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    I was thinking maybe I would take my wife to a gun shop about an hour from here that has a range and rental guns and see if they have a Bodyguard and an LCP .380 and let her shoot them both and see which one rocks her world.

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    Oh Super,,, that's the way to do it if you have that option, around here, we don't.

    If we did, it certainly would have saved me disappointments on purchases over the years. I have defiantly bought some things I was sorry I ever got, if I'd had that option it would saved me some grief on that count.

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    Well here we are down the road several box's later with the "Bodyguard" and I have to say overall it's pretty decent.

    EVEN FOR A TUPPERWARE GUN!!!! There I said it,,
    I like this plastic gun ,,,, let the abuse begin!!!!

    I've put everything but the kitchen sink through it now,, and not a hick up. Very accurate, as a matter of fact it's surprised me just how accurate it really is for a mouse gun! The recoil is very mandible too, the slide springs are very well matched for the recoil. After a box and a half your pretty much ready to put it down for a bit though, it is pretty small after all and not a target gun. It seems the out gassing has gone away too, at least the last session with it I didn't notice any.

    Now for the bad news,,,I found something that is just a bit disconcerting with this gun.

    I'd been out and about and was clearing it at the dinning room table and when I pulled back the slide and the cartridge was 1/2 way out and the slide slipped out of my bad hand and discharged the cartridge out of battery,,,killing the TV, dead center!!!!! I was alone and my muzzle control was good,,THANK GOD,,, it's the very first accidental discharge I've ever had. Other than from a Remington with a bad trigger group. But that was at the range and proper muzzle control saved the day there too. Never forget the basics,, no matter how long you've been shooting!!! It's critical. I just proved that.

    After examining the case I found that where the ejector protrudes from the slide it made a perfect straight line across-ed the back of the case and primer, sorry I couldn't get a decent pic of it to show you what happened. It fired out of battery and gave me some minor powder burns on my palm and scuffed up my thumb some when the slide came back, but nothing serious. I sent the barrel out to have it "magni-fluxed" and all was OK, no damage to the gun,, just the TV,,,well my fuggy drawers too, extra Clorox was required there!!!!!!! WHAT A FRIGGIN SURPRISE!!

    It's certainly not the guns fault, just my damaged nerves going into spasm mode at the worst possible moment. I can possibly see where this could be an issue for someone with weak hands though as the spring is rather stiff and the slide so small. The slide is machined with a small protrusion that shields the ejector and that was obviously the cause of this happening,, so be aware of that when unloading one of these little buggers. Something like this ,,Can,, happen, even with the up-most of care being taken when unloading it.

    I must say I do like it very much after all is said and done, but the price is still to high IMO,,,but what isn't lately????? Even though this happened, which was my own fault,,, It's a awesome little gun and I have now changed my views on plastic framed guns,,,,Amassing ain't it???? I polished up the barrel , slide and frame rails and feed ramp. That really smoothed it up quite well. Now for the long travel in the trigger, which isn't really bad at all and it has a quite predictable hammer fall, but just me being fussy again,,,,I gather from my research there is a kit available to eliminate that long travel issue.

    I know the odds of that discharge happening are a million to one, but I've shown,,,,it can happen if your not SUPER careful. That slide is very small to get a good grip on, especially with my buggered up hand,, be careful .

    It is a great little carry piece, for sure though and I have no questions about how it will perform. Great accuracy and 100% reliable after >6-7 box's of many different types of ammo and projectiles being put through it.

    If you can get one for a decent price,,I highly recommend them. Just remember the things I've mentioned before. I still think a few extra slots milled into the slide would make it easier to get a better grip on the slide and the somewhat weak laser are the only negatives with this rig I've found. Otherwise a great little carry piece. And to be honest if you don't have buggered up hands like me the slide will probably be just fine for most folks.

    And that's the complete and honest review of this rig, right down to the most picky of things. So,, FU,, if the wiffey likes them, they have my thumbs up. Hope this helps ya out in your decisions.

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    We don't need to worry about the children. We need to worry about our TV's when TWA is around!
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    It's OK Hillery was on at the time and I just couldn't find the remote ,,,, there, didn't have to listen to her after all!!! Take that!!!!!


    Smart ass jrs!!!

    But seriously that sure took me by surprise!! That ejector needs to be flush with the ejection port, not protruding. But most people can control there hands better than me so it will probably never happen to anyone else, but defiantly something I thought I'd better point out. Look at one next time you see one and you'll see what I mean about the ejector protruding from the slide into the ejection port.

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    Thanks very much for the review.

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    I really do like it for a compact carry piece ,,I'm just EXTRA,,EXTRA careful unloading it now though!!!!

    Has anyone checked them out after my review and noticed how the ejector protrudes?? I think you'll see how this happened. That may end up a design change later if others report that as I did.

    Other than that I really like it. I Still can't believe how accurate it is!!! How do they do it???? I can hit a beer can every single time at 50' with no issue at all!! That's amassing for a rig of that size. Dare I say,,, it just might even give my CZ's and Beretta's a run for there money. This one might be a fluke, but this particular one,, sure as Hell,, is accurate! And the sights are about the best I found in this class of gun. You can actually hit something by using them!! Amassing!!

    I still think they should come with 2 mags and a lower price tag though.

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    Yes thank you for the great review.

    I am starting a new job very soon. Ill be walking several blocks to/from my car in the city around 11pm, and my required attire will not lend to concealing my snub SP101 that I normally carry. I was looking at the Ruger LCP and the Bodyguard, Im definitely gonna check one of those suckers out now.
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    Just watch out for those desperado TV's !!! jimranor21,,,,,

    Those slides could use a bit better or more groves in them IMO. But as I said it could have been just me. Sometimes when I get those spasms in my shoulder and neck, my hand just looses all control and strength and my fingers just lock up pointing straight out and go numb,,,it sucks!

    Puts a damper on my big bore rifle and shotgun shooting too. Ar's ,22's and handguns are mostly all I can shoot now without paying for it later! Sucks too, I took years to gather a nice collection now I can't use most of them. Saves ammo though,,,,I guess !!

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