This isn’t really a fair side-by-side comparison. But more of an “after the fact” follow up 2 years later.
Haus of Guns first ever full pistol review was on the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380. I loved that little pistol. It was and is in fact one of my favorite deep concealment and backup pistols I’ve owned to date. Unfortunately as so often happened in the early days of H.o.G. I had to trade the Bodyguard away for more gun review fodder. Money was short and we were new, so getting guns & gear in for testing took time. In this case it was for the CZ RAMI 2075 9mm. Also one of my favorite shooters.
Can you tell I have a lot of favorites?
But recently I had a chance to buy-back a Ruger LCP with the LaserLyte Laser I reviewed mounted to it and flip it for a straight-up trade on a S&W Bodyguard 380. I gotta say, even though it’s not the original one I had a couple years ago, it sure does feel good to have the little flame thrower back in the arsenal.
Backpedaling a little, it’s ironic I’ve never done a gun review on the Ruger LCP .380. Even when I had it to put the LaserLyte side mount laser on for testing. So here is my quick handgun review of the Ruger LCP… We’ve had several LCP pistols over the course of 4 or 5 years and they’ve all been the same: Tiny, Reliable, MUCHO easy to
conceal, and even fairly accurate for its intended purpose. BUT, the grip is laughable even with the mag extension, the trigger is really long even if it is light and if you’ve got any size to your hands at all speedy handling is a joke. Granted, it’s an obvious ripoff of the Kel-Tec P3AT design, but they’re a fine last resort or even primary pistol if you’re persuasion is pocket carry.
Also fitting the micro compact pistol category, the Bodyguard 380 is roughly the same size as the Ruger LCP and serves the same application and purposes. The difference is the grip on the Bodyguard 380 is a lot friendlier to larger hands, has an actual rear sight rather than a jenky little notch, and the trigger is shorter, albeit a little heavier. The Bodyguard 380 has an external frame mounted safety as well if that’s the sort of thing that floats your boat. Which it doesn’t mine, so the external safety never sees use in my hands. It’s ALWAYS in a holster, so I don’t worry about accidental discharge.
I’ll refrain from doing another full review on the Bodyguard. That would be ridiculous. Obviously though I’m pumped to have her back. Two 6 round magazines are already on their way to the shop and I’ve got a couple new ideas to try for carrying the little pistol including a combined OWB holster/mag carrier and a new appendix setup for IWB.