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Kahr CW380 and S&W Bodyguard 380? #4299858
01/11/17 06:25 PM
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So my old man got a permit to carry finally. Mostly because he will be riding around in his expensive hot rod and worries about being car jacked. So he wants a small gun to carry.

I am trying to talk him into a Ruger LCR, but he seems set on an automatic. Right now it is between a Ruger LCP, the Kahr CW380 and the Bodyguard 380 from S&W.


Thoughts from those who have owned/shot either of those would be appreciated.I know Kahrs usually need to be broken in quite a bit before they settle down.


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Re: Kahr CW380 and S&W Bodyguard 380? [Re: Robenstein] #4299863
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I have a Ruger LCP and love it, nice and easy to carry, I like the way it shoots too, try harder to talk him in to a LCP.


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Re: Kahr CW380 and S&W Bodyguard 380? [Re: Robenstein] #4299866
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Get a tracker on the vehicle.
I won't get into what sidearm



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Re: Kahr CW380 and S&W Bodyguard 380? [Re: bioburner] #4299879
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Originally Posted By: bioburner
Get a tracker on the vehicle.
I won't get into what sidearm


That has already been done. But some people out there will also just murder you when they steal your stuff so you cannot ID them later.


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Re: Kahr CW380 and S&W Bodyguard 380? [Re: Robenstein] #4299880
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Also agree on a vehicle tracking system.
LCR - Fits the hand well. Wife likes it also. I grew mainly on revolvers though. I plink with a Super Redhawn - I know.. eek
The 380 Kahr I shoot seems a little picky with some ammo. So break in and find the right ammo. Using reloads now and those also took a couple changes to get FTEs down.
Don't know about the Bodyguard but have the M&P Shield in 9mm and its been good. But in 9 I like my SA EMP although more weight.

Re: Kahr CW380 and S&W Bodyguard 380? [Re: Robenstein] #4299919
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If you are going for small .380. The LCP is the best choice. They are known for reliability. I have put 1000 rounds through mine and I don't recall one problem.


Re: Kahr CW380 and S&W Bodyguard 380? [Re: Robenstein] #4299921
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I carry one of the Kahrs more than any other gun. I shoot it very well and it has proven very reliable. I did run into a couple brands of ammo it didn't like, but it runs like a sewing machine on what it prefers. My carry ammo for it is Double Tap and my practice ammo PMC ball. Mine did not like Fiocchi at all, but it even ran cheap Wolf steel case flawlessly although I don't use it anymore. It didn't need any "break in" that I recall either although I ran quite a few rounds through it before I would carry it.

An acquaintance has a Body Guard and it's a piece of junk. Unfortunate as S&W makes some real good weapons but it isn't one of them. If you don't opt for the Kahr go for Ruger or something else.


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Re: Kahr CW380 and S&W Bodyguard 380? [Re: Robenstein] #4299947
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LCP over the body guard due to reliability. Ruger LCP2 is a better gun if they don't have any issues since their brand new


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Re: Kahr CW380 and S&W Bodyguard 380? [Re: Robenstein] #4299966
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The Kahr .380 has an extreme feed ramp angle, the most extreme of any small gun I have ever seen. As such, it jams the bullets back into the case when you load it. I consider the Kahr to be defective and unfixable from the factory, garbage in my opinion.

Out of those three choices, I would pick the LCP.

If he is not a gun guy, the LCR will be a better choice.

Or if it's just a car gun, it doesn't need to be that small. Glock 19 or similar would be perfect.


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Re: Kahr CW380 and S&W Bodyguard 380? [Re: Robenstein] #4299972
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I carry the s&w body guard very pleased with it.

Re: Kahr CW380 and S&W Bodyguard 380? [Re: Robenstein] #4299974
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Ruger LCP
Kahr CM9

Two choices and both popular, hide in a shirt pocket sub-compacts. One is a 380 - other a 9mm.


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Re: Kahr CW380 and S&W Bodyguard 380? [Re: bubbatime] #4299975
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Originally Posted By: bubbatime
The Kahr .380 has an extreme feed ramp angle, the most extreme of any small gun I have ever seen. As such, it jams the bullets back into the case when you load it. I consider the Kahr to be defective and unfixable from the factory, garbage in my opinion.

Out of those three choices, I would pick the LCP.

If he is not a gun guy, the LCR will be a better choice.

Or if it's just a car gun, it doesn't need to be that small. Glock 19 or similar would be perfect.


It has to be small...he wants something that can go in a pocket holster. If it was just going to be a car gun, he has that covered with an old P series Ruger semi auto.


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Re: Kahr CW380 and S&W Bodyguard 380? [Re: Robenstein] #4300016
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It doesn't really matter what other people think he should get. He needs to go to a range that rents guns and find one he likes and can shoot well. He may not like any of the options thrown out here


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Re: Kahr CW380 and S&W Bodyguard 380? [Re: DerbyDave] #4300038
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Originally Posted By: DerbyDave
It doesn't really matter what other people think he should get. He needs to go to a range that rents guns and find one he likes and can shoot well. He may not like any of the options thrown out here


No ranges that rent guns in his area (he lives in the boondocks). Best I can do is just collect as much on reliability and help him pick one that feels good (and goes bang reliably) at the local gun shops.


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Re: Kahr CW380 and S&W Bodyguard 380? [Re: Robenstein] #4300077
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Originally Posted By: Robenstein
So my old man got a permit to carry finally. Mostly because he will be riding around in his expensive hot rod and worries about being car jacked. So he wants a small gun to carry.

I am trying to talk him into a Ruger LCR, but he seems set on an automatic. Right now it is between a Ruger LCP, the Kahr CW380 and the Bodyguard 380 from S&W.


Thoughts from those who have owned/shot either of those would be appreciated.I know Kahr usually need to be broken in quite a bit before they settle down.
I can't fault the LCP. The bodyguard has a heavy trigger that can affect shot placement. I own a Kahr CW380, and I do like it. The Kahr requires a solid grip as it is somewhat tough to rack the slide. If you were in a situation that scared you enough so that your hands perspired, would you still be able to rack the slide, or would your hand slip off. This is a common trait among small frame semis. You will have to rack them yourself to see what you are comfortable with. I own two Smith's and I like them. I don't like the Bodyguard.


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