Smith And Wesson Bodyguard .380 Review (S&W .380)




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Gary Mercer: Safety not needed, laser is too difficult to turn on /off. Love the gun. Have a keltec P-3AT with pocket clip and n easy carry but for fit and finish s&W tops´╗┐

Robert Bowen: I have a tee that says "the reason I carry a gun is because a cop it to heavy. on the front it says I'm only a threat to the bad guys. I love my bodyguard but I had to switch my sights to Big Dots because without the marking on the front post, I couldn't hit the broad side of a barn wearing my contacts. The Big Dots are fantastic. Agree with the safety not being necessary but I just don't use it.´╗┐

HandgunWorldShow: I don't use the manual safety. No need for it.

kingvic97: i think i will, im not liking the ruger or the revolvers, they dont feel as good in my hand and the bg holds more. thanks for your help, when i get it ill shot the hell out of it and let you know how it goes. thanks alot for your help friend. happy shooting:-)

jneal45: I bought this gun 1 day before your podcast review came out. I have fired about 200 rounds through mine so far, with 0 malfunctions. I agree that the laser switch is a bit difficult to manipulate, but it definitely get easier with practice. Great review, great gun.

Marc Matthews: Moron.

tacticalkimchi: Great review. I agree with everything you said, especially with the manual safety being unnecessary.

HandgunWorldShow: @FranklinFirstPastor I will, thanks.

Johnny Appalachia: I have a pocket holster for this gun (leather) from this outfit. Check them out: dmbullardleather.

HandgunWorldShow: The SIG P238 is too unreliable for me. The Kahr and the S&W 380's are much more reliable. Nothing wrong with the size and weight of the SIG, just not reliable enough.

HandgunWorldShow: @surfside006 Yes it is an excellent pocket gun. It's in my pocket now with the new laser buttons from S&W and everything is working great.

HandgunWorldShow: Yes they have replace the buttons. Much better and easier to activate the laser.

scooter17568: Keep up the good work with the podcasts and the GRRN!

Keylitho: Sweet.. Nice to get the visual review after listening to the Podcast..

HandgunWorldShow: Yes, I shoot my guns a lot. All of them. Check out some of the IDPA videos on my channel.

jamal sims: de santis has a holster for the smith and wesson .380 bodyguard called the insider

eastsidesigns1: Just bought one today. super compact,light, fits right in my pocket.cool piece.

Johnny Appalachia: My laser buttons were hard to push. I contacted S&W. They sent me new buttons. This must have been an issue (as you mentioned). Made ALL the difference in the world and now very easy to actuate.

Fireinahorn: The Lever is actually a pin that pivots and pulls out. I heard the pin would work it's way out when firing. Supposedly they fixed it and now you have to pivot the lever about 180* before it is able to be pulled out. I had no problems with mine.

James Kluskens: +1 on the XS Sights Big Dot sight; definitely install them. I own a Bodyguard 380, and have installed these sights. It is very easy for six-shot rapid fire drills, drawing from the carry position, to be kept center-mass on the target from 5 to 7 yards away. Just concentrate on that big white dot, and squeeze the trigger until the pistol is dry. Excellent combat/self-defense sight system.

HandgunWorldShow: True, but think about this. If the safety gives you a chance to react if you're disarmed, that extra amount of time could also cost you, if you're in a gunfight and have to draw quickly and fire at the bad guy. Split seconds matter and the loss of precious time could get you killed or hurt. 1911 safeties are OK because they can easily and naturally be disengaged. The safety on this gun is way too difficult to disengage. I don't use it.

AARON780281: I'd like to see S&W make a slide in mod for the laser to switch it to an LED light. Doesn't have to light up a building, just light up a room for target acquisition.

s55b: How does it compare size wise to the Kahr P380? Also, after 5 months since you made this video, is the Kahr still your favorite .380? Thanks!

HandgunWorldShow: It hasn't been a problem with mine which is about a year old. I think they've fixed it.

HandgunWorldShow: Yes, the Kahr is still my favorite. This pistol serves as the back up to my Kahr and my travelling pocket. .380. In case my luggage gets lost or stolen.

