Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 Pistol



Specifications

Style Compact Pistol
Frame Black Polymer or Stainless Steel
Caliber .380 ACP
Capacity 6+1 rounds
Weight
11.85 oz (336 g)
Length 5.25 inches (13.3 cm)
Barrel 2.75 inches (7 cm)
Melonite finish on barrel and slide
Trigger DAO
Safety Yes
Sights Fixed front, drift adjustable rear, Integral Insight Laser
Manufactured USA by Smith & Wesson
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Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 Reviews

     
44 Reviews

 

Albert C. from Whitmore Lake, MI on Sat, 30 Apr 2016

When I first fired my new BG .380 I had failure to fire about every 5th rnd. The round woud chamber but just had apparent light strikes on the primer. Yes they were reloads. But I have other .380's that have no probs. I called S&W and they were willing to take it in and check it. I then put 100 rnds of factory ammo with no prob. Then went back to my reloads and have had no failures at all. Very Accurate nice little shooter. Great pistol, just needed some break-in time.

Norman L. from Monticello, IL on Tue, 29 Mar 2016

I agree. When I was shopping for 380's I tried to read the reviews on as many as I could find. The early Bodyguards had some birth defects but were cured pretty early in the game. I had no way of knowing what long term would be like and have been pleasantly surprised. The Bodyguard is unlike one of the other (will not mention brand) brand 380's I read about that was considered worn out after 500 rounds. Plus it cost considerably more. Bottom line is, S&W has a winner here.

Roosevelt D. from New Liberty, IA on Wed, 16 Mar 2016

I bought this for my wife as a purse gun and can't say enough good about it. Nice "little" shooter and easy for her to handle and the Laser works fine and is easy for her to operate. I have a Smith and Wesson 637 and she doesn't like that at all cause it slaps her hand. Recoil is manageable for her with this and we load it with PMC Bronze 90gr FMJ for the range and Hornady 90gr Critical Defense for everyday carry. So far it has worked flawlessly.

Abel T. from Cleveland, OH on Tue, 1 Mar 2016

Recently picked up the BG380 to replace my Colt Pony for pocket carry (I wanted a laser). Put a box of ammo through it and find adequate for my needs but it's lacking compared to my buddies Sig P238 sub. The trigger pull on the BG380 is much longer & harder and the laser control button is mushy. In contrast the P238sc has a nice, smooth trigger pull and the laser control button gives a nice click when engaged. But for almost half the price (I paid $329 for the BG380 - he paid over $600 for the P238s with laser), I'll put up with the deficiencies of the BG380.

Otto I. from Henrico, VA on Sat, 20 Feb 2016

Put 150 rounds through this little bugger with no glitches. I love this little pistol. I shoot this well but no as well as my Bersa 380 but well enough. 100rd winchester white box runs through the BG with no problem.

Harrison H. from Kerman, CA on Fri, 18 Dec 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen, After extensive study, I have created my [b]WISH LIST OF COLLECTIBLE PISTOLS[/b]. There were several criteria used to compile this list. They are: A) For Self Defense…(not target shooting, tactical competition or plinking) B) Best meet the standards of Power, Recoil, Capacity, and Concealability C) Employ some (if not all) operating features such as: - Fixed or Rotating Barrel, or Rotating Bolt - Striker or Conceal Hammer Fired - Double Action Only or Modified Double Action Trigger Mechanism - Manual Safety and/or Decocking Mechanism - Uniqueness of Operation - Auto-Feed of cartridge - Placement of Levers and Buttons - Use of laser D) Many of the pistols listed have been rated as desirable handguns to own E) Discontinued or Limited Availability [b]WISH LIST OF COLLECTIBLE PISTOLS[/b] 9mm - Beretta Px4 Storm, Type C-------------$500 9mm - Boberg XR9----------------------------$1000 9mm - Grand Power K-102R-------------------$1500 9mm - HK P7 M13----------------------------$3000 9mm - Smith &Wesson M&P-------------------$600 .22WMR - Kel-Tec PMR30---------------------$400 .380 ACP - Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380----$400 5.7mm x 28 -FNH Five-SeveN USG-------------$1200 .40 S&W - Mauser M2------------------------$500 Any commentary on the above choices would be much appreciated. Idlethyme

