Shooting The Smith & Wesson Bodyguard

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After the painstaking process of selecting a pocket pistol, in which I became the new owner of a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard, I was eager to get out to the range and see how it performed. On Saturday I woke bright and early, packed my range bag, and headed out the door with my new pocket pistol in tow.

I wasn’t sure what to expect of my new pocket pistol. Being so small and light, I was a bit concerned about the recoil. After all, my much heavier Beretta Model 70S, in the same caliber, packs a painful punch when fired.

After loading up five rounds of .380 into the magazine (pistol is 6+1 capacity), I chambered a round, pressed the gun out, lined up the sights, thought to myself “damn I hope this doesn’t hurt too much”, and began pulling the long and heavy trigger.

After what seemed like ages, the primer was struck and the muzzle began to rise. I couldn’t help but grin at the felt recoil, it was rather pleasant for such a small and light gun. Before I packed up the Bodyguard for the day, I fired the gun a total of twenty-four times (I neglected to pick up ammo and only had a that much .380 tucked away in my range bag).

As you’ll see in the video below, I was very happy with the way the gun performed. I’m going to need to practice the fundamentals with a heavy double action trigger as I felt that was the area where I needed the most work.

Do you think the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard would
be a good pocket pistol / backup gun to suit your needs?

3 comments On Shooting The Smith & Wesson Bodyguard

  • I have o idea how the trigger works on that gun, but it does look like one hell of a long pull. On a Glock once you fire the gun the first time you can release the trigger until you here a click and it is ready to go again, by stopping at the click instead of releasing the trigger all the way you trigger pull is cut in half. Like I said I have no idea if the S&W will work in the same action, but I notice you even talk your finger off the trigger when releasing it. If nothing else keep your finger on the trigger, taking it off after every round means there is a chance a different part of your finger could be pressing the trigger back every shot and you can push or pull the shots left and right. Just some ideas.

    • I know what you mean, my M&P works the same way. When you back off the trigger on the Bodyguard, you hear the click but pulling again from there wont draw back the hammer. Maybe it is a result of a double action, hammer fired, pistol? This is my first experience with this type if pistol, so Im not sure what the norm is.

      Thanks for the comment and suggestion.

  • Yeah I wasn’t sure but thought it was worth mentioning it. It has been awhile since I have shot my S&W 357s, but I got pretty good with the double action just took practice. Use to dry fire with a coin sitting right be hide the front sight, you can see if you are moving your gun as you pull back the trigger.

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