For starters, I never thought I'd own a .380 firearm.
My first weapon was a Glock 19 9mm. Love it. Its accurate. Reliable. Dependable. Has never misfired. And lots of fun to shoot.
Background: My frame size is small, 5'6" 150 lbs. Trying to conceal the G19 on me was difficult. Especially during the warmer months when I'm only in
a t-shirt and shorts.
Fast Forward: Purchased the Glock 26. Not as fun to shoot, but reliable and dependable. However, although the overall size of the weapon is smaller
its just as thick and heavy. I love Glocks but they are built like bricks.
Fast Fast Forward: Purchased a Smith & Wesson PPS .40 cal. Fun to shoot, accurate, reliable. Over-priced. They sell it with a single stack magazine
and it only carries 6 + 1. I liked how slim it was, but again, not comfortable for me to carry for lengthy periods of time. The other thing that
bothered me about this firearm was the magazine release. The release is the underside of the thumb guard. It was awkward, went against my muscle
-memory with my other pistols and was too close to the trigger. I had to think about it way too much. It was not intuitive at all for me.
I prefer to carry concealed inside-the-pant front left groin. I have had a difficult time finding the right sized weapon for this type of carry. I
feel too exposed concealing a firearm in the small of my back. I do believe in the Go Big or Go Home
theory, but I also believe in good,
solid training and shot-placement. I've always believed with firearms if you like them and are comfortable with them you will shoot and train often,
if you train often then you will be better prepared in case you need to defend yourself with your weapon.
So, our conclusion...I purchased but have yet to acquire the S&W Body Guard pistol .380. I'm excited how it felt concealed. It felt durable in my
hand. I have never cared for Ruger's LCP or the Kel-Tech. It comes with a laser, which I think is a waste. I'd rather have a rail underneath. The
price was good. Again, not crazy bout the 6 + 1. But hopefully I'm never in a situation where I need to RELOAD!
This will be my first firearm that is not
striker-fired. I don't have much of an opinion on this yet as I lack experience with a true
double-action only pistol. Also, I've been spoiled with the Glock-style trigger-safety, both the Glock and PPS had the split trigger. The Body Guard
has slide safety. I prefer pistols with less "stuff" on the slides to get stuck when removing from a holster. Additionally, the Body Guard has a LONG
trigger pull. This is new to me as well.
Any ATS members experienced with the Body Guard pistol and/or the .380 round? I know there isn't a huge difference between the 9mm and .380 but there
a few. Any recommendation on .380 ammo? What's reliable and dependable? A friend of mine just purchased this as well and I'll be checking in with him
to see how it performs.
Any thoughts? Thanks for any input!
BTW...I live in New York State, which has some of the crappiest, most non-sensical gun laws around. They are mostly "feel-good" legislation laws;
punish the honest, law-abiding citizens. Mags are limited to 10 rounds, no open-carry, etc, etc.
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