Nick M. from Gunnison, CO on Thu, 10 Dec 2015

i like this mini pistol

Harrison H. from Kerman, CA on Sat, 5 Dec 2015

JBrady, After watching several videos of the Boberg, one can't help but be impressed with this pistol. The sequence of recoil, ejection, and the cartridge's route to breech is quite different than anything I have found to date. Looks like a very fine pistol to add to your collection. In fact, I have added it to my list of twenty pistols to own. Idlethyme

Harrison H. from Kerman, CA on Wed, 2 Dec 2015

JBrady, The bottom line, if you put +P ammo in that Boberg, you're shooting something that has thirty to forty percent more recoil than a standard 9mm FMJ cartridge for that weight pistol. The +P recoil will exceed 10 ft-lb...or about twice that of the Bodyguard 380. Nonetheless, If I were a collector of unique pistols, the [b]Boberg XR9-S[/b] would be among my two dozen choices. For now, I will stand pat with the [b]S&W Bodyguard 380[/b] as my conceal carry weapon for self defense. It's compact size, concealed hammer, light weight, moderate recoil, long DAO action and manual safety is just too good a combo to overlook for concealing safely in my pocket. To be fair, the Boberg's striker action with a passive firing pin safety is a nice feature, too. Just ordered up Cor-Bon's [b]Glaser Pow'RBall[/b] ammo to see if the perceived recoil is less than Hornady's [b]Critical Defense[/b]. With Cor-Bon's lighter weight bullet (70 gr. vs. 90 gr.) and the same muzzle energy (188 ft-lb from a 3" barrel) versus the Hornady Critical Defense (200 ft-lb from a 4" barrel), I am told by the ammo manufacturers, there should be less perceived recoil with the Cor-Bon. We will see. Idlethyme

Harrison H. from Kerman, CA on Tue, 10 Nov 2015

JBrady, Since the Boberg XR9-S weighs nearly the same as a Kahr CW9, the recoil will be about 7.7 ft-lb with typical 9mm, FMJ ammo. That cartridge propels a 115 gr. bullet with about 350 ft-lb of muzzle energy. If you use +P charges as they say you can, you may have to glue the small, two-fingered grip of the XR9-S to your hand. In comparison to the Boberg, the Bodyguard 380 has a kick of 5.5 ft-lb using normal cartridges producing a 180 ft-lb muzzle energy. To get a 9mm pistol with the same recoil as a Bodyguard, it has to weigh nearly 25 ounces. Ouch! Although the Boberg has 40% more recoil, it does deliver a bullet with nearly twice the impact energy. Something to consider...for about six nanoseconds before discarding the idea. Consider this: stay with the Bodyguard, take the money you save by not buying the Boberg, and buy lots of .380 ACP ammo for practice. After all... [b][i]It's not about the size of the hammer, it's all about hitting the nail.[/i][/b] Idlethyme

Harrison H. from Kerman, CA on Mon, 9 Nov 2015

kep4321, What is your method of carry for the Bodyguard? For example, are you using a belt holster, pocket holster or other? Assuming it's being carried concealed, do you think others around you suspect or know you CCW? Idlethyme

