Snub Training (2012) – The Bodyguard

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The classic Model 38 and model 49 Bodyguard (and not the nonsensical plastic abomination S&W mislabeled “Bodyguard 38”)  offers the shooter the best of all snub designs. The classic Bodyguard’s design features a solid hammer shroud while still making accessible a tiny nub of the hammer. The integrated hammer shroud avoids several hammer spur snagging […]

Snub Training – S&W's plastic J-frame

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A local Sheriff’s Deputy asked me about the new Smith and Wesson .38 “Bodyguard” handguns. I did a little light inquiry and here is what I have so far. The few available demo guns were fitted together in time for the SHOT show. As a result there is only a limited number of folks to speak with who […]

Snub Training – First snub advice

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Hi Michael, I have limited experience with a revolver. My shooting skills are probably intermediate at this point, but beginner for a revolver. I have a few questions if you don’t mind. • What snub revolver do you recommend? • Any downside to “hammerless” revolvers? • I am left handed, do I have other issues […]

Snub Training – My ideal snub

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This question comes up often so I though I might share with you my thoughts.   If I had to pick a first snub to recommend I would go with a lock-free, Airweight S&W Bodyguard and render it double-action only. If I couldn’t find a Airweight Bodyguard I would try to hunt up an Airweight Chief Special, render […]

Snub Training – Shrouded hammers

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Among the popular gun writers and trainers I have surveyed the completely enclosed hammer a.k.a. “hammerless” snub (Centennial et al) is currently more popular than either traditional hammer models or shrouded hammer (Bodyguard et al) models.  After years of working with all three typed I believe that the actual self-defense advantage goes to the shrouded hammer snub.  […]

Snub Training – S&W's Bodyguard

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The most common designation for various “humped back” hammer shrouded Smith and Wesson snubs. The hammer shrouded frame was produced to compete with Colt’s factory produced, after-market hammer shroud attachment. The hammer shrouded design permits a small portion of the hammer spur to protrude and allows the shooter to thumb back the hammer to a […]