Is It Reliable? Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .380 Review

by M.D. Creekmore on March 5, 2013 · 55 comments



Update: After several hundred rounds the Smith and Wesson .380 bodyguard started to malfunction on about every second or third shot. No longer recommended.

Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .380

Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .380

Most discussions of survival guns leads to talk of battle rifles and door to door combat. But the truth is, you are more likely to need a small, light weight concealable handgun to protect yourself than a full-sized battle rifle. I made this point back in 2009 with my post “The Best SHTF Gun Finally Revealed” and was taken to task by other survival blog writers who sent emails criticising my judgement, one even going so far as to say I was posting dangerous information that would get my readers killed in a “real” survival situation.

Well, you know what they say about opinions – mine is that I would rather have a small .380 on my person when attacked than an M1 Tank stashed away at my home or retreat, where I could not get to it. Remember, the first rule of a gun fight is to have a gun. No, I’m not suggesting you sell your rifles and shotguns and go buy pocket pistols, what I am saying, is that these small handguns have a definitive place in the well-rounded survival arsenal. Think about it…

My personal choice for an everyday carry gun is the new Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 Semi-Auto Pistol, it is small (5.23″ long and 3.78″ in height), light weight (12.3 oz.) with a magazine capacity of six rounds + one in the chamber. For a handgun of this type the trigger pull on the Bodyguard pistol is very good, which is more than I can say for some of the other handgun of this size. The trigger has a smooth release, and the hammer does not have to be pre-cocked by the slide.

Not having to be pre-cocked by the slide is a plus for a defensive handgun. There has been several times (not with this pistol) that I’ve been shooting and had a round not fire with the first pull of the trigger, but fired fine with the second pull. I would rather have the option of pulling the trigger another time and hopefully getting off a shot, than having no other recourse besides racking the slide to re-cock and chamber a new round. Most deadly confrontations happen quickly and you probably won’t have time to rack the slide before your head is being smashed in or your guts slashed out.

A handgun not firing when needed is one of my biggest fears – so I’ve worked out several strikes using the handgun as a blunt force weapon. Even a small handgun like the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 can be effectively used to strike the vulnerable points of the human body, while providing a harder striking surface and less risk of damaging your hands. A punch to the eye socket with the tip of the barrel would likely cause more damage and be more prone to stopping the attack than a punch with a closed fist with the same force to the same area…

One of the things, you’ll notice when gripping the little Smith & Wesson is that you can’t get a full grip with all four fingers, this isn’t a problem and is common with all handguns of this type. It just takes a little time to get used to the feel of having the pinky resting under the grip instead of around it. The short grip makes the pistol easier to conceal, and doesn’t seem to affect recoil management or operation other than the need to alter your grip when changing magazines.

The frame of the Bodyguard 380 is made of reinforced polymer, the slide, sights, and guide rod are made of stainless steel. Speaking of the sights, those on the Bodyguard are of better quality than you would expect on a pistol of this type – much better than those on the kel-tec. The sights look a lot like the Novak sights just smaller and without Tritium inserts. The sights are drift adjustable for windage but are not adjustable for elevation.

I also like that the pistol will fire with the magazine removed. The ability to fire with the magazine removed may not be desirable with regard to safety but from a purely tactical stand point there are several advantages. For one you could accidentally drop the magazine during a struggle resulting in not being able to fire the round in the chamber. I also like that the slide locks open after the last available round has been fired, letting you know it’s time to reload.

The Bodyguard has an Insight Laser sight built into the frame of the pistol. The laser is unobtrusive and removable for service and changing of the batteries when necessary, and the laser is fully adjustable to point of impact via the small tool provided with the gun. The laser is activated by a button on either side of the frame, this button is easy to reach with the tip of the index finger when the pistol is held in the hand. The projected red dot is very easy to see and would be most useful in low light conditions, when most attacks happen.

I tested the laser outside, after dark and at 25 yards it was bright and easy to see on target. Sighting with the laser in bright sunlight proved to be a problem, it was very difficult (for me at least) to see the dot on the target. But using the metal sites under the same conditions was not a problem.

