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Ruger’s LCP is all the rage. Still. Credit the dramatic increase in concealed carry permits, triggered by the relaxation of CCW regulations in several gun-lovin’ red states. This small gun sales surge caught Smith & Wesson napping. Well, not really. The storied revolver maker manufactures some of the world’s best pocket pistols. Still. But they didn’t have a direct answer to Ruger’s .380-caliber semi-automatic mouse gun. Instead of selling customers on the virtues of revolvers, Smith & Wesson countered the LCP with a small semi of its own. The $400 Bodyguard‘s Unique Selling Point: a built-in INSIGHT laser sight. Ruger’s retaliated with their new LCP-CT with an on-board Crimson Trace laser. For $548. Will buyers pay the premium? Stay tuned.

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  1. As a former homicide detective, I have been to way too many autopsies of people who were shot with sub-par, non .45 caliber ammo, and other non-“real bullets”.

    I have an LCP and am comfortable with carrying it for self defense when loaded with Hornady Critical Defense Ammo.

    I think the S&W Bodyguard has some catching up to do, but shouldn’t be discounted because of a “mine’s bigger” argument. As far as the CT Laser, I am not a big fan. Its just something that could break, or run out of juice at a critical moment.

    The almost non-existent sights on my LCP are fine for 10 yards and closer where index shooting is used anyway. Pocket guns have their place – especially in Florida where shorts and flip-flops are the uniform of the day.

  2. Ruger gets way too much credit for its LCP considering it is just a $pruced-up KEL Tec P3AT.
    The integral laser sight is very cool though. And you don’t have to do anything stupid to turn it on or off vs the Smith design. Touch once for steady, twice for pulse, and 3 times it will make a cool unicorn design on the wall.

    These guns are what you carry when you cannot carry a gun.

  3. Ill rather stick with the micro desert eagle, sturdy and who needs a laser on short range anyway?? All steel is the way as far as I’m concerned. Besides, if you carry a gun like this, you want it to work, a missfire with the micro eagle; press again, no need to pull back the slide. So, either a snubby or the mirco is my advise.

  4. 1. How many of these critics have actually fired this gun? …so no REAL feedback, right?
    2. My wife’s hands were not made for the larger frame cannons some of you guys noted.
    3. A slug need not “knock em down”, but merely stop someone in their tracks, either by fright, shot in the chest/thorax area, or by dying. Need not even be a great shot to do any of these.
    4. Buyers comments note little, to no misfires after hundreds of rounds. All reviews I’ve read from BUYERS/USERS have nothing but praise (other than it not being a stainless to avoid oxidation).

    I think I’ll go with the the detective’s advice – you know, the PROFESSIONAL opinion.
    ….not to say I don’t appreciate the other opinions noted above. Thank you all for your input.

  5. I have used every type of ammunition you can imagine in my Ruger LCP and all it does is…….. JAM JAM JAM JAM! I’m trading it in period!

  6. I have fired the LCP. The 1st time I did I was shooting at a bottle floating in a river at about 35 yards away and hit it on the 2nd shot. This is a great gun.

  7. I’d say I prefer my S & W .38 special Bodyguard. It stays loaded with MagSafe rounds. It also has an Insight laser, plain or pulse. I like lasers because as a deputy, even having a laser on the taser and the Pepperball gun stopped people in their tracks. The only odd thing to get used to with this Smith is the cylinder rotates CLOCKWISE, backwards to all other Smith revolvers. That won’t matter to any who weren’t trained to reload counter to rotation-in case you have to handle a BG before you’re done fully reloading-or if you’re using a speedloader.


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