Harrison H. from Kerman, CA on Fri, 6 Nov 2015

catnipp, Although I would like to handle the 15-rd, 380 ACP, Glock 25, I imagine it is no different than any other [b][i]Block of Glock[/i][/b]. Shooting the 9mm Glock 26 may recoil more than bimmerland may want. But, being a full-sized pistol (quite different than what the Bodyguard offers in the way of a CCW) will give more grip to hold. Personally, I don't like anything that recoils more than the Bodyguard. If I were going to buy a 9mm pistol, I would have picked up the Beretta Px4 Storm for $70 more. It's far and away a better pistol than the Glock. I noticed a little slop, as well as less fit and finish, in the Bersa Thunder 380 while handling it. If it functions as you say, it's 9-rd and $274 cost offsets those deficiencies. Still, I have to give the Bodyguard's many features as a CCW an overwhelming five bullets. If only the laser were trigger or grip activated, it would be a hard pistol for anyone to not to give serious consideration. Idlethyme

Harrison H. from Kerman, CA on Wed, 4 Nov 2015

bimmerland, If you are looking for all-metal alternatives to the S&W Bodyguard, have you looked at the [b].380 ACP Taurus PT-58 HC Plus[/b]? This was the primary pistol I wanted to see yesterday. But, as I wrote my three LGS' didn't have one in stock, and a fourth one says they have been discontinued (if that isn't disinformation at it's worst!). At any rate, the features that make this an interesting consideration as a medium frame pistol are, but not limited to: -Nineteen-round magazine -DA/SA -Aluminum Alloy Frame w/Alloy Steel Slide -Black rubber grips -Ambidextrous manual safety/decocking lever -18.7 ounces, empty (Bodyguard is 11.9 ounces, SIG P238 is 15.2 ounces) -3.5 ft-lb recoil (Bodyguard is 5.5 ft-lb, SIG P238 is 4.3 ft-lb) -6.1" long/ 3.25" long barrel (SIG P238 is 5.5" and 2.7", respectively. By the way, the longer barrel will give you better muzzle velocity and energy performance from your ammo.) -$452 delivered to your FFL Here's the hyperlink to Taurus' website for Model No. 1-580241: [url]http://www.taurususa.com/pdf.cfm?id=457[/url] If I am interpreting the photo correctly, the barrel appears to be fixed. If so, that's a further plus for this pistol: less muzzle flip and better accuracy. If you're not happy with the Bodyguard, this could be the pistol for you. However, don't forget that the Taurus' 19+1 cartridge capacity will add another 7 ounces to it's empty weight. While it will make your pants sag, it will be great fun at the range. As for me, the Bodyguard is still the best of the best, and still warrants a FIVE BULLET rating. Idlethyme