So far I’ve fired just over 200 rounds of Winchester 95 gr FMJ and 50 rounds of Winchester Silvertip through the pistol without any problems. Point of impact was about an inch low when using the metal sites at ten yards with the laser being dead on center of point of aim. Overall, both sighting systems were well-regulated and serviceable. Accuracy was good. I had no problem keeping all my shots in the space of a standard playing card, which is very acceptable considering the purpose of this type of firearm.

Okay, now on to the negative stuff – there have been reported problems of the trigger sticking and the locking pin falling out under recoil – to my understanding these problems were with early models bearing the serial number EAA# and have been fixed with succeeding models. The serial number on mine is EAF# and I’ve not experienced any problems what so ever. So far my Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 Semi-Auto Pistol has functioned flawlessly.

Do you have or carry a .380 auto – if so what kind? Let us know in the comments below…

55 comments

Lee Tx. March 5, 2013 at 9:06 pm

I have been carrying a DB 380 in my front pocket,,,no problems so far.

Tactical G-Ma March 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

M.D.,
Good update. A valid point: don’t prep for only 1 kind of disaster and don’t stock only one type of self-defense tools. The more diverse your arsenal is and the more ways you are proficient defending yourself and your keep, the better off one is. If I could afford it I would own a tank but not at the expense of any of my other weapons.

RS March 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm

My first ever comment on any site. I’ve been here quite awhile just being a absorber. On to this problem. I would hope that you did the customary disassemble and polishing of the slide rails / ramp and back side of trigger? All weapons (I used to have) had this treatment to them. Brand new weapons should been done right out of the box. (1) it will help familiarize you, of the weapon, inside and out. (2) your weapon will become much more reliable. Just remember WTSHTF, that your pistol should be used to get you to your rifle. This site is my #1 check on daily, for good info. I’m glad it’s here.

NANN! March 6, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Welcome to the Pack, RS and thanks for your tips.

Michael March 5, 2013 at 9:52 pm

After owning many small .380′s (and selling most of them), The one that I have kept and has been 100% reliable is the Sig P238. After over 1000 rounds I have never looked back.

Mike March 17, 2013 at 9:41 am

Own both a bodyguard .380 and SIG P238. Bodyguard has always fed / fired reliably. (Although I’m not fond of the very long double-action trigger pull.). When new, the SIG wouldn’t reliably feed hollow-points or flat-nosed rounds. Another forum suggested polishing the feed ramp, which I did. That solved the problem. Have a few hundred rounds thru it. No issues. Nice gun. Very accurate and the only pocket gun I’ve found that is fun to shoot.

tommy2rs March 6, 2013 at 1:04 am

Used to carry a Walther PPK/S in .380 when I didn’t feel like carrying a full size gun. Used to because after The Boss and I got married I made the mistake of showing it to her and letting her shoot it. Thereafter it was her gun…sigh. It gave me 20+ years of exemplary service, never missed a beat no matter what I fed it, from glasers to silvertips to hardball to some special loads from Buffalo Bore. At least I know she has a reliable piece to depend on. If I could just get her to decide on a 9 mm I might get it back…lol… yeah right.

joe March 6, 2013 at 1:14 am

Regarding your update on “Malfunctions” could you elaborate? Just bought my wife one a few weeks ago and would like to have a little heads up.

kelley March 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I have a PPK and wifey has a Taurus they are nice little pistols both have hundreds of round through them the Taurus is lighter. I rarely carry mine they don’t have the stopping power you really need BUT Women have such few places to hide a gun SO I load them up with Hollow points FMJ bullets just make neat round holes and if you don’t hit a vital spot the bad guy will be all over you if he/she wish’s. Cops and the Military are finding the same problem with the 9mm.
I go a little bigger My compact 40 cal is a little bigger in size HOllow pionts again but I keep mine IWB behind my back pocket. It’s so comfortable I can sleep with it on my back and not notice it.

Tim March 6, 2013 at 7:21 am

I use a Bersa Thunder .380, great gun, reliable and shoots nice, have not had any problems yet, and i use its big brother the Bersa CC 9mm, love them both

J Stuart March 6, 2013 at 7:59 am

If that several hundred rounds was without cleaning I’d suggest using gun grease on the rails. A Sig P238 might have the same issues with that amount of continuous shooting. I noticed without grease that many of them bind up after overheating and dirt accumulation. Still, I wouldn’t feel great about a gun that does that either. Thus I still lean to revolvers for back-up.

