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Laser is very hard to activate and not really practical for sd/fast draw.
Make sure the trigger breaks normal. Mine wouldnt break until a few cm from the back of the trigger guard. Had to send it in to s&w, they fixed it and then i sold it. Havent missed it one bit.
I don't have any use for lasers except for playing at the range and I rarely do that. I carry the Bodyguard in my front left pocket as a backup and for use if my right arm is incapacitated or I'm unable to use it. You'll never have an opportunity to use a laser in a S/D mode.
I was recently attacked by a pit bull and I couldn't get to my Kimber Ultra on my right side ....I had to hold the beast off with my right hand......the next day I put the new Bodyguard in my left pants pocket and a spring assist tactical knife in my waistband located (clipped) just off center so I can get to it with either hand. I didn't want to shoot the beast anyway as I was on a busy downtown street on a Saturday night and worried about a "thru-and thru". However, if I had the knife I would have left his guts on the sidewalk.
Enjoy your Bodyguard....I think its a fine piece and exactly what I was looking for....its for closeup work only so IMHO practicing beyond 15 ft. isn't necessary. But I'll tell you what...for close up and personal attacks the Bodyguard is a mean little S.O.B.
P.S. for everyone: I once heard an attorney give a presentation....he said if you shoot anyone more than 10 ft. away you're probably going to do jail time because the further the distance the more problem you have proving self defense unless that person has a gun he's trying to use on you. He said most true S/D situations take place less than 7 ft. Makes sense to me...muggings and armed robberies are "up close and personal". No one robs someone from across the parking lot !!!!
Seems that everybody is kinda down on lasers..is that for pistols in general, or just semi's?
First they are a good tool to work with at the range to get trigger control and grip down to where it should be. Second the activation button needs to be built into the stock/grip where you can control the on/off of the laser. That's where a lot of practice came into play for me when I had one. A laser that's activated by a on/off switch on the side of the pistol is of no use in a defense senario. IMHO..
What I am saying is you do have to work with them...
The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his/her rifle.
I got the .38 for my wife. It's a handy little thing but the laser is just silly in the way it's set up - you'd never get it on, and then get on target in a high-stress / need to shoot now scenario. She keeps it in her car but steals one of my Sig's to carry.
i carry one in my pocket daily....small and light enough where it doesn't screw up the looks of a pair of dress slacks.......I have never had problems with my Bodyguard except when I put it back together wrong...you need to be careful putting the pin back in....it can fall out while shooting and the slide will come off....it's happened to me at the range.
"Until reinforcements arrive, can we learn the ways of church mice"
- Al Swearengen, "Deadwood"