Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380

Since the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 was introduced in 2011 it has been at the top of the heap when it comes to .380 mouse guns. Recently the market has been flooded with several really good 9mm single stacks that have almost rendered the .380 mouse gun irrelevant … or has it?

In this episode of TFBTV, Patrick takes his well-worn Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 out to the range after not shooting it for almost two years. He used to carry it on a regular basis but retired it due to a high round count. Check out the video and watch Patrick gets reacquainted with his old companion as well as get reminded why he stopped carrying it in the first place.

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and TFBTV Host. He is a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially overly modified plastic handguns, precision rifles, and AR based things. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at TFBpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • UD

    I really like mine. I often ignore the safety since the trigger take up is just so damn long. Nice tiny gun I can throw in my pocket, or a small holster and no one is the wiser. Plus, i shoot it reasonably well.

    • nonobaddog

      I really like mine too. So easy to carry no matter what I wear. I find it shoots pretty good too after working out the best grip for me.
      It has a safety?

  • adverse4

    That’s one busy looking POS.

  • Jack Morris

    Micro 9mm’s have definitely not made the 380 irrelevant. Even the smallest 9mm semi-auto is a beast compared to the Bodyguard or the LCP. I stopped carrying my Kahr CM9 once the Lehigh Defense “Xtreme Defense” ammo came out. In my mind; that stuff was a game-changer. The negligible loss of performance is totally worth the decreased weight and size of the gun.

    • LGonDISQUS

      Concurred.

      I hate my PF-9 compared to my p3at, (BT380, Beretta 84) and Ruger LCP.

    • Marcus D.

      A Pocket 9 is A BEAST compared to the Bodyguard?. Give me a break! The weight differential between a CM9 and an Bodyguard is 2 oz.

      • Jack Morris

        Try pocket carrying both on either side for a day. The difference is substantial.

        • Marcus D.

          Until I got a good IWB holster, I pocket carried a CW9 almost every day (some pants it didn’t fit), which is longer, taller, and 15.9 oz unloaded. It didn’t bother me a bit. Maybe its your pants–or your belt. Do you wear a gun belt? If not, let me say that it makes a real difference.

    • nova3930

      I have yet to find a micro 9 that pocket carries as well as a 380. I had a BG380, traded it for a PM9 because the specs for so close, was unhappy with it and traded it on a LCPII. That pocket carry comfort is critical because even when I’ve got my main carry piece, P320 on me, I still throw the 380 in my pocket as a backup….

      • Jack Morris

        I’m a fairly small guy. 5’9″ and 160lbs. I can’t get a standard pistol to conceal well in the waistband without an over-garment, so in the summer months I just rock the pocket LCP. It’s absolutely perfect for that role.

  • gunsandrockets

    What? No commentary on what is reputed to be one of the worst triggers ever, DAO or otherwise?

    • Porty1119

      It’s like a DAO revolver trigger, only somehow worse. I do not shoot these things well.

    • ShooterPatBob

      I’ve shot several S&W Bodyguards, and while they did fire, the trigger was horrendous. My old LCP is far superior.

    • A.WChuck

      This does not match my reality with a M&P BG380. Also, for a pocket pistol I do not want a short and light trigger.

      It’s possible S&W improved the triggers since the Patrick’s version was released and I have not tried an older model to compare.

      • gunsandrockets

        Yours is the first report I’ve seen from anyone who didn’t hate the BG trigger.

        I think there is a place for DAO triggers, I’m fine with that. But the BG trigger has a particularly bad reputation. I wouldn’t know from personal experience, as I’ve never handled one.

        Could you describe your BG pull? Weight? Length? Stacking? etc? Compare it to some other well known DA pistols trigger pull?

        • A.WChuck

          The pull weight on mine is just under 10 pounds. It has a long smooth pull with a little stacking just before the break. It is not a match trigger, but it is perfectly acceptable for a tiny SD piece.

          The trigger has never been the cause of problems shooting the BG, however the short sight radius and black on black sights have been. I painted the front sight florescent green and it has help immensely.
          I compared the BG to a LCP in the store before purchase and the LCP had a slightly better trigger, but only slightly on the one I tried. The DA pull is lighter than a SW revolver and a Ruger revolver, that is until I did a spring swap on the revolvers.

          My BG has not had any of the problems Patrick’s displayed, FWIW.

  • m-dasher

    yeah….the body guard sucks……easy to carry….but sucks to shoot……and if the gun doesnt shoot, why bother carrying it?

    ill take a J-frame over it any day

    • John

      Had both, BG jammed and broke the firing pin, J-frame did not. Easy choice.