Kin_of_Sgt. Alvin York March 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Sorry to hear of the malfunctions.

Do yourself a favor and call S&W Customer Service; they will send you a FedEx Mailing label.

Hey! You have a Lifetime Warranty with S&W! Use it. They will make it right. Turn around time now is about 2 or 3 weeks, or sooner.

I just got back my S&W 9mm SD VE pistol, which did have a feed ramp machined by a guy with a hatchet. FedExed in back, and got back a spanking new, perfect barrel with a shiny new feed ramp. No sweat no strain.

Rocky May 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Yes. Great service dept. Just ask the mugger to wait while you send the gun back for a repair job. Great service depts. do not equal great choices for self defense.

private idaho March 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

i carry either my bersa thunder, as tim states i have never had any problems with it either, or i carry my taurus .38 snub it always fires when i pull the trigger and packs quite a punch

JAS March 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Couldn’t agree more with your comments. I’d rather have a 22 derringer on me when I need it that a whole box of 45s back home. I have carried a S&W mod 36 every day for 30 years now and it is the first thing I put on when I get out of bed. Loaded with 125 grain JHP +P, it will get the job done, and I don’t mind carrying it 16+ hours a day.

poorman March 6, 2013 at 11:31 pm

`Have to go with Tommy. I carry a Walther ppk/s as they used to say ” if it’s not a Walthers it’s not the best it’s just that simple.

CRGunsmith March 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I was at one time the Head Gunsmith For S&W production. Quit because i hate S&W and their bullS$#t politics. But I can say there quality control on both the bodygaurd line and M&P series are better than most of your big companies out there. it isnt about cost with those people. I personally watched them throw away thousands of guns and not even recylcle good parts based on simple scratches on the receivers. They truly take quality to heart over there. Great guns-terrible people. I should have gotten a job in marketing for them.

Miss K in MO March 9, 2013 at 10:44 am

I just bought a bodyguard. Ammo in my area has been hard to find due to the high demand lately so I bought the first box I could get my hands on because I couldn’t wait to shoot my new gun. I made a big mistake buying PPU! Half of the rounds didn’t fire on the first strike! I was devastated thinking my brand new gun was malfunctioning. Went back to the store and luckily they had gotten other brands in stock. The shop owner apologized for selling me the PPU without asking what I was shooting them with. He said usually asks. Apparently it’s well known (to everyone besides me) that the primers on ppu are unusually hard and don’t work well in a bodyguard. I bought a box of Independence and they shoot perfectly! I am one happy momma with my bodyguard now. After years of shooting handguns built for my husbands hands, its great to finally have something that fits me. I hope my experience helps keep someone else from wasting their money on PPU ammo with this particular pistol. P.S. Kinda new to survivalist blog. This is my first post. Love the site! Thanks for being here.

Ben IA March 24, 2013 at 10:35 am

I made the same mistake, with the same result. Switched to some American Eagle rounds, and solved the problem.

lupo brown March 10, 2013 at 6:41 pm

I just purchased a slightly use .380 Bodyguard for $298.00 , one of my neighbors told about this gun and how happy he was with it , he purchased his gun last year before this gun frenzy started, first of all no gun stores in my area in bucks county or Philadelphia had any in stock , I was lucky to get one gun store that had just got one used that came in that same morning, it’s a great gun and took it to the range and fired about a 100 rounds yesterday, I did a lot of research and kept on coming back to the bodyguard because of the size and brand and reliability. I am very happy and lucky to get one, that will be another problem , in some area of the country you will probably not be able to get one , they were also all sold out on line. also I agree that it’s better to always carry a 380 then have a 40 caliber sitting home when you really need it. I carry this gun in my back pocket , and it fits like a wallet .

Cindy Southpaw March 14, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I just bought (after hours of research and shopping) a S&W Bodyguard because it felt awesome in my hand and didn’t feel cheaply made. I haven’t been able to shoot it yet as, after reading the issues with the firing pin and laser adjustment, I’m having a little buyer’s remorse. My serial number is EBY####. Did they fix those issues before my guns manufacture date? If not, anyone have a good alternative that perhaps has an ambidextrous safety and/or slide lock? I was originally looking at 9mm but feel for the size and feel of the .380s. This is my CCW.

