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S&W Bodyguard 38 problems

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by samwho, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. samwho

    samwho New Member

    Oct 24, 2008
    Preston, Minnesota
    Is anyone out there having problems with their Bodyguard 38? Mine seems to have some problems with the cylinder locking up correctly. I understand that it's a DAO and the trigger needs to be released all the way to the front between shots but sometimes mine will malfunction after the first couple of shots. I release the trigger fully but when I take the next shot the cylinder will rotate but the trigger will pull all the way back and the hammer never drops. I've had a little trouble with the new cylinder latch design and I'm not sure if this is 1.Operator error 2. Cylinder latch problems or 3. Problems with the lock-work. Anyone else having similar trouble? This is a back-up gun but even so, I want it to light up when I hit the bang-switch!
  2. Lucky Derby

    Lucky Derby Senior Member

    Aug 23, 2006
    Colorado Rockies
    Just for clarification, are you refering to the new Bodyguard with the built in laser or the original M38 Bodyguard?
    Two completely different revolvers that share the same name. Why didn't they come up with a new name?
  3. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Senior Elder

    Nov 25, 2006
    Northeast PA, USA
    He's talking about the new Bodyguard revolver because he references the new cylinder latch design.

    I would suggest taking it to a Gunsmith to determine if there's a problem with the revolver. If there is send it back to S&W for repairs.

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