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Old 07-03-2020, 06:45 AM
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Iím looking into upgrading my Bodyguard 380 mag release. I have the M&P laser version but it has the plastic mag release. I donít have any issues with it like a lot of people do. My concern is that I might have an issue someday. And I donít want that someday to be when my life depends on it. So Iíd like to upgrade it to a metal one. Now if I contact the factory will they replace it with their newer steel version? Or do I get one from Galloway? I think Iíd prefer steel over aluminum for longer lasting wear.
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Old 07-03-2020, 09:54 AM
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Call S&W they sent me a matal one.I wore out two poly ones since 2015.
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Old 07-03-2020, 10:05 AM
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Call S&W they sent me a matal one.I wore out two poly ones since 2015.
Thatís great that they just sent it to you. Better off changing it yourself because I hear now takes several months for factory services. Did you charge you for the part? Did you also install a new mag release spring?
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Old 07-03-2020, 08:41 PM
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No charge ,had my smith install.
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I sent mine and and they did it. But then the magazine started falling out under recoil. That had never happened before the switch. A very light touch on the mag release and it would drop the mag and thereís not a whole lot of room on that tiny grip to avoid brushing up against that button.

Galloway Precision sells a metal one that they say prevents that issue. It does require you to press the mag release button as you insert the magazine but 100 rounds fired after it was Installed and the magazine stayed put.
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Old 07-04-2020, 06:44 AM
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I sent mine and and they did it. But then the magazine started falling out under recoil. That had never happened before the switch. A very light touch on the mag release and it would drop the mag and thereís not a whole lot of room on that tiny grip to avoid brushing up against that button.

Galloway Precision sells a metal one that they say prevents that issue. It does require you to press the mag release button as you insert the magazine but 100 rounds fired after it was Installed and the magazine stayed put.
Iím really surprised that this happened. My reason for wanting to change to a metal release from my plastic release is to prevent the mag from falling out. Mine hasnít started falling out but I want to make sure it doesnít happen at the wrong time. I would think it will eventually start to fail as the plastic wears down. Iíve had the bodyguard for almost 5 years but it doesnít get used much.
Makes me wonder if Iím better off going with the Galloway instead of factory even tho the Galloway version is aluminum instead of steel.
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I was having problems with my bg stovepipe ,light strikes ect then the mag problems showed up sent it to Galloway for the full treatment
works great now .
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Glad to hear that. A lot of people having frustrating issues with the Bodyguards. I've owned 3 over the years . They all were "quirky". Each one had it's own small issue or two.
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