CVN65 March 15, 2013 at 11:29 am

Cindy, do not listen to that remorse. Get out and put some rounds downrange. Then some more. Then go home and clean your .380. Frequent practice will uncover any possible manufacturing defects and S&W will fix those. This is a great little gun. I bought one for my wife over the Ruger, Sig and Walther. Good luck.

Mike March 17, 2013 at 9:53 am

Cindy, I agree with CVN. Put some rounds thru it and you’ll feel better. (Clean / oil it before you try shooting it.) I’ve had mine about 18 months. Have fired many hundreds of rounds. Laser was sighted beautifully, right out of box. I’m wondering when I should change battery….Laser still bright and accurate. The long trigger-pull took some getting used to (for me, at least) but I’ve found it to be a very reliable pocket pistol. Super easy to carry regardless of attire.

Dawn in MT March 25, 2013 at 12:09 pm

My husband bought the .380 bodyguard for me as my regular carry pistol. I love it and have had no problems with it. I’ve probably put at least 400 rounds through it and have found it to be easy to fire and accurate. I clean it after every time at the range and it’s never had a misfeed. I’ve used a variety of ammo without a problem (Winchester, BVAC, Federal)

HK Man March 19, 2013 at 8:10 am

These are all great comments, I am looking for a 380 for my wife. We went to our local dealer and he had a brand new SW Bodyguard in his case, she liked the feel and the easy slide. racking it was far easier than the Ruger. I am an HK man, proud owner of an HK P30S V3 but the P2000SK 9mm is too much for her and she doesn’t like the weight. Her only apprehension is she wants to fire the bodyguard to be sure she likes its feel. Any women able to give feedback that could help push me over the edge and purchase it?

Ron March 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I just bought a S&W bodyguard .380 about three weeks ago, was lucky to find one. Fired 50 rounds two days ago at the range. Never had any problems. I learned that you don’t have your left thumb too high over your right hand when rapid firing, it takes the skin off your thumb. It has a long trigger pull. I didn’t like that at first but think I will get used to it. One thing for sure, you will never fire this gun by accident.

Don Cunningham March 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm

I have the DB-380 and my only complaint is the long trigger travel. For my wife, it gets extremely tiring. Is there a fix for this, that you know of? Thanks very much.

KC March 25, 2013 at 1:21 am

I must agree with the comments about the elegance of the Walther. I own an old Interarms made Walther PPK 380 and a Mustang Pony 380 that I alternate for my pocket carry. They are both the nicest guns I fired. Though as small as the Bodyguard – the Pony is all steel-a bit on the heavy side but has its advantages of low recoil. Both guns are very accurate and tend to stay true on target in rapid fire with ease and not jump around as much as the Bodyguard when I test fired it. The laser on the Bodyguard is of little value in a fight situation that this gun is intended for as it has to be manually turned on.

Shotgun18 April 1, 2013 at 12:26 am

Wife has a Taurus 380 which she/we and all others who have compared it to the the sw and our ruger prefer. Much nicer trigger, easier slide, more fun to shoot. We like them all but prefer the Taurus.

JR April 8, 2013 at 6:39 am

I just bought a .380 Bodyguard yesterday since I will be taking my CCW class on the 21st as my conceal gun. I actually traded a used Ruger LCP and paid the difference and I’m as happy as can be. Why you ask?.

Well, a few months back I took the LCP to the range and after putting about 80 rounds through it the self-dismantled. Meaning the lock down pin came undone after I shot it and all the moving components, besides the magazine, went flying through the range. I about sh!+ myself. Talked to the range operator and he had never seen that happen before.

After calling Ruger they sent out all new components and apologized for the inconvenience. I’m glad that’s what they call a situation where if I needed to actually use it, I wouldn’t have been able to – an inconvenience.

Anyways I put the gun back together and it’s been sitting on my safe since until yesterday. Took it to the range and I gotta admit the first pull of the trigger was a scary moment, and that’s not what I need to feel when having a conceal gun.