Harrison H. from Kerman, CA on Wed, 4 Nov 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen, Yesterday, I looked at various .380 ACP pistols to see if I could find one with less recoil than the S&W Bodyguard 380. Yet, one that still incorporates many of the Bodyguard's features. On my list were the Taurus PT 58 HC Plus, Taurus Pro PT 138, Beretta 84FS Cheetah, Cobra Patriot 380, Bersa Thunder 380 DLX, Walther PPK and Walther PK380 (with/without laser). I realize there are many more pistols that could have been on the list, but I had to start somewhere, and I elected to use the Defensive Ranking of Genitron to create the list. I did not include the SIG P238 (which was on the DRG list), but should have. I will do so on a future trip to my LGS. At any rate, none of the three gun shops I went to had the Taurus', the Beretta or the Cobra. Of the other two remaining manufacturers, the Bersa was a pleasant surprise. It had features that the Walther PPK did not. Strange, considering the Bersa is a Walther PPK knock-off. As far as the Walther PK380 was concerned, it was a big disappointment. Not only did it lack features, but it was uncomfortable in my hand. Worse, I found that the position of my finger tip on the trigger was awkwardly uncomfortable. As such, the Walther PK380 was quickly discounted as a contender. There were a few features I found interesting with the Bersa. The Bersa weighs twice that of the Bodyguard. That means it has about half the recoil of the Bodyguard (2.8 ft-lb versus 5.5 ft-lb to be exact). The Bersa carries nine-rounds versus the six-round capacity of the Bodyguard. The Bersa has a fixed barrel versus the tilt barrel of the Bodyguard. That feature, I imagine, would make the Bersa more accurate and would result in less muzzle flip. On the minus side, the Bersa has a DA/SA trigger mechanism versus the DAO of the Bodyguard. With an exposed hammer and pronounced beaver-tail, the Bersa is a fabric snagger...a potential killer as a CCW. The Bodyguard comes with a laser, which has numerous advantages. Both have manual safeties. At $274 ($76 less than what I paid for my Bodyguard), the Bersa is an impressively priced pistol. With regard to my Bodyguard, to date every FMJ bullet put into it, comes out the muzzle with no mishaps. But, I must confess to a recent experience with a Hornady JHP Critical Defense round. After two shots, the third did not feed into the beech and the slide locked open. Assuming I didn't limp-wrist the shot (a slight possibility), and if the magazine spring is not the problem, I take this to be an indicator that the blunt end of a JHP cartridge could present issues I need to address. S&W says they have not gotten any feedback that the Bodyguard has issues with Hornady ammo, much less any JHP. I plan to do more testing with the HCD. If still problematic, I may have to switch to the rounded tip of the Corbon Pow'R Ball as my defensive load. In the final analysis, I am sure the Bersa would be a great conceal carry pistol. However, the Bodyguard employs all the features I look for in a concealed carry weapon. It's lightweight, has smooth exterior/anti-snag features, shoots an effective self defense caliber, has a DAO trigger, a manual safety, enough bullets to defend myself, a laser for effectively shooting from the hip or around corners and a slide lockout on last shot (amazing how many popular CCW pistols don't). I still think the Bodyguard is deserving of a five-star rating for all of the above-noted reasons. Of course, that's just my opinion. You will have to formulate your own. Idlethyme

Bobby P. from New Carlisle, IN on Wed, 4 Nov 2015

You guys must be kidding. You rate a P238 lower than a Bg380. BG 380 kicks worse is finnicky with ammo and the laser is a toy. Thjese guns are meant for close up and personal with low recoil and extreme reliability. Find me another 380 the size of a P238 that is just as good with price not an issue and I'll buy. Remeber no lightweight plastic crap.

Rudolph K. from Blackstock, SC on Mon, 26 Oct 2015

I picked up this firearm at Cabela's on sale for $350. That is just about the lowest new price you will find on this gun right now. The first day I had it, I took it to the range and put 100 rounds through it before cleaning it. The gun operated flawlessly. Since then I haven't had any mechanical malfunctions that I would seriously complain about. I've put about 400 rounds through the gun so far and am actually very surprised how accurate the gun is. I usually shoot at 7 to 8 yards but when I shot it at 15 yards, I was able to hit a target the size of one's chest. After about 300 rounds through the gun the laser completely stopped working. Yes, I took the laser out and changed batteries and all that...still didn't work. I sent the laser back to Smith and about a month later I received a new laser kit. The laser is very nice since the gun doesn't come with any sort of night sights. I haven't been able to use the laser much because I usually shoot outside in lots of light. I've put a lot of different ammo through my gun and the only thing my gun didn't like was the crappy steel case Herter's ammo. Had 4 FTF in a 50 rd box. Everything else has cycled like it should. I bought a box of Buffalo Bore 100 gr +P and it kicked too hard for me. It can be hard to hold onto such a small gun sometimes. I also bought a box of Hornady Critical Defense and I like this ammo much more than the Buffalo Bore. The recoil of the critical defense rounds is more similar to target ammo so I wouldn't be so surprised if I ever had to use this self defense ammo in a real situation. Overall I am more than pleased with this weapon. Smith and Wesson made a great gun that can be used comfortably by many different people. I would buy this gun again in a heartbeat and I would recommend the BG380 without reservation!

Adam M. from Medway, OH on Wed, 14 Oct 2015

JBrady....thanks for the info. I did as as you recommended and happy to report no problems. I was out this past weekend and sent another 50 rds through the BG and the slide worked perfectly. Unrelated to this is the issue of recoil. How do you keep the area between the thumb and forefinger from taking a beating due to recoil? Could be I need to grip it much tighter. As far as I can tell, all sub-compacts have a lot of recoil. Thoughts?

