I just found your blog today while I was looking for reviews for the S&W Bodyguard 380. I read your entire review along with all of the comments. I was disappointed when I reached the bottom and found that you were no longer accepting comments about this gun. I noticed that a lot of men were inquiring information because they are considering purchasing this gun for their wives and thought maybe my experience may be helpful. I am a 46 year old wife and mother and this is my first gun.
I just purchased the S&W Bodyguard on Dec. 2, 2013. I waited almost a year until I found it for a good price at a reputable dealer. I chose the Bodyguard because it is small and will fit nicely in my purse or on my hip. I especially liked the laser feature, it definitely sends the message that I am not going to miss. The first 6 rounds, I used the laser (indoors) and found it to be accurate. The rest of the time I fired without the laser to test my own accuracy. It has been 20 plus years since I have fired anything and I needed to test myself. I am happy to say that I don’t need the laser. I think this is something important considering that the laser cannot be seen outdoors in the daylight.
The Bodyguard also has a long hard trigger pull, if the gun is going to be in a purse or a mans back pocket, there should be no accidental firings. But, I found that after firing about 12 rounds my hand was shaking from fatigue. I have since corrected this by practicing at the range every weekend and strengthening my hand. For a woman this gun is also very jumpy in your hand when fired, the hand grip is very short and needs to be held tightly when fired. I think this is an important note especially for women. You cannot throw this gun in your purse without knowing how it operates, it takes practice.
I have been enjoying myself at the range so much that I purchased a 15 round magazine from Pro Mag made specifically for my gun. I wanted to be able to practice rapid fire without having to reload my clip after 6 rounds. I purchased this only for practice and have no plans on carrying my gun with this magazine in it. But, I am very disappointed in it. My gun constantly jammed with this clip. We tried not putting all 15 rounds in it thinking that the spring was too tight and it still jammed. We tried different brands of bullets, same thing, it jammed. So I purchased another 6 round clip by Pro Mag made specifically for my gun. It works fine without jamming, but, it does not keep the slide in the open position when the clip is empty and it doesn’t want to fall out when you push the release button. Finding extra magazines for the Bodyguard made by S&W in a retail store has proven to be difficult.
This past weekend, Dec. 28, 2013, we went to visit with my parents. I was very excited to show Dad my new gun. But, when I tried to show him the Laser it didn’t work. We took the gun apart and found the battery compartment but I did not have the tool for it so we left it alone. Everything else was fine and we would deal with the battery when we got home. We went to the range and overall had a good time. But, my gun did continue to jam. For a woman this can be very frustrating. It’s not easy to pull the slide back and lock it in place. The first thing we do (without fail) when we get back home from the range is disassemble and clean our guns. By the way the I find the S&W is very easy to clean and reassemble. When we took my gun apart I was shocked to find that the battery cover for the laser was completely gone. So of course I’m asking myself How does that happen. But then maybe that explains some of the jams that I experienced. Since Dec. 2, 2013 we have been to the range four times, my last trip there was on Dec. 28, 2013. I have fired approximately 200-300 rounds with this gun. I will be contacting Smith & Wesson and when I get my gun back I will continue to use it.
I purchased this gun for personal defense and I am still confident that it will perform for that purpose. Maybe this gun isn’t meant for target practice. But, for a woman without experience target practice is a necessity. Before all of this I was already looking for my next purchase, something for target practice. I like the way the Ruger SR22 felt in my hand. Dad says I need something bigger. Any suggestions.
I noticed that most of the comments on your blog came from men. But I believe there are women out there, like myself, who are looking for information on this handgun also. Feel free to pass this woman’s point of view along.
M.D. Creekmore’s reply : Dawn, the one that I owned and reviewed was purchased when that model first came out and I think that Smith & Wesson may have fixed some of the problems with the newer production runs. If it works for you and you’ve found it reliable that is what counts. My personal “deep concealment” carry gun is the Kahr CM 9.