The gun shot fine, about 40 rounds with no issues. But a friend on the next range with a brand new — brand spanking new LCP — had 7 failures to feed and 5 failures to ejects. After seeing what he was going through plus what I went through, and the way I no longer felt safe using the gun, I decided it was time to let it go.

Left the range, went to the gun shop and walked away with the Bodyguard. Will go this upcoming weekend to the range and I’ll report back.

Take care and stay safe out there.
JR

Pam April 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I now have a Kel-Tec 380 and am thinking about getting the Bodyguard instead. Is the recoil about the same?

Kannin April 12, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I bought a bodyguard for my wife last November and it is a great little gun. She really didn’t want a gun but I got it anyway. But, with the uncertain times ahead, I want her armed. I put her thru a CCW class and after shooting it… she likes it. Between us, we have put about 350 rounds thru it. The first time I shot it… I was next to a guy with a LCP that had 3 failure to feeds and 3 stove pipes out of 100 rounds while my gun performed flawlessly. He said he was going to trade his in for a Bodyguard. The slide did bite my wife’s thumb the first time she shot it but, I think it was user error. Or maybe, instructor error.

Upsides to the Bodyguard 380.
1. The stiff DAO trigger makes it next impossible to fire it on accident.
2. Very concealable.
3. The laser might even scare a bad guy away without having to shoot. (I have a 1911 with laser grips and I am more accurate with the iron sites than with the laser). But, bad guys don’t know that. Most people would be very nervous… to find a red dot on their chest.

I like the Bodyguard so much that I may carry it this summer when I can’t wear a bulky jacket to cover my .40 P226. It can be my backup carry piece until the SHTF and my wife needs it back.

Kannin

Jeff April 15, 2013 at 11:29 pm

I bought a Bodyguard .380 for my wife and though she hasn’t actually used it yet I’ve put about 400 rounds through it. Initially I loaded ammo I bought from Cabelas called “Herters” 95 gr FMJ. It was lousy. Every other trigger pull was a no go. It was nice to be able to pull the trigger again and the round would generally fire. Changed to a few boxes of Ultramax 95 gr FMJ (remanufactured) that I’d also bought and the BG .380 hasn’t missed yet. Interestingly I find I’m better with the sights than I am the laser, but for my wife up close I tell her “where goes the dot so goes the bullet”.

I’m also looking at S&W Model 642LS Lady Smith for her at home as I think that a revolver would be easier for her to use in a stressful environment. Then I’ll just use the .380 for carry…unless I like the 642 then I’ll have to get one…

Jeff April 15, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Uh, make that stressful “situation” not environment…Home is puppies and candy-canes.

Jeff April 15, 2013 at 11:32 pm

Clearly I’m tired since I didn’t mention the other comment I wanted to make is that I do a complete tear down, cleaning, and lubrication on a new pistol before I put round #1 through it.

govieman April 18, 2013 at 10:34 pm

i shoot a friends bodyguard and liked it since i sold my lcp(didn’t like how it shoot) and finally found a bodyguard .before getting it out to shoot already have a problem the mag. release button wont allow the mag. to go in unless you hold the button in and then push the mag. in .i’ve called s and w and waiting on a return label to send it back .has anyone else had a problem like this ?

Steve April 21, 2013 at 6:24 am

I used to carry concealed a lot until I bought a S&W bodyguard. Now I carry every single time I leave the house. Even with shorts and a Haynes t-shirt it doesn’t print. I bought it for my fiancé but she didn’t like the trigger pull, damn I guess it’s mine now ;) The .380 cartrige may not be my first choice but it stops an attacker better than not having my .45 because it was too big to carry. I’ll take a .380 over throwing rocks any day. I have shot about 500 rounds without a single hiccup and trust it with my life as much as any other gun. All guns can fail. My S&W revolver ceased up when I was shooting once. The only complaint I have is the laser. I am on my third laser. The first two would shut off sometimes on their own due to recoil. Unfortunately I haven’t tested the third yet due to the ammo shortage. I think it is a must to have a discreet option in a disaster. Try walking down the street with a tacked out AR with police and military everywhere during a riot and see how long that lasts.