Johnny Appalachia: They are good, true sights, but I wish they were 3-dot and not black (especially for the price).

moblack: to many controls on here for me

kingvic97: thanks for reply. while i have your attention, how many rounds you think you have through it? get those big dots yet? if you had every pistol i this size on a table in front of you (ones actually suitable for pocket carry, all calibers considered) would you carry this one every day or something else? hope im not taking too much of your time with all those questions, i am really considering buying this gun and guys like you make the decision that much easier. thanks again:-)

kingvic97: you have had it for 3 months and shot 300 rounds? thats 2 boxes of 50 a month. i think 300 in a day is a good starting point.

BryGuyMcFly: I love my BG380 (EAVxxxx serial). My opinion is that I would keep the manual thumb safety and in turn, reduce the heavy and long excruciating trigger pull. I prefer to carry with one in the chamber. The laser button and the thumb safety are both easy to actuate IME while the pistol is still holstered in my pocket. With practice, I'm able to draw and present my pistol with laser actuated and safety disengaged in a fluid motion. Practice, practice, and practice is key! Be safe and happy shooting!

HandgunWorldShow: I've now shot about 400 rounds through it. Haven't installed the Big Dot sights yet. For the price, it's one of the best .380's on the market, get it.

kal0pr: nice review...... thanks for sharing...

Fireinahorn: True. I'm not a fan of the laser either.

jcor754: I like the manual safety, wouldn't have bought it otherwise. It is hard to thumb off, which will give you a chance to react should you somehow become disarmed in a struggle.

cityguyable: @HandgunWorldShow hey thanks a lot for replying. So I should just contact S&W then?

WannabeaCPA: The laser is a waste. In a tactical situation lasers aren't necessary

videosbymike: I love pocket guns also. I carry a ruger LCR with crimson trace laser loaded with hornady critical defense ammo. Thanks for sharing. Glock n load, Mike

timlot: I really don't understand some folks problem with manual safety. I wouldn't purchase an everyday carry without one. I always have one in the chamber, and although it may be very unlikely that DOA trigger would get pulled by accident, I feel more secure with the safety on around my family and coworkers. The gun is on my hip all day until bed time and i have kids that like to jump around and play on me when I get home so the safety is a must for me.

jcor754: also true, but it's my gun, I know it, i've practiced with it, I know the safety is on, I know where it is and I know it's hard. Chances are the other guy knows none of that. I'll take the chance.

Jack Phillips: I just bout a DeSantis IWB leather holster from Amazon.com. It has U7 stamped on the side and was listed for the Bodyguard. The steel belt clamp is really tight and the holster fits really well right out of the box.

420FlyByNight: Nice videos and channel!! Subscribed.

HandgunWorldShow: @timlot In my opinion, the nearly 10lb trigger pull is plenty hard enough and long enough that a thumb safety is completely unnecessary. It would make the gun way to hard to fire quickly when my life depends on getting a shot off NOW! I just carry it without the safety engaged in a good holster. Works fine and it's safe.

MartyInLa: Very good review. I can tell you are a guy who actually shoots and knows what he's talking about. I agree with everything you said in your review. I just shot a friend's Ruger LCP, the sights on that gun were absolutely awful - in fact, in semi low light shooting a black silhouette target, I couldn't even see the front sight at all. I just wish Smith either went with a Crimson Trace, or you could order the Bodyguard without the laser and save $150 bucks.

HandgunWorldShow: What I like about your response is that you said you practice with it. THAT's the KEY! Practice. Keep it up and thanks for the response.

HandgunWorldShow: @FranklinFirstPastor My new laser buttons are on the way.

cityguyable: @HandgunWorldShow Has Smith&Wesson replaced those laser buttons or anything else on the Bodyguard? I've heard of a lot of trigger failures occurring but I don't see any recalls.

kingvic97: i have herd the take down lever brakes off after so many rounds. dont know if they fixed that.

HandgunWorldShow: @scooter17568 Thanks!

cltinseattle1: I keep watching the videos on this little pistol and everyone keeps saying "why bother putting a safety on this kind of gun?". Well, it's not because S&W thought it was needed, it's because there are certain states where if they wanted to be able to sell the gun, it's required to have an external safety. I'm trying to find one to buy and since I don't live in one of those states I simply will not use that stupid safety. Simple. Thanks for the video.

Fireinahorn: I love my BG380. It costs more than the LCP but the quality is much better. My laser failed right out of the box, S&W mailed me a new one.

Rating:
Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .380 Review (S&W .380) 4.9 out of 5

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