A couple posts ago, channeling Claude Werner, I opined that even small guns have proven to be very effective in citizen SD situations. Along those lines, I recently picked up a S&W Bodyguard .380…and I am quite impressed!
It shoots a 5-inch group to POA at 25 yards off a bag, with WWB. This is as good as my Shield, and better than my FS M&P.
It truly fits comfortably and discretely in a front pocket (in a holster, of course). A j-frame never quite did.
It is not unpleasant to shoot.
Modern high-performance .380 carry rounds are in another league from the rounds available not so long ago.
This gun can truly be with you all the time, even in non-permissive environments.
Yes, the trigger weight is heavy for a pistol (11 pounds) with a fairly long pull that stacks a bit at the end, but it is not too difficult to get used to. I’m no Jerry Miculek, but some of my first rounds, albeit a four yards, stayed on a 8.5 x 11 piece of paper with .25 splits, just as Jerry’s did. I didn’t even try a 200 yard shot, but watch him pull it off:
UPDATE: I just took delivery of a Wolf Hollow Tactical AIWB Kydex pistol/mag holster, shown below. Initial impressions are positive. With all the Bodyguard’s virtues and this unobtrusive — and importantly, convenient — way to carry it, I’ll probably risk apostasy — hell, I’ll be committing it! — and make the Bodyguard my carry gun quite often.
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