Coincidentally, there was another shooter at the range shooting his brand-new BODYGUARD 380, using PPU ammo from the same case as mine. A Smith & Wesson Airweight equipped with an aftermarket laser will shoot rings around and look better than the BODYGUARD 38 for a small premium. BODYGUARD 380 SPECIFICATIONS Model: Smith & Wesson BODYGUARD® 380 Caliber: .380 Magazine capacity: 6 rounds Materials: Polymer frame, stainless steel slide with Melonite® Finish Weight empty: 11.85 ounces Barrel Length: 2.75″ Overall length: 5.25″ Sights: Stainless steel front and drift adjustable rear, integrated Insight laser.
Better still, a shooter could buy a 442, forget the laser, save some money and shoot the hell out the gun. Action: Hammer fired, double action only Finish: Matte black Price: 9 msrp BODYGUARD 380 RATINGS (out of five stars) Style * * * * Fit and finish are first-rate.
It stacks noticeably just before the sear trips, a flaw that it seems to share with almost every other S&W pistol recently fired.
Reliability zero – * * * * * This pistol has second strike capability, and boy did I need it.
” The whole revolver looks plasticky and the top-mounted ambidextrous cylinder release looks tacked-on.
Action: Internal hammer, double action only Finish: Matte black Price: 9 msrp BODYGUARD 38 RATINGS (out of five stars) Style * * My first thought on seeing it was, “was this gun made by Wham-O?
The release latch is moderately flared on its top and left side, providing the shooter with an extra bit of purchase while unlatching the cylinder. The BODYGUARD 380 is Kylie Minogue to the BODYGUARD 38’s Nikki Blonsky.
The release is truncated on the right side and chopped on the right to accommodate the laser. The semi-automatic pistol’s small and [almost] perfectly formed, with superb fit and finish. The laser’s molded into the frame, sitting comfortably forward of the trigger guard and below the barrel My only : the left side of the pistol looks somewhat cluttered, with three levers trying to occupy barely two linear inches. By way of comparison, a Model 442 Airweight, a similar internal-hammer variant of Smith & Wesson’s storied J-frame, tips the scales at 15 ounces without a laser. Fitting an aftermarket, side-mounted laser would cost around 0 and add about an ounce of weight.
Ergonomics (carry) * * * * * It’s tiny, light and fits easily in a pocket, purse, IWB holster, jock strap or garter belt.
If it had a lanyard ring, it could be hung from a gold chain and worn like a necklace. Ergonomics (firing) * * * * The grip is comfortable and even has room for all three fingers including the pinkie. The trigger is too heavy by 50%, but its smooth enough.