Dan Oblak April 22, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Long before I ever owned a firearm I used to get involved in these same discussions — with other photographers. Long story short: When people ask ‘what’s the best camera?’ I usually answer, ‘The one you have with you.’ This tends to quickly degenerate into arguments about what features a ‘real camera’ (i.e. not a pocketable one) must have — and that’s when I usually step away to find other tasks worthy of my attention…

John May 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Thinking about the Beretta Nano …. sounds like the S&W Bodyguard is getting a few great reviews….thoughts?

Pat Di.Marco May 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm

First you said the s/w body guard 380 not recomended??? now you changed your comment, i will not buy one till i hope you clear this matter………. can you e mail me??? i will go by your comment. thank you Di.Marco C.P.I. hope to hear from you !!!!!!

Pat Di.Marco May 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm

sorry i missed one last item about the take down lever it fell out please advise Di.Marco C.P.I. Sorry that i forgot………

Larry May 6, 2013 at 7:26 pm

The update by Creekmore about no longer recommending the .380 bodyguard because “after several hundred rounds having a malfunction every 3rd or 4th round” might be very misleading and actually have the effect of causing someone from purchasing what is probably an excellent gun. Consider this. In Creekmore’s statement he admits that, apparently, for “several hundred rounds” the Bodyguard functioned fine. Ask yourself what has changed? Maybe different ammo? Maybe dirt or debris in or on the gun? Or, and more likely, wear and fatigue showing up on some replaceable parts. Cheap, easily replaceable parts such as the recoil spring? Folks, tiny 38 caliber and up handguns are an entirely different machine than the full sized or even the compact sized gun of the same model and caliber. With the sub-compacts, there is HARDLY ANY ROOM FOR ERROR. (For details, please ask me.)
I will bet real money that if Creekmore throughly cleans his Bodyguard and replaces the inexpensive recoil springs, his firearm will function just as well as it did when he first started shooting it. If not, please let me know.

M.D. Creekmore May 6, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Larry,

First off let’s I am a certified gunsmith with over 15 years of experience working as a part time gunsmith and yes the firearm was cleaned, and the ammo was good quality commercial ammo and of the same brand and weight that I had used before.

After only approximately 250 rounds the trigger stopped engaging on the first pull 90% of the time having to be pulled through several times before engaging the trigger bar and firing. I fixed it and traded it as soon as I could find someone to take it off my hands.

Larry May 6, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Mr. Creekmore, I salute you for having 15 years of gunsmith experience. I myself only have 50 years of life experiences. Anytime you search the Internet for problems with semi-automatic handguns, REGARDLESS of what brand/model you are searching for, you will almost surely find several people who have a good story about how their particular handgun failed them and they can no longer recommend that particular handgun. IMHO, pocket sized .38 caliber or above handguns have a TINY window of proper functioning. I feel that such guns run “close to failure” all the time. To me that means, even if you have a new handgun that works perfectly, over time you are GUARANTEED to find situations whereas your reliable gun becomes unreliable. Bad ammo, dirt, lack of lubrication, limp wresting, bad magazines, and most usually worn out springs. Use simple logic and ask yourself WHY, if a brand new S&W .380 Bodyguard works fine for 250 rounds and then becomes unreliable, WHAT HAS CHANGED? The physical dimensions, the same dimensions that gave you reliable service through 250 rounds cannot have changed. So, as long as you are still using the same ammo and the same magazines and the same gun, and you START to have malfunctions, the SOMETHING must have changed. I suggest that, especially in pocket semi-autos, what has changed is that the recoil springs have become tired and worn out. If you don’t want to check my theory by installing new recoil springs and then doing a range test, at least purchase a new set of recoil springs (they are very, very cheap) and measure the new springs compared to the old recoil springs. I bet you will notice a big, big difference. If not, please let me know so I can update my opinions. Thank you.

M.D. Creekmore May 6, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Larry,

Did you read my comment? I fixes the pistol (replaced the trigger bar and pin) and traded it off to another firearm. Yes, something changed – and that is that parts were broken after only a couple of hundred rounds being fired, causing the trigger and trigger bar not to engage properly.

If I’m not mistaken Smith & Wesson became aware of the problems with the early models and made improvements to correct the known issues with the Bodyguard 380. I have 40 years of “life experiences” but that doesn’t make me an expert on nanotechnology.

