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    Beretta PICO vs S&W Bodyguard

    Do any of you have any experience with a .380 S&W Bodyguard or the new Beretta Pico?

    I am going to buy my wife a little .380 for her purse. She says my .38 J-frame is bigger than she wants to carry.

    PICO. 11.5 ounces empty.



    BODYGUARD. 11.85 ounces empty.
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    The Bodyguard had trouble with it's laser switch when 1st introduced.. poor design. I took it off my buy list. I later watched some videos on YT showing easy fixes to the switch.. it's back on my buy list now.. solid little gun.

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    I have no experience with the Beretta Pico, but I've owned a couple of other Berettas...and I'm not a real big fan, other than the M9/92FS, which is actually too big for my small hands. Beretta's customer service and short warranty leave much to be desired, IMO.

    I have owned a BG380, and it fits me and I like it more than the Ruger LCP. I didn't like the laser, though, so I sold it. Ruger has just announced a LC380, which is a LC9 chambered in .380ACP. It's the same size as the LC9, so it's bigger than the BG380, and she may find it bigger than she wants to carry if a J-frame is too big. It should be a very soft shooter, though, on the LC9 platform.

    Another very good .380 pistol to consider is the SIG P238, which has some similarities to a 1911, in a very small package. It's a very good gun, although some people don't like the "cocked and locked" carry. It's also heavier, but for purse carry, that may be less of a concern than pocket or IWB...the other downside is that it's expensive...but it's also worth it.
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    Hammerless revolvers are perfect for a purse, though. You can empty the gun without breaking concealment.

    Might give a look to a Ruger LCR. IMO one of those in .38 is about as perfect a purse gun as it gets. S&W bodyguard .38 is another option.
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    Good discussion on the Taurus TCP going on over on the General Firearms thread. ShootingtheBull is doing ballistics testing on it. Youtube videos available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M. Sage View Post
    Hammerless revolvers are perfect for a purse, though. You can empty the gun without breaking concealment.

    Might give a look to a Ruger LCR. IMO one of those in .38 is about as perfect a purse gun as it gets. S&W bodyguard .38 is another option.
    The LCR is a great carry revolver, and the trigger is very good. I'd recommend getting the .357 model versus the .38 model, though...it's only 3 oz heavier, which doesn't significantly increase felt carry weight (IMO) but does help slightly in recoil, and it gives you the option to shoot both types of ammo. It's a lot better gun than the BodyGuard .38 (I've owned both.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by GKC View Post
    The LCR is a great carry revolver, and the trigger is very good. I'd recommend getting the .357 model versus the .38 model, though...it's only 3 oz heavier, which doesn't significantly increase felt carry weight (IMO) but does help slightly in recoil, and it gives you the option to shoot both types of ammo. It's a lot better gun than the BodyGuard .38 (I've owned both.)
    I have a S&W J- frame , model 638, air-weight .38 revolver with shrouded hammer. It has crimson trace grips and had a trigger job, very easy and accurate to shoot. It is my every day carry. It is very similar to the LCP, but IMO, a better build.



    .38 revolver is bigger than she wants to carry.

    She is scary accurate with a Glock19 and M&P9. I keep a M&P in a lockbox in each vehicle with five spare mags. Also a AR15 SBR locked in the truck. Thus she has access to more potent guns but they do little good if not carrying them.

    This is intended to be a very small mouse-gun, to keep in her purse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ready.Fire.Aim View Post
    This is intended to be a very small mouse-gun, to keep in her purse.
    Well, if you want "very small", the Pico qualifies. I held one at the NRA Annual Meeting and immediately crossed it off my buy list. It was just too small for my hands.
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    I don't think the Pico is available yet. I definitely want to rent one and try it out when it is released. Might make the perfect pocket carry gun. However, when I dry fired the display model at the NRA show, I thought the trigger was pretty cruddy. In hindsight, I think I was spoiled by the light, crisp trigger on my mustang. My beretta nano has a really heavy trigger, but it breaks cleanly. If the pico is the same way, I'm sure I could enjoy it.

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    2nd the sig 238 - wife loves hers - she also has the Ruger LCR .357mag, loves shooting ,38specs out of it but she carries the sig

    (don't get the LCP, IMO it's a horrible little gun - bought one for my BIL, shot it before sending it and both my Wife and I hated it)

    I carry the sig 938 (in the summer) but my Wife doesn't like shooting it
    Wife's handguns : Ruger 22/45 Target - S&W AirLite .22 revolver - Ruger LCR .357mag - Sig p238 .380 - Glock 42 .380 - STI Elektra Pink 9mm - Bersa Mod 83 .380 - Bulgarian Makarov 9x18 - Glock 19 9mm - Glock 34 9mm w/RDS

    My handguns : Sig p938 9mm - STI Elektra Black .45cal - Glock 26 9mm - E. German Makarov 9x18 - Glock 19 9mm w/RDS - STI Tactical 4.0 SS .40cal - Browning HP 9mm - Glock 24 .40cal - "Rebel" .22lr pistol w/Mueller APV Scope - Coonan .357magnum semi-autp

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