This isn’t really a fair side-by-side comparison. But more of an “after the fact” follow up 2 years later.

The Bodyguard 380 running backup to my Glock 26. Pulled out of the pocket to show its concealment location.

The Bodyguard 380 running backup to my Glock 26. Out of pocket to show its concealment location.

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

Adios Mr. LCP.

Adios Mr. LCP.

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.



7 Responses to S&W Bodyguard vs. Ruger LCP

  1. […] noticed the article on the Ruger LCP in place of the Bodyguard 380. Just wanted to say that I’ve owned a Bodyguard for two years now and still have had flawless […]

  2. […] way the P238 feels in the hand over other pocket pistols like the LCP, P3AT and even my beloved S&W Bodyguard, it still leaves a lot to be desired in size for easy manipulation. But I have man hands. My […]

  3. […] wait. Yes I do. Pictured below are the Spyderco Military stainless (full size of course) and the über-versatile Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380. She’s usually my backup, but today is my […]

  4. […] than once, which has me asking the question… Just how small is it? I like the grip size on my S&W Bodyguard 380 hands down more than my Ruger LCP or the Kahr […]

  5. […] few years ago I picked up a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380. It’s a great little deep cover/pocket carry pistol. Great for hot days and skimpy clothes. […]

  6. […] not that carrying a 380 is really a problem for me. I carry my S&W Bodyguard 380 daily as a backup and sometimes even as a primary during the summer months when my willpower is low. It’s just […]

  7. David says:

    A couple of additional points about the LCP:

    1. For not-so-large hands, the grip is just right. My middle and ring fingers fit nicely between the mag extension and the trigger guard, with the pinky curled underneath.

    2. Hogue grips add just the right amount of thickness and tackiness.

    3. As of 2013 there’s a gen 2 of the LCP that Ruger doesn’t officially acknowledge, but the changes are significant. They include a shorter trigger pull and slightly larger sights. I’m told that some internal tweaks make it less prone to jams, though I’m not sure about that.

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