New Gun Acquisition: Meet Kevin
Posted by Lissa on November 9, 2010
He’s pleased to meet you!
I wasn’t sure, when I finally managed to get my grubby little paws on a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380, whether it would be a Whitney or a Kevin. Having finally taken it shooting, however, there’s no doubt in my mind: He’s Kevin.
He’s very unostentatious in his carriage.
He’s not shiny or flashy or diva-licious.
He quietly, neutrally, without any expression gets the job done.
Unemotional, flat, and taciturn – just like Kevin Costner in, oh, EVERY movie.
We first took him shooting this past Sunday. I will freely admit that shooting him is a very different experience than shooting Siguette – after about 60 rounds with Kevin my wrist was aching, my finger was sore, and my right hand was quivering slightly. (In comparison, I ran about 250 rounds through Siguette in each of the Sig classes with little or no ill effects.) Also, I had some trouble seating the magazines until I realized that I had to press the mag release button while inserting them; after that I had no further difficulty.
But that’s the trade off for a Bodyguard and its relatives: You trade comfort of shooting, and perhaps some accuracy, for the light weight and the ability to conceal it in your waistband. Though I must say: For such a little (and light!) gun, the sights are just dead on. Not to mention the laser! I took it back to the range to finish breaking it in; here’s how we did (at seven yards):
As you can see, my laser-sighted shots tend to be a bit high and right. I’m not sure whether the lasers are slightly off or if I’m jerking the shots. I’m not used to lasers so there’s a definitely possibility that my form was the culprit. (And this is, of course, why we aim center-mass!)
Perhaps because I was expecting it, the second day at the range didn’t cause the trembling or achiness that the first day did. Here’s how we ended up:
All in all, I’m VERY pleased with the Bodyguard! The sights are accurate, the shape and weight allow waistband concealment — something that the Kahr PM9, pretty much the smallest gun legal in MA, could not do — and it’s easy to field-strip. Happy Lissa does the Happy Dance!
P.S. We’re using fairly cheap 380 FMJ ammo. Downside: It sometimes takes more than one pull to touch off the primer. Upside: When that happens, it forces you to concentrate on a smooth trigger-pull — if the gun jerked but no bullet went bang, you know you’re yanking it! Upside X2: It only happens with the cheap target ammo, never on the expensive hollowpoints, so I’m not worried about it happening anywhere besides the range.