Adam M. from Medway, OH on Thu, 24 Sep 2015

Brand new BG 380, fired approx 50 rds with no FTF or FTE and pretty accurate at 10 yards. Only concern so far is two times the slide did not lock back after last round fired. Any thoughts? Otherwise, very pleased with this little CCW.

Harrison H. from Kerman, CA on Thu, 24 Sep 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen, Having having run scores of FMJ ammo through my S&W Bodyguard .380 ACP, I can report that I have not experienced any failure to fire, failure to eject or any malfunction of any nature. This pistol is as reliable as any handgun, regardless of price, on the market. But, what I really want to bring to this Forum's attention, is the benefit and accuracy of the built-in laser, ensuring proper placement of bullets on target. With the laser, I am extremely accurate at ten yards. Without the laser, I am mediocre, at best. Practice will help my aim, but like many reading this missive, I don't plan to become another Todd Jarrett. There is no doubt the laser improves my aim, whether using a double-handed grip, a single hand or shooting from the hip, as opposed to sighting or using best-guess aiming methods. The laser provides a tremendous aid in shot placement, and will prove useful when needed. As this weapon is primarily meant for self defense at home or carried as a concealed weapon, I can't say enough good things about this pistol. It's weight, features, cartridge size, slim shape with virtually no fabric-grabbing protrusions, cost, compact size and suitability for both sexes make this pistol an unqualified standout. For you collectors and gun aficionados, there is nearly an inexhaustible selection of handguns and ammo for your pursuit. For those of us who only want to become proficient with one type of handgun, using one type of cartridge, I heartily endorse the Bodyguard. Please refer to my other comments in this forum for further justification for owning this pistol. Hope this helps tip the balance for some.

Harrison H. from Kerman, CA on Sat, 19 Sep 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen, There is little doubt, one very effective self defense weapon is a 12-gauge shotgun...and it will powder (along with a large portion of your home's interior) a telephone book quite well. Of particular note is the 6-shot, Mossberg 500 Persuader/Cruiser (28" long) or the 3-shot, Serbu Supershorty (16.5" long), both with pistol grip. However, neither fit in a purse very well or are easily stored for quick access. So, for size, weight, bullet power, magazine capacity, features (laser, safety, DAO), reliability, reasonable cost (<$350), comfortable feel in hand, easy conceal, an excellent choice is the much more user-friendly, S&W Bodyguard 380 pistol. As such, stick with well-designed finesse, leave the brute force of larger, heavier handguns and/or calibers with the sexually impaired, and practice placing your first, .380 ACP Hornady Critical Defense, shot where it hurts. God, I love this pistol.

Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 Questions & Comments

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Chris W. from Elmwood Park, IL on Mon, 4 Jul 2016

Hi guys, I just love my BG380, but I got a question about the laser part on my gun, if by chance the laser part of my BG380 was to go out or stop working for, lets say it got wet in the washing machine from forgetting to take it out of the pocket or something, ha, how hard and how expensive would that little laser unit be to replace? I’ve looked all over but can’t seem to find any replacement parts or answers. S&W warrants the gun for life, but the Laser is for only 12 months. Everyone knows the laser is easy to replace, but do we have to send it in to S&W and pay for shipping costs to and from and labor and all, or can we simply buy the part somewhere, it’s frustrating to find the part for some reason. Not that I might have accidentally destroyed my laser in my gun, ha, but got any ideas? Thanks guys, Chan

Ernest H. from Elon, NC on Thu, 9 Jun 2016

I just bought it new. I have been sitting at home trying to figure out what the deal is. I generally shoot a pistol with the trigger right under my knuckle. I am starting to think that since it is such a long trigger pull, my finger may be bending around and touching the release button with the tip of my trigger finger just as the hammer breaks/recoil. I am a gun cleaning nut. I took some emory cloth and polished all the burrs and sharp edges off the side. It is an amazing smooth little gun. Even just spraying break-in bullets I am impressed with the accuracy from such a little pistol. I will figure it out.

