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Old 08-02-2013, 08:50 AM
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I got a new bodyguard 380 a couple weeks ago and have run into a problem. The slide won't lock back on the last shot. I have tried blazer, american eagle, and federal hydra shocks, none of them will reliable lock the slide back.

It got progressively worse from when it was first shot. At first it wouldn't lock back for my girlfriend, I just thought she wasn't holding the gun right. It would lock back for me, but as soon as the magazine was dropped the slide would slam forward (the slide catch was not fully engaged). Now, it won't lock back at all when empty.

I can press the slide catch up with my thumb and it will stay back, but if I pull the slide back with an empty magazine, it won't lock! The catch is pushed up slightly, but not enough for engage the slide.

It looks like the magazine spring isn't strong enough to work the slide stop, but I have tried it with 3 magazines, same result with all 3.

The date on the test case from the factory is June 2013.
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:37 PM
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Check the laser retaining screw to make sure it has not backed out. If it is not screwed all the way in, take it out and put some Loctite Blue on the threads.
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:26 PM
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I am not familiar with the bodyguard 380 but I had a similar problem with a new 4566TSW. In my case I found hat S&W had shipped some new magazines with the spring in backwards, which produced too little pressure on the follower to activate the slide stop.

Maybe, maybe not.
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I tried turned the spring around 180* and now the slide locks back when pulled by hand, and a loaded magazine is MUCH easier to put in the gun with the slide closed. Before it had to be hit hard before it would go all the way in.

Kind of weird that it was backwards in the magazine that came with the gun, as well as the 2 purchased afterwards.
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Went to the range today, still not locking back. Also, had several issues with the gun not feeding. Guess I will be calling smith and wesson when they open back up.
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I am having the same problem with slide not locking open on the last round on 3 magazines. ( put 1000 rounds thru it with 3 magazines )

1 magazine won't even hold the slide open when racking the slide on an empty mag.

Purchased 3 new magazines. Everything is working fine.
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:12 PM
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Just come back from the range.

Everything is not working fine.

All 3 new magazine failed to hold the slide open on last round.

Tried 2 different brands of ammo, still failed to hold slide open.

Sending Bodyguard back top S&W.
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Hey guys, I just bought my bodyguard and overall I really like it. I seen that some people were having problems with the slide lock not working properly on the last shot. I too had the same problem, after reading the forms on larger model Smith and Wesson like the mp .40 for example guys were saying they had the same problem. Long story short a member posted that maybe the shooters thumb may have been touching the slide lock lever on the gun while shooting. At that point I placed one in the chamber with a empty magazine and low and behold that was indeed the problem. The thumb on my strong hand was lightly touching the lever... Didn't see where anyone else has posted this figured I'd throw it out there, maybe it will help someone
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