The gun’s easy to carry, but it’s picky about ammo.
With the wrong stuff, it’s too light to use as a club, and too unreliable to use as a gun.
It stacks noticeably just before the sear trips, a flaw that it seems to share with almost every other S&W pistol recently fired.
Reliability zero – * * * * * This pistol has second strike capability, and boy did I need it.
When I changed ammo and fired off a mixture of Fiocchi and Speer, the gun performed flawlessly, time after time, restoring my confidence.
Ergonomics (carry) * * * * It carried like an Airweight, which was good.
Thanks to the enormous surge in concealed carry weapon licenses, the Smith & Wesson BODYGUARD series is a major league hit.
Springfield’s diminutive .38 caliber revolver and .380 semi-automatic pistol have been selling like ballistic hotcakes.
Ergonomics (carry) * * * * * It’s tiny, light and fits easily in a pocket, purse, IWB holster, jock strap or garter belt.
If it had a lanyard ring, it could be hung from a gold chain and worn like a necklace. Ergonomics (firing) * * * * The grip is comfortable and even has room for all three fingers including the pinkie. The trigger is too heavy by 50%, but its smooth enough.
The release latch is moderately flared on its top and left side, providing the shooter with an extra bit of purchase while unlatching the cylinder. The BODYGUARD 380 is Kylie Minogue to the BODYGUARD 38’s Nikki Blonsky.