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Old August 11th, 2010, 02:39 PM   #1
 
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LCP VS S&W Bodyguard 380 at the range.

I was at an indoor range today and the Smith & Wesson rep was there letting the employees use the Bodyguard 380 and 38 special he brought with him. I got to try the 380 and did a comparison with my chrome slide LCP with a Crimson Trace laser on it. We all agreed the LCP had a much lighter and better trigger and hence more accurate than the S&W. With my LCP, I'm able to keep groups sizes to around 2 inches or smaller at 8 yards, but with the S&W, they opened up to 4 inches or larger. Also, the laser button was difficult to get to function. There's no way to use it in a hurry and it's supposed to work from either side, but the left side did not work.
Everyone there who shot them agreed that the LCP with a CT was far, far superior to the S&W Bodyguard 380 in function and accuracy

As for the S&W Bodyguard 38 special, I didn't shoot it, but again, the laser would be impossible to turn on in a hurry.



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Thanks for that report. I have a feeling that these two especially will be "battling" for market share for a long time to come. The .380 mousegun seems to still be in wildfire stage as so many newer CCWer's are choosing them out of the gate or whenever they get tired of lugging their bigger-caliber guns around (after a few months). Here's a pic of my LCP with new 10-rd. mag from Pro-Mag:


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Here's a pic of my LCP with new 10-rd. mag from Pro-Mag:
Your kidding right.
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lol ^
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Promag makes a 10rnd LCP mag???JAM
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Kidding about what? Yeah, ProMag is producing 10 & 15-rd. mags for the LCP. I got mine this week through CheaperThanDirt. I like big-caliber guns too... I'm just tracking a trend here. The "Shall-Issue" laws passed over the past few years are bringing in a new wave of handgun owners, many of whom want to start out small and are mostly interested in carrying something light and comfortable that will give reasonable protection from random crazies if need be. Many of them aren't much interested in big guns. Ruger and S&W saw this trend and are giving these people what they want. Now accessories are coming for those who want to mix and match. Is there some problem with me having a high-cap .380 mag in my pocket in case I ever need it? I'm in my 60's... carrying a light little .380 is perfect for me... and many others. It is what it is.
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Kidding about what? Yeah, ProMag is producing 10 & 15-rd. mags for the LCP. I got mine this week through CheaperThanDirt. I like big-caliber guns too... I'm just tracking a trend here. The "Shall-Issue" laws passed over the past few years are bringing in a new wave of handgun owners, many of whom want to start out small and are mostly interested in carrying something light and comfortable that will give reasonable protection from random crazies if need be. Many of them aren't much interested in big guns. Ruger and S&W saw this trend and are giving these people what they want. Now accessories are coming for those who want to mix and match. Is there some problem with me having a high-cap .380 mag in my pocket in case I ever need it? I'm in my 60's... carrying a light little .380 is perfect for me... and many others. It is what it is.
I was not bashing you at all. I simply did not know that they made those and in the picture it looks like you are just holding a standard magazine in your hand that is not inserted into the gun. I am actually very interested in those magazines as I am looking into getting a LCP myself. Would you mind posting pictures of the gun with the magazine without you holding it so I can see how it looks. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
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How is the reliability with the Promag? Do you trust it completely?
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OK... sorry for the misunderstanding... Here's a pic of the 10-rd. ProMag without my hand in the way... Now I've switched out the baseplate to the flat factory one 'cause obviously there's no need for a "pinkie tab" on such a long handle. Truth be told, I haven't been to the range with it yet but may get there today or tomorrow. I'll give a report then.

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OK... sorry for the misunderstanding... Here's a pic of the 10-rd. ProMag without my hand in the way... Now I've switched out the baseplate to the flat factory one 'cause obviously there's no need for a "pinkie tab" on such a long handle. Truth be told, I haven't been to the range with it yet but may get there today or tomorrow. I'll give a report then.
Great for the range, but makes the gun useless for pocket carry.
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I hear ya' but one of the values of the 10-rd. mag to me is as a 2nd mag... to carry in another pocket for extra firepower (6+1...+10 = 17), making carrying a little .380 more sensible for people who might be wary about not having enough for personal defence when the chips are down. But also... I'm finding that the basic small thin L-shape of this set-up is more pocketable than I thought it would be... works in bigger regular front pockets and cargo pockets.
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I've had the pro mag 10 round for over a year
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I have the 10 round and the 15 round Promag magazines. I use both at the range for drills not involving a draw from concealment. I carry the 15-round magazine as a spare in my SmartCarry holster. It fits nicely between my primary, an M&P 45fs and it's extended 14-round magazine. However, it has to go in the "security" pocket behind the main pockets. I've been carrying that way for nearly a year and am happy with the arrangement.
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Cool... Wow... You are prepared!
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