The Body Guard 380 is a big step up. A true slide lock/lever. Built in laser by Insight. A true set of dovetailed sights also. It's alot more solid gun and feels better built than the Keltec 380 or the LCP. Plus the price is competitive now.
Thanks guys.I read about trouble with the early BG's.I wasn't sure if S&W had ironed them out.Sounds like they have.Has any one come out with night sights yet?looks like I'll be sending my NAA down the road.
I looked at both recently for a relative. I've owned an LCP since they came out. Since then, my wife, Dad, and Uncle all have their own.
Reliability...I cannot comment on the reliability of the bodyguard since I don't have firsthand knowledge. However I suspect it's fine. My family's LCPs have all been excellent.
Size...LCP is more contoured, which I think is a plus for pocket carry. That aside, they are comparible in size.
Price...to me, an LCP really is a point & shoot gun. The sights are poor. You can enhance it by getting a Crimson Trace laser, which I now have on our guns. Add a CT to the original cost of the gun makes it comparible to the bodyguard which includes a laser.
Sights...bodyguard beats LCP. Of course, the slick contours on the LCP and low profile sights make it ideal for drawing from a pocket.
Slide Lock...bodyguard beats LCP since it does have a slide that locks on empty.
In all, I think both guns are great for pocket carry. If slide lock is important to you, the Bodyguard would be a better choice.
I checked out the BG 380 last week at a local cop shop. It felt good in my hand. I would have bought it, but seeing as I already have two Gen 2 P3ATs and a Kahr P380, I felt that it would not fill any void in my pocket guns. The guy looking over my shoulder bought it before I left the shop. He tried to put his .02 in while the clerk and I were talking about the features and benefits. I think that I should have gotten some kind of commission, but no luck.
I have one of the original LCPs and it has been perfect. With that said, I think the BG is a much better gun. I ordered one a few days ago after shooting a friends. I posted a quick review here if you search for it.
I prefer the trigger pull, grip, and sights on the BG 380 over the LCP. I can't seem to adapt to the LCP grip well enough to shoot as well with it as I can with the BG380 or P238. (With or without the small magazine extension)