  • John

    Good information with some valid points.

    This is only an opinion but I am not a fan of shooting directly into the camera angle. I know the camera is unmanned but it grates against my sense of safety. It definitely has the “Hollywood cool” factor but this blog should kinda exude safety first. Again JMHO

    • m-dasher

      …well thats because youre a moron……

      you know the camera is unmanned….yet somehow its unsafe?

      go back to your safe spaces if watching people firing a gun makes you feel unsafe

      • John

        Oh M dash – What does it say about you that you can’t see another point of view, oh that’s right, you’re alt-right trash. America doesn’t need you.

  • Cap’n Mike

    Not a ton of fun to shoot but remember the first rule of a gun fight, bring a gun.
    Excellent gun for pocket carry.
    I forget it’s there most of the time.

    • Spencerhut

      When you bring one of these guns to a fight . . . I hope you brought friends with real guns.

      • Cap’n Mike

        When I find myself going to a fight, I bring a Rifle, and all my friends with rifles.😀

        • nova3930

          Exactly. A handgun is a compromise for when toting around an AR-15 and a chest rig full of mags isn’t feasible.

      • Jack Morris

        So if one gets shot in the heart with a 380, do they die slower than if they were to get shot with a 9mm?

  • Andrew

    Top of the heap? Ruger and Kel-tec far outsell the Bodyguard. The Bodyguard also has a reputation for light strikes not setting off primers.

    • Spencerhut

      Ruger and Kel-tec are cheap, not better. RM380 / Remington 51 / Browning 1911-380 is better.

  • keazzy

    I admit I didn’t watch the video, just decided to inject my opinion. I have the Bodyguard and love it. Goes everywhere with me. I love .380’s and believe all this new aged “only the 9mm can stop Godzilla” is as real as global warming. All feelings based on wanting to be a winner.

    But all the jiving aside, I truly love mouse guns because before everyone had ccw, Charles Schumer was on a crusade to ban them. The whole “you can’t use these for duck hunting” liberal bile. They conceal better and cost less than anything else. I love love love little guns. They’re like Cracker Jack prizes.

  • valorius

    There is exactly ONE 9mm pistol that can compete with the size and weight of my Ruger LCP, or a Bodyguard .380, etc- the Diamondback Arms DB9. .

    • Spencerhut

      Junk

      • valorius

        Im not commenting on it’s quality- only it’s size.

        • Spencerhut

          One of the very few things Remington did not screw up was the purchase of the Rohrbaugh R9/R380 and making them less expensive to produce. A .380ACP in such a small package, especially with Xtreme type bullets is a much better alternative than a 9mm of the same size. 9mm in such a small form factor is simply too much gun for most people to actually use and hit anything . . . not to mention th guns take a beating. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/71ff8fe6a08d24773a11982bdf23fb9d2315545c4786e9f309fecb6a8db1f542.jpg

  • valorius

    My Ruger LCP with crimson trace laserguard is by far the best carry gun i have ever owned or laid mitts on in my entire life. And it’s way more accurate than it has any right to be. Fist sized groups at 25 feet are the norm. I keep mine loaded with either Underwood 100gr+P hard cast flat nose or Underwood 90gr+P Xtreme Penetrators.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4f2484e52df66bb28d37521b745a96eca6f55180866a9bdd87b9426dfe73ce71.jpg

    • Spencerhut

      You need to broaden your firearms experience . . . the LCP is junk. Try a RM380 or a Browning 1911-380.

      • valorius

        Considering it has over 2000 rds through it and has NEVER jammed no matter what ammo ive tried, and that it is dead nuts accurate, i think it’s possible you need to re-evaluate your opinion.

        • Spencerhut

          Plenty of Hi-Point owners say the same thing. I’ve worked on and shot enough guns to know what is junk at this point.

          • valorius

            Obviously not, my friend.

          • ShooterPatBob

            I’m going to have to agree with Valorius here. Taking a Remington pistol over Ruger? Surely you jest.

  • Spencerhut

    RM380 full of Black Hills Xtreme Defense and I’m just fine.

    • Klaus Von Schmitto

      So you take some friends with real guns everywhere you go too?

  • USMC03Vet

    Too small for my taste. I don’t want to be that guy wishing he had a bigger gun when he needs it.
    How many rounds does everybody carry? I carry 30 9mm usually.

  • Peter Nissen

    Lemon!

  • Madcap_Magician

    No one else wants to talk about the integral laser that is not really daylight visible and often stops working… but can’t be removed on account it being integral to the gun?

    • nova3930

      The old sight marks were junk, the new CTs are OK though….

  • mazkact

    442 no lock for the win.