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  • June 5, 2013 at 3:56 pm #580289 Back to Top REPORT
    bigrobc
    bigrobc

    Age: 34
    Joined: 1/26/2011
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    Lookin at the s&w bodyguard and the ruger lcp 380’s. what yall think
    June 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm #580294 Back to Top REPORT
    bootheel-boy
    bootheel boy

    Joined: 7/21/2006
    Location: S.E. Missouri
    I’ve got a LCP and love it, it is very comfortable to carry.   I have the crimson trace laser on mine.  My friend has a bodyguard and loves it.   The LCP has minimum sights that are nice and rounded off which keeps it from snagging  on clothing.   The bodyguard has a built in laser but was very awkward for me to turn it on quickly which is why I prefer the crimson trace laser .  Both are small pocket pistols that are great for what they are designed to do which is close range self defense.   You can’t go wrong with either one.  Kel-tec makes a .380 almost identical to the LCP.  It’s fit and finish isn’t as nice as the ruger but it doesn’t come with the rugers high price tag either.
    June 5, 2013 at 7:13 pm #580298 Back to Top REPORT
    rabbit
    Rabbit

    Age: 48
    Joined: 1/23/2007
    Location: Indiana
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    I’ve been looking at both. I have an LC9 and really like it but like the looks of Bodyguard better than the LCP. I don’t think you can go wrong with ether one.
    June 5, 2013 at 9:32 pm #580314 Back to Top REPORT
    bootheel-boy
    bootheel boy

    Joined: 7/21/2006
    Location: S.E. Missouri
    image  Here is a picture I found that is really good at showing the size difference between the two.
    June 6, 2013 at 6:02 am #580327 Back to Top REPORT
    bigrobc
    bigrobc

    Age: 34
    Joined: 1/26/2011
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    Thx guys. I am likin the looks of the bodyguard also. I really like that picture and think im likin the s&w size of the gun better. Appreciated
    June 6, 2013 at 10:48 am #580346 Back to Top REPORT
    bootheel-boy
    bootheel boy

    Joined: 7/21/2006
    Location: S.E. Missouri
    Both guns are small.  You can’t grip them like you would a glock or other full sized pistol which can make shooting them difficult.   Your pinky finger has nothing to grip which was hard for me to get used to.  If you do choose the bodyguard I am sure you will be happy.  It’s a good gun with a nice look.
    June 6, 2013 at 6:19 pm #580405 Back to Top REPORT

    damond

    Joined: 10/14/2007
    Location: Kentucky
    they are nice little guns,but for a carry I just don’t care for a 380.just not enough gun in my opinion.
    June 6, 2013 at 9:33 pm #580439 Back to Top REPORT
    bigrobc
    bigrobc

    Age: 34
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    I disagree somewhat from above. Ive got a 40 now and its not very good for concealment. I think a .380 comin at u would do the necessary job. If i was a mugger anyway lol
    June 7, 2013 at 4:40 am #580459 Back to Top REPORT
    straightedge123
    StraightEdge123

    Joined: 10/22/2007
    Ruger’s LC380 is a little bigger, still pretty thin, and will give you a couple more rounds.  Not a bad option.
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    June 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm #580702 Back to Top REPORT
    Jeremiah Ross
    Jeremiah

    Joined: 10/13/2010

    I disagree somewhat from above. Ive got a 40 now and its not very good for concealment. I think a .380 comin at u would do the necessary job. If i was a mugger anyway lol

    Exactly. ANY piece is better than no piece. My .40 “sub-compact” ended up spending more time sitting in my safe than on my person. (Just got tired of feeling it on me.) My .380 “mouse gun” sits in a pocket and is no bigger/heavier than my wallet. Always there and surely better than hand-to-hand combat.

    June 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm #580761 Back to Top REPORT
    q2hunter
    q2hunter

    Joined: 6/21/2007
    Location: Virginia
    I went with the Ruger LC380 (bottom), and Taurus 738 in 380 (top) for the wife.  I’m not concerned about the caliber, in my opinion the .380 will do just fine God forbid I ever do have to use it.  I love the Taurus….but I just cant shoot it, just too small for me.  The Ruger LC380 is also on the small side, will fit in my back pocket easily, but was the smallest frame that I could still shoot half way decent at 20 yards.  I’m not a handgun man by any means, and need lots of practice with it, but out of the gun shop and 25 rounds through it my last 5 shot group at 20 yards was about 5″.  I shoot better than that with my bow, but a bows hard to carry for protection.  The Taurus fits my wifes hand pretty good, but she really needs some practice.  My brother in law is a city officer and does training, we are heading to the range with him this weekend for some lessons and tips on shooting them.

    Seen above someone mentioned the pinky hanging off, mine did also on the Ruger, but it came with the little extension piece that is now on it in the picture below.  It fits much better now that I put this piece on, and really helped my accuracy the last 10 shots.  I thought I wanted something a little bigger than the .380 until I handled a few other models and got to thinking about ammo, I decided to keep it simple stupid and just go with the same cal for the both of us.  The recoil is nearly non-existent, and great for the wife.  

    concealweapons

    June 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm #580771 Back to Top REPORT
    bootheel-boy
    bootheel boy

    Joined: 7/21/2006
    Location: S.E. Missouri
    I agree about being able to shoot better with my bow than a pistol.   If your getting a 5 inch group at 20 yards your doing very good.   These small pocket guns aren’t easy to shoot.   I love shooting mine but pistol ammo is tough to find around here right now.   My ruger Lcp has minimal sights so I painted my front sight with white automotive touch up paint.  It really helped with my accuracy when shooting.
    June 10, 2013 at 3:47 pm #580783 Back to Top REPORT
    q2hunter
    q2hunter

    Joined: 6/21/2007
    Location: Virginia

    I agree about being able to shoot better with my bow than a pistol. If your getting a 5 inch group at 20 yards your doing very good. These small pocket guns aren’t easy to shoot. I love shooting mine but pistol ammo is tough to find around here right now. My ruger Lcp has minimal sights so I painted my front sight with white automotive touch up paint. It really helped with my accuracy when shooting.

    Thats the one thing I liked about the Ruger LC380, it does have two nicely visible white dots on the rear and a white one on the front also.  It also has adjustment in the rear. Thats nice to know that 5″ is pretty good….lol!  I’d read an article on this very handgun where the guy compared it to some other similar size and style guns and he was talking about 2-2.5 groups and 25 yards.  On the other hand, with my wifes Taurus, I couldn’t keep it on a 12×12 at 20 yards.  After a few shots, she could though.  It is so small when my trigger finger was comfortable in a pulling position…..it was on the front side of the trigger guard.  I had to shrivel my hand up like a prune to get my finger inside the trigger guard and pull it.

    June 10, 2013 at 5:16 pm #580788 Back to Top REPORT

    damond

    Joined: 10/14/2007
    Location: Kentucky
    for self defense purposes you should practice 10 yards or less.
    June 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm #580802 Back to Top REPORT
    bootheel-boy
    bootheel boy

    Joined: 7/21/2006
    Location: S.E. Missouri
    I’ve got a laser on my LCP.  I don’t think I could hold the laser on the target and keep a 2-2.5 inch group at 25 yards with it.   Let alone shoot a group that good.  Lol. Just as with archery there are some people who are simply amazing.   I would love to be able to shoot thousands of rounds for practice and improve my groups but I simply can’t afford to.  Ammo prices are taking the fun out of the sport.
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