Larry May 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm

If you “fixed” it, why did you decide to “trade it off” rather than keeping it for awhile to see if it was indeed fixed and stayed fixed. Those results probably would have been very helpful to anyone already owning a .380 Bodyguard or thinking about buying one. Did you inform your buyer the gun had broken and had to be fixed and in your gunsmith opinion it was “no longer recommended?”

M.D. Creekmore May 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Larry,

What do you want from me? Your gun is probably great, by all means, keep it, shoot it and enjoy it. I don’t know what else to tell you…

Larry May 8, 2013 at 12:16 am

OK, sounds good. If I came off as being rude, that was not my intention. I strongly believe you and I are on the same team and it is unfortunate that we somehow didn’t act like that. If society ever implodes (which when you look at history it is likely) then I believe people like you and I will have to help each other and therefore get along very well together. Good day, sir.

Steve May 13, 2013 at 11:57 pm

As Kin said – there’s a lifetime warranty on the firearm. If it is malfunctioning, send it back for evaluation and repair. For me, someone else with over 30 years of field experience, an evaluation should be short-term and long-term. Trading a gun off after a malfunction begins negates the evaluation. It renders you unable to do the long-term evaluation. I own one and would like to hear from someone who has over 1,000, 2,000 or 2,000 rounds through their BG.

brian May 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm

I bought the BG 380 7 monthds ago, and have shot 600 rounds threw it. the gun is very accurate up to 30 yards yes 30 yards with a 3 inchish barrels.. i would recomend it to anyone. one problem the pistol had was the set screw above the laser came out and the slide wouldnt close, but S&W fixed that quickly.. Best pocket pistol available in my opion!! thx S&W for a great pistol

Ted May 15, 2013 at 11:20 pm

HI, love the site. I just got a deal on a SW380 and don’t know much about them. Seems to be the predecessor to the Bodyguard. the only thing I’m not fond of is the buttons to eject the mag, but can live with it. Anyone have experience or opinion on it? Thanks.

govieman May 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm

H ey ted i got bodyguard over a month ago and as soon as i got it home i found out the magazine would not go in to the magazine well unless you hold in the magazine release button.took it back to the gun shop they said looked like a burr in there and to call smith and wesson .i calledthey said send it in , about 3weeks i got it back with a note saying they replaced the magazine release button.I TRIED IT AS SOON AS I GOTHOME THE EXACT SAME THING .I called them they said just put the magazine in and hit it with my palm several times ! WHAT KIND OF QC IS THIS I HAVE ALWAYS HEARD HOW GREAT SMITH AND WESSON IS I AM NOT SATISFIED.

Steve May 22, 2013 at 3:52 am

About to buy my new S&W 380Bodyguard. I will be using it for pocket carry. Question; what type of holster does everyone use? My other pocket carry handguns use DeSantis Superfly although my Sig P238 has a Talon holster. But then I saw a DeSantis holster called “Pocket Shot”. Holster fits the Bodyguard like a glove; gun can be drawn & fired while still in the holster. Does anyone else use or have ever heard of Pocket Shot? My one concern; with Pocket Shot, the trigger is exposed & am worried about accidental/negligent discharge. Another question about the Bodyguard; how stiff is that trigger and do you use the safety? Can the safety be easily flipped off while drawing (like the safety on the Sig P238) or is it better to just keep the safety off? Yes I always carry a round in the pipe. If the trigger is so stiff then I may not need the safety, Although that exposed trigger on the DeSantis “Pocket Shot” is a little worrisome. Thoughts please. Thanks – from this newcomer that usually carries a .45.

Larry May 24, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Steve, I was at the pistol range this morning, and the gentleman next to me was firing his Bodyguard. It shoots superior to my LCP in my opinion, less recoil. He has the “pocket shot” by Desantis and I played around with it a little. It was somewhat cumbersome to pull out of my back pocket and I had to fiddle around to get my finger inside to the trigger. Having said that, no doubt if you practice you could become comfortable, but for me, I believe I would prefer the Nemisis style front pocket. Your mileage may vary, and this is my only time to handle it. So discount my remarks due to experience. Good luck.

kelley May 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm

HEY just got my issue of sportsman guide they have GOOD cheap bra holsters for the 380

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