Norman L. from Monticello, IL on Thu, 9 Jun 2016

Sorry to hear that. Did you buy it new? If you did it needs a thorough cleaning before you shoot it. Of course the other thing can be you got a defective one. If you bought it used some of the very early units had some strange problems. S&W is very good about taking care of those issues.

Ernest H. from Elon, NC on Thu, 9 Jun 2016

I have a Bodyguard 380 single shot. I bought one a week ago, and today just pumping 100 'break-in rounds' through it, I couldn't get off more than one or two rounds before it auto ejected the magazine. I thought it might be my two hand hold was hitting the eject button during recoil, but tried several different grips staying away from the button and it still did it. Help?

Norman L. from Monticello, IL on Sat, 14 May 2016

That is great JMKPM. With all the bad things going on in our society today it is really heart warming to hear that there are others out there that enjoy life together as much as we do. Thanks and best of everything to both of you to.

Jason F. from Allyn, WA on Fri, 13 May 2016

rabear, I have been lucky too. 40 years through sickness, good and bad times. The worst of times the loss of a son we have been best freinds. She will try anything I want and the same go's for me. She is the one who got us started in Cowboy Action Shooting. There is no one in the world I would want in her place. We even reload together. Best of everything to both of you.

Norman L. from Monticello, IL on Fri, 13 May 2016

Thanks, she is my soul mate. We have a lot of fun and heartaches together. She deserves a medal for following into whatever I enjoy doing like flying, shooting, boating or whatever.

Jason F. from Allyn, WA on Fri, 13 May 2016

rabear, You sound like a very lucky man. Congrat's on the 44 year's.

Norman L. from Monticello, IL on Thu, 12 May 2016

She definitely sees things differently than I do. Got to stop taking her to shows that reflect my interests. One of my other hobbies is Ham Radio of which I have been in for decades. Took her to a Ham Radio convention in Dayton Ohio once and ever since she refers to my fellow ham friends as nice little people with propellers on their heads. One would think i would learn my lesson after 44 years. She does like to shoot my BodyGuard 380 as long as I load and clean it for her.

Albert C. from Whitmore Lake, MI on Thu, 12 May 2016

That is hillarious! Walking dead at a gun show! Very nice!

Norman L. from Monticello, IL on Thu, 12 May 2016

That is great your wife has no problem with racking a slide. I tried to get my wife to try different techniques in racking it to no avail. As I said before, I think complexity also played a big part in the equation. She really likes the "kiss" principle so it was a wheel gun for her. Heck, it took me years to get to stop using a snow shovel and try a blower. That was a real challenge. I took her to a gun and knife show today to show her some of the new guns that have come out. At he end of the day I asked her what she thought. All she said was, some of the people there looked like they belong on the set of that "Walking Dead Show' I watch on Sundays. So much for for seeing the new guns.

Jason F. from Allyn, WA on Thu, 12 May 2016

rabear, I must tell ya I get a kick out of reading some of your post's. I had to laugh about the 3 way light bulb. I know what you are talking about with your wife's hand's though. My wife has the same problem, artritis, but like I said I can't believe how easy it got to rack after I shot it for awhile. I guess the other part of it is, my wife has done alot of cowboy shooting in her life. We both belong to SASS. So her hand are tough from years of shooting there.

