AR15.Com Archives
 Review of the Ruger LCP vs S&W Bodyguard
cml2501  [Member]
3/28/2013 6:12:02 PM
Here's my review of the Ruger LCP and S&W Bodyguard.

We tested 3 Bodyguards, 2 LCPs and fired about 1300 rounds.
We were looking to discover which is the better backup or CCW gun.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/103646154/Ruger%20LCP%20vs%20BodyGuard.pdf
Paid Advertisement
--
America-first  [Team Member]
3/28/2013 9:06:22 PM
I enjoyed reading your informative and well written review thanks for posting it here.
evolution88  [Team Member]
3/28/2013 11:12:50 PM
Well written; and I'm glad to read the result!
Nakanokalronin  [Member]
3/29/2013 12:17:19 AM
Thanks for the review. Although I prefer the BG380 myself, the manual safety does not make it safer over the LCP. It blocks that heavy trigger so in reality both the LCP and BG380 are perfectly safe sans manual safety or with safety off which is how I carry. I guess those that can't keep their fingers off triggers will want that manual safety there but IMO, it's not needed on a DAO handgun and especially with a pull like these two pocket guns have.

The one safety advantage on the BG380 is the firing pin block which the LCP lacks. This may be of no concern to many, but there are those that will appreciate it.
FP2000H  [Life Member]
3/29/2013 1:11:37 AM
Good honest review.

I have owned an LCP. While I thought it was a neat little gun, I did end up selling it later. I would probably own one again, as I had no issues with mine, but my Bodyguard .380 is so much better.

It is very accurate. I like that the sights are dovetailed very much. It means it is capable of a sight upgrade down the road, e.g. night sights. It's actually pretty awesome that S&W machined for dovetail sights on a pistol that small. Kudos to them.

I don't use the safety unless I'm throwing it in a jacket pocket just to be safe. Easy to palm in the pocket and disengage the safety if I have to. It handles the .380 better than the LCP did, in my perception, and the trigger is beginning to smooth out.

I'm not much of a laser guy, but the integrated Insight laser is a nice touch. I wish the barrel was manufactured differently. I think that is the pistol's weakest link. Still, I have to have faith that S&W has tested its design and it is reliable. Great little pocket gun.
Glocksnob7  [Member]
3/29/2013 6:35:58 AM
Nice review. I believe the LCPs used are older versions. The LCP sights are much larger now.

http://www.guns.com/2013/03/18/rugers-updating-the-lcp-2-photos/
cml2501  [Member]
3/29/2013 9:22:15 AM
Thanks for the feedback guys.

I purchased both so I didn’t really have a horse in the race. The S&W clearly came out on top though.
Still I like the LCP and will probably hang on to it.

A couple comments:

FP2000H: Typically I’m not a fan of lasers either, but on this pistol it was a great help for me personally.

Nakanokalronin: I typically like mechanical safeties on pocket guns. On holstered pistols outside the clothing I agree they are unnecessary. But when combined with pocket junk of the clothing that conceals the pistol (perhaps binding up in the trigger guard), I think safeties are a big plus. That said, I probably won’t use the safety on the Bodyguard myself; where I will on the Shield.
Nakanokalronin  [Member]
3/29/2013 12:05:08 PM
I agree on the Shield. I personally don't put anything in a pocket carrying a gun except the holster it sits in which is why the safety isn't necessary. Again, thanks for the review.
Paid Advertisement
--