Ruger LCP vs. Smith Bodyguard

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troutface

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I need a small,light pistol for CC. I have a 1911 and a Walther PPQ M2, both great guns, but not what I want to carry. Anyone have either the Ruger or the Smith, and like or hate them? I don't want to spend big bucks on a Sig 938 or a Kimber, as nice as they are. Also considering the LC9s and the Walther PPS M2.

 

jacks6

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I have an LC9. I like it quite a lot, it's sharp and easy to conceal. My only complaint is that is has quite an extended trigger pull but overall I'm very happy with it.

 

jackswilling

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I have 2 LC 9s Pros. Like them a lot. Many prefer the Glock 43 and some like the Body Guards. It is nice to have some great options. Just got an XDS 9 mm 3.3" and it works just fine. It is growing on me. For me the LC 9s Pro is right for me. If you like Glocks, you would like the 43. I am not a Glock fan but they do work real good.

 

jackswilling

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Btw, it is not the trigger pull that is the issue with the LC9, it is the reset. The trigger is just fine in terms of "pull."

 

tinsel

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I bought a Ruger LCP a while back to carry when I didn't feel like packing around my Springfield 1911.
It was a good little pocket pistol. Never had any issues with it on the range and it fit in my pocket pretty nicely, although the lack of a safety bothered me, but the trigger pull was so heavy it wasn't really a huge concern.
However, I quickly discovered that it was spending most of it's time sitting in the gun cabinet because I wound up carrying my 1911 everyday anyways.
I've carried a 1911 for so long now that I feel naked without it. Plus my practice on the range illustrated that I could draw my 1911 from IWB and get it on target MUCH faster than I could get the Ruger out of my pocket and get a sight picture. Also I'm a BIG believer in the .45 ACP round .... not so much in the .380.
In the end I sold it and continue carrying a 1911 as my "daily carry" to this day. With a little practice, you can conceal a 1911 IWB easily. I'm 5'10 175 lbs and do it every day. Just wear a T shirt 1 size too big or a flannel shirt or other button-up untucked. I leave the bottom button undone for an easier draw.
No experience with the Smith bodyguard.
Just my $.02, YMMV

 

aldecaker

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I guess I can't help much with this one. I'm such an old iron guy, when you say Bodyguard, I think 5-round snubby. For CC, I always go 1911 in an IWB myself.

 

jackswilling

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More power to the old school 1911 guys. That is a load to be carrying. But the 1911 has been doing the job well, for over 100 years with no end in sight.

 

tinsel

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More power to the old school 1911 guys. That is a load to be carrying
You get used to it pretty quick. I feel "off balance" whenever I don't have it on haha

 

pagan

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Ruger LCP line of pistols are nice and dependable, long trigger pill though, and a bit small for my preference, S&W make great firearms and I have several K and J frame revolvers however I haven't found any S&W autos that I like, (Im a Glock 40 cal man personally), the only exception is the SD40VE, the most Glock like pistol I have come across as far as feel/handeling and trigger pull.
I would recommend looking at S&W SDV 9mm or 40 Cal, and very reasonably priced
https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=S%26W+SD
If I didn't EDC my Glock 22 I would a SD40VE

 

ssjones

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I just bought a LCP Custom, with the upgraded trigger and sights.

http://www.personaldefenseworld.com/2015/10/gun-review-rugers-new-lcp-custom/#ruger-lcp-custom-1-2
It's taken over a month here in Maryland an I still have to wait 6 days to pick it up. I bought it from my impending son-in-laws WV shop and had it transferred.

(the transferring shop did recommend the Sig Sauer Elite High Performance V-Crown ammo mentioned in the above article and I bought a few boxes, so good advice apparently!)
I haven't fired it yet, but he says his customers that have purchased the Custom like the trigger. My buddy has an LCP that I really liked but he wouldn't sell it to me! He bought it for his lady, she fired it once and said never again. I had no issue and was pretty accurate with it plinking.
I have a Ruger SP101, but to me, it is far too big to carry. I wanted a small, pocket gun.

 

aldecaker

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Jeez, anyone on this forum NOT clank like a Sherman tank when they walk down the street? I'm surprised the FDA even has the balls to mess with pipe tobacco!

 

simong

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@aldecaker. LMAO. I was thinking the same thing. As much as I'd like to carry a gun, I'm still relying on my fists,here in little old England.

 

bigtex

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Generally carry a Glock 22 but I do own a LCP that I carry a lot as well. It is lightweight and fits nicely in my front pocket. The LCP is not pretty, does not have a sweet trigger and does not hold a ton of ammo, but IT WILL GET SOMEONE OFF OF YOUR ASS! Which is the primary function of a concealed carry weapon in my book.

 

aldecaker

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@Simong- Well, there's a lot to be said for tradition! Fists have been doing yeoman duty for millennia now.

 

jackswilling

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virginiacob

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Have owned both the Ruger LC9 and the LC9s Pro. Night and day difference between the two. The double action only LC9 had a very heavy and extremely long trigger pull that breaks way late affecting accuracy. The striker fired LC9s has a very crisp and consistent trigger pull and I am able to shoot very accurate and consistent groups with it. It's a great little CCW 9mm. I've found it also isn't real finicky with what ammo you feed it but I carry mine with 115 gr. Hornady Critical Defense ammo.

 

bigtex

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@Pagan

I live on the Texas Gulf Coast where it is hot and humid most of the year so I wear shorts all of the year and it is much easier to conceal than any of my 1911's, Glocks, Sigs, etc. I can conceal a full size pretty easy since I'm 6'3" and 300 lbs. but it's all about comfort.