Tagged: S&W Bodyguard .38
July 2, 2017 at 7:21 am #11347ZenGirl7Participant
I’m a 1st time gun owner and would like to conceal (body) carry my S&W .38. I am concerned about carrying a weapon that has no safety. I know the long trigger pull is a safety feature but is that really enough? If there are any ladies out there who body carry this gun, would you please share your experience with me?
The 2nd issue I have is finding the right holster for it. I have a slender frame and tend to wear fitted, but not skin tight, clothing. I believe I’ve settled on the Galco Lite ankle holster which will work with long dresses and wide-legs pants. I don’t have a holster solution for short dresses or regular blue jeans. I purchased an IWB holster and while comfortable, it bulges out. I really like my gun but have considered getting the .380 semi automatic version, thinking it might be easier to conceal carry.
Any insight you can provide would be appreciated. Thanks for reading.
August 2, 2017 at 3:07 pm #11389ElizabethParticipant
I have had a very similar situation as you. I own a Bodyguard as well, but haven’t carried it because I’ve not yet found a way to consistently hide it. I am 5’4″ and around 120 pounds. Here is what I’ve found that does and does not work for me:
Remora thigh holster for wearing dresses (this holster can also be worn on the ankle).
behind the hip carry (I’ve tried several holsters and none work for me).
It has recently been suggested that I try appendix carry. I have done a lot of researching and happened upon the Can Can Concealment holster. I think I’m gonna order one and give it a try. My biggest question about it (other than the price) is that there is nothing rigid covering the trigger – only elastic. I may end up having to modify the holster to add a rigid covering over the trigger because of the presence of small hands.
August 2, 2017 at 6:21 pm #11390Elizabeth McCormackParticipant
One of the suggestions for IWB carry is that you buy pants a size or two bigger than you normally wear. That might be something to keep in mind for IWB. You could also look at a carry purse as another option. As long as you have a holster that covers the trigger, you should be fine even without the external safety. Good luck!
August 3, 2017 at 5:43 am #11392Charlotte FParticipant
Many guns have no safety. For years I was uncomfortable with that (with my 38 Sp). Now I won’t carry a gun WITH a safety, due to the nerves/delay factor in a real ‘situation’.
My current EDC is a Glock 42; no safety, 1 in the chamber.
Now I feel safe(r) only when it’s on me; feel naked without.
Once you identify your EDC holster, with proper trigger guard, and understand/practice how it works so you know your weapon cannot discharge without intention, you’ll feel much better.
Even with different guns, perhaps your girlfriends or range can let you play with guns and holster combos. Our local shooting league has ‘holster exchanges’ and holster classes to try/trade various holsters and discuss pros/cons with real EDC gals.
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