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Any thoughts on the S&W Bodygaurd 380?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by brickman, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. brickman

    brickman Tualatin Member

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    Just wanted some opinions on the Smith and Wesson Bodygaurd 380? Nice shooting? Laser work well? Trigger pull? Accurate? Any problems?
     
  2. novamind

    novamind Hillsboro Active Member

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    Article in November 2010 Shooting Times Magazine. Looks like it is a good one from the article, $575.00 list price.
     
  3. Buddy of mine got his for $450 new in Portland. Laser works great, easy to adjust. Buttons for the laser are even adjustable to be softer or harder which is great for a pocket pistol (no accidental on). We immediately thought the trigger didn't feel right, but he wanted to try it out. He put three mags through it and the trigger locked back. He sent it back to S&W about a week and a half ago. We've been doing research and it sounds like a common problem on the first run, and they've either fixed it or sent a new gun, along with a couple extra mags for the trouble.

    He is still waiting to get his back, but the people who have gotten them back say that the trigger is MUCH better than when they first bought it. For what it's worth, even with the messed up trigger, he was hitting 7s and better from 10 yards. Can't wait to see how it does without a jacked up trigger.
     
  4. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    This one has peaked my interest as well.
     
  5. pioneer461

    pioneer461 Columbia County, Oregon Active Member

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    It's still a .380 though. I've had bad luck with new models, and usually allow a year or so for them to work out the bugs.
     
  6. Phillyfan

    Phillyfan Oregon City, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    There is a post about what is the best .380 out there just below this one. Look at response #45, I think, on page 3. A guy had a bad experience with his.
     
  7. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    Been some teething problems for some of my customers, but mine has worked fine thus far.

    It's actually a pretty comfortable gun to shoot, and I would feel perfectly fine recommending it to others.

    The only .380 out there that I would choose over the BG380 for pocket carry is a Kahr P380.

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  8. tag-a-long

    tag-a-long Oregon Member

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    Picked one up today in Stayton. $449.00 out the door. Really like the feel of it.
     
  9. 8ball

    8ball WA Quit talkin' and start chalking!

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    I was interested until I read about the quality problems with the laser buttons, the nasty trigger pull and the takedown lever falling out, and then S&W compounding it by not fixing them promptly.

    Normally you'd expect some teething problems with a popular new gun but there have been so many reports it just turned me off the 380.

    Check here for more info:

    Report: Problems with new S&W Bodyguard 380

    There is also a S&W Bodyguard forum with a ton more info but I can't find the link right now.

    Serial numbers around EAA 7xxx or later seem to be later batches with less issues.

    I'm considering the Sig P238 instead. German engineering and all that. :laugh:
     
  10. tag-a-long

    tag-a-long Oregon Member

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    Nice to see that others are not having problems with theirs. Its also good to see that S&W is standing behind their products and getting them fixed. Didn't see in there anywhere that S&w was dragging their heels getting guns fixed. If you buy a first year production gun, you have to expect a few bugs. Hoping to not have to see first hand about getting mine fixed. I have long narrow fingers and no problems activating or switching between the laser modes. It does need to be adjusted though. But its a very easy adjustment and the iron sights are very nice for a pistol this size.
     
  11. crosse

    crosse Bellevue Active Member

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    you mean american engineering right? colt mustang...p238...colt mustang...p238....

    colt mustang...

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    sig p238...

    sig didn't re-invent the wheel, just stamped their name on it.

    as for the BG380, I'm anticipating more first hand reports. a true pocket gun would be nice to have.
     
  12. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I got a P238 and LOVE it... amazing gun!
     
  13. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    If you get a good P238 they can also be really good pocket guns.

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  14. KenPDX

    KenPDX Portland Member

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    I picked up a BG380 at the Portland show a while back for $460. Overall, I'm incredibly happy with it. I agree with what others have said about the thumb safety being unnecessary on a DAO, but it also is easily ignored.

    The grip area is quite a bit larger, or at least feels more substantial, than the LCP. The iron sights are on par with the P238, and I've had no problems with the laser. It definitely has a certain big gun feel to it for being a tiny 380.

    I've got about 250 rounds through mine with 100% reliability.
     
  15. gehrheart

    gehrheart fidalgo island Well-Known Member

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    Well the Germans did give it their barrel. Kinda "squared" the edges.

    It's on my short list.
     
  16. WhyteCheddar

    WhyteCheddar East of Moscow by the Willamette Well-Known Member

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    This little Smitty is on my very short list. Been hankering for a pocket 380. Like the features/price.
    Am going to give it a very hard look.
     
  17. 8ball

    8ball WA Quit talkin' and start chalking!

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    At the WAC show today I looked at a couple of BG 380's, the Sig P238 and even a Colt Mustang for good measure. They all feel so small to me I'm not sure I could even use one without a pinky extension.

    The BG380 was used and already had a problem with the laser button.

    The Sig definitely has some heft to it. I guess if it jams you could always throw it! :laugh:
     
  18. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Nein Nein Nein

    The SIG P238 is revolutionary in its design... :)

    As for me I will stick with my Colt Mustang instead of the new Bodyguard. The reported problems solidify my opinion that these small plastic pistols will never compare to the classics.


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