Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 38 (BG38)
This is a nice little 5 shot 38 with +p capability. The gun comes with a built in laser that can be set to constant on or strobe. This was my wife’s first handgun. The weapon is surprisingly accurate (3 of 5 shots in the same hole at defensive range). It’s reliable, as most revolvers. It’s a mix of polymer and coated steel that makes it very corrosion resistant. The down sides are a stiff DAO trigger with at least 8.5 lbs of pull. This can be overcome with practice and trigger control. There is no external hammer, thus no option of SA pull. The cylinder release is a little awkward in placement (above the grip back where the hammer would normally be). Lastly, this little gun KICKS LIKE A MULE. The very thin grip and lack of any padding cause it to be uncomfortable to shoot in any extended practice. We chose to add the Hogue 60020 tamer grips and they made a world of difference. The gun is now a pleasure to shoot. We got ours for $400 plus tax. It’s well worth it.
(WARNING: S&W provides no diagrams for this weapon and consider it to be unworkable by anyone outside S&W this means there is no reliable safe trigger job to be done by your local gunsmith. Chances are you will waste your cash and end up with misfires.)