Smith & Wesson® Bodyguard® Revolver
Nice pistol for a woman or man
This was my first purchase of a handgun.
I wanted something for home protection and as a novice, wanted a handgun that was manageable and wouldn't jam in the event I HAD to use it. Most handguns felt too big for my hand. & when I picked this one up, it felt great. The laser sight was an added bonus.
After getting it on the range and shooting some rounds, I was disappointed in my accuracy without the use of the laser sight. Read a few things on how that could be improved. #1 - .38+P ammo packs some punch and therefore more recoil so I purchased the regular .38 ammo instead. That helped. #2 - The grip. Smooth grip without finger holds (for me) lessens the accuracy. for someone with a bigger hand this might not be an issue. Since the gun is relatively new to the market, after market grips are difficult to find. Hogue is 're-working' the 60020 for the Bodyguard, so I have one on backorder.
September 29, 2012
Great short range protection
Once adjusted the laser is great. Makes using it a breeze for a novice and adds accuracy to experienced shooters. Absolutely no issues encountered thus far.
March 28, 2012
My first gun purchase. Ever.
I pretty much describe myself as a 52 year old wife and mom who loves all things "creative". Although my husband and our three teenaged kids all like to shoot and/or hunt, I never cared anything about it. In recent months and for various reasons, I began to open up to the idea of it and a little less than a month ago, my husband and I went to our local Bass Pro store and I purchased my first gun ever, this little Smith & Wesson Bodyguard. We have an outdoor range at our house and I have thoroughly enjoyed using my little revolver. My husband, our daughter and one of our boys shoot semi-automatics and I've practiced with them, too, but I am far more comfortable with my revolver and I love the ease of loading that doesn't come with their semi-automatics. I started a Concealed Carry class last night, will complete it tomorrow night, and I am looking forward to more classes and more shooting. I hope, of course, that I never NEED to use my gun for personal protection, but I believe that it will ease my mind knowing that it will be there if I ever need it. I would definitely recommend this gun to anyone like myself that is new to the "gun world".
July 16, 2013
Outstanding personal defense firearm
My primary CCW has been a Colt 3" Python for years but I have been looking for a lighter and smaller replacement as I approach the 60 year mark. I have taken Massad Ayoob's LFI-1 and II and was in the firearms distribution business for 8 years so have a pretty good background to judge a good carry piece.
I feel this J frame with its light weight, even with the integrated laser, and small size makes it a top candidate for CCW. I use a Bianci #3 IWB holster, the polymer grip frame is what's in contact with skin so corrosion is not an issue. A pocket holster is another good choice.
I'm on the fence as to which 38 +P load I'll be using but I am leaning towards the Winchester 130 grain PDX1 bonded jacket HP's. a little extra weight over the various 110 grain options that will give better penetration that might be needed during the colder months with heavier clothing.
BTW, while I prefer a revolver in critical self defense situations I have been known to carry a street tuned Colt Combat Commander 45 in a Galco " Miami Special" shoulder rig as well as a Beretta 92F Compact in a IWB while wearing outer wear. I love my autos but I just have a somewhat old school love of my revolvers
November 26, 2012