A Nurse with a Gun

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Smith & Wesson Bodyguard

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Syd has penned an excellent synopsis of this classic S&W snubbie. Hell, he even quoted me. I'm honored.....



Blogger Bob said...

John D. MacDonald's immortal Travis McGee owned and used an Airweight Bodyguard, it was the gun that was in his hand most often in his adventures, and he even had a special pocket holster made for it, from which it saved his life in the book Darker Than Amber. That book was written all the back in the mid 1960's, and it's still a viable option for concealed carry.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Keith Walker said...

This is new to me. How does pocket carry work? I see that there is some sort of sleeve or holster that goes into the pocket to reduce printing, but how does it work with the draw? What keeps the holster in the pants and the gun in your hand?

11:21 PM  
OpenID trebor1415 said...

I think you saw the THR post I made on the yard sale M 49 I bought earlier this summer.

The seller just dropped off the original receipt from 1973. I'll take a pic and add it to the THR post eventually.

That M 49 is my only J frame. It may be going away soon. A friend of mine is being stalked and if she likes the gun, it's going to be her's to replace her .32 Berretta.

12:18 AM  
Blogger Freddyboomboom said...

You know, you may think that's an ugly gun, but I think intricate machinery that does it's job well has its own beauty.

And a well worn wheelgun, with honest wear, has a certain beauty to it, also.

so I look at it, and see more tan one kind of beauty.

Maybe I'm just weird.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

The main purpose of a pocket holster is to keep pocket lint out of the muzzle and the rest of the gun, as well as protecting the trigger.

The black thing underneath this revolver is one of my pocket holsters. I like Uncle Mike's because they have a membrane that is impervious to sweat inside the material. The black strip around the holster is tacky inside a picket giving the holster's outside a bit of grip. The inside of the holster is slick.

One of the best pocket holsters I ever saw was made out of a coffee can lid.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Keith Walker said...

Coffee can lid? Oh, come on! You can't stop there. That little tid bit deserves its own post!

7:53 AM  
Blogger bp said...


I'm hoping for some advice. I bought my first S&W, a used 640 Centennial, on your advice sometime ago. Despite being a heavy stainless brick, the Hume pocket holster makes it very easy to carry and it's now the only pistol I carry with any frequency. (NC law on restaurants that serve alcohol (all but fast food) and workplace rules make carry a non-option for me most of the time)

My 640 has some very ugly black-plastic boot grips which are due for an upgrade. I'm looking at Ahrends grips, would you suggest the smooth or finger grip shape for carry?


8:31 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

My preference for a small revolver is the finger grip type IF they fit my hand. Everyone is different though.

I would advise shooting a gun with the grips prior to buying, or at least buying where you can feel them on your gun. Or, if Ahrends gives a return option if not satisfied, trying mail order, but only then.....

9:49 PM  

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