Range Report: SW Bodyguard .380


May 15, 2011, 08:45 AM

So, I finally got out to the range to test out my new SW Bodyguard .380.

What a great gun. It is extremely accurate for a pocket gun which is made possible by having real iron sights. The trigger is not too bad and the laser was spot on at 21' feet from the factory. I figure that it would shoot great at 25' feet also. This is fine for this gun's purposes and limitations. The gun is well made and durable. The gun has a bit of recoil but nothing anyone can't handle and not bad for a .380.


I shot 3 types of ammo through it, Remington, Winchester PDX1 (personal defense) and Herter's steel-cased ammo. Between my friend and I we fired over 107 rounds. I had no malfunctions with the good ammo (Remington and Winchester), however I had 8 failures to fire with the cheap Herter's. I suspect it cheap Herter's ammo and not the gun that caused the malfunction. Because the SW Bodyguard's hammer hits the firing pin every time you squeeze the trigger (a great feature), I simply squeezed the trigger again and the round fired. So for 8 of the Herter's rounds I needed to pull the trigger twice to make them fire.


21' feet, 7 shots using the laser.


21' feet, 6 shots with one hand.


21' feet, multiple magazines, my friend and I shooting.

I had some problems with the gun and had to send it to SW before I ever shot it. Their customer service is excellent. They emailed me a return label and when the gun came back 3 weeks later it had 2 new spare magazines with it.

I've carried this gun in my front and back pocket and love it. I also like the safety and the fact that I the slide locks back without a magazine installed.

Overall Score: A

I would give it an "A+", but because of the initial problems I cannot. I would highly recommend this gun to anyone out there as a carry gun.

I used to carry a Springfield 1911 Champion .45, but now carry this gun because I do not need a holster for it. I just throw it in my pocket and away I go, meaning I will carry more often then I ever have. (I did order a Galco pocket holster for it though, so it prints less.). I could not be happier with this gun and it is now one of my favorites and is my primary carry gun.

On a side note, my friend who shot with me and said he was fine with his SW Bodyguard .38, he now says his next gun will be the SW Bodyguard .380.

If you are looking for a pocket sized CCW, look no farther then the SW Bodyguard .380, this is the gun for you.


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May 15, 2011, 10:58 AM
Thanks and glad S&W came through. Did you use or try the laser? Is it calibrated well from the Factory?

If I were in the market for another pocket .380 it would make my short list.

May 15, 2011, 07:14 PM

Yeap, that 7 shot group at the number 7 was using the laser. Hard to see in the daylight, but at least for 21' feet it's dead on.

I could try and shoot it at 25' feet, but I think it would be just fine too. That gun like most guns will outshoot it's shooter.

I was really pleased that the laser was right on.

If you are going to buy a .380, you can't go wrong with the SW. I love it. So happy I bought it.


May 15, 2011, 09:06 PM
What were the initial problems?

May 16, 2011, 03:30 PM

Problems with my gun were:

1.) Nearly impossible to use Laser buttons.

2.) Slide releases when Takedown Lever is inserted.

3.) Hard to use Takedown Lever.

4.) Trigger is extremely heavy even though it is DOA.


May 18, 2011, 11:01 AM
Thanks for the range report. I picked up a BG380 (serial #EAJ9XXX) on Monday and shot it for the first time yesterday. One day wait was long enough. I had resisted the pocket .380 laser bandwagon but the Smith sealed the deal. I put 100 rounds through it, 50 S&B and 50 Blazer Brass, and realibility was 100%. Recoil was quite manageable and in no way disagreeable. Accuracy was acceptable for this pistol's purpose, pretty much on par with the OP's at 20 feet.

The laser was hard to activate but by rolling the rubber pads between my fingers they were much easier. It didn't matter as I did not and probably will not use the laser.

The only negative is that when the takedown lever is rotated it drops the slide release. I'm not sure if this bothers me enough to send the gun back to Smith.

May 18, 2011, 11:43 AM

Storm, I had the same problem with the TD lever. Sent it in and it came back fixed.


May 18, 2011, 11:52 AM
Storm, I had the same problem with the TD lever. Sent it in and it came back fixed.

Thanks for letting me know that. I'm going to see how it breaks in. I've just read a tip that if you leave the mag in it lines things up so that the lever is easier to rotate and it keeps the slide from slamming shut. I'll give it a few hundred more rounds and figure what I'm going to do.

It sure is a great little gun.

May 18, 2011, 12:15 PM

I tried that little tip to, didn't fix the problem.

Read here:



May 18, 2011, 12:23 PM
Thanks for that link!

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