Shooting The Smith & Wesson Bodyguard

Smith and Wesson Bodyguard - 1

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?


Hi There, My name is Walt White and as the name of this blog suggests, I am a Pennsylvania resident. In addition to having numerous hobbies that I discuss on my blog - I’m also the father of three little girls and a pitbull.

3 thoughts on “Shooting The Smith & Wesson Bodyguard

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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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