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Welcome my new S&W Bodyguard 38

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by the count, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. the count

    the count Well-Known Member

    Hi all, just got this baby the other day. It was between this one and the Ruger LCR. Essentially both are very very similar but the fact that the Smithie came with a built in laser was the deal maker.



    Already took her to the range too. Even with +P the recoil isn't too bad. But for target practice I will just be using a medium hand-load which is not a problem at all. Gotta love the 38 SPL caliber, million ways you can combine bullets and powder. Shot like 40 rounds without any wrist pain. The only criticism is the fact that the front sight is way off. At 7 yards the impact is like 4-5 inches to the left of where it should be. Laser is great at 7-10 yards. It is not bright enough for anything further, even in a dim shooting range. 25 yards? impossible, can't see the dot no matter what. The gun is surprisingly light but even so, a small automatic like the Ruger LCP cannot be beat for size and weight.
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2011
  2. motorcycle-charlie

    motorcycle-charlie Well-Known Member

    off 8 inches at 7 yards ??? !!! that doesnt sound very good. is this shooting from a rest or off hand?
  3. the count

    the count Well-Known Member

    probably not 8 inchess off, more like 4-5 but still. off a bench. at a combat range of 7 you really are not going to 'aim' anyway. probably not 8 inchess off, more like 5 but still. its point shooting... but still, wonder if the sight can be adjusted?
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2011
  4. Tony_the_tiger

    Tony_the_tiger Well-Known Member

    Try taking it out for another range session to see if its really that much off. Some of it may be the way you are shooting it... thats not criticism of you. I thought one of my revolvers was WAY off until I practiced with it again, really got to know the front site, and now it hits point of aim.

    If its still way off, I'd have smith and wesson take a look at it.

  5. motorcycle-charlie

    motorcycle-charlie Well-Known Member

    i agree with Tony the tiger, shoot it some more. it might be trigger controll issues. those can be worked out. i am a little off with my Ruger sp101. the gun is fine, i just need to practice more with it. i shoot my Smith 442 much better than the Ruger. different triggers and different ergonomics, but i have shot the 442 alot more. congrats on the nice gun. practice up, and good luck.
  6. the count

    the count Well-Known Member

    Hmm.... high and left... just like with me..

    Just found this interesting article..

    "The problem is, all of the groups that I fired using the fixed, open sights were high and left. How high and left depended on how hot the ammo was."

    BUT the laser works fine, the reason I got this one anyway. Better to practice point shooting with any handgun being used for protection in my opinion.

    Last edited: Feb 25, 2011
  7. mikerault

    mikerault Well-Known Member

    Do not, I repeat, do not let the laser get wet. If it gets wet immediately remove it from the gun and dry it and its batteries out. Don't wait, even a few hours of wet batteries may ruin them and the laser itself. The laser is not a sealed unit. It is just plastic snapped together with no seals anywhere.

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