Ignacio L. from Bloomfield, NJ on Thu, 12 May 2016

All things are a trade off. Revolvers are less complex and do not present a concern about racking. They do have fewer rounds than most, the trigger pull can be high and recoil is high on the small light models. As JMKPM and others including myself have said... shot placement is key and that comes from practice. 9mm is a good choice on many levels including power and a relatively low price for ammo which allows more practice for the money. I mentioned the Boberg XR9-S 9mm which holds 7+1, is nearly as small as the Bodyguard 380, is very easy... probably the easiest semi to rack, more powerful with LESS felt recoil than probably any other gun near this class, very accurate, easy to control and is exceptionally well made. The biggest drawback is the relatively high price ($1000) and the waiting list (small production high demand). Mine has been on order since March and I expect delivery by years end. Here is a review on the sigforum http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/430601935/m/9060021962

Norman L. from Monticello, IL on Wed, 11 May 2016

Oh, and yes, I do agree with you on the limited number of rounds a wheel gun has vs a semi. I always feel if I need more than I am carrying, then I should have practiced more.

Norman L. from Monticello, IL on Wed, 11 May 2016

The Glock 26 is a great gun. My son had one with a trigger lock mod and all blueprinted. It is smooth as butter. Unfortunately my wife cannot rack it reliably. Her hands are arthritic and it just hurts her to much. I also must note my wife deplores complexity. She does not even like 3-way light bulbs. To complex. So a wheel gun was in order for her. It is very light weight and very, very simple. I personally like my BodyGuard 380 but on occasion I carry my SP101 .357 or my S&W SW99 45. I only do that when I am going someplace where I feel like I might need more stopping power and carry comfort takes a back seat.

Jason F. from Allyn, WA on Wed, 11 May 2016

rabear, That didn't come to mind but it's a really good point. A wheel gun would be good. One thing is the amount of rounds it holds though. My wife is 66 and loves her Glock 26. When she first got it she had a problem racking it. I shot it for awhile and once it was broken in it got very easy to rack. Now its very easy for her, a small lady. The best part is it holds 10 round's. Once I ran afew hundred rounds through the 26 she did't have any trouble.

Albert C. from Whitmore Lake, MI on Wed, 11 May 2016

I agree with rabear! A lightweight revolver Might. Be a better choice.

Norman L. from Monticello, IL on Wed, 11 May 2016

I love the BodyGuard 380 as you can see from my previous post's. But for that lady who asked what semi auto would be best I would recommend something completely different. My wife is in her early 60's and while she can shoot a semi auto just fine, she has a lot of trouble with racking the slide. We have tried almost every semi on the market and it did not work for her. We got her the S&W Bodyguard 38 Revolver. It is lightweight, very easy on the hand and very easy for her to maintain. She loves it.

Jason F. from Allyn, WA on Wed, 11 May 2016

eac, I must agree with JBrady, to a point. It does depend on why you want the firearm. To conceal carry, to keep with you at home at night? The Boberg while being a great gun is big bucks. Maybe that's just me. I am 61 my wife is 66. We both carry 9mm. My wife carries a Glock 26. It is 9mm at 20 something oz.'s so it has enough weight to handle the recoil if your hand's are very arthritic. If they are go with the Smith & Wesson 380 Bodyguard. You can get ammo that will do the job in protecting you. You must remember that no matter what hand gun you get, you must practice. You can have a cannon with you, but if you can't hit were you want it really does not matter. Bullet placement trumps all. If you can't hit were it counts the gun can be taken from you, used on you and someone else God forbid. You must remember, practice build's muscle memory.Practice often.

Ignacio L. from Bloomfield, NJ on Sun, 1 May 2016

Ms. EAC, Depending on what your needs are... self defense, conceal carry, home defense, etc... I think it is important to point out that MOST small .380 and definitely 9mm will have a great deal of recoil that may be very difficult for you to tolerate. I also suggest going to your local shooting range and or with a friend with more than one gun for you to try and see for yourself. My personal recommendation would be the just now in production Boberg Arms XR9-S. Very small, 9mm with minimal recoil. It is definitely on the expensive side but for a small concealable weapon it has few/no equals. Now, if a larger gun fits your needs the larger size will have less recoil. 9mm is a great choice. The Beretta PX4 Storm is an outstanding choice.

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