The reason that I want the bodyguard 380 is because of its small size... Specifically what were the mechanical issues?I think that the 9mm Shield is a better and more reliable choice. I've had two students in classes that were unable to finish class using their Bodyguard due to mechanical problems in new pistols.
I am not seeing much on the internet as you described... could have been a multitude of things creating that issue... including foreign made ammo, handloads etc..Guns jammed up within 3 shots of being taken out new from the box. One so completely jammed that we could not rack the slide to eject the chambered round (which had to be fired to make the gun safe enough to transport to a gunsmith).
I don't know if it is a design problem, an assembly problem, a testing problem or damage done when the pistol was proofed.
I agree.... the one you have is better than the one left behindThere's a significant difference in bulk between a Shield and a Bodyguard. Guns like the Bodyguard are for those times when even a Shield is too big, bulky and heavy.
Obviously, the Shield is a better choice if you know you're going to be in a gunfight, but the .380 in your pocket is better than the 9mm you left at home.
And, Marshall didn't ask for opinions on which gun to buy. He asked about a specific issue with the Bodyguard.
Is there a 380 of similar size that you do recommend?All I can tell you is what I personally observed at our range. The Ammo was US made factory assembled. Of course I inspect all student firearms before they use them. I would not recommend the .380 Bodyguard based on what I've observed.
You mean like people who pontificate on what they think the OP should buy, rather than answering a very specific question about a particular gun?I'm in a lot of gun forums two are S&W forums, and on the S&W forums some members a notoriously rude, instead of been helpful, why is that ?
Yes i understand that micro pistols (pocket carry 380s are by nature less reliable, have less stopping power than a 9mm but pocket carry is what i want... i currently own a Kahr P380 but want another pocket carry as well... I do like the feel of the bodyguard and its hammer fired featureYou mean like people who pontificate on what they think the OP should buy, rather than answering a very specific question about a particular gun?
There's no question a 9mm is superior to .380 for defensive purposes, but that wasn't the question that was asked.
Well, it seems you have a real want for the Body Guard to be a dependable weapon. Here you have people telling you it's a turd. It's not the only .380 out there. I'm not a brand specific guy when it comes to my life.I was hoping for more comments on the bodyguard 380... perhaps smith has solved the light primer strike issues with a stronger spring and/or an improved firing pin... Maybe it is a non-issue with the current production bodyguard