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  1. second strike worth an extra 100?

    I've been planning on buying one of the 380 pockets this month for my cc and was pretty set on the Taurus TCP ( slide lock, internal safety for kids, 2 mags and a cool carrying pouch ) but as everyone knows you run the risk with cheaper guns for a failure to fire. More often than not it doesn't happen, especially after a few hundred rounds and proper cleaning. However I was reading the review for the bodyguard 380 which I initially ruled out due to not wanting to pay an extra hundred for a garbage laser and found out it is hammer fired and allows for second strike like most higher ends. Sadly it only comes with 1 mag, doesn't have the carrying case and lacks the internal safety but it does lock after empty and has an external safety, does having that second chance in an oh s%& situation worth the extra hundred plus the extras from the Taurus, or is it such an uncommon thing after proper break in that I shouldn't worry about it

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    I purchased the BodyGuard because 1) it is a S&W 2) Double strike/Double action. I felt the DA only coupled w/the external safety compensated for the lack of internal safety. I also wanted a small semi-auto rather than a wheel gun. If I purchase a wheel gun, it will probably be the S&W Mod 60 because my wife likes how it feels in her hands... As far as the laser, mine quit working with the first round downrange... I will say S&W responded very promptly when I inquired about it (folks on this forum strongly suggested I do so) as it is still under warranty. If the laser quits working on the replacement, well, not sure what I'll do quite honestly...

    Good luck!

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    Oops... I purchased three extra mags from the dealer. They had them in stock & were reasonably priced, so... I have an el cheapo pocket holster & will upgrade to a better holster sometime in October.


  5. I have the Taurus TCP and have shot over 250 rounds without a single problem.

  6. second strike worth an extra 100?

    I think the second strike is OK if you want the gun that offers this. I had a FNP 9 mm that had the capability and the only time (in over 1,000 rounds) I needed it was on some ammo I bought from a guy at work in a plain plastic bag. He was unsure how long he had or where it came from.

    Having said that, I opted for the SIG P238 in 380 ACP as I likes the features, external safety and the feel of the gun over some of the others mentioned here. I don't have children in my home so no need for a locking mechanism that can only cause problems if it goes south.
    Thoughts for a Friday.....Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks.

  7. The Second Strike only refers to a Single Action that is capable of Double Action as well. My wife's TCP is DAO, meaning every time she pulls the trigger, the hammer is pulled back and released. If a round does not fire, she can pull the trigger again and again. Each time the pin will strike the primer.

    On my PT140 MilPro, Is SA/DA, which is basically Strike 2. Any DOA semi is Strike 2..

  8. BTW, her TCP has been a great gun, with the 7rd mag extender.... search Ebay for TCP +1 I'm not affiliated with this guy, only a satisfied customer.

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    I highly recommend the Crossbreed or Remora brand holsters as options for the S&W 380 Bodyguard.


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    I have the Taurus TCP738, and have had no problems, as long a name-brand ammo is used. It doesn't seem to like the Russian stuff, but does great on Winchester, Remington, Federal, Corbon,etc. Shoots both HP and round nose equally well. I'm getting a 2nd Taurus 738 to carry with it. Then, 2 pistols, plus 4 mags equals a total of 28 rounds. Best there is for concealed carry in the plus 100 degree weather, and if hey're not big enough to do the job, I need to run real fast.

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    Jun 2010
    Colorado / Colorado

    Never tried the TCP .380, however...

    I have a Taurus PT-745, and when I first bought it, the magazine baseplates kept falling off, dumping the rounds, spring, follower, (etc) all over the floor. I also got 2-3 shots maximum out of it. Taurus did fix it for free, however it took 3 months. Since then, it's ok. The Millennium series was one of those SNAFU situations, but they seemed to have ironed that all out.
    I bought the Ruger LCP, and it's pretty good, but any of these little .380s give you a strong 'felt recoil', because of their small size.
    I also recommend the Crossbreed or the Kholster for the same reason- they are 'tuckable'. I don't know if there is a 'wallet holster' for the TCP, but I have one for my Ruger. It looks EXACTLY like a wallet in my back pocket. If you can find one of those, get it.

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