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New S&W Bodyguard M&P .380

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by jpruitt, Jan 16, 2014.

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  1. jpruitt

    jpruitt Member

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    Didn't see a thread on this yet, so

    http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/...92654_757781_757781_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y

    MSRP of $379, so hopefully even lower than that once the new factor wears off.

    The big differences I see are the lack of the laser (which I won't miss) and the inclusion of an extra magazine (I think the Bodyguard only comes with one currently, but I could be wrong). Not sure what changes the "M&P" part brings to the table.

    Now if they would only put one out in 9mm
     
  2. ritepath

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    The only thing I didn't like about my brothers was the laser.
     
  3. bannockburn

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    A friend of mine has one with the laser and it (the laser), was pretty useless. Fit very loosely within the frame itself and could never get it zeroed in on target. Other than that the gun has been great. I would consider getting one now that they're offered without the laser.
     
  4. goon

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    I'm looking very hard at these little beasts right now.
    I have handled several small handguns in 9mm, .38 Special, and .380 in the last couple months kind of trying to settle on a small carry gun.

    Of all the possibilities, the Ruger LCR, the S&W Bodyguard .380, and the S&W Airlite .38 seemed the best. Eventually I want to have two of the three, but the Bodyguard .380 is small yet somehow sized right for my largish hands. I have a lot more purchase with it than I do with the Ruger LCP. I think the Bodyguard .380 may come first.
    I'd also love to hear any experience that anyone has with the Bodyguard .380.
     
  5. herrwalther

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    My wife had a BG .380 and neither of us cared for it. The trigger pull was excessively heavy and S&W returned it as "in spec" after having it for close to 6 weeks.
     
  6. The Lone Haranguer

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    Marketing.
     
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    I've heard mixed reviews about these...thought about getting one for the wife but decided to look around a bit more until I'm comfortable I'm not buying junk
     
  8. HexHead

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    The LAPD authorized the BG380 as a back up gun for it's officers, as long as the laser was disabled. It's not junk.
    I had one, and it's far superior to all the Kel-Tec copies like the Ruger and Taurus. I only used the laser to play with my cats.
     
  9. bjs1187

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    I had one. Gave it a friend. Absolutely reliable and well made. Stiff trigger. Now that it comes without a lazer I will have another.
     
  10. browningguy

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    I have one of the originals, hate the trigger, but love having a laser, actually all my .380's have lasers. Mine seems to fit very well and hasn't lost zero after several hundred rounds, although my trigger finger has developed quite the callus.

    I like lights and lasers when things go bump in the night, but I am apparently in the minority.
     
  11. TennJed

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    On my short list to buy
     
  12. Armored farmer

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    My fnl bought one as a carry piece. It is reliable but not easy to be accurate with, although it is capable of good accuracy. I like the laser but it was off by 18in or so @ 10yds.
     
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    If you want a great 380 get the Kahr, it's a few bucks more but worth it.
     
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