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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The New Bodyguard .380

Take a look!

Anybody see what's different? No laser. Looks like S&W gave up on the Insight integral laser. I am on my third one, so I assume I am not alone with problems with the laser. Dropped the price point to be more competitive as well.  



15 comments:

  1. I wouldn't have noticed, but I'm an old-school kinda guy. Still using a 1911A1, and see no particular reason to buy plastic. YMMV, and all that.

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    1. Now, now Shepard, young minds, fresh ideas and all that, right? LOL! I love my 1911's!

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  2. Interesting that S&W has backed off on the laser...

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    1. I found it more interesting that they sent the email out denoting this was a new model. I need to get hold of one and see if they did anything on the trigger pull! Insight seems to have problems here. I really don't care though. A laser on a pocket .380 I find somewhat superfluous. I paid for it though so I kept sending it back.

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  3. Third one? Trouble with the others?

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    1. The first two simply died. S&W replaced them and I am on the third. No questions asked either. I'll give S&W that.

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    2. The first two simply died.
      Strange. What exactly?

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  4. Brock, The first one simply would not come back on after hitting the ambi soft plastic buttons. Much noise was made and the replacement laser came with new activation buttons. The second, well turn on and darkness. S&W did not explain, just sent new lasers back. In S&W's defense, they did this without question. I have to think that an integral laser about the size of 4 stacked dimes that required a REALLY small Allen wrench to remove located on the lower dust cover would be problematic at best. For new owners lathering the thing up with solvent and oil even more so. Also I was one of the first to get one after the abject failure of the Kel-Tek P3-AT. I do like having something I can stick in a pocket holster and go in the summer.

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    1. I do like having something I can stick in a pocket holster and go in the summer.

      Thanks, I had a NAA .380, but wasn't confident, so I got rid of it and have a LCR .357 now which I like.

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    2. LCR works! I don't care about the laser per se. Just the fact I paid for it and it should work.

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  5. Just the fact I paid for it and it should work.

    I guess the first two had Obamacare heritage.........:)

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  6. I may be slowly coming around to your thinking on this Keads. I like Lu's XDm and XDs Ok though I don't love the triggers. She does but I'm decidedly meh about them. I got to shoot The Principal's Shield and I liked it. Marginally better than the XD but better none the less. I'm still carrying my 642 CCW but lately I've been thinking about adding a single stack in 9 or maybe even .380. The new Glock looks interesting and Sig is coming out with a modular striker fired so I have a few options. Still, the M&P is finally on my list. Thanks Kelly!

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  7. I love the shield! Six, I still carry a snubby wheelgun on occasion, but these things make a compelling argument for quick and easy! YOu are welcome!

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  8. I've put about 50 round through one...good lil shooter... prefer my LCP... two friends have them and both have had laser troubles like you... so sounds like a very good move by S&W... and the lower price will appeal to a lot of folks...

    Dann in Ohio

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